Awwww...you shouldn't have.... I'd like to thank the every Archicad user for their continued support...of our products.
Because we get the occasional "we're going to buy software from another vendor" threat, I like to stay on top of what the Archicad forums say about their own products and Autodesk products.
Reasons why Archicad can't compete with Autodesk.
1. Worldwide adoption: Archicad is mainly used in Europe. Sure, there are pockets of people in the US, but nothing compared to Revit adoption.
2. Content: I'd like to first say that their GDL scripting language is just about impossible for a non programming person to use. That would explain why manufacturers aren't making content for them, but are focusing on Revit content. It's all about the content. Content with intelligence that can be used in energy calculations.
3. Revit MEP vs Archicad MEP Modeler. Archicad has a plugin to do MEP modeling. That's all it does. Model. It doesn't actually design the system, do any sort of load balancing or calculations. It just one big fancy extruding tool. I wonder what they have to do for energy calculations.
4. Energy Calculations: Archicad does have an energy modeling program. When I took a closer look at it, there's a drop down menu for building type. There are three choices, Heavyweight, Medium and Lightweight. Sounds like the story of the three little pigs. The info for the product is manually entered and doesn't seem nearly as robust as IES, Ecotect and Green Building Studio. I didn't see anything about sun shading.
Here's what Revit users get: Shadows and Reflections, Shading Design, Solar Analysis, Photovoltaic Array Sizing and Load Matching, Lighting Design, Right-to-Light, Acoustic Analysis, Thermal Analysis, Ventilation and Airflow, Energy and Carbon Results, Whole Building Energy Analysis, Carbon Emission Reporting, Water Usage and Costs Evaluation, Photovoltaic Potential, Energy STAR Scoring, Daylighting, Project Locating, Weather Pinpointing, Detailed Weather Analysis, Wind Energy Potential, Natural Ventilation Potential, Analyzing Design Alternatives.
Uh...I don't think there's even a chance they have the tools we have.
5. Contractors. Not one general contractor or subcontractor is using Archicad. In fact, with the new features of Revit MEP, there will be even more subcontractors who can now do their conduit runs, cable trays and use the improvements for panels, ducts and piping. Since the BIM for Contractor movement is what's really driving Revit right now, the manufacturers are more inclined to create more content for Revit and no one else.
6. Speaking of contractors...Navisworks. Archicad has a virtual building explorer. That's all it does. Let's you walk through the building. It doesn't do clash detection or tie in the construction schedule. It's all about the clash detection. I suppose it's because the don't have the amount of Revit family content so why bother with clash detection.
7. You. Yes, you're the reason Archicad can't compete with Revit. In just a few short years, you've outnumbered the number of Archicad users over the past 26 years. That must mean something. With the 2011 releases coming out soon, there will be even more AutoCAD users moving over to Revit. I'd say in about another 2 or 3 years, there should be about 3 million Revit users out there.
8. Autodesk. I've lost count, but I think they have almost 100 products now. Biggest ones that affect you. Civil 3D, Inventor, and 3ds Max Design. It's all about workflow, process and sharing the data. I don't think anyone can compete with the Autodesk product line.
OK, I'm bored now. I do want to thank the Archicad forum for posting direct links to Autodesk, David Light of HOK and my Revit blog. Thanks guys. We appreciate the extra traffic and having you get more depressed about the new Autodesk product line.
I do love the "almost on the same playing field" comment. It's like the captain of the Titanic saying "it's a beautiful night for a swim."
If anyone else wants to add comments, feel free to post them here. It's time to have some fun and watch them squirm.
Joined: 10 May 2008
Location: New York
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