A Good Time to Make the Switch to Archicad

Since July 2020, hundreds of micro, small, medium and large studios of architects, technologists, surveyors, interior design and other building designers in the UK took advantage of GRAPHISOFT’s furlough your software costs programme providing free commercial use of Archicad 24 Teamwork and BIMcloud free for 6 months.

It’s a good time to make the switch

Time to Make the Switch to Archicad

Perfect for building designers

Work smarter, not harder. Design and deliver projects of any size with Archicad’s powerful suite of built-in tools and user-friendly interface that make it the most efficient and intuitive BIM software on the market.

“I tried Revit at first… I found it cumbersome, difficult to get it to do what I wanted.  When I trialled Archicad, it felt more intuitive and was obviously architect led and not engineering led.  Other architects were enthusiastic about it, in a way that those using Revit were not.  I looked at the cheaper Revit solution but it had too much functionality stripped out.” James Hough, Hough Architecture

Featuring out-of-the-box design documentation, one-click publishing, photo-realistic rendering and best-in-class analysis. Archicad lets you focus on what you do best: design great buildings.

Secure cloud system

GRAPHISOFT’s BIMcloud guarantees fast, efficient, and secure access to shared projects in real-time, regardless of the size of the project. Available in both private and public cloud configurations on standard hardware means even smaller offices can take advantage of fast, efficient and secure access to shared projects in real time — and security is guaranteed even when collaborating over the Internet.

Open collaboration

OPEN BIM is a vendor-neutral, modern approach to collaboration that welcomes all software vendors, AEC practices (designers, engineers, and builders) and built asset owners. OPEN BIM extends the benefits of BIM by improving the accessibility, usability, management, and sustainability of digital data in the AEC industry. Sharable project information supports seamless collaboration for all project participants.

Flexible licencing options

Manage your finances and your software with flexible terms and conditions by choosing the license that works best for your studio – Perpetual, Subscription, Fixed Term, or Rental.

The perpetual licence is the traditional method to buy software. There is an initial cost to purchase the software, plus an optional annual fee to enable membership, which grants you upgrades and technical support. Buying a perpetual licence means the software is yours to use indefinitely.

With the subscription model, you will pay a per user fee (monthly or annually) which entitles you to upgrades and technical support. This model can be automatically renewed although you will never own the licence.

“Offering a number of purchasing options means new and existing clients have the ultimate flexibility”.

The bespoke fixed term facility allows you to purchase a perpetual licence over a period of two or three years. In this period you are granted access to upgrades and technical support, and after the period, transfer of title is available.

A rental licence gives you the ability to use the latest software version for a fixed period of time, for a one off fee. (Durations include one month, three months, six months and twelve months).

Work more efficiently

Any architectural studio that has been in business for even a small amount of time has invested time and money in installing and running software, training staff, developing building projects and building a suite of supporting applications to manage their workload.

“From design stage to site we’re 30-35% faster using Archicad. Once the project gets onsite the time savings grow exponentially.” Ran Ankory, director of Scenario Architecture

The decision to move to another software developers application is not, therefore, made lightly, and is usually undertaken to gain access to a more advanced software or to address issues that their existing applications can’t handle – or to mitigate rising software costs.

Whether you are a solo practitioner or work as part of a team, one of the below strategies could benefit your studio.

Time to Implement New Model Design

Direct Cutover

As its name implies, a Direct Cutover involves an overnight switch from one application to another. It is more commonly used in other industries where there is less commitment to legacy solutions but can be effective where it is used to galvanise a studio into adopting fresh working practices – like moving from a non-BIM to a BIM oriented environment.

Parallel Operation

A parallel adoption of a new application implies the development of one or more of the studio’s projects using both the existing and the proposed, new application. One of the arguments in its favour is that comparisons can be made between each, and the new application’s user-friendliness, capabilities and advantages can be explored – besides experiencing any user issues caused by moving from one to the other.

Pilot Operation

Probably the most common method of implementing Archicad, Pilot Implementations, has a 95% conversion ratio, allow selected projects to be run over a period of time, supported by a customised training scheme and a bespoke Pilot-Project template file.

Phased Operation

As the title suggests, a phased implementation is carried out when a studio is able to subdivide the staff into different workgroups – perhaps by project classification, technology, region or other – and to focus on a full implementation of an application before moving on to the next workgroup.

Making the Switch

If you are evaluating your software options or face increasing costs from your current vendor, we are providing all the essential components for your studio to make the switch to Archicad, whether you are looking at a direct, parallel, pilot or phased implementation.

Our full implementation packages for individuals and teams are also available at reduced rates. With our instructor led training modules, consultancy and additional tools you will gain better skills more quickly and ultimately reach a higher level of productivity.

“Great functionality – it outperforms everything else I looked at. The best bit of kit I have ever had. It saves so much time compared to work I had to do in Revit.  It made Revit look archaic. Outstanding.”  Scott Walker, Blackhawk Design and Build