Common Data Environment (CDE)

The use of building information modelling (BIM) software and tools is growing rapidly, especially as a result of the Digital-Built Britain initiative that aims to update and improve the way we plan, build, maintain, and use the country’s infrastructure. To properly take advantage of the many benefits that BIM provides, it must be possible to freely exchange, manipulate, and use the... more

ARCHICAD Connection Add-In for Autodesk Revit

  The GRAPHISOFT connection is a free add in for Autodesk Revit applications. The add in improves further the IFC model-based and bi-directional data exchange in an OPEN* format. The new add-in not only updates previous add-ins for the latest Revit applications, but also contains some new functions. Improved IFC Import - imports IFC models to Revit using extra... more

Grasshopper – ARCHICAD Live Connection Update

GRAPHISOFT® has released an update to its intelligent Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection.  This industry-first, bi-directional “live” connection allows Rhino/Grasshopper users to connect to a professional BIM software, ARCHICAD. Developed by GRAPHISOFT, Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connections allow architects to leverage the strengths of the three design environments --... 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

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

Architects Poised to Take Industry Leadership

With the advent of BIM Level 2 and data driving the industry’s future, there are not only changes to the technology, process and delivery, but also to the leadership playing field. The BIM process requires that data is brought together (federated). This enables interrogation to take place in a more controlled and visible environment. Consequently, architects find themselves able to... 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

The Eight Pillars of BIM Level 2 – Part One

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 first four processes and associated documents that should be incorporated into your projects. Pillar One - Capital... 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