GRAPHISOFT, a leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solution for architecture, held its Experience Archicad 24! Digital Event for building professionals in Malaysia and Singapore in late August.

The digital event saw the exclusive local launch of GRAPHISOFT Archicad 24 and a product demonstration of the latest version of the award-winning BIM software; the latest release of BIMcloud, the AEC industry’s first and most advanced cloud-based team collaboration solution; and BIMx, the most popular mobile and web BIM app.

Keynote Speaker Bence Kovács, Vice President of GRAPHISOFT Asia, joined the team from GRAPHISOFT Singapore and Malaysia, including Edmund Lau, Managing Director; Chidambaram Chidambaram, Customer Success Director; Marcelo Morim, Senior Business Development Manager; and Carlo Riveral and James Badcock, BIM Consultants.

Two distinguished guest speakers from Lander Loke Architects, Ian Lander, and Catherine Loke, shared how Archicad has allowed them to focus on their passion and what they do best: design great buildings.
Catherine Loke, Partner, Lander Loke Architects and First Vice-President of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) said, “We discovered Archicad back in 2005. It fulfills what we need in terms of design and documentation. As the software evolved over the years, the rendering function became so good that we use Archicad almost exclusively for all our output.”

The event also featured Karl Fender, Founding Partner of Fender Katsalidis, in Melbourne, Australia, and long-time user of Archicad, who used the platform to design the second-tallest building in the world – the Merdeka 118. The 644-metre mega-tall skyscraper currently under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was also chosen as the Archicad 24 signature building.

“With BIM software gaining ground in Malaysia, Archicad 24 and the latest versions of BIMcloud and BIMx have come at an opportune time,” said Edmund Lau, Managing Director, GRAPHISOFT Singapore and Malaysia. “In Singapore, we are excited to be able to help our clients gain enhanced value with GRAPHISOFT software and solutions. With Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) as the main thrust of the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Construction Industry Transformation Map, the AEC firms that embrace IDD will save time and resources. “BIM is leveraging the benefits of digitization in the design process. It’s no surprise that BIM software will transform the way architects work now and will continue to do so in the future,” he added.

What’s new in GRAPHISOFT Flagship Solutions
Together, Archicad 24, BIMcloud, and BIMx now provide further advantages in design and analysis, collaboration, documentation, and visualization as follows:

Archicad 24 unites architects and engineers, who can now work on a shared model with brand-new analytical model integration. The benefits of this integrated design environment include:

• Elimination of redundant models
• Removal of coordination errors
• Structurally correct models ready for construction
• Better building designs achieved in a significantly shorter amount of time

GRAPHISOFT’s BIMcloud technology gets a major upgrade with version 24. Architects and structural engineers can now co-design the loadbearing structure of the building thanks to the powerful “BIM Track Changes” workflow. Major benefits to core architectural workflows include:

• Smart Model Compare: Compare any two BIM models — including two different versions of the same design — to view various design options and compare content from consultants.
• Updated Issue Management: Suggest design variations, organize the results of the smart model compare into smart issue lists with assignment names, prioritize tasks, create an issue log — all integrated and managed in the cloud.

Complete documentation sets, combined with a powerful publishing workflow that follows local BIM requirements, means architects can focus on their designs, leaving the paperwork to the software. Archicad’s automatic drawing and layout generation, automatic dimensioning, and other tools have long been recognized by industry experts as superior.

Archicad 24 raises the bar on documentation with the introduction of higher-level programming languages like Python. Architects can now easily create automation scripts in Archicad, and complete command chains from outside Archicad.

Immersive presentations engage clients, providing a deeper understanding of the building design from start to finish. Archicad’s built-in palette of visualization tools and workflows with the world’s leading rendering and VR solutions make it easy for architects to show off their designs in informative and inspiring ways, ensuring that all stakeholders have a shared understanding of the project deliverables.

Thanks to over 500 revamped materials in Archicad 24, architects can create even richer, more compelling renderings. Projects of any size are now easily experienced on a mobile device with the brand-new BIMx 3D engine. Residential library updates add state-of-the-art modern furniture to the BIM model.

Archicad 24 offers powerful improvements, including Dark Mode support on macOS and a brand-new node-based interface to custom GDL content creation – called Param-O.

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