#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

#ARCHICAD is Local

ArchiCAD is omnipresent in Canada. As Cadcentre organizes activities on monthly basis. The Canadian ArchiCAD users love the product and seize any occasion to express its qualities.

Available in 17 languages and 27 localized versions that meet local layout and documentation standards, ARCHICAD offers much more than just a simple translation of the software.

  • + Local content and standards

    Library parts, measurement units, and architectural standards are just some of the details that make ARCHICAD ready-to-use in North America.

    At CadCentre, we offer a full service for customized native, parametric, high quality ArchiCAD odjects, based on GDL language programing. If you have a need for customized object, do not hesitate to contact us.

  • + Local support

    GRAPHISOFT’s worldwide technical support network ensures you’ll get the help you need – when you need it. The professional, friendly support and implementation team is here to help along the way.

    Browse product guides, articles and downloads, or if you are located in eastern Canada, contact CadCentre

  • + Add-ons as you need them

    ARCHICAD Add-Ons are specific products with which the functionality of the standard ARCHICAD software package can be extended.
    ARCHICAD’s application programming interface enables third party developers to extend the functionality of the software when necessary.


#Design in BIM

ARCHICAD offers architects the tools they need to unleash their inner creative genius.


Intuitive tools help create conceptual models to jump-start the design phase.

Conceptual masses, forms, and even basic floor area estimates can be calculated in the early design stage using ARCHICAD.

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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.

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ARCHICAD presents direct modeling capabilities in the native BIM environment with its Shell tool and Morph tool, allowing element creation with any custom geometry in an intuitive graphical way.

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Freeform and parametric design are at your fingertips with the first, bi-directional connection allowing architects and designers to use Grasshopper and Rhino with ARCHICAD.

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Non-uniform splines (NURBS)

The Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connection complements GRAPHISOFT’s native file format support for Rhinoceros that enables designers to open and save Rhino project files of any size or complexity with ARCHICAD. By extending the existing natural link between Rhino and Grasshopper, the new tool empowers architects to start and modify their designs in any of the three design environments – Rhino, Grasshopper or ARCHICAD.

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Complex geometry models created in Rhino can now be imported to ARCHICAD as native objects using their “native” NURBS definitions.

ARCHICAD users can better control the representation of each individual imported object, depending on its purpose in the model.

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#One-click Documentation

One click is all it takes to ensure that construction documentation is a standard function of the design process.

Building views, sections, elevations, interior elevations and 3D documents are all derived from the Building Information Model and updated automatically.

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Changes made to the Building Information Model are reflected in the design documentation as well.

Detail drawings are created automatically from the Building Information Model, while additional information can be added – layouts and naming are automatic and coordinated.

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Creating and updating layouts is simple using the various autotext elements.

One-click publishing and state-of-the-art revision management helps teams working on large projects using various file formats.

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Designers can choose from the most common file formats, including .dwg, .pdf, as well as the BIMx Hyper-model file format.



ARCHICAD’s award-winning teamwork concept has changed the way architects collaborate, with Cloud-based BIM collaboration and mobile messaging.

#The 'I' in BIM

Information is the most valuable part of BIM and ARCHICAD 20 helps designers to bring out the most of it! Leveraging well-structured information results in enormous efficiencies in the construction industry.

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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.

BIM-Data-Driven Visualization


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GRAPHISOFT HQ – Építész Stúdió, Lukács and Vikár

ARCHICAD 20 leverages well-structured information resulting in informative design visualization, which ensures enormous efficiencies throughout design and construction. With the help of smart filters and brand new graphical override, designers can freely change the representation of any 2D and 3D views of elements with similar properties. This feature allows a number of workflows that make communication, coordination and model checking much more efficient.

Designers can easily define the representation of any 2D and 3D view and reduce the need for traditional supplementary 2D CAD work.

By defining “Graphic Override Rules,” new, unchanged and demolished representation of elements can be created for renovation projects; structural, MEP, and other layouts can be created with specific color-codes, line-types and pen-colors; semi-automated, 3D construction documents will offer greater clarity.

Models overridden by colors (including the colors defined by renovation statuses and mark-up highlights) can be shared not only between ARCHICAD teams, but with other disciplines and applications via IFC-based model exchange.

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i in bim 02 300x222ARCHICAD 20 allows users to utilize their Building Information Model as the central storage place for all related information. They can even easily store and maintain design information that was not created using CAD or BIM tools, like Excel spreadsheets.

ARCHICAD’s ‘Mass property value import’ functionality offers an easy way for semi-automated data import/export from and to Excel worksheets.

Using this method, architects can replace the tedious task of entering their consultants’ data manually, where the number of human errors are considerable.


Share Geometry and Data with the Latest Technologies.

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ARCHICAD 20 has improved its current IFC- and BCF-based OPEN BIM workflows by exporting color-true precise element geometry, implementing survey point (national datum definition), enhancing property management and mapping, sharing physical properties of building materials, etc.

ARCHICAD 20 is among the first BIM applications that support the open-source IFC 4 model exchange standard. IFC 4 defines new coordination methods (Design Transfer View and Reference View) to standardize reference model-based and parametric model-based interoperability between different disciplines.  Support of national BIM standards and classification-systems is also available in exchanging information with other parties.  As an example, the inventor of COBie has confirmed that ARCHICAD is 100% COBie-compliant – that’s good news for architects in the US, UK, and all other English-speaking countries.

In addition to supporting IFC‐based workflows, implementing other ways of BIM data communication such as gbXML and direct export to PHPP means that designers can exchange data with engineers and consultants from numerous disciplines, without the risk of information loss.

Information sharing via purpose-made tools such as BIMx or generic tools such as Excel enables a much wider target group to get involved and use the wealth of information stored in the BIM.


Implementing IFC and BCF in your workflows means that designers can exchange data with even more third parties – without the risk of information loss.

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ARCHICAD’s integrated model change management and native IFC property management, full support for BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) and DXF/DWG roundtrip conversion solutions offer a smooth, model-based coordination workflow.

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.

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ARCHICAD uses its robust IFC data exchange capabilities to produce data output that is easily converted into COBie documentation.


#AEC Collaboration

ARCHICAD is a founder of the OPEN BIM approach to collaborative design, construction, and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows.

WHAT IS BIMThe BIM explained

BIM or Building Information Modelling, is the process of designing a building through a model using smart parametric objects (such as slabs, walls, roofs, etc.) that emulate the physical characteristics of their real-life counterpart.

The adoption of BIM has changed the process of how many architects and designers work. It improves on the design process, reduces the coordination time, and elevates the quality of the deliverables.

The Cadcentre will guide you in you the process of migrating from the traditional CAD to BIM, helping you in shortening the learning curve.

Why is BIM needed.

We inherited the CAD process from the times of the drafting table.  It’s a process that was built upon the false pretence that a project progresses in a smooth linear fashion, from concept to tender. But the design process is far more complex but it never happens this way. We always need to go back into our documents and do modifications.

Thus, the CAD process becomes fragmented. We tend to waste time doing changes and coordinating the projects drawings. Modifications required throughout the design process can also lead to mistakes...

image CADvsBIMThe BIM advantage:

While the CAD process is about the preparation of documents, the BIM process is about the building. The software should translate the modelled building to documents. At any phase of the design, we have ONE source (the model) from which all the documents get extracted.

Modifications and revision are implemented directly on the model; the drawings follow, leaving less room for error. The designers are freed up to spend more time on the creative process.

While we are concentrating on the design, plans, sections, and elevations get generated by the software. The BIM process is automated. This removes much of the redundant work related to conventional drafting.

The construction documents (CD) phase, is where the majority of an architect’s time is historically spent. Not anymore with BIM. The transition from schematic design to design development is smooth. The work done in the schematic phase is the basis of the CD phase.

Both sets of documents are different reflections of the same database. No need to ‘save as’ the project file and rework all the documents.

The specificity of BIM for Architects & Designers

At Cadcentre, we looked for the right tool that gets our customers the best workflow. To answer that, we looked at a more fundamental question: what is the role of the Architects and Designers. Is it the mere preparation of document for any project or giving a high level of design to its customer?
Can a software contribute in bringing the focus back into the design exploration, while remaining a full BIM solution? Most of the firms that are using Revit are still using software like Sketchup and Rhino for the design phase, the tools and modelling techniques within Revit are not optimized for the design process.

That led us to promote ArchiCAD. A software that was originally designed by Architects for the Architect. ArchiCAD is continuously developing innovative features for the needs of the Architect, the Designer, and the Design-build contractor. It’s a complete building information solution that will answer all the requirement of these professionals from the first sketch to the finalization of the project.

Avoiding the complexity and focusing on gain in productivity 

BIM doesn’t need to be a big and complex endeavour. The process should be modelled to your need. It’s a tool to gain productivity, while improving the quality of the design. If you want guidance on the road to follow and what would be the best tool, specific to the Architect and the Designer, please contact us and let’s start the conversation.


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