Towards a new way to do Architecture...

Canadian architects operate in an increasingly competitive market. While their primary objective remains the achievement of great design, they need to manage time and resources to stay profitable. It’s not an easy task, as customers become more demanding and deliverables more complex. They don’t understand how their peers can operate on lower fees. A lot of smaller firms carry a misconception that they cannot compete with larger ones that supposedly have more resources on their hands.


So to the architects or interior designers, we ask  the following:

  • Why did you chose your current software?

    - Architects pose a critical judgment when it comes to Design, why don’t they do the same for their operations? How did you come about selecting your current authoring software.

    - Was it an independent choice or you thought “ If everyone else is using it,  then it's good"?

    - What percentage of the software you actually utilize? Are you using other software to compensate for the deficiencies that you encountered?

    - What impact is it having on your work?

  • Is BIM working for you…or not?

    The migration from the traditional CAD (computer Aided Drafting) to Building Information Modelling (BIM) is supposed to significantly increase productivity.

    Many smaller firms purchased a product that proved to be inflexible as they were led into developed a disrupted workflow requiring several software to complete. Some even shelved their BIM software and returned to CAD.

  • How many times do you redesign?

    A lot of architects and interior designers tell us that they start your work with Sketchup, then repeat it in your authoring tool to continue with the development of the project. How much time is spent, just redrawing the project? Ask your team members if such redundant work is fun to do.

    Still using a CAD software? A lot of time gets wasted for rectifications and manual coordination. Can you quantify the impact of the change requests have on your profitability?

How much money are you leaving on the table?

Such a disrupted workflow is costly. How much time does it add on your project: 10, 15, 20, 25% ? We prepared this calculator for you to evaluate such a cost. We did put some values as placeholders, however...

..please fill in the values below according to your office's situation, then press 'Calculate'.

 Average team size per project is:     Your average project takes months to complete:
 Average hourly rate of the team members  % of time wasted through the disruptions to the workflow

Our mission? Guiding you towards a better Architecture…

For the last 12 years our mission has been to empower the architects and designers to thrive in their practice as they strive to produce great projects.

The answer for success is quite simple and universal:

It's combining  the best tool available and the knowledge on how to use it.

The Tool:

The toolThe architect's thought process and his approach to Design are unique. A software tool designed specifically for architects will give you a huge advantage over a software originally designed for engineers and then adapted for architects. A good software should become an extension of your thinking. Able to help you better your design, illustrate your ideas. and better explain the project in all its details.

To give its customer the perfect control of their projects, that CADcentre chose ARCHICAD. ARCHICAD is the second most adopted BIM software by architects worldwide as well as in Canada. Beloved by its users, ARCHICAD’s focus on Architecture makes its offering unique.

  • It has been built from the ground up for the architects and designers;
  • It focuses on Design exploration;
  • It improves communication with clients, consultants, and contractors;
  • It creates a smoother workflow aimed at reducing changes in the project; while lessening their impact when they occur;
  • Most importantly, it brings back the pleasure of working on projects.

The Implementation:

ImplementationWe don’t just offer a software, but a comprehensive implementation plan including training and workflow customization tailored for your specific needs, as well as the size of your firm. Such a training offer can be done on location and complemented with remote sessions and online courses. We make sure that you are successful.

With a CADcentre-Graphisoft solution, smaller firm can do more. True story that clients of ours related about the reaction of a customers, when visiting their office asked: “Where is the rest of the Team’

Take action now!

It's time for you to adopt the better workflow! Just contact us  and we can do a full assessment of your current software and how start planning the future.  In the meantime, you can also do the following...

Download a free operational license of ARCHICAD valid for 30 days and we will be there to guide you with your evaluation.

Users speak out. Watch successful professionals from diverse backgrounds discuss their work and their road to success.

We organize webinars and seminars, discussing different subjects. We also do hands-on training for the evaluators of the software.

By supplying you with the best in class tool and training you on how to implement it, we make sure that you achieve a higher rate of success.We would love to hear from you, so let’s start a conversation and hear about your work and your own aspirations for success.


Case Studies


About By Design

A revolution is happening in the field of architecture. Motivated by societal changes and enabled by new technologies, a rising wave of professionals are pushing the boundaries of creativity and collaboration in ways never before imagined. Employing visionary ideas and practices that will not only reshape our world, but transform the role of the architect. Capturing these emerging stories is the focus of By Design.

Bydesign preview

Feature Episodes

At the heart of each By Design season are feature episodes that bring our narratives to life with candid conversation, passion and plenty of surprises. New episodes are premiered on a regular basis when a season is underway, and all of our previous seasons remain online for you to individually enjoy or binge watch at any time.

Forest Cabin tutorial
...okay, maybe 20mn, the important thing is to have fun.

 Graphisoft released this tutorial, for anyone interested in evaluating ARCHICAD. It also works for beginners, starting at an ARCHICAD firm.

In a matter of minutes, you can create a small project and all its documents, export into BIMx or Twinmotion.

Try it out:

- If you don't have ARCHICAD, download the trial version here

- Download the startup file here.

- Follow the tutorial on this Youtube video

Need help?

Are you a Canadian user and need help? Please get in touch.






BIMx intro

news best of the show 2019BIMx is the most popular BIM presentation and coordination app on both the iPad and iPhone, and on Android phones and tablets. BIMx features the 'BIM Hyper-model' – a unique concept that helps non-professionals easily explore the BIM project by superimposing 2D plans on 3D model views. Real-time model cut-throughs, in-context measuring and project markups in the model context make BIMx your best on-site BIM companion.

, is a very efficient way to present your projects. Available for desktop, mobile device, as well as online. This professional BIM project viewer allows for an integrated 2D & 3D navigation of the virtual building.

Models can be exported directly from ArchiCAD, attaching the any document, or object information to the 3D. Then you can sxplore the full BIM models with game-like navigation.

BIMx is free, so you can transmit a read-only model and documentation to the clients, consultants, and contractors.

BIMx complements an already powerful set of communication tools that Graphisoft puts at the User's disposal.


Check this video for more details.

BIMx Youtube



Forest Cabin tutoriel
...hmm, peut-être 20mn, l'important est de s'amuser.

 Graphisoft a produit  ce tutoriel, pour tout ceux intérssés d'évaluer ARCHICAD.

En quelques minutes, vous pourrez créer un project et tous ses documents, exporter dans BIMx ou Twinmotion.


- Si vous n'avez pas ARCHICAD, téléchargez une version d'essai ici

- Téléchargez le fichier ARCHICAD pour commencer ici.

- Suivez le tutoriel sur un clip  vidéo Youtube

Besoin d'aide?

Vous êtes situé au Canada? Please contactez-nous






Model-Based Collaboration happens through BIMcloud

So you start in your journey of BIM implementation, and got to produce a model-based version of your project. Now it’s time to get your office to collaborate and work on the same model at the same time.

BIM CloudBIMcloud enables real-time, secure teamwork between architects and consultants, regardless of the size of the design project, the location of the offices, or the speed of the Internet connection.

It's User Friendly

Easy-to-use Teamwork with BIMcloud does not require IT skills from architects. Team members can reserve parts of the project or work on individual floors, sections, elevations or layouts. Automatic, real-time element reservation helps everyday work by providing exclusive access to specific design elements without any hassle, while BIMcloud ensures the integrity of the project database in the background.

Fast on any network

BIMcloud uses GRAPHISOFT's patented “Delta” technology to provide an ultra-fast design sharing and collaboration platform. Only the element changes are sent between team members, so the network load is minimal, making bandwidth irrelevant.

Real-time collaboration and messaging

BIMcloud enables not only real-time design work on the same project, but also provides an instant collaboration platform. The color-coded workspace helps to identify who is working on what. Thanks to BIMx PRO, design issues can be resolved through instant messages and annotated screenshots using tablets and smartphones.

Work Offline

BIMcloud works on any network, and architects can even work on the go on a laptop at remote locations without an Internet connection. Once back online, not only will they share their latest work with others via BIMcloud but will also receive the latest changes and updates by other members of the design team.

It's Low maintenance

BIMcloud’s built in tools ensure very high uptime and quick recovery in case of an unexpected situation. Project snapshots are created on regular-bases, making sure that the project can be restored into an earlier state in case a design issue requires it. Server backups are created automatically, which will enable the user to restore an entire server from a backup with a few clicks after a vis major situation. Built in monitoring ensures that there are always enough system resources available for work. If they fall short, then an email is sent to the user about a possible danger – well before it becomes critical.

It's scalable: works for teams and projects of any size

BIMcloud is truly scalable and provides unique benefits for teams and large design projects. Teams located across continents can work simultaneously on large projects without hassle or delay. Smaller teams will benefit from automated project snapshots and role management: focus on the design instead of management.


Dou want to learn more? please get in touch

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Cost of Revisions and Redundant Work

How much money are you leaving on the table?

Such a disrupted workflow is costly. How much time does it add on your project: 10, 15, 20, 25% ? We prepared this calculator for you to evaluate such a cost. We did put some values as placeholders, however...

..please fill in the values below according to your office's situation, then press 'Calculate'.

 Average team size per project is:     Your average project takes months to complete:
 Average hourly rate of the team members  % of time wasted through the disruptions to the workflow