GRAPHISOFT is announcing the latest version of premium BIM design software for architects, ArchiCAD 16. ArchiCAD 16 will be released on May 30, 2012, with shipment to customers beginning within a few weeks after the official release. Following a tight release schedule, all 26 local versions are planned to reach the market by the end of Q3 2012.
This version of ArchiCAD promises to be the greenest BIM solution available. That’s because ArchiCAD 16 will include built-in energy evaluation tools - 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.
ArchiCAD 16 takes on one of the most rapidly expanding segments of the BIM industry, building components – with its parametric GDL technology. This powerful tool has long helped architects create intelligent building components. In ArchiCAD 16, GRAPHISOFT fundamentally increases the average user’s ability to obtain custom BIM Components for their BIM projects. ArchiCAD’s new modeling capabilities, connected with the cloud-based BIM Component database makes it so users can create, search, upload, and download custom BIM components as they choose. The fully-integrated web portal makes sharing BIM components a core community function. BIMcomponents.com also provides a central “marketplace” for all GDL objects to directly reach ArchiCAD users when they need those objects the most.
ArchiCAD 16 enables design freedom and flexibility with the MORPH tool. It 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.