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Special Breakout Sessions Discuss Productivity and Green Tech

BOSTON, October 16, 2012 – GRAPHISOFT will be offering Technology User Sessions at Ecobuild® America, Washington, D.C., December 3-7, 2012. Top architectural design and technical experts will present strategies to help firms adapt to the evolving world of Building Information Modeling. Courses incorporate case studies, best practices for Open BIM, practical workflows, and new ideas into a highly collaborative learning experience.

“Efficiency is a critical element for success in the AEC space, especially when collaborating with a variety of technologies,” said Steve Benford, Managing Director, GRAPHISOFT North America. “GRAPHISOFT is committed to sharing the ways in which our tools provide a clear path to success. ARCHICAD offers solutions that support the use of coordinated, data-rich information models – giving all members on a project the opportunity to be more accurate and make informed decisions from day one,” he continued.

In a special user group session, GRAPHISOFT North America Business Process Leader, Monte Chapin, will lead a panel discussion on design and productivity efficiency in ARCHICAD. The panel will be made up of some of the most successful ARCHICAD firms in the industry today.

A brief summary of GRAPHISOFT tech user sessions:

Client Communications with BIM – This session will explore how information in a BIM model can be easily understood by everyone involved. Gain insight on how to design and document without detouring from the business of helping your clients visualize, analyze, and virtually live in their projects prior to and during construction.

How to Increase Efficiency Using Open BIM Technology – A realistic examination of how using Open BIM technology provides access to key physical and functional characteristics of a project, which creates a work environment that improves all aspects of collaboration on a project to achieve success.

South Cove Manor: The Reality of BIM Collaboration with IFC Data Exchange – See how a successful IFC-based collaborative workflow handled multiple CAD and BIM software applications during the design, constructability investigation, contract document and cost estimation phase of this $22 million, 86,700 sq-ft long-term care facility.

How BIM has changed Managing a Project Team – Just how will BIM change your approach to managing a project? Get an answer to that question and others regarding project schedules, man-hours, deliverables, skill-sets, and training – as well as experience the differences between traditional CAD and BIM workflows.

Integrating Green Building Analysis into BIM – This seminar showcases a panel of local users and how they adopted BIM technology in order to analyze their projects for the purpose of sustainable design.

Sustainable Solutions with BIM – After attending this session, you’ll understand how to make sustainable design decisions in the early design phase by making use of GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner. This quick and reliable energy performance evaluation tool provides feedback on the building's energy performance right from the start, which leads to better decisions on how to conform to regulations and satisfy the interests of both the client and the building’s operator.

Registration for EcoBuild 2012 is now open. Visit and enter Priority Code SPK12 to receive a free tech user session; discounts on passport packages, and free expo hall admission.