ARCHICAD is the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solution for the architecture and design industry.
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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.
ARCHICAD offers you the most innovative tools available on the architectural software market. In addition to basic tools such as Curtain Walls and Skylights, architects and designers will appreciate the vast array of advanced tools such as Shell, Morph, and Mesh tools.
Designers work on a single building model to create, document, and construct their ideas — changes are fast and automatic.
Since data is stored in a central place in a BIM model, any modification to the building design will automatically replicate in each view such as floor plans, sections and elevation.
Automatically updated, one-click documentation makes even the most tedious tasks fast and easy.
ARCHICAD helps not only in creating the documentation faster, but also provides stringent quality assurance by automatic coordination of the different views.
Model-based analysis ensures that you’ll catch those design issues that could cause construction issues down the line.
Vennesla Library & Cultural Center, Norway – Helen & Hard, www.hha.no – Photo ©Emile Ashley
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.
Available to those working with the MEP modeler add-on to discover potential issues now, avoiding construction problems later.
Using the separately-purchased MEP Modeler add-on, collision detection now works with all MEP-type elements and all imported IFC MEP model elements regardless of which MEP application exported the IFC model. Collision detection produces results considerably faster using multicore CPU basis to avoid slowdowns of your computer.
Thanks to its OPEN BIM workflow, ARCHICAD works seamlessly with other solutions like Tekla BIMsight and Solibri Model Checker. With a single mouse click, architects can analyze the building information model and reveal potential flaws and weaknesses in the design, highlight the clashing components, and check to ensure that the model complies with BIM requirements and best practices.
Whether you want still images, animations, or interactive Hyper-models, ARCHICAD provides professional, out-of-the-box solutions for all your presentation needs.
One-button “photo-shot” rendering can be used to easily produce convincing, high-quality results, while fast preview and background processor support make the rendering workflow a smooth and uninterrupted process.
New in ArchiCAD 20:
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona modeled with ARCHICAD
ARCHICAD 20 runs the latest CineRender version, based on the Cinema 4D R16 engine. The result is a major enhancement concerning surface settings.
This ensures even more realistic surfaces, while rendering improvements reduce render times and enable highly-realistic contact shadows.
A new Reflectance Channel allows multiple reflection layers and control over blurriness and distance dim. Perfect for architectural materials like metals. A “turbo boost” to render times is possible thanks to the Irradiance Cache and the Physical Renderer, which features a new ray-tracing solution and faster grass calculation.
Create even more life-like presentations by connecting your rendered images with a camera path, resulting in animations.
The seamless file export from ARCHICAD to CINEMA 4D enables users to enhance their projects with high-end animation and visualization techniques and benefit from decreased render times thanks to the highly-efficient distributed rendering solution found in CINEMA 4D.
Create a fully-interactive design presentation package that runs on mobile devices and can be viewed by all the project stakeholders.
In 3D perspective view, users can switch to a two‐point perspective in any camera position, maintaining the original position and viewing angle. As a result, all 3D vertical edges become vertical in perspective projection.
With its architect-inspired toolset, ARCHICAD feels like the most natural BIM application on the market.
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.
3D editing enables designers to edit building elements in their native environment, and use the existing elements’ geometry throughout 3D editing. For example, the height/width and arrangement of openings on the upper floors may be modified in relation to elements on the lower floors, etc.
3D documentation helps in understanding the design intent of the architects: constructors on site will work faster and make less avoidable mistakes because 3D documents help them fully understand the building details — with dimensions, texts, and additional documentation.
ARCHICAD’s user interface is a true reflection of the architect at work – the graphic appearance of the icons, options and commands mirror those used in an architectural practice.
Tab-based navigation, familiar from the Web, makes accessing different model views at once easy — allowing you to oversee your building design.
All tool setting dialogs reflect the options they offer: window and door settings dialog offers various options to fine-tune the appearance and structural details of openings — all adjustable settings are displayed with relevant graphic options.
Throughout the years, ARCHICAD has advanced not only in areas such as design workflow, but also in the details — providing intuitive tools not instantly visible, but at your fingertips when you need them!
Magic wand traces the silhouette of 2D elements and 3D building components and helps create your elements quickly – trace wall perimeters to create a slab or a roof with a single click.
shapes always provide feedback about the basic geometry relationships or proportions when creating or editing the design – indicating perpendicular, tangential, and parallel directions on floor plans or in 3D views.
The context sensitive Pet Palette offers the most relevant tools and commands that come in handy for the editing work you’re doing – stretching and modifying options automatically appear when you select a window in 2D or 3D.
No more waiting for views to load. Lightning-fast response times makes ARCHICAD the undisputed speed leader in the BIM business.
Bradford College, UK | Bond Bryan Architects | www.bondbryan.com
Bradford College, UK | Bond Bryan Architects | www.bondbryan.com<
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.
In ARCHICAD, opening and switching between various model views will happen almost instantly. No more waiting for a view to load. So you’ll save time and enjoy a smoother workflow. And, you’ll be able to focus on design, instead of worrying about your workstation.
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By optimizing OpenGL, ARCHICAD ensures smooth and lightning-fast navigation – even on extremely large building models.
Architects appreciate ARCHICAD’s 3D model window for informal client presentations. And because ARCHICAD uses a fully-optimized OpenGL engine, you’ll get smoother, faster 3D navigation, without flickering—even with extremely large models.