AEC Magazine review: ARCHICAD 22 and the future
BIM software developer Graphisoft has been busy working on its latest release of ArchiCAD which had its world premiere at its Key Customer Conference in its home town of Budapest. Martyn Day reports
Graphisoft has come a long way since it launched ArchiCAD back in 1984 on an Apple Lisa computer. Thirty four years later, as BIM tools go, ArchiCAD’s development velocity is never in doubt. Consistently, year on year, Graphisoft adds impressive capability to its multi-platform flagship product. In the last five years, the company has embarked on rewriting core sections of code to make use of modern multi-core processors and add intelligence into the creation of complex and custom objects, such as stairs. Release 22 continues in that same vein and, amongst other additions, sees a rewrite and super-charging of the Façade/ Curtain Wall tool.
At the Key Customer Conference, Ákos Pfemeter, vice president, marketing explained that ArchiCAD 22 is fundamentally about design workflows, not so much this year about BIM deliverables and 2D outputs. Looking at the style of buildings built today, Pfemeter explained that, despite the capabilities of today’s design tools, there are still many new rectilinear buildings, probably due to cost constraints and to maximise value, so architects look at new ways to make buildings interesting and that seems to be reflected in the diverse and imaginative approaches to façade design, especially with regards to patterns and shading.
ArchiCAD 22 helps address this by enhancing the façade tool and supporting complex patterns through easy to use tools. The new workflow means that this can start at the concept stage and be supported all the way to final BIM model and automatic detailing.
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GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud® the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007.