Some vital tips for beginners users of BIM

If it is required to apply BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology as an independent professional or as a construction firm, three major factors should be taken into consideration which range from the technology, the process, and the people who use it.

Given below, some vital factors of these three aspects to optimize the use of BIM :-


Types of applicable modelling tools: While put BIM into practice, focus should be given on the hardware and software requirements before shifting from CAD to BIM. With the extensive applications of BIM , the range of services are also increased.

Presently, two of the most recognized and used modeling tools on the market are Autodesk Revit and Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD which can deal with any type of project. While selecting what tools should be applied, it’s important to think about the rest of the project’s participants and elements; validating what other tools should be employed in the design process, in addition to the project’s calculations and specialties.

Revit or ArchiCAD?

Together with the software, it’s vital to take the operating system into account that should be used, because Revit is only compatible with windows operating systems whereas ArchiCAD is compatible both with Windows or MAC. Also, check the version of the software as Revit is not well-suited bidirectionally. It signifies that Revit 2018 is unable to open a Revit 2019 file that can lead to hang-ups in a project if all are applying different versions.

The modeling software uses up a significant portion of RAM memory, so, it is recommended to use more.


Slowly Execute BIM: There exist several levels of implementation and it is a continuous process that should be executed with patience and as much organization as possible, if at all possible with the guidance of a BIM consultant or professional.

Initially, set up the goals of the execution, you will require then to look at its effect on productivity. It normally comprises of the time required for training as well as the learning curves of the software.

Optimizing the ‘Learning Curve’: One of the vital factors to make best use of the learning curve is by embracing or executing it into a ‘beta’ project, that should belong to the profile of a professional or company development project. The purpose is to function as a starting point to produce the content, flow, and locate the program’s weak spots prior to implement the BIM technology to the rest of your projects. This beta project is also a good starting point to generate internal documentation of the requirements and modeling standards which should be settled and maintained by the company.

These factors will accelerate the process of incorporating BIM technology and project development and will also reduces the complications associated with execution.


Types of projects to be designed and developed by whom

It it is required to implement BIM as an architectural or construction firm or as an independent professional, the implementation process commences with understanding what these technologies entail and how they impact, for better or worse, the process of project development.

By keeping this in mind, it’s also a good idea to put the following question: what type of projects will be undertaken ? There are several types of projects which require different tools and BIM technologies.

It’s also essential to choose the profile of the people who will employ the technology.

The learning/training process is very much concerned with the BIM tools/technology that should be applied to develop projects under this technology.

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ARCHICAD 22 is launched by GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT has introduced ARCHICAD 22, the updated version of ARCHICAD building information management (BIM) software. Given below, some exclusive features of it.

Better Facades: The Curtain Wall tool is entirely redesigned and transformed to a real design tool rather from just a modeling tool.

The new Curtain Wall tool contains an interactive preview, where it is possible to arrange your required facade design with frames and watch it appear on the wall. If it is required to employ a repeating pattern, the pattern can be produced in the preview tool, and can be selected how many times you want it to repeat on each wall. If you prefer to apply the similar facade patterns among projects are required, you can arrange the design in your Favorites folder, where it is easily accessible. To deal with more complex facade design, the frame tool can be applied to sketch or trace a pattern, then utilize it just as you would a regular frame.

One can also obtain 3D shapes and structures as part of your facade, and formed with standard “smart frames” that automatically modify their borders when it is required to cut or relate panels.

The Rhino-Grasshopper Connection: The Curtain Wall tool also performs in collaboration with Rhino’s Grasshopper tool, a visual programming environment that facilitates you to produce generative algorithms.

Practically, it signifies that one can generate patterns that function in the background of your facade pattern, like making the pattern tiles smaller on one part of the facade than on another or making organic shapes within your patterns. It also facilitates you to import photos or images as a pattern, in spite of drawing the pattern freehand directly in the curtain wall tool.

Parametric Building Components: In ARCHICAD 22, the parametric standard elements and non-parametric custom profiles are merged to create intelligent profiles for elements as well as manage their shapes and sizes and their cross-section through BIM parameters. It allows you to model various components (e.g., one column or beam that has to be slightly longer) with the equivalent profile. The auto text label that is created will automatically modify on the basis of which components it is dragged to.

Expressions: The new Expression Defined Properties capability facilitates the users to acquire more organized information from the model devoid of too much manual work. The new capability allows you to utilize any information accessible in the project (e.g., number of rooms, floor area, wall height) in custom expressions to answer questions like “How many boxes of tiling do we need for the floor?”

The product of these expressions is also utilized in other expressions. As for instance, you wanted to know the cost of those tiles, you could plug your first expression into a second expression.

Updates to BIMx: BIMx’s Hyper-model is a suitable way for integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation. But, in earlier version, it could only be seen on a mobile device. This version contains a web viewer that facilitates you to navigate and explore the building from a browser. It allows access to the complete Hyper-model, as well as an auto play mode is included that flows automatically through saved favorite views of the building. To end with, these BIMx walk-through videos are implanted into a website, facilitating the architects to generate online portfolios which comprise of 3D project images.

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The Mac OS Users Can Download Free Version Of Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection

GRAPHISOFT, the trusted name in developing Building Information Modeling (BIM) for architects, has launched its intelligent GrasshopperARCHICAD Live Connection for the Mac OS. The first ever bi-directional “live” connection facilitates Rhino and Grasshopper users to be associated with a professional BIM software (ARCHICAD) on both the Windows and Mac platforms.

Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connections empower the architects to use the power of the three design programs Rhino, Grasshopper and ARCHICAD and reduce the interval in the design practice among initial phase of design and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Now, Mac users will be able to avail this unique connection with the tools apart from continuous bi-directional geometry transmission and transform basic geometrical shapes to into complete BIM elements, whereas keeping algorithmic editing functionality same.

“We’re pleased to offer this revolutionary algorithmic design-to-BIM workflow to our Mac users as well,” said Peter Temesvari, Director of Product Management, GRAPHISOFT. The designers can now produce superior design with this revolutionary algorithmic design-to-BIM workflow integrated with the greater architectural BIM solution that operates on Mac platform.

The users can click on the following link to download the free Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection plug-in for ARCHICAD 20.

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Experience improved BIM workflow with ARCHICAD 19

GRAPHISOFT is going to release ARCHICAD 19 in June, 2015 together with an extensive list of 26 local versions.

ARCHICAD® 19 will significantly enhance BIM performance through its powerful 64-bit and multi-processing technologies with predictive background processing.

ARCHICAD® 19 contains some advanced features which are mentioned below :-

  • Superior Work Environment – The new Tab Bar for multiple viewpoints offers fastest toggling between Floor Plans, Sections, Elevations, and 3D windows.
  • Permanent Guidelines – Latest Guide Lines, Snap Guides and Snap Points facilitate constant graphical support for perfect element formation and editing.
  • Interactive 3D Surface Painter – Insightful, ‘drag-and-drop’ building model surface editing in 3D offers instantaneous, visual feedback. With new Surface Painter, ARCHICAD® 19 allows designers to modify model surfaces in the 3D window with a simple mouse click through a movable palette named Surface Editor.
  • Easier, rapid 3D navigation with OpenGL – By applying a completely-optimized OpenGL engine, ARCHICAD® 19 provides easier, quicker 3D navigation while dealing with enormously outsized building models.
  • Predictive Background Processing – ARCHICAD 19 capitalize on disused computer volume with the prediction of prospective future user actions and arranging them in the background. This significantly improves the susceptibility of the application in general, so it becomes more responsive for different types & sizes of projects.
  • Optimize the process in OPEN BIM – With ARCHICAD 19, the users will be able to import the IFC model precisely keeping the same look in the original application where it was generated. Collision detection is now possible with all imported IFC MEP elements. Superior collision detection performance transforms ARCHICAD 19 to be a exceptional BIM authoring tool with developed interdisciplinary coordination functionalities.
GRAPHISOFT is going to release ARCHICAD 19 in June, 2015 together with an extensive list of 26 local versions.
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Cembrit facade cladding solutions for ArchiCAD and Revit

Watch the following video presentation that is specifically designed for ArchiCAD and Revit users. This video tutorial is based on how to apply Cembrit’s facade cladding solutions for ArchiCAD and Revit.

BIMobject® has tied a knot with Cembrit, the most recognized supplier and manufacturer of building materials created with fibre-cement, to offer facade cladding solutions as BIM objects toward AEC communities. These façade cladding solutions is compatible with Revit and ArchiCAD.

These BIM objects are the integral portion of the highly sophisticated façade system developed by BIMobject.


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BIMcollab is the first ever issue tracking sytem for BIM projects

KUBUS, the recognized distributor for Graphisoft as well as Gold Partner of Solibri Inc, just unveiled the launching of a new revolutionary product alias BIMcollab®. This BCF supported & cloud based comprehensible issue tracking system for BIM projects is compatible with ArchiCAD, Revit and simplebim.

This newest BIM application reduces the gap amid various BIM tools and aims at the multidisciplinary cooperation involving companies dealing with construction projects. BIMcollab® will be effective to handle issues all through the design and construction stages where BIM is already in use. BIMcollab® consolidates issue management in the cloud and makes the procedures simple by providing a planned method for accumulating, sharing and managing issues

As for example, if any problem is detected with Solibri Model Checker or BIMsight, it can be published to BIMcollab®. The BIM modeller will receive automatic notification and immediately hunt for the problematical objects in his BIM authoring tool (Revit, ArchiCAD, etc) instantly. BIMcollab® can find out a solution for the issue and resolve it in quickest possible tie and point out to the BIM manager.

The users can access BIMcollab® from any remote location and from any gadgets ranging from mobiles and tablets. BIMcollab® also facilitates generating issues by snapping photographs immediately at the jobsite of construction. The real-time connections result in offering the latest information.

The users can access the complete version of BCF managers together with the BIMcollab® at free of cost.

BIMcollab® will be available for commercial usages in the first week of December.

BIMcollab is the first ever issue tracking sytem for BIM projects

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progeCAD introduced progeCAD Architecture 2014, the most updated version of its cad software

progeCAD, the leading solution provider in CAD software, just released the latest progeCAD Architecture 2014 version. This newest cad application is well matched with AutoCAD and other CAD programs having ability to work with DWG/DXF/IFC file formats.


progeCAD Architecture 2014 integrates cutting edge BIM technology and supports 2D/3D and native DWG. The user will be able to perform with directly on a 3D model that keeps the speed of execution and editing intact and provides great creative freedom throughout the modeling phase.


Now complicated parametric objects like doors, windows, roofs, stairs, 2D/3D furnishing can be directly included in a 3D model monitoring their interaction and transformation in real time. Instant visualization of all changes in 2D and 3D significantly saves up time and minimizes mistakes while reworking on a project.

The CAD professionals can include better flexibility to their design progression through IFC 2×3 file format import and export and multiple viewport features of progeCAD Architecture 2014.


progeCAD supports the IFC file format as well as the standard object-based file format by a data model and these features make it perfect to perform with other BIM applications like Allplan, Revit, ArchiCAD. The IFC format facilitates importing and exporting building data, along with multifaceted objects like stairs and roofs and minimizes the possibilities for loosing data to a great extent. The software is capable of producing several viewports on a single layout. It can also independently deal with visualization options to generate unique views of a project quickly as well as allow print layout management.


The making of project is fully optimized as the application transforms the building design processes consisting of modeling to rendering, and up to interactive virtual tours of a model, uncomplicated and simple.


The instinctive GUI includes all drawing and editing commands and tools relating to standard industry standard CAD software.


The newest version contains the following exclusive features:-


  • Solo hided roofs of several shapes characterized by polylines.
  • Enhancements with render engine and material compatibility.
  • Print perfection with plot options support.
  • Addition of X-Refs with Solid ACIS.
  • Alterations in the default values of some parameters or commands to make it well suited with the most updated AutoCAD versions (like in Tolerances and MText).
  • Modifications facilitate plot preview and settings display even if any printer is not selected.
  • Background color support in MText (via the Property Panel).


progeCAD Architecture comes with the tools like ACIS 3D solid modeling, advanced rendering, animation creation, CTB and STB print files support, free 2D and 3D block libraries distinctive of the sophisticated DWG environment.


The architectural design is improved to superior level through total image management with high-class photorealistic rendering, 3D/4D smooth animation, and material maps and topographic components.


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