GRAPHISOFT announce ARCHICAD 19, to “lead the way” in Open BIM

Logo Credit: GRAPHISOFT
Logo Credit: GRAPHISOFT

ARCHICAD 19 has been announced, the latest version of GRAPHISOFT‘s popular Building Information Modelling software.

“End-users perceive software performance as one single measurement – however it is the combination of a large number of factors,” said Director of Product Management at GRAPHISOFT, Peter Temesvari. “ARCHICAD 19 introduces major improvements – most importantly to its intuitiveness and responsiveness – offering a unique, fluid feel to interactions with the software. Its patent pending predictive background processing capability reinforces ARCHICAD’s technology leadership position in the BIM field.”

To be released in June 2015, up to 26 localised versions will be released by the software juggernaut by Q3 this year. Improved operability for IFC-type BIM components is a key feature in the new version, allowing users to “import the IFC model exactly as it looked in the original application in which it was created” with collision detection now working with all imported IFC MEP elements.

Via the official press release, the following new features are what GRAPHISOFT has managed to improve with ARCHICAD 19 compared to previous packages:

Improved Work Environment – The new Tab Bar for multiple viewpoints allows speedier switching among Floor Plans, Sections, Elevations, and 3D windows.

Permanent Guidelines – Brand new Guide Lines, Snap Guides and Snap Points provide permanent graphical support for accurate element creation and editing.

Interactive 3D Surface Painter – Intuitive, ‘drag-and-drop’ building model surface editing in 3D provides instant, visual feedback. ARCHICAD 19’s new Surface Painter enables designers to change model surfaces in the 3D window with a single click using a floating palette called Surface Editor.

Smoother, faster 3D navigation with OpenGL – ARCHICAD 19 uses a fully-optimized OpenGL engine ensuring smoother, faster 3D navigation, even when working with extremely large building models.

Predictive Background Processing – ARCHICAD 19 takes advantage of unused computer capacity by anticipating potential future user actions and preparing for them in the background. This greatly increases the overall responsiveness of the application, so it feels more agile with projects of any type or size. The dramatic difference between GRAPHISOFT’s next-gen technology and standard BIM software can be best witnessed when returning to one’s previous BIM software without background processing.

Leading the Way in OPEN BIM – ARCHICAD 19 allows users to import the IFC model exactly as it looked in the original application in which it was created. Collision detection now works with all imported IFC MEP elements as well. Improved collision detection performance makes ARCHICAD 19 a unique BIM authoring tool with full-fledged interdisciplinary coordination capabilities.

Further productivity improvements – ARCHICAD 19 makes many time-consuming tasks easier than ever:

Point-Cloud Support: 3D laser scanned surveyor data can be imported into the model to help visualize the environment or the “as built” structure.

Listing Enhancements: Listing skin areas in interactive schedules helps users accurately schedule the area of any skins from composite structures.

Annotation Improvements: Pointer for Dimension Texts helps dimension narrow structures close to each other by automatically adding pointers. Multi-leader automatic labels help ease the tedious work of documentation.

PDF improvements: By implementing a truly WYSIWYG – “what you see is what you get” – solution, ARCHICAD 19 ensures that only the visible layers will be included in the created PDF.

Visit GRAPHISOFT’s official website for more information on the upcoming release.

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