Are Autodesk forcing subscription on their users?

Autodesk have recently been active in communicating about changes to their business model and licensing options. We have been monitoring publicly available information about their plans from official sources, and have taken a number of their recently posted public statements to draw our own conclusions. “We’re well positioned for the next phase of the transition where we’ll... more

Rhino, Grasshopper and ARCHICAD connection for PC and Mac

Rhino - Grasshopper - ARCHICAD connection for PC and Mac is more than an interoperability package developed by GRAPHISOFT. It fills a gap in the design process between early stage design and building information modeling. It offers tools for seamless bi-directional geometry transfer as well as a way to translate basic geometrical shapes into full BIM elements while adding algorithmic... more

BIM Conference 2016 – A ‘real nuts and bolts’ event

BIM Conference 2016 took place on 29th September at the majestic Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire and proved, once again, to be a popular event, hailed a success by delegates. Returning for the fifth successive year, the day aimed to offer clear, accurate and unbiased guidance on how to use BIM in projects – and delegates were not disappointed. The annual event organised by... more

Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2016

The winner of the coveted 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building uses ArchiCAD design software. Caruso St John Architects, based in London and Zurich, have converted almost an entire street of listed buildings in South London into Newport Street Gallery – a free public gallery showing artist Damien Hirst’s private art collection. The RIBA Stirling Prize is the... more

Level of Definition with BIM

What is Level of Definition? When creating an information model as part of the BIM process, you would not expect to have all your data collated right from day one. The aim is to deliver the right information, in the right format, to the right people at the right time. A building information model contains both graphical and non-graphical information, accurately linked, clearly... more

OpenBIM data for Facilities Management

Guest Bloggers Rob Jackson and Ben Wallbank look at how clients need to focus on the long term benefits of data for their assets. Introduction The UK Government has defined three deliverables for publicly procured projects. These are PDF, native models and COBie (see diagram below). PAS 1192-2:2013 sets out the process for the production of these deliverables. Key to PAS 1192-2 is... more

Simple Zone Stamp

Following the release of ARCHICAD 20, we are making a number of improvements and compatibility updates to our ARCHICAD object libraries. Due to changes to how objects can store "global" parameters, it is recommended to check the compatibility of your objects with version 20. The Applecore Simple Zone Stamp object has now been updated, taking into account the above changes, as well... more

Moving to Model-based Design

How do you migrate from 2D draughting to model-based design? How should training be rolled out? And what are the common issues usually encountered? What we call ‘modern technology’ might seem fairly antiquated – possibly even laughable - in years to come. It will be interesting to see which of the current workflow and process stand the test of time and which become consigned to... more

Collaboration: Model Checking and Viewing

Collaboration has evolved significantly since the days of the floppy disc with a DWG file on it. Despite the fact that 3D models are larger, the cloud and mobile technology are bringing a new way of working. The DWG file, Autodesk’s proprietary file format, has become the chosen format in the AEC industry to send and receive 2D drawings, making it the common language across the... more

Clash detection – is it just about models?

The clash detection process involves collaboration and the management of that process. The CIC BIM protocol assumes that someone other than the BIM manager will be responsible. "Clash detection is potentially seen as one of the great benefits of the BIM Level 2 process" states Tim Willis of Trowers & Hamlins' solicitors. "As the individual author models are federated, clashes... more