Graphisoft has announced details of Archicad 24, delivering design tool improvements, enhanced design workflows and significant productivity improvements to its core design processes.
Available on both PC and Mac operating systems this latest version includes:
- Integrated Design with Structural Analytical Models, MEP tools, and model quality checking.
- Change tracking and model comparison, assisting you in visualising and managing design changes.
- Enhanced issue management (mark-up) to communicate problems, suggestions, and resolutions.
- BIMcloud as a multi-disciplinary model hub with team management tools and file storage.
Archicad 24 also includes general productivity improvements such as, Python scripting to help you to automate tasks. an improved library content update, import of Revit families, polyline editing, and option sets included in Excel export, along with Dark Mode (Mac only).
Major developments in Archicad and BIMcloud provide a breakthrough toward real, interactive collaboration among multi-disciplinary teams. While architects design with the help of geometrically accurate “Physical Models”, engineers tend to use simplified Structural Analytical Models to simulate and optimise the structure. Archicad now provides bi-directional integration of these two models.
The load-bearing elements/core components are added to the Structural Analytical Model, with controls over structural links and supports. This information is then shared with structural analysis tools, and after the engineer makes any changes to the analytical model, the physical model is updated in Archicad. Architects and structural engineers can use Archicad to work in parallel to create buildings with correct load-bearing construction.
MEP Modeller is now a core part of the software, without need for a separate add-on, providing native MEP modelling capabilities inside Archicad and improved conversion of MEP objects through IFC import. Enhancements to existing tools mean that it is now possible to create joint openings out of pipes and ducts running parallel to each other, including from hotlinked/IFC elements.
Model Quality Checking
Archicad already includes a built-in collision detection tool, but now two new types of checks are available:
- Physical Model quality checking ensures that the physical model is correct, conforming to defined modeling standards.
- Structural Analytical Model quality checking ensures that the automatically generated structural analytical model is correct and ready for export.
The model check report provides straight-forward management of reported problems from all three of the model checking functions, in a single list, which you can report with the issue management tools.
Archicad‘s new issue management tools allow the team to concentrate on solving issues. As in traditional issue management workflows and the previous mark-up tools, you can still highlight model elements and assign them to other users with comments. The updated tools also include suggestions (new, modify, delete), which can be tagging against design elements with a colour code. After accepting a suggestion, the changes are made to the model.
The issue management workflow supports the latest BCF format (2.1) for import and export, as well as all earlier BCF versions.
Archicad 24 introduces Model Compare to assists in keep track of design changes, evaluating design variants, and adapting ongoing design changes, by comparing two 3D models or two versions of a model. Changes are presented graphically in a 3D view where versions are shown in different colours, with sliders to emphasise or dim the display of the model changes or unchanged elements.
Model Compare can be used to compare the current open model with an external model, compare changes to Teamwork model versions (BIMcloud only), detect changes in hotlinks, and to compare structural analytical models.
In a highly collaborative environment, members from different teams need to join the team at different stages, with clearly separated responsibilities. With the new user “Teams” associated to each project, BIMcloud ensures that every member of the project team has the access rights needed to collaborate, or to upload and download the relevant files needed for coordination.
To optimise the exchange of information, BIMcloud is now able to host any file format – BIMcloud has been transformed into a model hub for multi-disciplinary team collaboration and coordination, and now offers a totally open BIM-based platform, supporting file formats including IFC, BCF, PDF, DWG. This includes publishing these file formats directly from Archicad to the BIMcloud, or uploading the files via the browser interface. Files on the BIMcloud can then be accessed from within Archicad, to place and update hotlinked models or link 2D drawings directly into your Teamwork project.
BIMcloud now keeps all previous versions of uploaded files. This ensures transparency in tracking earlier modifications, and allowing previous versions of files (or entire folders) to be downloaded.
Archicad Teamwork also introduces project change tracking, enabling you and your team to receive automatic notifications of any relevant changes to the model. Each team member can set up a subscription to receive their own set of notifications for individual 3D model elements, or changes in project data, and will receive notifications as soon as any of these changes are syncronised to the BIMcloud. These changes can also be displayed graphically in combination with the model comparison tool (above).
(Note that these new BIMcloud features are not available in BIMcloud Basic.)
Here are some additional highlights of the design, documentation and collaboration workflow improvements in Archicad 24:
Content Library Update – As part of the continuous library development, Archicad has applied a little polish to its residential interior furnishing elements, making it easier to place new, modern-style library objects into your scene, bringing both 2D and 3D views to life. This includes new and updated beds, sofa, armchairs, coffee tables, pillows and blankets.
Polyline Editing Functions – improved polyline editing, with the intersect and fillet/chamfer commands.
JSON/Python API – Archicad 24 introduces a new API layer that aims to lay the foundation for running automation scripts and complex command chains, including accessing and modifying element properties, and navigator elements such as views.
Option Sets in Excel – when a exporting a schedule to .xlsx file format, “Option Set” property types will inlude a pull-down list of the appropriate values, for easy and precise value input.
Revit Geometry Exchange (add-on) – import and export elements with their precise geometry and parameters (as non-editable content) from Revit (RVT versions 2015-2020) files for coordination and model referencing purposes. RVT files can be accessed locally or via BIMcloud, using Hotlink or Publish functions.
Import Revit Families (add-on) – create objects, doors and windows from Revit Families (RFA versions 2015-2020) and use them in the Archicad project. The generated Archicad library items have the same precise geometry and all parameters (in non-editable mode) as those stored in RFA.
Dark Mode (Mac Only) – Archicad can adapt its appearance to this macOS System Preference setting (introduced in macOS Mojave 10.14), with dark icons and dark UI colour palette.
Upgrade and Licensing Information
Our upgrade calculator lists all the new features and enhancements of ArchiCAD 24 in a user friendly format. Simply use the slider bar to select your current version (from Archicad 10) and the calculator will any additional features and functions since.
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