As much as we all love ARCHICAD, it is only a tool. In order to make a good profit, we must get the best out of it. Join this In-Practice Presentation to discover how to leverage your investment in software and training to increase practice profits.
Timothy Ball, with JHD Architects, a modest residential practice in Tunbridge Wells, shares how his firm developed workflows and systems that help them achieve a very good profit. The key to their workflow is to embed all the construction documentation required into a single ARCHICAD file:
- 3D geometry
- 3D detailing
- 2D drawings
- Detailed specification notes
- Detailed specification documentation
Without good communication, quality drawings and detailed specifications, experience shows that you can lose a lot of money on site. You end up spending extra time on site dealing with problems, often delaying the job and incurring extras that you then have to explain to the client. That hits your profit and your reputation.
By creating systems with ARCHICAD and heavily using favorites, you can turn confusion into understanding. Plus, these methods require less staff, which further increases profits. The goal is to never model or specify twice – do it once and save it for re-use.
Timothy Ball, JHD Architects – Passionate about contemporary architecture and music, Tim is an expert in the use of 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) software that speeds up the building process and reduces costs. As well as designing in BIM, he advises others on implementing BIM to improve productivity and deliver better buildings. He is an advanced user of a BIM authoring software called ARCHICAD and has spoken regularly at ARCHICAD Summer Schools in Cardiff and Liverpool, The Building Centre and RIBA South East Region events, and authored a chapter for the RIBA’s book “Innovative BIM in Small Practice”. He also lectures on the advanced use of ARCHICAD as part of the Masters of ARCHICAD programme.