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

ARCHICAD 20 – Information management

An ARCHICAD model can be described as a central BIM database that stores all project data and makes it accessible to any project stakeholder. Previous ARCHICAD versions have provided diverse data definition options, with different limitations. Now, ARCHICAD 20 introduces ARCHICAD Element Properties: a robust foundational technology for future BIM data management in the ARCHICAD... more

ARCHICAD 20 – A fresh look at BIM

GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software developer for architects and designers, announced today the latest version of its industry-leading BIM software solution.  ARCHICAD 20 features a brand new, high resolution “flat-design” graphical UI that sets the new version apart from run-of-the-mill BIM tools. Underneath the surface, a number of important... more

BIM are you ready Part 5: Preparing ARCHICAD for COBie

When it comes to preparing model data and exporting to COBie, ARCHICAD users can guarantee that the resulting COBie file will be 100% accurate. Not just Graphisoft's say so, but confirmed in the buildingSMART alliance documents challenge which reported in 2014 that ARCHICAD 17 fulfilled 100% of the COBie requirements. And before this, in 2013, ARCHICAD was the first architectural... more

COBie and IFC

The Government and an ever increasing private sector client base are committed to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the use of open-standard data to deliver greater value and be more efficient. The open-standard data format required for level 2 BIM is a combination of COBie and IFC data schema. OPEN BIM technologies, such as buildingSMART International’s Industry Foundation... more