The latest version of our premium BIM design software for architects, ArchiCAD 16 has been recognized by Architosh – an internet magazine focused on Mac CAD and 3D professionals and students – as the Desktop winner of its first annual BEST of SHOW awards for software presented at the 2012 AIA National Convention.
Architosh is an Internet magazine dedicated to Mac and iOS CAD and 3D software applications led by Senior Associate Editor, Pete Evans, AIA and Editor-in-Chief Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED, AP. Evans and Frausto-Robledo selected what they considered the best software items in two categories: desktop and iOS mobile. In order for products to be eligible products in the desktop software category it must have been introduced no more than ten months prior to the show and be on the market within nine months after receiving the award. Only software products that run on Apple’s iOS platform as well as on both Mac and Windows platforms can be considered for the award.
Frausto-Robledo stated, “ArchiCAD 16 introduces powerful new direct-modeling technology,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, editor-in-chief, “and explicit modeling has been clearly identified as in need in BIM market research, including Architosh’s large 2010 BIM report. In addition, the integration of Graphisoft’s EcoDesigner into ArchiCAD 16 encourages architects to design buildings with the environment in mind.”
“We are honored to receive this recognition given by the editors of Architosh,” said Steve Benford, GRAPHISOFT Managing Director. “The award indicates how our software meets and provides solutions for these challenging and exiting times. ArchiCAD will continue to evolve and develop in a way to provide a clear path to success for our users.”
The direct-modeling technology referred to by Frausto-Robledo is the new MORPH™ tool found in ArchiCAD 16. Providing an even higher level of design freedom and flexibility; the MORPH™ tool has no geometric limitation which means every edge, point and surface can be moved and shaped freely and textures can be fine-tuned on every surface. The brand new MORPH™ tool makes it possible to create an element creation with any custom geometry in an intuitive graphical way. It features popular modeling techniques such as push & pull. MORPH elements can be created from scratch simply by drawing a 3D polygon or by converting any existing ArchiCAD BIM element. The MORPH tool is an optimal solution for creating custom BIM components, custom structures, and custom elements of the built environment as well as custom-designed building interiors.
The award from Architosh also recognizes a significant addition to ArchiCAD, one that provides a BIM solution with the best built-in energy evaluation tools available; the incorporation of EcoDesigner directly into the model. The tools are based on entirely new technology (e.g. zone-boundary based building model geometry analysis, analytic weather data input option, etc.) that brings reliable, dynamic energy evaluation of a BIM model directly within ArchiCAD. Data and analysis reports that can influence decisions that impact a building’s sustainability will now be generated by relying on BIM geometry analysis and accurate hour-by-hour online weather data of the building’s location.