Information is the most valuable part of BIM and ARCHICAD 20 helps designers to bring out the most of it!

Storing the information in BIM

ARCHICAD 20 allows users to utilize their Building Information Model as the central storage place for all related information. They can even easily store and maintain design information that was not created using CAD or BIM tools, like Excel spreadsheets.

ARCHICAD’s ‘Mass property value import’ functionality offers an easy way for semi-automated data import/export from and to Excel worksheets.

Using this method, architects can replace the tedious task of entering their consultants’ data manually, where the number of human errors are considerable.

Displaying the information in BIM

ARCHICAD 20 leverages well-structured information resulting in informative design visualization, which ensures enormous efficiencies throughout design and construction. With the help of smart filters and brand new graphical override, designers can freely change the representation of any 2D and 3D views of elements with similar properties. This feature allows a number of workflows that make communication, coordination and model checking much more efficient.

Designers can easily define the representation of any 2D and 3D view and reduce the need for traditional supplementary 2D CAD work.

By defining “Graphic Override Rules,” new, unchanged and demolished representation of elements can be created for renovation projects; structural, MEP, and other layouts can be created with specific color-codes, line-types and pen-colours; semi-automated, 3D construction documents will offer greater clarity.

Models overridden by colours (including the colours defined by renovation statuses and mark-up highlights) can be shared not only between ARCHICAD teams, but with other disciplines and applications via IFC-based model exchange.


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Sharing the information in BIM

Share Geometry and Data with the Latest Technologies.

ARCHICAD 20 has improved its current IFC- and BCF-based OPEN BIM workflows by exporting colour-true precise element geometry, implementing survey point (national datum definition), enhancing property management and mapping, sharing physical properties of building materials, etc.

ARCHICAD 20 is among the first BIM applications that support the open-source IFC 4 model exchange standard. IFC 4 defines new coordination methods (Design Transfer View and Reference View) to standardize reference model-based and parametric model-based interoperability between different disciplines. Support of national BIM standards and classification-systems is also available in exchanging information with other parties. As an example, the inventor of COBie has confirmed that ARCHICAD is 100% COBie-compliant – that’s good news for architects in the US, UK, and all other English-speaking countries.

In addition to supporting IFC‐based workflows, implementing other ways of BIM data communication such as gbXML and direct export to PHPP means that designers can exchange data with engineers and consultants from numerous disciplines, without the risk of information loss.

Information sharing via purpose-made tools such as BIMx or generic tools such as Excel enables a much wider target group to get involved and use the wealth of information stored in the BIM.

Thinking about upgrading from an earlier version of ARCHICAD?

Our ARCHICADselect members and ARCHICAD LIVE Subscribers get ARCHICAD upgrades for free. Other customers can contact Debbie to find the costs of purchasing or upgrading to ARCHICAD 20.