Case Study
 

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 Study

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Charles Perkins Centre University of Sydney, Australia


Architects: fjmt
Building Studio (architects in association)
Type: Educational
Cost: AUD 385m / Cnd$ 380m Year: 2014
Size: 538,000 ft2 / 50.000 m2 Software used:
GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, MicroStation, Revit, Navisworks, AutoCAD

Project Description and Design Concepts

Located on the western edge of the University of Sydney Camperdown campus, the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) is a six-story building (plus three basement levels) designed to foster collaboration and research in a holistic trans-disciplinary manner. The center is a purpose-built facility and Stage 1 of a newly identified Life Sciences Research Precinct.

Balancing research and education needs, the design supports diverse disciplines such as biomedical, bioinformatics, computational as well as clinical research and social sciences. Within the 50,000 sqm building, over 16,000 sqm is dedicated to wet and dry laboratories. The design maximizes efficiency and flexibility, while encouraging collaboration and interaction between various research domains and project nodes. Open-plan office ‘neighborhoods’, a suite of core lab facilities and shared informal meeting spaces offer the next generation of researchers and practitioners a place to collaborate, mentor, learn and gain inspiration.

 

Photo © Keira Yang Zhang

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Photo: ©John Gollings

 “We were able to channel efficiencies from the documentation phase back into design. 3D-based design enabled us to develop architectural solutions that otherwise would not have been possible.Teamwork has allowed us to collaborate on large projects within the office, and recently, BIMcloud allowed us to collaborate between offices.”

Johnathan Redman, Principal, fjmt

The firm behind the Charles Perkins Centre, fjmt, is a multi- disciplinary design studio and one of the region’s foremost and awarded architecture and urban design practices. fjmt is dedicated to design excellence, innovation and enhancing the public domain. fjmt, now owning 97 ARCHICAD licenses, was at the forefront of the industry in Australia, introducing desktop CAD and PDF workflows in the 1990s.

In 2000, they felt the need for a 3D design and documentation package. After testing three candidates, they chose ARCHICAD mainly because of its Teamwork capabilities.
Their initial expectation of the software was merely to support their architectural design and documentation workflows. Since then, they have moved far beyond their original plans and have become BIM experts while learning the process of using 3D DWG- based model coordination with consultants and contractors as a first step.

In the 2010s, they started to work with IFC coordination on major projects all the way through the design and construction phases. Today, most of their projects follow the BIM workflow on a very high level, using the ARCHICAD building model as the database and dRufus software for the BIM data management of more complex buildings.

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fjmt’s BIM management workflow during the design and construction phases – image: ©fjmt

“3D coordination enabled us to be more space sufficient at services design, but also to design things that were very hard to design and get constructed previously.

Johnathan Redman, Principal, fjmt


Beginning in 2013, fjmt started to provide full BIM management services for the buildings that they designed both in the design and the construction phases. Upon completion of the projects, they are also able to deliver a facilities management model. fjmt also uses Rhino and Grasshopper – lately with GRAPHISOFT’s Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection – to provide parametric design and mass customization (producing a lot of pieces that are ‘similar but different’).The use of all these technologies enables efficient fabrication and assembly of complex designs

 

The building form and elevations are considered in relation to the context and campus alignments including the Wilkinson Axis. Vertical proportions and rhythms of the north-west facade strengthen the harmonious relationship with the adjacent heritage architecture of St John’s College.

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The sandstone-clad façade of the Charles Perkins Centre and St. John’s College – Photo: ©John Gollings

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Elevations of the Charles Perkins Centre in ARCHICAD – image: ©fjmt

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Composed of a complementary sandstone, this façade is characterized by striated slot windows with deep reveals for articulation and shading. In contrast, the south-east façade overlooks a triangular open space with large expanses of glazing sub-divided by a series of natural brush-anodized aluminum horizontal louvres. Articulated layering of sandstone, glazing and aluminum characterize other façades while responding to internal functions and scaling of the building mass.

A separate pavilion building with a sweeping roofline, adjacent to the main entrance, accommodates a café and access to the 360-seat auditorium.

 

 

The pavilion building next to the CPC accommodates a café and grants access to an underground 360-seat auditorium - Photo: ©John Gollings

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Charles Perkins Centre, Australia –Atrium – image: ©John Gollings

Interior spatial design

Biology of the human body, DNA sequencing patterns and blood flow inspired the overall architecture and interior design approach for the project. A large central atrium is the social heart of the building and is a place for gathering, interaction, sharing and impromptu casual exchanges. With a bold, sculpted form with horizontal continuous ‘ribbons’, the atrium sinuously diverges from floor to floor linking the balustrade, atrium stairs and screen wall.

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Places of openness, connection and informal interaction - Photo: ©John Gollings

Views across and between the floor plates are optimized in circulation spaces and interaction zones around the atrium to enhance a sense of openness, connection and informal interaction without compromising security or disturbing lab activities.

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Primary floors are arranged in a deliberately simple arrangement to facilitate occupant and visitor orientation, with three horizontal functional ‘stripes’ signifying the laboratory zone, interaction/meeting zone and the workplace zone.

Warm, earthy colors and layered envirographics contrasts with the smooth, white balustrades and aids in visually articulating the various zones.The inherent flexibility, versatility, combination of materials, modulation, detailing and the reveal depths, along with a series of integrated sustainability initiatives – like high performance glazing

well thought out sun shading, the use of photovoltaic cells and the smart use of natural daylight entering the atrium – all combine to result in a bold, contemporary expression that respects the campus context and successfully accommodates not only the demands of today, but those of the future.

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Envirographics on the lab windows - Photo: ©John Gollings

 

Design and Documentation Challenges

A project this size always comes with challenges and opportunities. The Charles Perkins Centre was no exception. One of the special aspects was that two architectural firms (fjmt+ Building Studio as architects in association) worked together designing and documenting the single stage project. Given that the building features numerous intricate details and interfaces, one of the challenges was to synchronize the work of the two teams.


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The Charles Perkins Centre modeled in ARCHICAD – image: ©fjmt

“Teamwork was an invaluable tool that allowed our team to be flexible and productive. Team members could reserve and modify from various parts of the model, from the office and remote locations.”

Johnathan Redman, Principal, fjmt

 

The collaboration process was in the form of IFC and exchange of orthogonal DWG files including: Floor plans, Sections and Elevations.

The main challenge was the resolution of a multi-disciplinary building including workplace, education, high spec laboratory uses and clinical, with a large team, resulting in the production of multiple outputs for design purposes and construction in a time- and cost-pressured environment.

 

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A fast-tracked design and construction process is a ubiquitous ‘feature’ of the AEC industry, but in this case, it was further challenged by overlapped design, documentation and construction phases. As an example, early works documentation was produced ahead of base building design finalization, and ahead of interior conceptual design. The requirements also meant the creation of packaged documentation by trade.It was one of the first projects in ARCHICAD 13 for fjmt and the new Teamwork functionality of that version made a positive difference in team productivity. Allowing to reserve and modify individual elements in a quick way helped team members work by trade, by layer, by level or alternatively reserve a few related elements to resolve junctions and interfaces.

 

“The Teamwork functionality made working with ARCHICAD very effective, especially under the pressing schedule of the fast-tracked design and construction process.”

Johnathan Redman, Principal, fjmt


 

 
 

IRINA VINER-USMANOVA RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS CENTER IN THE LUZHNIKI COMPLEX,

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Software used:
GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD & BIMx,
Autodesk Navisworks
3ds Max, Solibri, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Tekla, Revit Structure & MEP, Allplan Engineering, ElumTools, Autodesk, LIRA-SAPR, SAPFIR-3D

ARCHICAD is BIM

The Pride company was founded in 2013. Its founders are professionals with vast experience in implementing large and technologically complex buildings. Today, the company employs more than 60 highly-qualified specialists, including 30 architects. Pride not only provides architectural design, but also master plan development, structural and engineering solutions. The company handles a full line-up of services: from creating concepts to leveraging urban potential; creation of design development (DD) and construction documentation (CD) of buildings and supervision of the construction phase.

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One of the most important priorities for the company is the widespread use of building information modeling technologies. Performing complex tasks requires a comprehensive BIM solution that can serve as the principal tool for coordinating the work of architects, designers, and engineers of all related specialties. BIM technology provides an integrated design approach throughout all the stages of the building life cycle.

The desire to offer customers unique architectural solutions and the ability to implement complex tasks was prompted by the company’s management and resulted in the implementation of ARCHICAD: a program that doesn’t require a time-consuming setup.

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One of the recent projects developed by the Pride company is the Irina Viner-Usmanova Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, completed in 2019. The center, which is in Moscow’s Luzhniki Olympic Complex, seats 4,000 and is ready to host competitions and training events. Its features include partially transformable tribunes and VIP boxes. Its appearance conveys a unique roof shape resembling the wave of a gymnastic ribbon.

“During the initial stage, we created a preliminary concept rather quickly, consisting of several completely different solutions, such as extraordinary forms, or a more geometric appearance maintaining a clear rhythm of the façade. The customer chose the form of a ribbon fluttering above the ground. We were able to develop the first 3D model in less than a month,” says chief architect of the Pride company, Elena Myznikova.

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“We were able to develop the first 3D model
in less than a month.”

Elena Myznikova Chief architect,
CPU Pride

A single model from concept to documentation

 

The project won the “BIM 2016” Russian competition in the “BIM project: sports facilities” category, and demonstrates the successful use of the OPEN BIM approach in its design. The exchange of data between software platforms was carried out using the open IFC format developed by buildingSMART (International Alliance for Interoperability, IAI).

The architectural part of the project was carried out by the Pride Company. The main tools for the Design Development and Construction Documentation phases were ARCHICAD and Rhinoceros/Grasshopper. The final demo model was done in ARCHICAD, with nested Xref files, structural elements, etc. The complex design of the roof was created in Rhinoceros/ Grasshopper. Its structural and engineering solutions were developed by the Metropolis company using a software for engineers.

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The hand sketches were recreated as the ARCHICAD 3D model, while the render was created using 3ds Max.

Courtesy of CPU Pride

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“At a construction site, we always go with the tablet that contains an ARCHICAD model. When discussing our solutions and ideas with our clients, we usually use the BIMx mobile app. BIMx is also indispensable when you need to focus on a certain part of the project and to monitor the progress of construction. Using BIMx, we can easily access all the necessary specifications of BIM model elements,” says chief architect of the Pride company, Vitaliy Krestianchik.

During the concept stage of development, the floor areas, ceilings and floor finishes, opening quantities and other common parameters were defined. For coordination of the concept with the general designer, Mosinzhproekt, and the client, Pride used BIMx - a handy tool for viewing BIM models on mobile devices. All project files and documentation drawings were combined into a single Hyper-model and displayed using BIMx. Thus, the Pride company was able to rotate the project in a 3D environment to allow consideration of additional details.

During the concept stage of development, the floor areas, ceilings and floor finishes, opening quantities and other common parameters were defined. For coordination of the concept with the general designer, Mosinzhproekt, and the client, Pride used BIMx - a handy tool for viewing BIM models on mobile devices. All project files and documentation drawings were combined into a single Hyper-model and displayed using BIMx. Thus, the Pride company was able to rotate the project in a 3D environment to allow consideration of additional details.

After approval of the concept, the architectural model was transferred to the relevant consultants using the IFC format. For each contractor, the file was prepared separately in ARCHICAD: some subcontractors didn’t need a roof, while others didn’t need concrete structures. To locate errors, the Solibri Model Checker application was used to perform collision detection analysis of information models.

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Grasshopper script of the roof.

Image Courtesy of CPU Pride

At the same time, we made a parametric model of the roof using the Rhinoceros and Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection, which determined the options for the optimization of the metal frame elements. With this information, the manufacturer of the standing seam roof presented examples of the roof panel arrangements that were possible, based on the load-bearing capabilities of the metal sheets. The calculated parameters helped to determine the optimal shape of the roof. 

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And the result of the script in Rhino.

Image Courtesy of CPU Pride

 
 

 

 

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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