GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as the revolutionary GRAPHISOFT BIMcloud™; the world's first real-time BIM collaboration environment, the GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner™; the world's first fully BIM-integrated "GREEN" design solution, the GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler; an Add-On for MEP Elements with MEP Systems, and BIMx™; the world's leading mobile app for BIM visualization.
Designing stairs is one of the most complex tasks in architecture. ARCHICAD 21’s new Stair Tool offers the most optimal stair designs to choose from in the context of the specific building. ARCHICAD’s Predictive Design Technology™ offers multiple design solutions on the fly and makes sure that the stair will remain compliant.
Complex yet configurable railing systems can be created that are associated with Stairs, Slabs, Walls, Roofs or Meshes. Create a unique, design-specific, parametric railing pattern and apply this across various building elements with a single click.
World Class Rendering
ARCHICAD 21’s integrated CineRender - based on MAXON’s Cinema 4D v18 rendering engine - offers architects high quality, photo-realistic rendering in the BIM context. CineRender introduces Light Mapping and Secondary GI methods for more realistic, yet fast rendering.
Leading the Way in OPEN BIM
An ARCHICAD design model can be described as a central BIM database that stores all project data and makes it accessible to any project stakeholder. External IFC model content created by consultants - such as Structural or MEP engineers - can be placed as hotlinks into ARCHICAD 21 design projects as protected reference content.
With the evolution of BIM as the de facto workflow, architects increasingly receive consultant information in a BIM format. To help architects fulfil their role as lead coordinator of the model, Collision Detection allows two groups of elements to be compared through user-defined criteria sets.
Fresh & crisp appearance
ArchiCAD offers a fresh and clean user interface maximizing the available working area with crisp and clean new icons that look sharp on any screen resolution. ArchiCAD has a cleaner and larger workspace by displaying the most widely-used functions while restructuring all the rarely-used commands and options.
Instant visual feedback
Brand new graphical Favorites speed up everyday design development work by providing visual feedback on saved element settings with automatically generated, colored 2D or 3D thumbnail previews - available for every Tool.
The 'I' in BIM
Information is the most valuable part of BIM and ArchiCAD helps designers to bring out the most of it! ArchiCAD allows users to utilize BIM as the central storage place for all related information. Easily define the representation of any view and easily exchange data with engineers and consultants without the risk of information tools.
Predictive Background Processing
In ARCHICAD, opening and switching between various model views will happen almost instantly. No more waiting for a view to load.
Smoother, Faster 3D navigation with OpenGL
By optimizing OpenGL, ArchiCAD ensures smooth and lightning-fast navigation. You'll get smoother, faster 3D navigation, free from flickering even on extremely large models.
ArchiCAD reads point-clouds, providing faster, error-free building surveys by using the latest 3D scanner laser-survey technology. The surveying workflow dramatically reduces the time spent on surveying.
Improved Work Environment
ArchiCAD provides major work environment improvements for both Mac and Windows users. Brand-new Tab-based navigation makes accessing different views and overseeing the BIM project much easier.
ArchiCAD makes the most time-consuming and often boring part of an architect's work much more fun. Now precise editing and accurate listing can be as easy as sketching your initial concept lines in pencil.
In 3D perspective view, users can switch to a two-point perspective in any camera position, maintaining the original position and viewing angle. As a result, all 3D vertical edges become vertical in perspective projection.
BIM Server / BIMcloud® Integration
Teamwork technology allows your team to work simultaneously on various aspects of the same project, while keeping your project safe and all team members updated on project progress. ARCHICAD’s BIMcloud works on any network, hardware or software configuration, connecting teams and projects of any size or setup.
MEP Modeler Presentation
The MEP Modeler also improves ArchiCAD’s import of IFC models with MEP content arriving from mechanical engineers and mechanical analysis applications. Collision detection can be done between the imported MEP system elements and the architectural project elements.
BIM or 2D Workflow
Wherever the MEP engineer can provide 3D data, architects can import the consultant’s MEP model into ArchiCAD using the IFC format. In addition to this generic IFC interface, the MEP Modeler package provides an improved connection with BIM MEP applications (such as Revit MEP, AutoCAD MEP, DDS-CAD MEP, MagiCAD etc.).
In GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler, MEP systems represent groups of elements that are handled together, which makes element creation and editing much more efficient and consistent. When new elements are added to an existing MEP system, they will automatically take on the appropriate connection parameters: shape, diameter, and width and height values.
Automated Collision Detection
GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler provides a fully automated routine to identify, visualize and resolve conflicts between the architectural design and the engineering design of the MEP networks.
Collaboration with Mechanical Engineers
MEP systems can be imported into ArchiCAD from BIM MEP applications (such as Revit MEP, AutoCAD MEP, DDS-CAD MEP, MagiCAD etc.) via IFC connection.
Sharing and Visualizing the MEP Modeler Model
ArchiCAD's extensive export capabilities enable designers to share files in a variety of modeling formats, including the Open BIM supported IFC 2x3.
BIMx - the multi-award winning BIM project presentation application - features the BIMx Hyper-model for integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation. This unique technology brings BIM to mobile devices even for projects with complex 3D models and extensive 2D documentation. BIMx helps bridge the gap between the design studio and the construction site.
BIMx Hyper-models in action
The real power of BIMx lies in fusing Building Element Information into every bit of the model. From "simple" quantities to web links to a manufacturer or external database, the designer is in control of who sees what. The per-element info tabs will display it all.
Control Per-Element info and Zone info
Building Information Models contain an enormous amount of information, which can all be shown in BIMx's element info tags. These info bits are recognized as e-mails, phone numbers, hyperlinks or addresses providing direct links to the corresponding mobile apps.
Deliver your design intent with ease - even for non-professionals
Many people find 2D and 3D difficult to work with simultaneously. Not anymore. With BIMx's smooth transitions and context-sensitive information overlay, moving between dimensions is a breeze.
BIMx Pro - extra for the Pros
BIMx Pro's exclusive features turn the BIMx app into a powerful and open information hub and communication platform, which helps not only identify but also solve issues right at the construction site.
Synced updates from the Model Transfer Site
With a direct link to BIM projects in ArchiCAD, BIMx offers smooth and easy workflow communication with stakeholders outside the office. And GRAPHISOFT’s cloud-based BIMx Model Transfer makes sure you get the latest updates fast and effectively.
PDF just can't keep up
Construction documentation can amount to hundreds of pages. Paper for printing, copying, and updating isn't cheap. And PDF can be painfully slow on larger documents. BIMx PRO offers lightning-fast navigation within and across large layout books. Even if you are only working with 2D drawings, BIMx PRO offers unbeatable performance based on Map app technology.
Immersive 3D with BIMx & ZEISS
BIM begins and ends with 3D. So why not make the most of it and experience it in "space"? No, those glasses you borrowed from your nearest IMAX won't do. Now ZEISS — the leading brand for optical systems worldwide — proudly presents ZEISS cinemizer® OLED stereo glasses for BIMx. Wait until you give them a try!
With 3D-cutaways, you can virtually cut through a building using just an interactive slider. This powerful coordination tool lets all viewers gain a deeper understanding of the project and its spatial relations.