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Friday, July 16, 2010

Looks like Archicad 14 is out and giving Revit a run for it's money - [Feature Review]

Addendum: 9/15/10 ~ So now I know why my blog post about Archicad 14 had been getting so much traffic.  Thank you Graphisoft for posting a link on the front page of your website.  Did you not realize the link goes to a Revit blog?  I'm wondering if I should be impartial or not for those of you visiting.  At this point, it really doesn't matter how Archicad compares to Revit.  The critical factor is what are all of the contractors using.  The answer is that they're all using Autodesk products.  Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and Revit Structure, Navisworks Manage, AutoCAD, AutoCAD WS, Design Review, 3ds Max, Buzzsaw, Constructware, Civil3D and the list goes on.  At the end of the day, it's really the contractors who are leading the surge of BIM use.  I'm sure you love Archicad, but the future is all based on collaboration and sharing the database.  Whether you're a fan of Archicad, Revit or are just trying to figure out the differences between them, you've got to follow the money.  With the rise of Integrated Project Delivery, the contractors, subcontractors and owners are going to be very heavily invested in the Revit/Navisworks camp.  So, whether you love or hate Autodesk, it's now become an executive business decision as to the future of your business in relation to the rest of the world.  We're no longer little silos of drafting handing out rolls of blueprints to contractors.  Think about that while you're wandering around my blog.  If you'd like pricing for Revit, my contact info is at the top of the blog.  I'd be happy to spend some time with you and continue the discussion.

If you didn't already know it, Archicad 14 was just released. That's pretty fast after last September's Archicad 13 came out. As I become more and more BIM agnostic (thanks Phil R.), I think the world is going to have to accept multiple software programs that all tie into BIM. Personally, I've gotten my company, CADD Centers, involved with over 35 different software vendors that tie into BIM at some point on the timeline.

Should I be posting about a competitor's product?  You betcha.  Apparently competition is a good thing.  The more competition there is, apparently creates more sales.  Why just recently, a certain unnamed company added another reseller to a market that was already saturated.  The theory is that the more people there are vying for your attention, dollars and business, then the more you'll be willing to spend or spend that money sooner.  So, I guess along the same theory, we need more BIM creation tools.  I honestly can't tell you a thing about the new version of Archicad, but it's public information anyhow.  You may have noticed in the daily blog post emails, or at the top of my blog, but I've added "BIM Unfiltered" to the title.  I've been quite outspoken in the past, and you know how I feel about the CAD process for the AEC design approach, so have a look at the new features of Archicad 14 and let's see what other BIM authoring software vendors do about it.

We've got a long way to go before we have all of the interoperability that we need. At least Archicad can now tie into Revit Structure and Revit MEP, so there's lots more opportunity to work with engineers who can't find Revit Architecture users. At least they can work with Archicad architects.

Well, I guess I'll just have to post this in the interest of furthering BIM. I've never played with Archicad, but maybe this weekend is the perfect time to poke around. Maybe this release of Archicad will inspire Autodesk to stop focusing on 2D products and focus 100% on BIM. There's more competition from 2D users never wanting to go to 3D than from another software manufacturer.

In the long run, it's about providing solutions, not boxes of software. I hope every software vendor figures that one out. Considering how vast, complex and interactive BIM has become, we're going to need a lot more people who can tell the story and deal with different file types. Pushing boxes doesn't lend itself very well to that goal. Looks like every vendor is going to have to invest a lot more in their sales and technical channels to support all of the future BIM users. Otherwise, we'll all be screwed with products that no one knows how to use properly.

http://www.graphisoft.com/products/archicad/index.html


Darmstadtium, Wissenschafts- und Kongresszentrum Darmstadt, Germany
Architects: fs-architekten Paul Schröder Architekt BDA and Chalabi architects & partners
Photo: Claus Graubner ©

ArchiCAD 14 Overview

Full list of new features in ArchiCAD 14
ArchiCAD 14 continues delivering productivity improvements for architects throughout the full cycle of the BIM workflow with a specific focus on completing the integration of the architectural workflow with the engineering world.
Great architecture requires collaboration of all design disciplines. Architects have a central role in coordinating all aspects of their design with other disciplines during the entire design process. ArchiCAD 14 turns IFC technology into full-fledged workflow solutions enabling collaboration with engineers regardless of their discipline or the name and version of the application they prefer working with. This "open" approach to interdisciplinary collaboration greatly broadens designers' options for real Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) resulting in faster delivered projects and significantly less coordination errors.

Open Design Collaboration

ArchiCAD 14 introduces workflow solutions that help bridge the different requirements for BIM models between architects and the various engineering disciplines of the AEC industry. Model mapping, element classification, IFC reference model version tracking and change management support help the coordination between architects and engineers become a smooth and automatic process. ArchiCAD 14 also moves forward with developments to its revolutionary BIM Server based Teamwork solution, further optimizing the management of design teams working on shared BIM projects.

Best-in-Class BIM Workflow

Productivity improvements to this latest version of ArchiCAD focus on the most requested global and local customer wishes. Enriched details to modeling construction elements, better 3D visualization, enhanced 2D drafting, improved handling of libraries and library parts, and refined user interactions are all included in the impressive list of productivity improvements. The results are faster and more polished design and documentation workflows with improved communication capabilities both with clients and consultants, making ArchiCAD 14 the premier BIM solution for architects worldwide.


Best-In-Class BIM Workflow

Full list of new features in ArchiCAD 14
ArchiCAD 14 delivers a wide array of productivity improvements focusing on the most requested global and local customer wishes. Enriched details to modeling construction elements, better 3D visualization, enhanced 2D drafting, improved handling of libraries and library parts, and refined user interactions are all included in the impressive list of productivity improvements. The results are faster and more polished design and documentation workflows with improved communication capabilities both with clients and consultants, making ArchiCAD 14 the premier BIM solution for architects worldwide.

Shadows in Open GL 3D View

ArchiCAD 14 greatly improves in-model visualization with shadow casting in 3D OpenGL views. Live 3D views of the BIM model in addition to being work-views also become a standard basis for communicating the design intent with clients.


Extended Options for Doors & Windows

ArchiCAD 14 offers users increased control over model-based sections and details of doors and windows. An extended set of Reveal and Wall Closure setting options make creation of refined details a fully automatic process.

Dimension Text Prefix & Suffix

Model-based annotation is key to an effective BIM workflow. Custom prefixes & suffixes added to associative dimensions - while keeping their real measured values - can boost documentation productivity by an order of magnitude.

Improved Handling of Schedules
ArchiCAD 14 introduces standard spreadsheet editing techniques to improve productivity in Schedule and Index windows. Quantity take-offs can now be exported to Excel with graphical information included for WYSIWYG results.

Direct Import of Site-Survey Data

Site survey data coming directly from theodolites can now be imported into ArchiCAD with a single click. XYZ coordinates automatically convert into an ArchiCAD Mesh element providing an accurate 3D model of the environment.



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Performance Optimizations

ArchiCAD 14 delivers improvements to speed in various operations depending on project size and complexity. In addition to faster IFC model import/export, interactive element schedule updates, and library handling, the GRAPHISOFT BIM Server takes full advantage of 64-bit computing on the Mac OS X platform.


Open Design Collaboration

Full list of new features in ArchiCAD 14
ArchiCAD 14 introduces workflow solutions that help bridge the different requirements for BIM models between architects and the various engineering disciplines of the AEC industry. Model mapping, element classification, IFC reference model version tracking and change management support help the coordination between architects and engineers become a smooth and automatic process. ArchiCAD 14 also moves forward with developments to its revolutionary BIM Server based Teamwork solution, further optimizing the management of design teams working on shared BIM projects.


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Refined Model Mapping
Building Element Classification extends ArchiCAD construction element data by adding new properties such as "IFC Element Type," and "Structural Function" to provide the foundation for model mapping with engineering BIM models.




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Model-based IFC Reference Model Version Tracking
For best-in-class coordination workflow with Engineers, ArchiCAD 14 allows architects to compare IFC model versions and to import only differences, displaying design changes with color codes in the architectural model context.





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Direct Link to Structural and MEP Applications
IFC translators optimized for exporting model data to various structural and MEP applications - including Revit Structure and Revit MEP - offer best-in-class coordination workflow with leading engineering solutions worldwide.




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ArchiCAD, TEKLA Structures: Complete Workflow Integration
ArchiCAD 14 bridges the different requirements for BIM models between architects and engineers regardless of the name and version of the application they prefer working with. ArchiCAD 14's "Open BIM" approach greatly broadens designers' options for real Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).



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Streamlined Autodesk AutoCAD 2010 DWG I/O
Despite increased reliance on model-based workflows, architects still need to coordinate their designs with engineers using traditional 2D workflows. ArchiCAD 14 introduces streamlined DWG/DXF 2010 Import-Export and support for DWG formats used by all Autocad® 2010-based applications.




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Next Generation Teamwork
ArchiCAD 13 introduced the GRAPHISOFT BIM Server – a first of its kind solution for model based team collaboration. ArchiCAD 14 also moves forward with developments to its revolutionary BIM Server based Teamwork solution, further optimizing the management of design teams working on shared BIM projects. All Teamwork functionality is free of charge and available out-of-the-box!



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Teamwork "Pack & Go"
Teamwork "Pack & Go" enables designers to take Teamwork projects anywhere as a transportable data package. Additional work can be done without the need for physical access to the BIM Server from any remote computer.




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BIM Server Performance Monitor
The BIM Server performance monitor function provides project leaders and CAD/BIM managers with powerful management tools to get all the information necessary for the decisions required for an optimal Teamwork project workflow.




Teamwork "Solo" Mode
Teamwork "solo" mode helps solo practitioners utilize the full potential of the powerful BIM Server infrastructure on solo projects as well as provides a significantly streamlined workflow for project leaders at the early phases of large team projects.

4 comments:

Victor D. Ramsey II July 16, 2010 at 9:00 AM  

@ I think the world is going to have to accept multiple software programs that all tie into BIM

Ya Think! I've tried to get this through to clients over and over again to no avail only for them to come back and ask me to get a quote for the suggested software for the task.

Anonymous,  July 18, 2010 at 8:23 PM  

Coming from a Software Vendor point of view, try before you buy, do you always just buy a car without getting in it and taking it for a test drive?

Why treat a software any different then purchaing a car,

BIM is going to change your design process

BIM will change the way you make money

BIM will enhance your style

BIM will better your journey in Architecture

Try it first, meet the vendor to ensure you don't just buy a box, BIM is not another 2D familiar solution

Boxes are great, you can put your coffee cup on them, sit on them if you're a little short, hide behind them and fall asleep,

Very expensive if the software is still in them!

Vanessa @ Graphisoft,  July 18, 2010 at 8:24 PM  

Sorry posted annon!
Above was from Graphisoft Australia

teslacadd December 11, 2010 at 1:58 AM  

Hey it seems that Revit is going to have real tough time with the arrival of ArchiCAD14 in BIM industry

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