ARCHICAD 19 Articles

Student Competition Winners!

Student Competition Winners!

We have our winners! GRAPHISOFT North America, in partnership with award-winning ARCHICAD firm, Kitchen & Associates (K&A) and AIA West Jersey, proudly announce the winners of our inaugural student design competition. We arranged the competition to...
A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 2

A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 2

How am I going to model this Octopus? ARCHICAD doesn’t have an Octopus Tool! Previously we looked at the potential uses of Tools in general and how a Tool’s name can be misleading. While a tool might be named after its primary use, what the name implies is not...
A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 1

A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 1

What is in a Name? A common difficulty for new users is figuring out how to model the desired geometry in ARCHICAD; and make it look correct in section, elevation, plan and 3D, while avoiding unnecessary drafting or redundant model elements. This struggle is often...
The I in Schedules stands for IFC

The I in Schedules stands for IFC

In a recent blog post, we looked at why we should care about IFC. Now we will look at one way to use IFC. Don’t panic, this is not going to get overly technical. I won’t get into naming conventions or how your project is doomed if you don’t use the...
Your first task when switching to BIM

Your first task when switching to BIM

There is no If. There is only When. While reflecting on ten years of using ARCHICAD, I wrote about my friend Jon. Maybe you clicked on the hyperlink on his name. If you did, you probably read a few of his articles. He’s written some great posts. Two of my...
Returning to the Days of Ancient ArchiCAD

Returning to the Days of Ancient ArchiCAD

A lot has happened since 2006 As of January 2016, I have been using ARCHICAD for ten years. I first used ARCHICAD while working for the Nelson Tremain Partnership in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Below is a rendering I did for them in 2006 using ARCHICAD 9’s brand new...
Pick Your Playlist – Learn ARCHICAD 19 – Point Cloud Support

Pick Your Playlist – Learn ARCHICAD 19 – Point Cloud Support

Refurbishment projects typically start with a time-consuming building-survey phase that may involve manual measurements and the creation of a digital building model. But now 3D scanners – representing the latest technology innovations – can generate “point-clouds” containing all the necessary geometry information of an interior, including its volutes and ornaments.

ARCHICAD 19 can read the most commonly used point-cloud file formats and create the corresponding 3D geometry instantly. So you can align your design with automatically-generated, 100% accurate point-cloud 3D geometry information.

Sun Studies and moving beyond what we always did

Sun Studies and moving beyond what we always did

To end my post on the Where, When, and Who of renderings, I did a quick sun study. Like I mentioned in my followup article on bettering siding, I was just showing off what we can do in ARCHICAD. Here’s the video: With CineRender it is so easy to make cool...
From CineRender to the 3D Window

From CineRender to the 3D Window

In my article on lap siding and baked on shadows, I discussed creating an image-based Surface. Starting with a photo, I walked through the steps required to get a nice looking model in the 3D Window, and a strong starting point for developing renderings throughout the...
Lap Siding and Baked On Shadows

Lap Siding and Baked On Shadows

In my previous post, I wrote about the creation of a simple rendering. Or really I talked about incorporating existing conditions to improve a basic rendering. The focus was on site context—location, time, and also the viewer/client. But there was one other piece of...
Maximized Work Environments in ARCHICAD

Maximized Work Environments in ARCHICAD

I’ve been thinking a lot about Work Environments since ARCHICAD 19 was released. ARCHICAD 19: now is the time to fix your Work Environment Shoegnome Work Environment for ARCHICAD 19 An ARCHICAD Work Environment that supports how you work is going to save time,...
Easy but not Obvious

Easy but not Obvious

A reader of mine had an issue with my ARCHICAD 19 Work Environment. He was an experienced user—in subsequent conversations, I believe he mentioned he first learned ARCHICAD 4.55—but the differences in my Work Environment (WE) had left him stumbling. In the end we...
Rhino – GH – ARCHICAD Connection

Rhino – GH – ARCHICAD Connection

This video clip presents how to create a free-form shading device for a multistory building by using Rhinoceros, Grasshopper and ARCHICAD. The new connection between the applications offers bi-directional geometry transfer. The basic geometrical shapes created in Rhinoceros now can be translated into full-fledged BIM elements in ARCHICAD while adding algorithmic editing functionality thanks to Grasshopper.

GRAPHISOFT is all about ABX 2015

GRAPHISOFT is all about ABX 2015

The upcoming ABX Conference, Convention and Expo promises to impress attendees with the latest in industry trends, educate them in some 200 sessions and show them how to make it all come together with state-of-the-art products on the show floor. This year’s...
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