ConstructionPro Week, Volume: Construction Advisor Today - Issue: 59 - 06/10/2010

Graphisoft Unveils New Version of Its Architecture Design Software

GraphiSoft earlier this month announced the introduction of ArchiCad 14, the latest version of its architecture design software.

ArchiCad 14 is designed to continue delivering productivity improvements for architects throughout the full cycle of the building information modeling (BIM) workflow with a specific focus on completing the integration of the architectural workflow with the engineering world.  


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, Graphisoft stated. "This 'open' approach to interdisciplinary collaboration greatly broadens designers' options for real integrated project delivery, resulting in faster delivered projects and significantly fewer coordination errors."


Added Miklos Szovenyi-Lux, vice president of product management for GraphiSoft: "With ArchiCad 14, we help designers realize the true potential of model based collaboration by turning simple 'file compatibility' between architectural and engineering software into intelligent 'workflow solutions' for industry-first open design collaboration."


Open Design Collaboration


ArchiCad 14 introduces workflow solutions that are designed to 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, according to the GraphiSoft. "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


ArchiCad 14 also delivers 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 among the 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, the company said.




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