What’s New On ARCHCICAD 21
Designing stairs is one of the most complex tasks in architecture. ARCHICAD 21’s new Stair Tool evaluates thousands of design options and offers the most optimal stair designs to choose from in the context of the specific building. By doing the heavy lifting in the background — making sure the stair complies with global and local design standards — this tool turns what is usually a painful task into something fun.
The new Railing Tool can be used to create complex, associative railings for Stairs, Slabs, Walls, Roofs or Meshes. The configurable Railing Pattern Editor offers unique railing patterns specific to each design project. Railings can be created with a single click based on pre-defined rules and standards.
ARCHICAD 21’s integrated CineRender — based on MAXON’s Cinema 4D v18 rendering engine — offers architects high
quality, photo-realistic rendering in the BIM context. The latest version introduces Light Mapping and Secondary GI methods for more realistic, yet fast rendering.
ARCHICAD 21 introduces a flexible way to classify elements and spaces for better support of national or company standards and for unprecedented interoperability between project stakeholders.
With the evolution of BIM as the de facto workflow, architects increasingly receive consultant information in a BIM format. To help architects fulfill their role as lead coordinator of the model, Collision Detection allows two groups of elements to be compared through user-defined criteria sets.
External IFC model content created by external consultants — such as Structural or MEP engineers — can be placed as hot links into ARCHICAD 21 design projects as protected reference content. These IFC modules can be easily updated ensuring streamlined, round-trip collaboration with engineers.
#ARCHICAD is BIM
ARCHICAD is the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solution for the architecture and design industry.
+ Work in 3D: All creative work and design documentation happens in 3D, so you can make design decisions and see the results in a project’s real, 3D environment.
+ One, central model: Designers work on a single building model to create,
document, and construct their ideas — changes are fast and automatic.
+ Documentation made easy: Automatically updated, one-click documentation makes even the most tedious tasks fast and easy.
With its architect-inspired toolset, ARCHICAD feels like the most natural BIM application on themarket.
+ Smart tools: Throughout the years, ARCHICAD has advanced not only in areas such as design work ow, but also in the details – providing intuitive tools not instantly visible, but at your fingertips when you need them!
+ Graphic user interface: ARCHICAD’s user interface is a true reflection of the architect at work – options and commands mirror those used in an architectural practice.
+ 3D editing and manipulation: ARCHICAD was the first in BIM to allow architects to create, edit, and modify their designs in their natural, 3D environment – all changes are made automatically and in all corresponding views.
#BIM for Architects
ARCHICAD’s focus on architecture, design, and creativity, combined with cutting-edge technology and innovation, allows architects to do what they do best: design great buildings.
+ Dedicated tools: ARCHICAD’s focus on architects ensures that the design workflows and collaboration tools serve their needs from the first sketch through the full life-cycle ofthe building.
+ Your platform, your choice: ARCHICAD was the first architectural design software available for both the
Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems – innovations for the iOS and Android platforms ensure seamless design and collaboration among all project stakeholders.
Whether you want still images, animations, or interactive Hyper-models, ARCHICAD provides professional, out-of-the-box solutions for all your presentation needs.
+ Photo-realistic animations: Create even more lifelike presentations by connecting your rendered images with a camera path, resulting in animations.
+ Interactive models (BIMx): Create a fully- interactive design presentation package that runs on mobile devices and can be viewed by all the project stakeholders.
ARCHICAD is a founder of the OPEN BIM approach to collaborative design, construction, and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows.
+ Structural collaboration: ARCHICAD offers an optimized work ow for structural engineers – sharing only relevant information about load-bearing structures, while seamlessly integrating changes, modi ed or deleted elements.
+ MEP collaboration: ARCHICAD’s 3D Zones contain the relevant information MEP engineers need to get started – complex MEP systems can be integrated with the ARCHICAD model as native elements.
+ Architectural collaboration: ARCHICAD’s reference model concept allows engineers to access only the part of the model they need – changes and updates are then smoothly integrated with the architectural design.
The ‘I’ in #BIM
Leveraging well-structured information results in enormous efficiencies in the construction industry.
+ COBie: The inventor of COBie recently confirmed that ARCHICAD is 100% COBie-compliant – that’s good news for architects in the US, UK, and all other English-speaking countries.
+ IFC, BCF: Implementing IFC and BCF in your workflows means that designers can exchange data with even more third parties – without the risk of information loss.
+ Full building life-cycle: ARCHICAD’s central BIM database enables you to collect, edit, and maintain information about a building from the first sketch, meetings with external consultants and engineers, through the building phase and beyond – providing an invaluable asset for building management and maintenance.
Model-based analysis ensures that you’ll catch those design problems that could cause
construction issues down the line.
+ Constructability checking: With a single mouse click, the Solibri Model Checker analyzes the building information model and reveals potential ﬂaws and weaknesses in the design, highlights the clashing components, and checks that the model complies with BIM requirements and best practices.
+ Collision detection: Available to those working with the MEP modeler add-on to discover potential issues now, avoiding construction problems later.
+ Energy analysis: ARCHICAD’s commitment to energy conservation means you’ll get accurate feedback about your building design’s energy consumption every step of the way.
ARCHICAD’s award-winning teamwork concept has changed the way architects collaborate, with Cloud- based BIM collaboration and mobile messaging.
+ Teamwork: Architects can choose to work of online or in real-time, sending and
receiving changes that are made in the blink of an eye.
+ BIM in the Cloud: ARCHICAD’s BIMcloud works on any network, hardware or software con guration, connecting teams and projects of any size or setup.
+ NextGen collaboration: ARCHICAD leverages the latest trends, allowing architects to share and collaborate on projects using the full range of hardware, tablets, and smartphones.
One click is all it takes to ensure that construction documentation is a standard function of the design process.
+ Automatic drawing generation: Building views, sections, elevations, interior elevations and 3D documents are all derived from the Building Information Model and updated automatically.
+ Coordinated drawings: Detail drawings are created automatically from the Building Information Model, while additional information can be added – layouts and naming are automatic and coordinated.
+ Publishing and revision management: One-click publishing and state-of-the-art revision management help teams working on large projects using various le formats.
#Design in BIM
ARCHICAD offers architects the tools they need to unleash their inner creative genius. + Conceptual design: Intuitive tools help create conceptual models, automatically calculating floor area as you work.
+ Design freedom: ARCHICAD’s innovative tool-set allows you to create your model in the BIM environment – your cool shapes and forms will automatically generate elevations, sections, and even schedules.
+ Algorithmic design: Freeform and parametric design are at your fingertips with the first, bi-directional connection allowing architects and designers to use Grasshopper with ARCHICAD.
No more waiting for views to load. Lightning-fast response times makes ARCHICAD the undisputed speed leader in the BIM business.
+ Large, complex models: Working on extra-large and complex models is no problem for ARCHICAD, which effectively uses all the RAM your computer has.
+ Instant model updates: ARCHICAD’s Predictive Background Processing feature takes advantage of unused computer capacity by anticipating what you might do next and preparing for it in the background.
+ Smooth 3D navigation: By optimizing OpenGL, ARCHICAD ensures smooth and lightning-fast navigation – even on extremely large building models.
ARCHICAD is #Local
Available in 17 languages and 27 localized versions that meet local layout and documentationstandards, ARCHICAD offers much more than just a simple translation of the software.
+ Local content and standards:
localized library parts, measurement units, and architectural standards are just some of the details that make ARCHICAD ready-to-use in your market.
+ Local support: GRAPHISOFT’s worldwide technical support network ensures you’ll get the help you need – when you need it.
+ Add-ons as you need them: ARCHICAD’s application programming interface enables third party developers to extend the functionality of the software when necessary.