Archicad 14 : focus on exchange + interoperability
So, if you remember last month I mentioned Graphisoft was releasing the new version of Archicad, well a couple of days ago they finally announced the launch of Archicad 14 due to ship next month!
As you may know, Archicad is usually used for architectural modelling, but the newest version is focusing on greater integration and collaboration workflow of the architect and the engineer, aiming to squeeze in to the multi-discipline practices’ workflow. As many practices are now adopting BIM (Building Information Modeling) they are exploring their options on the major platforms (Mac/Windows), and quickly realising that Graphisoft is not only a world-leader in BIM applications, but it is THE world-leader in “cross-platform” BIM.
“While Autodesk’s Revit is easily the best known BIM tool and Bentley’s MicroStation suite has an established fan base in London practices, there is growing interest in ArchiCAD, which is the most mature and flexible architectural modelling product on the market.” - Martyn DAY, AECmag
This version is faster and more polished with many improvements, along with some great new features including shadows in 3D OpenGL mode, Teamwork “Pack & Go”, and a complete IFC exchange workflow.
More realism in OpenGL model view with real-time shadows
image source : AECmag
The developers have worked really hard to get the export and import process smooth + simple, as it’s recognised in designing buildings that exchanging data is not usually a one-way process but revised versions may constantly be having round-trips between architect - consultant - engineer - architect again. Archicad 14 is able to exchange very detailed data between popular structural and environmental analysis software including, IES, Solibri, Vico, Scia, Tekla, Revit MEP, Revit Structures, Ecotect, Tekla Structures, AxisVM and more.
Interoperability and data exchange with Archicad 14
image source : Architosh
By essentially “tagging” the geometry, architects will be able to choose which parts are load-bearing + what’s interior / exterior, allowing the structural and MEP models to be displayed with the architectural model and thus become a complete reference model for every single component in a building - which can then obviously be used for clash detection like with Autodesk Navisworks, but at essentially half the price.
Clash detection in Archicad 14
image source : AECmag
Over at AECmag Martyn Day has had a chance to check out these new features in action, and Anthony Frausto-Robledo of Architosh even got to talk to Graphisoft about the new features of Archicad 14, the interoperability and “openness” of the IFC exchange model, and the improvements of Teamwork and BIM server in his article “In depth with Archicad 14”.