BIM Implementation

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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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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ArchiCAD 18 – New Feature Review – Revision Tool

nathan hildebrandtSep 04 2014
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In my Last Post I discussed my Top 5 Features in ArchiCAD 18. One of the features that need further review in detail is the Revision Tool. It has been one of the most requested features by users for a number of years and it is finally here in ArchiCAD 18. It is a tool as I have previously stated that requires time to trial to fully understand. I recommend that you take the time to investigate this feature and make sure you include it in your workflows, as you will benefit from timesaving and quality control you achieve through using it. 

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Webinar - Putting the "I" into your BIM Documentation

nathan hildebrandtSep 04 2014
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This Webinar explains how Fulton Trotter Architects embrace the New Features in ArchiCAD 17 and benefit from the additional Data in the model.

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Turning a Constraint into Gold

nathan hildebrandtMay 31 2014
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It is just about that time of year when ArchiCAD users get their hands on the latest release of ArchiCAD. The cries can be heard already "where is the Stair Tool?" etc. I used to be one of these people that would focus on what Graphisoft wasn't doing and missing out on the opportunities that their development brought with the new release. Yes there are things that need attention in ArchiCAD and as a client that pays for the software we should be getting software that enables us to meet our deliverables, but I hope by the end of this post I might bring you closer to my way of thinking.

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Graphisoft Australia - Brisbane User Group Meeting May 2014

nathan hildebrandtMay 28 2014
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On Monday night Graphisoft Australia hosted the Brisbane ArchiCAD User Group Meeting. The second event in its new and improved format held at the XXXX Brewery is growing in popularity and the venue packed out with just under 60 attendees.

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