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Conquering BIM: never do just one thing

Conquering BIM: never do just one thing

Part One: Never do just one thing In my first post about Project Info, I ended with this statement about automation and coordination: “It’s an old ARCHICAD adage that if you’re going to see something more than once, model it. That’s how we...
Intelligent Dumbing (2016)

Intelligent Dumbing (2016)

Good BIM practices require us to include as much information as we know, as early as possible. Often this results in educated guesses, placeholders, and an avalanche of specificity that frightens anyone without the understanding of why we work this way. It is not...
There are only two reasons to do BIM

There are only two reasons to do BIM

The B in BIM stands for Business Recently, I talked about your first task when learning BIM. Once you can match and exceed what you did before, what comes next? Whatever you want, really. But it should be done within the following frame work: Whether you are just...
Sylla International Designs Innovative House with ARCHICAD

Sylla International Designs Innovative House with ARCHICAD

More than a year ago here on the blog, we profiled Cheikh Sylla of Tampa, FL-based Sylla International and his decision to adopt ARCHICAD over another BIM software he had been using for quite some time. Since then he has been busy, putting his skills and ARCHICAD to the test. At the start of 2015 Sylla evaluated his decision candidly, honestly sharing his experience for his readers and other architects considering a similar change.

How to Name Things in ARCHICAD

How to Name Things in ARCHICAD

Jeff’s Wall blw Parapet but Above Transom_Current_NotUsed-Active.2D 02042015 Is it a Layer? A Composite? A Complex Profile? A Fill? A Surface? A Detail? A Worksheet? A file? Who knows. But we can guess which one of our coworkers created it…and when. And we...
I want to learn ArchiCAD, where do I start?

I want to learn ArchiCAD, where do I start?

“I want to learn ArchiCAD…what should I do?” I get this question ALL the time. And because I am who I am, I often drop everything I’m doing and respond, whether I’m asked via the Internet, over the phone, or in person. If you’ve...
How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 2)

How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 2)

Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful. -Shaker Philosophy In yesterday’s post, I started looking at the question of “How much should I model in...
How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 1)

How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 1)

In a not-so-recent post I discussed how to intelligently dumb down your output. I stressed that it is important to separate the intelligence of the model from that of the documentation. Add everything you can into the model and then curate what your audience sees....
More Productive After Making the Switch

More Productive After Making the Switch

Software transition stories happen all the time, whether we hear about them or not. In learning about the story of an architectural firm switching from one software to another, the reader needs to fully understand the why. One story worth checking out is that of the firm SYLLA INTERNATIONAL.

Pen Sets, Part Five: Babysteps to Energy Analysis

Pen Sets, Part Five: Babysteps to Energy Analysis

If you are just joining us, this is the fifth post in my Pen Sets series. Posts one through three are from Shoegnome and reference mostly ArchiCAD 11. Post Four was recently published on BIM Engine and updates my theories for ArchiCAD 17 (and everything else I’ve learned since 2011).

Intelligent Dumbing

Intelligent Dumbing

I recently wrote an article for an online AIA journal. The topic was about BIM and design. Here’s an excerpt: “BIM also provides the opportunity for shifts in resolution. Architects designing with BIM can dial up or down the detail of a model, either by...
Don’t Miss the BIMx Docs Webinar

Don’t Miss the BIMx Docs Webinar

Last week, GRAPHISOFT announced the availability of its presentation and BIM project viewer on the App Store. BIMx Docs is the next level of our award-winning app, BIMx, with features architects have been waiting for. Don’t miss the upcoming webinar in which the...
ArchiCAD and Shop Drawings

ArchiCAD and Shop Drawings

The Layout Book is a very strong feature of ArchiCAD, but sometimes it’s easy to forget how powerful it is. How wonderful is it that one can just drag and drop to place views? And that views are numbered correctly (by either using a Grid or the views’...
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