Today GRAPHISOFT announced the upcoming release of ARCHICAD 21. Users will be able to step up their BIM thanks to the inclusion of a new and intuitive Stair Tool, featuring GRAPHISOFT’s patent-pending Predictive Design™ technology.

Building intuitive functionality into ARCHICAD has always differentiated it from other BIM solutions in the industry. The next-gen Stair Tool found in ARCHICAD 21 provides a creative, productive and enjoyable user experience — the reason why architects love ARCHICAD. ARCHICAD 21’s Stair Tool does the heavy lifting in the background – making sure the architect’s stair design complies with relevant global and local design standards – turning what is usually a painful task into something fun.

New Stair and Railing Tools

The stringent standards that go along with designing stairs make it one of the most complex tasks in architecture. Syncing design intent with those standards can require hours of tedious, manual work to complete countless iterations. GRAPHISOFT developed ARCHICAD 21 to extend architects’ creativity with automatic validation against human ergonomics — on the fly — through this new Stair Tool. As you work on the stairs, ARCHICAD’s algorithms validate thousands of design options in the background and offer the most optimal stair designs to choose from within the context of the specific building.

With ARCHICAD 21’s next-gen Stair Tool, architects can jump right into the creative process: placing stairs with simple polyline input and choosing from various design options. If a problem can be solved in a variety of ways, the software offers a selection of the best options that fit both the user’s graphical input and the chosen standards. Intuitive graphical methods allow users to easily tweak the stair’s shape and to customize structural and finish components. As for the Railing Tool, one-click input creates an instant associative railing along stairs or other building elements, whose posts and panels can be assigned as patterns, or customized individually.

But wait, there’s more!

Updated CineRender Engine

CineRender by MAXON offers architects integrated, photo-realistic rendering options in the BIM context. The latest version introduces Light Mapping and Secondary GI methods for more realistic, yet fast rendering.

Element Classification System

An ARCHICAD model can be described as a central BIM database that stores all project data and makes it accessible to any project stakeholder. While previous ARCHICAD versions provided a fixed set of Element Classifications, ARCHICAD 21 introduces a flexible way to classify elements supporting any national or company-standard classification system. In addition, classifications are core to intelligent OPEN BIM workflows, providing unprecedented interoperability among disciplines. Classifications can be transferred between projects via XML file format.

IFC Model Referencing

Refinements to ARCHICAD’s best-in-class OPEN BIM workflows in version 21 will further smooth out the process of interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Place IFC files as hotlinks into ARCHICAD projects as protected reference content. Model Filtering narrows the inserted IFC reference content by categories, such as Structural or MEP, or by element selection. The inserted IFC model content can be updated easily from the linked source file. If the link is broken, elements of the inserted IFC modules can be edited as regular ARCHICAD elements.

Collision Detection

With the evolution of BIM as the de facto workflow, architects increasingly receive consultant information in a BIM format. To help architects fulfill their role as lead coordinator of the model, Collision Detection becomes a standard part of the feature set starting with ARCHICAD 21.

In addition to the features highlighted above, ARCHICAD 21 delivers several other performance and functional improvements.

For more information about ARCHICAD 21, and to sign up for the online streaming of ARCHICAD 21’s world premiere, please click here

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