New ARCHICAD 22 COBie Guide

COBie is the Construction-Operations Building information exchange, used in the handover of facility management information. It is important because it provides a common structure and format for distributing information about new and existing buildings and infrastructure. The use of COBie is mandatory in the UK for all government projects, and is increasingly relevant in the US and... more

Maber’s Isaac Newton Building : How ARCHICAD Eased Tight Deadlines

The Isaac Newton Building is somewhat unusual in that it is purpose-built as a school of Engineering. At the time of its construction, it was the first such building in the UK for more than 20 years. Located on the Brayford campus of the University of Lincoln, construction was a collaboration between the University of Lincoln and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery LTD (SITL). The... more

Lunch and Learn Webinar Series Summary

The Lunch and Learn webinar series, delivered over the last 6 months, has demonstrated a number of topics focusing on model based design and the coordination of data. This webinar series have proved very popular with over 650 registrations throughout the series. Thank you to all of the attendees throughout the Lunch and Learn series and for all of the positive feedback we have... more

Lunch and Learn Webinar Series 1 – View recordings

Our series of Lunch and Learn webinar recordings have demonstrated model based design and the coordination of BIM data. Lunch and Learn - Mobile Communication with BIMx BIMx (Building Explorer) for iOS and Android is an innovative, interactive, communication tool for building design professionals setting new standards for design communication and presentation in the AEC... more

COBie for all ARCHICAD users

In 2011 the UK government announced that from 4 April 2016 that all centrally procured projects would need to deliver what is referred to as BIM Level 2. Over the intervening years the standards, guidance and processes have been developed to allow the industry to formulate a consistent approach to BIM. Whilst the BIM Level 2 agenda was developed by the BIM Task Group for government... 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

ARCHICAD 20 Review – ‘architect-tailored to the bone’

The aim of ARCHICAD 20 by GRAPHISOFT® is to enhance architects’ BIM experience and improve the way information can be viewed or shared among project members. The latest version of ARCHICAD® therefore helps architects work more efficiently and ultimately speeds up the design process. So what improvements make ARCHICAD 20 the perfect tool for the modern architect’s... more

The Eight Pillars of BIM Level 2 – Part Two

The original mandate for Level 2 Building Information Modelling (BIM) incorporated seven pillars. Since the publication of PAS 1192-5:2015 there are now arguably eight pillars which make up a Level 2 BIM project. In order to be truly Level 2 BIM compliant here are the remaining four processes and associated documents that should be incorporated into your projects. Pillar Five - BIM... more

BIM Conference – Thursday 29 September 2016

Applecore Designs are delighted to inform you that we will again be the organisers of the BIM Conference 2016 being held on Thursday 29 September 2016. The Programme Committee have assembled knowledgeable speakers in their field with the main BIM Conference emphasis focusing on the practical support available, enabling businesses across the Construction Industry to move from theory... more

Implementation – Are you ready for BIM?

The implementation of BIM Level 2 on Government projects  means that all public building projects will only be given to firms that have embrace the process. We have written a five-part series to explain the change that BIM will bring and how to prepare your practice implementation for this. A quick overview of what these posts are about can be seen below: Part 1: What is... more