What is the future of BIM? Graphisoft unveils Archicad 26

What is the future of BIM? Graphisoft unveils Archicad 26

Considered the second most in-demand skill (behind field experience) in the industry and used by a growing number of design professionals, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has proven to be the present of architecture. But with constant new features and exciting improvements, it’s also the future. For decades, the revolutionary software has established itself as a powerful tool with a long list of invaluable capabilities: error detection, cost and material waste reduction, risk mitigation, workflow optimization and, above all, enabling seamless multidisciplinary collaboration.

In a changing world where projects have to address topics like sustainability and are globally more complex, BIM must constantly reinvent itself. It must be fast to integrate new technologies, increase automation and foster better communication between teams. Thus, by evolving in parallel with the industry, it can be up to date with contemporary issues and continue to help architects meet the challenges and opportunities they regularly face.

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Graphisoft HQ. Image courtesy of Graphisoft

Allow architects to focus on design

With all this in mind, as part of celebrating its “40 years of building together”, leading BIM architecture software developer Graphisoft has launched its latest solutions and services, including its flagship product Archicad 26. By introducing new features and enhancements, the company aims to pave the way to a future where BIM is more innovative and connected, ultimately allowing architects to focus on what they do best: unleashing their creativity to deliver design. quality. To learn more about upcoming focus areas and planned milestones, we attended the anniversary event and spoke with Graphisoft executives, including Senior Product Manager János Detre.

Referring to the main innovations the company focuses on, János narrowed it down to improving the design phase: “For us, the focus is on the design phase. It should be all about it, automating that process better, helping architects to really focus on what they do best, which is design. How? With “smarter databases, deeper data structures in Archicad, easier access to data, finer levels of geometry control, etc.”

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TSG/Orcutt Center | Winslow. Image courtesy of Graphisoft

BIM should help architects stay in the creative design flow; that is what is most important. Data should be easy to access, and based on that data, architects should be able to follow different design directions, whether it’s sustainability, functionality, or more pleasing aesthetics.

Design, documentation, visualization and collaboration improvements

To facilitate the creative role of architects, Archicad 26 includes over 20 new features and enhancements in areas ranging from design to collaboration. To improve design, for example, the updated software includes advanced attribute management for precise project organization, faster navigation to find specific elements, improved surface overrides, improved 2D editing, and cabinets. custom kitchens.

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Faster project navigation. Image courtesy of Graphisoft

Additionally, with the integration of DDScad, high-quality mechanical, engineering, and plumbing (MEP) projects can be fully planned and delivered within the same software, reinforcing the concept of integrated design. . All of this is complemented by faster and more accurate documentation thanks to features such as new automatic texts in automated layouts and PDF import improvements.

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DDScad. Image courtesy of Graphisoft

Visualization is also a top priority, with the goal being to provide the tools to create realistic images that show a design in the best way possible to the client – ​​which in turn results in faster project approval. Thus, Archicad 26 comes with new textures and modern furniture, as well as an optimized 3D model export process. With improved visual quality in BIMx, the result is authentic, high-quality rendering that engages the client throughout the design process.

Users can now walk through the project in an immersive way, which is a way to democratize design as the client becomes more involved in helping the architect design that building.

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BIMx. Image courtesy of Graphisoft

Another way to democratize design, on the other hand, is to work within open standards and foster collaboration. In this sense, Archicad 26 brings enhanced structural analytical model workflows and durability improvements for smoother interoperability between architects and engineers. Specifically, this translates into solutions such as automatic generation of dynamic loads, smoother information exchange between Archicad and Structural Analysis applications, and increased file capacity in BIMcloud. The technology also incorporates new reliable building material energy and CO2 data for accurate life cycle analysis and sustainability reporting.

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SAF Translator improvements for faster information exchange between Archicad and Structural Analysis applications. Image courtesy of Graphisoft
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Accurate building energy ratings. Image courtesy of Graphisoft

Sharing knowledge and promoting productivity

Along with releasing software solutions, Graphisoft has also updated its support services in an effort to empower customers more. Graphisoft Forward, for example, was created to ensure users have access to productivity tools such as Library Part Maker, which means they can develop their own library of parametric objects (doors, windows, etc.) without a script.

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At the same time, with Graphisoft Learn, users can acquire knowledge and deepen the BIM ecosystem through different certified courses and learning modules. The first of three new packs is already available, which includes several video courses on modeling, design options, BIM workflows and documentation. To provide additional support, Graphisoft Community seeks to make it easy for users to get expert help and feedback from peer users. Current enhancements include articles covering new features, solutions, services, and events, among others.

Future prospects: new technologies and sustainability

Over the past 40 years, Graphisoft has strived to keep up with the latest innovations through various enhancements to Archicad solutions and services, overcoming current challenges and tackling more complex designs. Looking ahead, the next steps appear to be clear, especially as more technologies enter the market and new uses for BIM are discovered. Efforts are underway, for example, to experiment with several industry innovations, from STL file export support used for 3D printing to connecting Archicad to virtual reality.

We are certainly experimenting with these new technologies. We want to keep this streamlined creative flow for architects and use technology, whatever it is, to contribute to it.

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Szervita Square Building / DVM Group. Image courtesy of Graphisoft

With artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies disrupting the industry, the future possibilities become virtually endless. But for BIM to really contribute to a healthier built environment, it is crucial not to neglect sustainability. While some progress has been made, more needs to be done, such as “providing better access to more local materials databases” and “supporting every stage of a project where certifications could be applied”, such as the said Janos.

Whatever the present and the future imply for BIM, there seem to be a few key concepts to pay close attention to: accessibility, collaboration, technological innovation, sustainability and, above all, good design.

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Archicad 26 is now available for download. To learn more about the software and other innovative solutions, visit the Graphisoft website or explore our catalog.

Norma A. Roth