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ARCHICAD

ARCHICAD delivers design tool improvements and introduces enhanced design workflow processes.

Welcome to ARCHICAD 23

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The ARCHICAD-Solibri connection provide fast and automated rule-based code- and constructability checking at any stage of the design process. The ARCHICAD-dRofus connection helps to capture and organize client planning requirements; categorize openings, finishes and equipment; validate design solutions and propose alternatives when designing large and complex projects.

Design

ARCHICAD 23 enables architects to model faster and create accurate construction details and quantity estimations for reinforced concrete, complex steel, timber, composite, and beams.

ArchiCAD 23 - Design

Complex columns and curved, haunch, and castellated beams can now be created using extruded and multiple, tapered segments, and sub-elements. This enables designers to perform intuitive, push-and-pull editing operations in 2D and 3D model views.

Increased freedom of customization is ensured to meet graphic and representation standards. Beams and columns can be displayed with contour lines and/or reference axis, using various projected and symbolic views with editable cover fills.

Performance

ARCHICAD 23 features faster response times compared to previous versions, as well as an increased focus on seamless and uninterrupted workflows.

Experience faster opening of projects, smaller file sizes, faster IFC import-export, and instant switching between tabs thanks to optimized CPU multi-threading operations. The rebuilding time of model views has also been reduced as ARCHICAD rebuilds only the changed elements, not the entire contents of the view.

ArchiCAD 23 - Performance

The new Startup Dialog displays the most recent projects; multiple projects can be opened with one click. Start your work in an instant, without any interrupting messages. Tab previews help activate the desired design views and prevent accidental display of unwanted tabs.

Coordination

ARCHICAD 23 introduces the brand-new Opening Tool, dedicated to model and coordinate project design voids, recesses, and niches.

Voids – penetrating the entire structure, and niches and recesses – penetrating part of the structure, can be created as horizontal, vertical or slanted openings, across elements, element groups or even across stories.

ArchiCAD 23 - Coordnation

Such openings are critical for interdisciplinary project coordination as they are relevant for all parties: architects, engineers, and consultants. Exchanged many times between disciplines, these must be documented by the architects as well as by the structural engineers.

Openings can be modeled, scheduled, and documented using intuitive tools and exchanged using IFC.

Collaboration

The ARCHICAD-Solibri connection provides fast and automated code- and constructability checking. The updated add-on automatically detects and sends only those elements in the ARCHICAD model that have been changed, resulting in faster round-trip collaboration; the quality of the data and the model is also improved.

ArchiCAD 23 - Collaboration

The ARCHICAD-dRofus connection allows architects to capture and organize client planning requirements and use these to validate and propose design alternatives. The dRofus database enables designers to collect and handle planning rules and design data with ease, even when working on large and complex projects.

ARCHICAD 23 supports import of Bentley MicroStation’s native, DGN v8 file format. DGN files are typically provided to architects by civil engineers, surveyors, and municipalities and contain information about the building site’s surroundings, roads, and utilities. In many cases, the 3D survey models of factories are also made available to architects as DGN files.

ARCHICAD 23 fully supports IFC4 Reference View (its new entity and geometry representation types), and has received official buildingSMART certification for IFC4 Reference View Export.

Productivity Enhancements

# User Interface Enhancements
Shell and Morph Input Dialogs are simplified and icons help users to identify input fields. The Info Box panels of the Zone and Label tools are updated; Geometry- and Construction Methods can be displayed separately. Sunlight Settings provide live feedback about the cast- and self shadows, while Sun Study animations can be displayed with customizable date and time options, and location stamp.

# New CineRender Engine
The new CineRender (R20) engine developed by Maxon allows quicker and cleaner rendering results, while the completely renewed, built-in Surface Catalog provides real reflections, with modernized textures.

# Attribute Management
Surfaces with missing textures are indicated with a red texture icon; users also have the ability to sort attributes by missing textures.

# View Settings Update
A unique identifier is used to rename the View Settings. Renaming the Layer Combinations, MVOs, Pen Sets, Renovation Filters, Graphic Override Combinations or 3D Styles no longer go missing.

# Text Label Pointer Lines Options
A Text Label pointer line can now be attached exactly where it is needed: connected to the box or to the top/bottom text row; connected to the top, middle or bottom of the text box; or extended to underline the text.

# Curtain Wall Enhancement
The new Curtain Wall enhancements include various options for a fixed window or louver sash. The Curtain Wall Profiled Edge Panels can now be moved to any position in the composite panel – even to the profile origin.

# Integrated Software Key Activation & Deactivation
Automatic Software Key Activation and Manual Deactivation are now seamlessly integrated. If ARCHICAD can’t find the right software key locally or on the network at startup, and the User is logged in to ARCHICAD with a valid GSID, the appropriate software key will be automatically acquired. The software key can be retrieved from the Help menu at any time.

ENGINEERING ADD-Ons

MEP Modeler

The GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler™ is an Add-On to ARCHICAD®. Firms using ARCHICAD can use the MEP Modeler to create and edit 3D model-based MEP networks (ductwork, pipework and cabling) and coordinate them within the ARCHICAD Virtual Building. The MEP Modeler uses a familiar interface and tools integrated right in the ARCHICAD environment.

[eptar] Reinforcement

The [eptar] solution helps designers to draw documents and lists the necessary reinforcement for their buildings in ArchiCAD. The application provides tools to define all 2D drawings as well as complete 3D models.

[eptar] provide great freedom in defining constructions and also help to specify complex objects. Eptar Reinforcement checks the rebar ID numbering and corrects it if necessary. With tools, users can simply calculate the necessary amount of rebars. Iron list is available on the floor plan just as the interactive schedule.

OPEN BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization, and operation of buildings based on open standardsand workflowsOPEN BIM is an initiative of several leading software vendors using the open building SMART Data Model.

Smoother/faster 3D navigation with OpenGL

By optimizing OpenGL, ARCHICAD ensures smooth and lightning-fast navigation – even on extremely large building models.

Point-Cloud Support

ARCHICAD  reads point-clouds, providing faster, error-free building surveys by using the latest 3D scanner laser-survey technology.