Architectural software introduces industry first

The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre which was designed using Graphisoft's ArchiCAD softwareApix, a locally authorised Graphisoft solutions partner, will be rolling out a new version of Graphisoft’s architectural design software, ArchiCAD 13, near the end of September 2009.

ArchiCAD 13 will feature a number of new revisions and additions, the most prominent being the patent-pending BIM (building information modelling) server, which will allow users to access BIM files from multiple locations and time frames.


Commenting on the new software, Miklós Szövényi-Lux, vice president of product management at Graphisoft, explains the benefits of Arhicad 13. “With the rapidly growing adoption of building information modelling, architectural firms have reached scalability limits with their model-based design and documentation workflow.

“To overcome these limits, ArchiCAD 13 with Delta Server technology introduces design teams to an unprecedented level of accessibility and management of BIM projects. With ArchiCAD 13, the physical location and distribution of your workforce becomes almost immaterial, benefiting both small practices and large, distributed firms.”

The Delta Server technology dramatically decreases network traffic, so team members can collaborate on BIM models in real time.

Angela Blake, business development manager for Apix, says that the company is really excited about the new version. “All practices, from large to studio size, will benefit greatly due to ArchiCAD 13’s dynamic workflow for design and the ability that allows for remote access to BIM projects by virtual project teams,” she says.

Additional improvements include annotated schedule drawings, 64-bit support for Windows Vista and Windows XP, and improved object handling, among others.

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