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Skewed S21 BIM Template for ARCHICAD 21

nathan hildebrandtJun 06 2017
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A number of years ago I realised that the standard of commercially available Templates for ARCHICAD were of such a poor standard that I was shocked. The problem being that,

 “You don’t know what you don’t know!”

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ARCHICAD to VR in a few simple clicks...

nathan hildebrandtDec 19 2016
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ARCHICAD to VR in a few simple clicks

Like all technology fanatics out there I pre-ordered the Oculus Rift and took delivery in July this year. When I received it, I went about the various detailed workflows to take a model from ARCHICAD into a suitable format to view using the Oculus Rift. The one thing I struggled with is the number of steps that were required and the lack of quick workflows for ARCHICAD users and the file types that it exports that are accepted by Gaming Engines.

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ARCHICAD Attributes the foundations of your BIM Processes

nathan hildebrandtNov 20 2015
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Everything we do in ARCHICAD relies on Attributes. Some elements rely on only one or two and others rely on nearly all of them. 95% of ARCHICAD Users go day by day interacting with them truly not understanding their capabilities and their limitations and risks. 

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IFC in Plan - OPEN BIM workflows

nathan hildebrandtOct 01 2015
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IFC in Plan

OPENBIM collaboration and the use of IFC2x3 (format currently supported by ARCHICAD 19) files requires a reasonable amount of skill to get right. There are a number of issues that users are likely to face when taking advantage of OPENBIM collaboration processes via IFC. Not all users have been trained in such processes and many are not sure what to expect from an IFC based workflow. In this post we cover issues users face when using Reference Models and their appearance in plan view.

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Mechanic vs Driver

nathan hildebrandtJul 23 2015
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Mechanic vs Driver

As the person responsible for the implementation of BIM Processes for a medium sized Architectural Practice, a daily challenge arises where a number of team members will inevitably struggle with the switch from traditional methods of delivery to BIM processes. 18 months ago I implemented a major change in the way that we work at FTA by making users add specific data to elements that they model in ARCHICAD. This change from the generic approach of the past 10 years did cause significant grief for some. As I begin to develop additional BIM capabilities into our ARCHICAD template and workflows I have spent considerable time thinking about improving the implementation process and reducing / removing the change that the team experiences. As much as BIM is about process and not technology, it is the technology or the tool that needs optimisation to assist in making the process easier.

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ARCHICAD 19 Top 5 Features

nathan hildebrandtJun 25 2015
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It is that time of the year again and GRAPHISOFT have delivered another great release in ARCHICAD 19. There are a great number of features in this release and a number of these will make the creation of Traditional and BIM deliverables more accurate and efficient. SPEED is the focus of this release and SPEED you get. I don’t really see this as a feature in itself because all software developers should be providing this. Some just don’t think it is important. Point Clouds are another key feature of this release that haven’t made my list for this year. It is a great long awaited feature for some and it is pretty neat but point clouds are not really part of our processes at the moment. Let’s work our way through my favourite features.

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Your ArchiCAD Template - The key to business success

nathan hildebrandtJan 23 2015
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BIM Template vs Traditional Template #1

I have been undertaking more and more research relating to BIM Data. It isn’t something that is requested by our clients today but they will ask for it sometime in the future. Why am I spending the time researching something that I don’t need to deliver right now? BIM processes are disruptive changes to the traditional delivery methods of all parties in the Design and Construction Process. Imagine for a moment you as a business continued along and only focused on what your client wants today. Tomorrow your client comes in and asks for BIM to FM deliverable. Your whole office would have to rapidly change and learn everything in a short period of time. This would lead to significant losses in productivity and has the potential to send your business broke, as you haven’t researched what you need to do to achieve it. 

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ARCHICON - Jared Banks Interview

nathan hildebrandtDec 08 2014
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ARCHICON - Jared Banks Interview

Earlier this week I got to speak to Jared Banks aka "Shoegnome" He has one of the biggest ArchiCAD user followings in the world. He goes to an incredible effort to share his knowledge through his blog. He is a big drawcard for ARCHICON and will share some great ideas on how to supercharging the way you use ArchiCAD. Sign up to the mailing list to be the first to find out when tickets go on sale here.

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ARCHICON - Rob Jackson Interview

nathan hildebrandtDec 07 2014
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ARCHICON - Rob Jackson Interview

Last week I had the opportunity to talk to Rob Jackson | Associate Director and BIM Manager | Bond Bryan Architects | UK. Rob will be one of our Keynote Speakers at ARCHICON. His presentation is not to be missed, make sure you sign up to the mailing list to find out first about when tickets will go on sale here. To learn more about Rob head over to his BIM Blog.

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ARCHICON - Speakers Announced

nathan hildebrandtDec 07 2014
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ARCHICON Speaker Announcement

It is with great excitement that we can now announce the speaker list for the Inaugural ARCHICON – ArchiCAD User Conference | Brisbane, Australia on the 22nd May, 2015.
 
The speakers have been selected based on their skills in a variety of different fields and techniques that we believe most ArchiCAD users currently aren’t embracing. The theme of the event is to “Aspire and Implement Tomorrow,” with topics covering World Leading OPENBIM Processes through to day to day issues that ArchiCAD users face.

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