Developed specifically for architects and designers, ArchiCAD® is an industry-leading BIM software. With ArchiCAD’s Building Information Modeling approach, architects can explore design ideas with full confidence, knowing that every detail is being captured and all documents are synchronized.
ArchiCAD 19 is an industry-leading, flexible BIM software for architects. Exceptionally fast and powerful, with this new version , ArchiCAD strengthens its supremacy in its field. Choisen by nearly 300,000 architects and building professionals worldwide. With GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD’s Building Information Modeling approach, architects can explore design ideas with full confidence, knowing that every detail is being captured and all documents are synchronized. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as the revolutionary GRAPHISOFT BIM Server™, the world’s first, real-time BIM collaboration environment. Open BIM design collaboration offers intelligent, model-based workflow between the members of the extended design team and architects using ArchiCAD, resulting in greater efficiency in the building process.
ArchiCAD gives its users the means to become more creative, efficient, fast, free and productive, helping them in the exercise their profession. Exceptional modelling tools, efficient BIM workflow for architects and Designers, great collaborative work environment with the TeamWork, open BIM, and BIM Server and and the BIMcloud. This new version confirms ArchiCAD's leadership, inspired and innovative as always, in terms of subtle modelling. ArchiCAD 19 holds many surprises.
BIM is an acronym that stands for Building Information Modeling. BIM is very much talked about these days in the building industry, but when asked you will receive more or less different definitions from different people?
The BIM * concepts introduced by ArchiCAD since version 5, define the project as a place of convergence of creativity, production, analysis and communication. BIM software produces a 3D virtual model of buildings that can integrate and organize all the building's data into a structure database easy to query both in a "visual" and a "numerical" way.
When it comes to BIM, while everything starts with a 3D digital model of the building, such model is way more than pure geometry and some nice textures cast over it for visualization. A true BIM model consists of the virtual equivalents of the actual building parts and pieces used to build a building. These elements have all the characteristics - both physical and logical - of their real counterparts. These intelligent elements are the digital prototype of the physical building elements such as walls, columns, windows, doors, stairs etc. that allow us to simulate the building and understand its behavior in a computer environment way before the actual construction starts.
Nevertheless with the advent of mobile technologies such as iPhones/iPads and the likes utilisation of BIM has broken out from the close circle of professionals. Clients, building owners and operators are getting more and more access to BIM models through their mobile devices even without the need to installing a BIM application first. This shift will put the adoption of BIM onto the next level so you as a professional really cannot afford ignoring BIM. Fortunately you are at the best place to learn about BIM so please watch the below video below and read on to get fully prepared for the latest major paradigm shift in our industry.
So what is the BIM good for? While there can be several different goals to fulfil by the creation of a purpose built BIM model that may differ both in their focus, scope, complexity, level of details and the depth of information added to the 3D model, of course the most trivial use of a BIM model is for making nice visualizations of the being to be build.
This is good for both helping your design decision by comparing different design alternatives and for "selling" your design to your client or even to the local community that might have a veto about the entire building project. Change Management - Since data is stored in a central place in a BIM model any modification to the building design will automatically replicate in each views such as floor plans, sections and elevation. This not only helps in creating the documentation faster but also provides stringent quality assurance by automatic coordination to the different views.
Why Would I Migrate from CAD to BIM?
BIM and CAD represent two fundamentally different approaches to building design and documentation. CAD (Computer Aided Design) applications imitate the traditional "paper & pencil" process in so far as two-dimensional electronic drawings are created from 2D graphic elements such as lines, hatches and text, etc. CAD drawings, similarly to traditional paper drawings, are created independently from each other so design changes need to be followed up and implemented manually on each CAD drawing. BIM (Building Information Modeling) applications imitate the real building process.
Instead of creating drawings from 2D line-work, buildings are virtually modeled from real construction elements such as walls, windows, slabs and roofs, etc. This allows architects to design buildings in a similar way as they are built. Since all data is stored in the central virtual building model, design changes are automatically followed-up on individual drawings generated from the model. With this integrated model approach, BIM not only offers significant productivity increase but also serves as the basis for better-coordinated designs and a computer model based building process.
While switching from CAD to BIM is already justified by the benefits achieved during the design phase BIM offers further benefits during the construction and operation of buildings.
*BIM : Building Information Modeling
**IFC : Industry Foundation Classes
***BEM :Building Energy Model
The Design at the Heart of the Project Creation
Any architect with the passion to freely explore design ideas can fulfill their wishes without compromising on documentation precision and quality.
With ArchiCAD, you can model and shape freely, easily creating the forms you want and easily change even complex elements in the most appropriate view.
ArchiCAD enables you to combine creative freedom with the well-known efficiency of its robust Building Information Model. A comprehensive set of tools supports the creative process within the context of the project.
ArchiCAD's direct modeling capabilities in the native BIM environment with its end-to-end BIM workflow using Priority Based Connections and Intelligent Building Materials, and an improved MORPH™ tool. Cloud-integration helps users create and find the custom objects, components they need to make their BIM models complete. GRAPHISOFT continues to innovate in “green” as well, uniquely offering the best workflow for sustainable design, integrated into its BIM authoring tool.
Whether you want to draw simple enclosures or complex walls, add simple or complex openings, go for straight, tilted or even curved beams, it's all is possible. ArchiCAD insures the automatic representation of scalable openings within complex walls, including their projection and insertion within the plans even if curved or tilted walls.
ArchiCAD presents direct modeling capabilities to the native BIM environment with its Shell tool and improved MORPH™ tool allowing element creation with any custom geometry in an intuitive graphical way.
MORPH TOOL: Use the Morph tool to create freeform elements within ArchiCAD, so you don't have to import special shapes from other programs. The Morph tool is fully integrated into ArchiCAD, and works with a familiar logic and interface. However, there are some Morph features that go beyond the other ArchiCAD construction tools.
SHELL TOOL: Ideally, building design is not an exercise on paper; the real results are the finished building. With ArchiCAD, you don't have to compromise on design freedom or structural correctness. ArchiCAD offers an impressive array of real BIM design tools and workflows right from the beginning of the design process. Three Boolean operations are available: Union, Subtract, Intersect
Objects: GDL (Geometric Description Language) - contains all the information necessary to completely describe building elements as 2D CAD symbols, 3D models and text specifications for use in drawings, presentations and quantity calculations. ArchiCAD users have long enjoyed the benefits of GDL, with tens of thousands of intelligent objects available and in use around the world.
RENOVATION FEATURE: This clever feature is set to create views that provide visual feedback on the status of each element at a particular stage of a renovation project. You can then assign view settings, called Renovation Filters, to display the project at various stages, such as "Demolition Plan" or "New Construction." Renovation Filters show/hide elements and/or provide graphical highlighting (Override Style) depending on their statuses, to convey information on their renovation status.
INTELLIGENT CONNECTIONS: With the improvements of the Roof tool and the introduction of the Shell tool, ArchiCAD also introduces new, intelligent connections between construction elements.(Walls, floors, roofs, and beams). This new feature allows for plans, sections, and 3D views to display junctions and intersections, even on large scale. Quantity survey through the BIM becomes more precise.
ArchiCAD Productive Workflow
Designed and developed from the specific needs of construction professionals, ArchiCAD offers a streamlined workflow solution, keeping its users productive with as little disruption as possible. Speed and usability are constantly optimized over the versions to guarantee maximum productivity. ith ArchiCAD, you don't have to compromise on design freedom or structural correctness. ArchiCAD offers an impressive array of real BIM design tools and workflows right from the beginning of the design process.
ArchiCAD presents direct modeling capabilities in the native BIM environment with its Shell tool and improved MORPH™ tool, allowing element creation with any custom geometry in an intuitive graphical way. More than a thousand real, up-to-date manufacturer specific objects are provided by BIMobject® among the thousands of generic and premium building components found on BIMcomponents.com.
ArchiCAD’s intelligent, parametric objects based on GDL technology make BIM outstandingly effective for architects, constructors and product manufacturers. GDL intelligent object technology offers an efficient way for building component manufacturers to market their products. The selection of building components during the design phase benefits both the architect, who can design using real-world objects, and the component manufacturers, who can provide product information to support the design process. Rich “topology” options enable one component to stand for several objects. Object libraries of a small file-size are available that describe the complete product range of manufacturers.
Interactive 2D and 3D editing makes modeling smoother. The graphical hotspots can be moved either on floor plans or in any other views to set the properties of a selected instance of an object.
Trace Reference combines real time 2D and 3D workflow, traditional drafting and productive modelling. You can opt to display two different views concurrently in any model or layout window.
Advanced options within the Trace reference tool help to superimpose the different plans, views and document, minimizing any mistake or missing item.
You can automatically group all sections of a complex roof in a single intelligent entity. This dramatically accelerates the creation of all types of roofs and simplifies handling , especially in 3D. Clicking on the roof allows automatically edit , modify , at any time and with ease, thanks to specific tools.
When editing of the roof, nothing is easier than adding levels or changing the settings. The roofs are created entities that retain their structure editable geometry as defining components. With ArchiCAD, the connection between all components (roof / wall / column / beam / shell) is surprisingly flexible and simple. In a wink, the roof connects or disconnects to other building elements.
Intelligent Building Materials
The appropriate and consistent use of building materials is crucial not only when developing the final construction documentation sets, but also when creating building energy analysis reports.
New, intelligent building materials ensure correct graphical representation of materials in sections (cut fills), element surfaces in 3D views, and thermal properties throughout the building energy evaluations.
Cut fill pen colors can be globally defined and applied to any ArchiCAD construction element in the project. This not only simplifies the user interface, but also allows the same material to be used consistently throughout the design project.
Element Association to Story Heights
Automated cross-linking of construction elements may easily result in an ambiguous building project. ArchiCAD 17 enables designers to link certain building elements to stories in an architecturally sound manner.
The height of walls, columns and zones can be linked to a particular story in the project: when the story position changes, the heights of the linked elements will automatically be adjusted. This way, if the story height changes, the height of all linked elements will also be updated automatically.
Architects will still have the option to assign fixed heights to elements, and to define the base elevation height to a given reference level. This ensures that designers will stay in full control of their project.
If you participate in a lot of competitions or you would like to have attractive presentations, ArchiCAD offer exceptional presentation tools and features.
At your disposal different types of hatching (transparent, plain or textured) and a hatch management system allowing a 2D display of the textures. For a better graphical representation of roofs and slabs in plan, you can choose an image as a cover hatch. In 3D as in 2D, ArchiCAD has a representation of the insulation and other material that is perfectly suited to composite walls shapes and sizes.
A dedicated tool for interior elevations can quickly create interior elevations in parts with complex shapes or quirky and automatically place them in your layouts in relative position (side by side) with a simple drag and drop.
Selective display of structures will speed up communication with other professional such as Structural consultant Offices, you can directly view and export, structural parts of a composite wall and all its associated quotations.
Presenting the virtual building through worksheets is nicely streamline via the Layout Book that centralizes all documents into a single file, the updates are automatically and systematically reflected in the worksheets. Features like templates, automatic numbering of pages and the automatic integration of recurrent information facilitate and significantly accelerate the production of worksheets.
ArchiCAD adopts the most advanced automatic documentation technologies, including smart indexing, grid layout of schedules, detailed quantities and specs, automatically generated and detailed dimensioning for openings ( doors and windows), etc. you can generate a variety of different document formats in a single operation.
Working and adding 2D details ca be done inside the worksheets. The worksheet is an outstanding tool for adding information outside the 3D model, any information, even producing 2D documents from scratch, very detailed and easy to integrate in the 3D project file. Convenient and simple, the worksheet is proving to be a very convenient coordination and production tool.
BIMX and the active 3D exploration
BIMx "Hyper-Model" is a unique technology that brings the full scope of the Building Information Model into the dynamic touchscreen environment of mobile devices. Integrated, context-sensitive 2D & 3D building project navigation with smooth transitions helps even non-professionals find their way in a full BIM project.
Construction documentation can contain hundreds of sheets. Paper is expensive to print/copy/update while PDF is painfully slow on larger documents. BIMx Docs offers lightning fast navigation within large layout books. This feature alone, even when working on in 2D, makes BIMx Docs an unbeatable tool for virtually anyone.
Comprehending 2D plans and 3D still images causes difficulties for many people. With BIMx Docs’ context-sensitive information, overlay and trimming building models with the interactive slider is a new way of understanding and coordinating building information models.
BIMx Docs’ smooth and context-sensitive transitions add an invaluable extra dimension to understanding the model while simply navigating in it.
With a direct link to the BIM project in the BIM authoring tool, BIMx Docs offers a smooth and easy communication workflow with stakeholders outside the office environment. GRAPHISOFT’s cloud-based BIMx Transfer Service makes sure you get the latest updates fast and in an effective way.
TeamWork and BIM Server :
Building Information Modeling brings unique challenges to the design team: when implementing BIM on a larger scale, architects often run into bottlenecks in model accessibility and workflow management. ArchiCAD introduces the GRAPHISOFT BIM Server – a first of its kind solution for model based team collaboration. Industry-first Delta Server™ technology reduces network traffic to a minimum for instant and reliable data-exchange both within the office and over the Internet.
ArchiCAD's new Teamwork, with on-demand element access and server-level conflict management, combines the flexibility of 2D workflows with the coordination power of the model-based world.
Speed and data safety
In ArchiCAD's collaborative environment, long waiting times for server synchronization are a thing of the past. The leading-edge Delta Server technology dramatically decreases network traffic. The same technology makes BIM projects accessible through standard Internet connections from virtually anywhere in the world.
Data corruption due to network or hardware failure is a major concern for CAD/BIM Managers: a single faulty computer can literally ruin the work done by the whole office. But the BIM Server's robust system architecture ensures the integrity of the BIM project at all times. Any data errors from malfunctioning components are blocked, preserving the project's integrity on the network.
Flexible and consistant
Mid-sized companies appreciate Teamwork 2 for flexibility in the management of access on content and thus contributions from their partners in the various projects. Large structures emphasize its rigorous access control. Data sharing and synchronization information are ingredients for a perfect and complete control of the project.
In your office network, on a construction site, or across the world with an internet connection, regardless of the size and complexity of the project, the number of stakeholders, time zone, Access to a project can be instantaneous. You know and decide who can work simultaneously on any part of the project, who booked one workspace. All project changes are instantly reflected and happen in real timeé As you observe the updates, you can react, adjust, clarify, exchange etc.
The GRAPHISOFT BIM Server was designed for Architects not for IT professionals so it works in any standard office setup through any standard computer network. And the best news is that the GRAPHISOFT BIM Server comes free-of-charge with every ArchiCAD license! Join us for this short video demonstration and you shall leave confident that making the GRAPHISOFT BIM Server operational is a real "plug & play" experience!
*BIM : Building Information Modeling
Limitless sharing and communication.
The information within an architectural project is a source of data that needs to be transmited to different parties. ArchiCAD can handle a multitude of formats, from the most trivial to some that are quite advanced.
ArchiCAD supports IFC 2x3 standards and integrates coordination view 2.0 as well as the new required IFC data by COBIe and others. During the import and in export, IFC translators embedded in ArchiCAD ensure interoperability between CAD and engineering software.
*IFC : Industry Foundation Classes
While BIM is becoming more prevalent in the world of construction, some consultants still operate with in 2D. To work and interact with them, ArchiCAD