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ARCHICAD Update now available
Thursday, 2 March 2017
An ARCHICAD Update is now available which contains many improvements since the original release of ARCHICAD 20. For more information please visit the GRAPHISOFT page below:
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START Edition 2017 Available Now
Thursday, 23 February 2017

ARCHICAD STAR(T) Edition 2017 is a full-fledged BIM solution with critical features most smaller practices need, and comes with a reduced price tag. For more information please use the link below:

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START Edition 2017 coming soon
Thursday, 23 February 2017
START Edition 2017 will be released in New Zealand on February 23. Built upon ARCHICAD 20, START Edition is a fully-fledged BIM solution with critical features most smaller practices need.
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Thanks for visiting us at in:situ!
Friday, 10 February 2017
We'd just like to thank everyone who popped by our stand at this year's NZIA in:situ conference in Auckland. The team had a great time seeing you all and meeting some new faces too.
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IFC Exchange Best Practices document
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
If you work with ARCHICAD and also collaborate with Revit users, you are sure to find this document extremely helpful.

The team at GRAPHISOFT have put this together to help streamline the collaborative process by offering a range of tips and best practice advice on how to set up ARCHICAD files ready for importing into Revit; and how to import Revit files with the best results.

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A must read if you are coordinating files between project stakeholders
Monday, 6 February 2017
If you are working with other vendors on a project, you are likely to be using IFC to manage file coordination.
To help you better manage this process, Graphisoft Hungary has recently released its "IFC Exchange Best Practices" document, which outlines how to set up ARCHICAD files if they are going to be used in other software; plus, how to import files from other software.
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NZIA in:situ conference
Friday, 3 February 2017
If you are in Auckland on February 9 or 10, why not come along to the NZIA in:situ conference. There, you will find inspiration, provocation and reports on experience from leading international architects; plus the event is host to a number of gala events and architectural tours.
Central Innovation will be on booth #44, ready to answer your questions and provide demonstrations on Solibri, ARCHICAD, DDS CAD and the Cadimage Tools.
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Updated Connection for Revit 2017
Thursday, 2 February 2017
Earlier this week GRAPHISOFT released the updated ARCHICAD Connection for Revit 2017. This addon has 3 functions:
  • “Improved IFC Import” imports IFC models to Revit using extra features that improve the interpretation of architectural models;
  • “Link IFC” merges IFC models into the current Revit project as a non-editable reference;
  • “Export to ARCHICAD” exports Revit model elements in IFC files that are specially enhanced for use in GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD.

Find out more and download the recent release using the link below:

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BIM New Zealand Handbook - Second Edition now available
Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Building Information Modelling (BIM) adds value to the whole life of a built asset, from inception to operation. It allows the latest digital technologies to be applied at every step.

The second edition of the New Zealand BIM Handbook was released at the end of 2016, and expands on the successful first release in 2014 to help unlock BIM’s benefits for our building and construction sector.  It follows the normal progression of a project, covering: project establishment/briefing, design, procurement, construction, handover, operation.

The New Zealand BIM Handbook has been produced by the BIM Acceleration Committee – an alliance of industry and government – to increase the use of BIM in New Zealand. It is supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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BIMx brings your projects to life with VR Technology
Tuesday, 15 November 2016

If you haven't yet heard of, or tried, BIMx - you need to! Especially now that you can immerse yourself in your ARCHICAD projects using Google Cardboard and BIMx. 

The BIMx App was developed by Graphisoft to allow you to access your ARCHICAD projects, project notes, and walk-throughs on smart phones and tablets.  

Now you can use BIMx with Google Cardboard - which works by placing your iOS or Android phone within a low-cost, cardboard headset. When held up to your eyes, the lenses in the Cardboard create a 3D effect and voila - you have an immersive VR view of your project. 

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Congratulations to NZIA winners
Monday, 14 November 2016
Last week the NZIA announced the winners of its annual Architecture Awards. We were pleased to see Patterson Associates, Mitchell and Stout Architects, McKinney +Windeatt Architects, and Studio Pacific Architecture. Read more about the winning projects using the link below.
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ARCHICAD wins BIM Product of the Year, for the 6th year in a row
Friday, 11 November 2016

This week ARCHICAD was again named 'BIM Product of the Year' at The Hammers, a UK event run by Construction Computing Magazine.

The British magazine’s annual awards in the UK are much respected within the building industry as they seek to recognize real innovations powering users’ workflows. There are few awards dedicated to information technologies in the construction industry, and ‘The Hammers’ are regarded as reflecting actual user experiences with IT solutions. They nominated and voted on by industry-wide users.[More ...]
View and share project documents on the go with BIMx
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
If you haven't already tried BIMx, you are missing out! The app lets you share your documentation with other project stakeholders, and even lets them take 3D walkthroughs.
The app is available for both iOS and Android.
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Entries open for the 2017 Timber Design Awards
Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards, with Stage One entries closing on Friday 28 October.

These awards are the premier space for architects, engineers and others to profile their recent work with locally-sourced timber and wood-based products, manufactured in New Zealand.

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Take part in NZ Green Building Week
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Toward the end of September, some of New Zealand's most sustainable buildings will open their doors as part of Green Building Week. There are a range of free events including walks and bus tours - find out more from the official NZGBC page:
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Len Lye Case Study
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Interested in learning more about this years' ARCHICAD building? Read all about the Len Lye Centre designed by Pattersons in our Case Study.

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Did you get an ARCHICAD 20 upgrade pack?
Friday, 19 August 2016
If you got an ARCHICAD 20 upgrade pack sent to you in the last week or two, it would have been packed up by our amazing Auckland team. Here's a video of all the fun getting over 800 packs out the door. Look closely and you'll see the whole team, including Debbie from Sales; Andrew from our Development team; and Soto, Scylla and Gareth from our Support Team.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT Central Innovation acquires Cadimage Group Limited
Monday, 1 August 2016
Today Central Innovation Limited and Cadimage Group Limited NZ announced an agreement in which Central Innovation have acquired 100% of the assets of Cadimage Group. Despite this change in ownership, our New Zealand based team (including our support and customer service teams) will remain unchanged.[More ...]
Read Rob Jacksons Blog series LEGO Architecture meets BIM
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Trying to explain Building Information Modelling (BIM) to a layperson can often be quite difficult without descending into loads of technical detail and a whole host of acronyms. This is why Rob Jackson commenced this 7-part Blog series on BIM.

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ARCHICAD 20 Review by AEC bytes
Thursday, 7 July 2016
Head on over to the AECbytes website to read their review of ARCHICAD 20.

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