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ArchiCAD 13 – A Revolution in BIM Collaboration
atOne Software announced yesterday that ArchiCAD® 13, the latest version of Graphisoft’s award-winning architectural design software, is finally available for the architect community in the Middle East.
By: Deepa Johnson
“We are extremely happy to be associated with the launch of ArchiCAD 13 in the GCC. We hope that ArchiCAD 13 will redefine the architectural space in the GCC in the days to come with its Delta Server Technology™ which introduces design teams to an unprecedented level of accessibility and management of BIM projects,”said Mr. Abdulrahman Almoayed, Director, atOne Software .
ArchiCAD 13 Overview
ArchiCAD 13 reinforces its position as the most complete and flexible design and documentation solution in the BIM category. ArchiCAD 13 introduces leading-edge technologies that revolutionize Design File Sharing and deliver mission critical Productivity Improvements for the design and documentation workflow.
1. Design File Sharing
Building information modeling brings unique challenges to the design team: when implementing BIM on a large scale, architects often run into bottlenecks in model accessibility and workflow management. ArchiCAD 13 introduces the industry-first GRAPHISOFT BIM Server for on-demand access rights management and project access for teams of any size, both within the office and through the Internet.
Thanks to ArchiCAD 13's collaborative environment, long waiting times for server synchronization are a thing of the past. Our leading-edge Delta Server technology dramatically decreases network traffic, so team members can collaborate on BIM models in real time. The same technology makes BIM projects accessible through standard Internet connections from virtually anywhere in the world.
Data corruption due to network or hardware failure is a big fear of CAD/BIM Managers: a single faulty computer can literally ruin the work done by the whole office. But the BIM Server's robust system architecture ensures the integrity of the BIM project at all times. Any data errors from malfunctioning workplaces are blocked, preserving the project's integrity on the network.
ArchiCAD 13's new Teamwork, with on-demand element access and server-level conflict management, combines the flexibility of 2D workflows with the coordination power of the model-based world. Companies can utilize their workforce much more efficiently with a dynamic and centrally controllable design workflow.
2. Productivity Improvements
ArchiCAD 13 continues the trend of delivering mission critical productivity improvements in each major release of ArchiCAD. In this latest version, important global and local user wishes have been fulfilled to further polish ArchiCAD’s workflow. The impressive list of productivity improvements in ArchiCAD 13 includes:
Annotated Schedule Drawings
Door and window previews can be annotated associatively, right in the Interactive Schedule window. This feature alone saves significant drafting time for the documentation team.
In ArchiCAD 13, your project lines up just the way you need it: simply rotate the view on screen to a perpendicular position. Now you can edit diagonal wings comfortably, while your annotations adjust automatically to the final layout orientation.
Intelligent “Soft” Insulation
Although fills have been around since the advent of CAD, modeling soft insulation in composite structures has been problematic. ArchiCAD 13’s soft insulation is the 100% solution: not just for 2D, but for 3D Documents as well.
Improved Object Handling
Global model view options help control the display and handling of library objects at a project level. Project specific library parts can now be saved into the ArchiCAD project file itself, eliminating the "missing library part" phenomenon that occurred whenever library parts were not loaded with the project.
DWG Enhancements – ArchiCAD 13 makes significant progress in the development of the DWG I/O. New features include improved layer management and the ability to export multiple layouts into a single DWG file
Data Exchange with Engineers – ArchiCAD 13 supports the classification of BIM elements as either load-bearing or non-load-bearing structures, for more accurate export to programs used by structural engineers. Thousands of standard steel products are now available from within ArchiCAD 13.
64-bit Support for Windows – As the natural next step after introducing multi-processor support for ArchiCAD 12, now the latest version of ArchiCAD is available on Windows with native 64-bit support.
For more information on Graphisoft ArchiCAD 13™,contact atOne Software at their Bahrain office +973 17574333 or Dubai Office at +971 4365 4850 or e mail at email@example.com.
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About atOne Software:
Established to fulfill the need for a full-solution provider with strong back-up, technical support and consultancy services, atOne Software is proud to count many of the Gulf’s established businesses as customers.
atOne Software works with several leading software and hardware providers and is capable of handling full turnkey and complex design projects.
Graphisoft is the pioneer and leader in developing Virtual Building™ solutions. For 25 years, Graphisoft has been empowering the broadest community of architects to deliver model based projects that are better designed, more predictable to construct and less expensive to operate.