ARCHICAD 20 – Putting the ‘I’ in BIM

A renewed approach to importing, handling and displaying the different forms of data related to any architectural model, means that with ARCHICAD 20, architects have more creative freedom. According to Graphisoft, simplifying data management in ARCHICAD 20 design software has “put the ‘I’ in BIM”.

So, let’s take a look at some of the ways ARCHICAD 20 addresses data management issues, with a few practical examples.

ARCHICAD 20 creates visual footprints for imported data

Little of the data is generated by architects themselves. In fact, from fire ratings to item cost, most of this information comes from multiple third party sources, who are not BIM users.

ARCHICAD 20 has a dedicated non-geometric data management framework called Property Manager, which is fully integrated with the Find and Select tool and Element Schedules to assist in finding and editing data. Since most data arrives with no visual footprint, ARCHICAD 20 offers one or allows the user to create one. For example, visual cues are automatically provided to whether a wall has a 30-minute, 60-minute or 90-minute fire rating, allowing the designer to create a drawing or a 3D view that presents fire rating.

ArchiCAD 20 data - fire rating model

ARCHICAD 20 creates a path between BIM and spreadsheet

Much of the information from manufactured elements, such as doors, arrives in excel spreadsheets. Until now there has been no two-way exchange of information between BIM model and excel file, which creates a disjointed and broken workflow.

ARCHICAD 20 directly imports data into ARCHICAD Elements, automatically populating the BIM model and schedules. Furthermore, a two-way path between BIM and spreadsheet is created, by attaching unique ID numbers to incoming data.

ARCHICAD 20’s new favourites simplify data management

Graphisoft says that ARCHICAD 20’s new approach to using elements is how architects will now manage information in ARCHICAD.  ARCHICAD 20 now offers graphical favourites, which offers thumbnail views as well as names. Other features to ease data management include:

  • The ability to rearrange favourites to put most used first in a tree/folder structure
  • The facility to search by properties, as well as item names
  • Favourite option pop-ups at mouse point

ArchiCAD 20 data - screen shot of favourites

ARCHICAD 20’s Graphic Override is now used to update and display data

In past versions, the Renovation tool would control and filter the display of elements based on renovation status. Now, a new tool, Graphic Override, will override the appearance of elements based on given criteria. For example, in an instant, Graphic Override will paint all 60-minute fire-resistant walls orange – with views available for both 2D and 3D.

ARCHICAD 20 integrates with the latest algorithmic design technology

The most popular product for algorithmic design is 3D modeller, Rhino, and its add-on, Grasshopper. Algorithmic design is a state-of-the-art technology in architecture, which sets geometric elements as parametric constraints in initial concept, allowing rapid exploration of unlimited options by the architect. With the initial concept developed in Rhino+Grasshopper, however, there is no live connection with BIM to take the concept to the schematic and construction phase. So ARCHICAD developers have now added a two-way live link to import and export data between Rhino+Grasshopper and ARCHICAD 20.

ARCHICAD design software is considered a pioneer of BIM technology. It has combined internal improvements in ARCHICAD features with a key technology alliance to create a space where architects can comfortably handle information and consequently take more control of their design.

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