3D Architectural BIM Software for Design and Modeling

“The true potential of BIM is that it can hold all the necessary information for designing, constructing and operating buildings,” said Peter Temesvari, Director of Product Management at GRAPHISOFT. “A significant part of this information is non-geometrical data. ARCHICAD 20 offers powerful workflows to manage, visualize and exchange such information with any stakeholder participating in the design and construction process.”

What’s new in ARCHICAD 20
Enhanced Information Management

Store the Information: Information is the most valuable part of BIM and ARCHICAD 20 helps architects and designers get the most of it! 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.


Display the Information: 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.


Share the Information: ARCHICAD 20 is among the first BIM applications to fully support the IFC 4 open-source standard. IFC 4 supports new coordination workflows (Design Transfer View and Reference View) and provides great help when coordinating with other disciplines. 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 BIM.


Graphical Favorites

Brand new Graphical Favorites provide excellent visual feedback about saved element settings with automatically-generated, colored 2D or 3D thumbnail previews — available instantly for every Tool. This not only helps BIM managers in setting up and enforcing office project templates, but also speeds up everyday design development work.


Renewed Graphical User Interface

ARCHICAD 20 features a completely revamped graphical user interface, making it the most modern-looking BIM application available on the market today. The design language used on the renewed GUI gives ARCHICAD a look and feel much closer to mobile apps than to traditional desktop software, making it especially appealing to the younger generation.

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing

The GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler™ is an Add-On to ArchiCAD®. Firms using ArchiCAD can use the MEP Modeler to create and edit 3D model-based MEP networks (ductwork, pipework and cabling) and coordinate them within the ArchiCAD Virtual Building. The MEP Modeler uses a familiar interface and tools integrated right in the ArchiCAD environment.

MEP Modeler Presentation The biggest reason for budget and time overruns in building construction is partly caused by poor coordination between the different trades. These problems can result in cost overruns of up to 2-4% of a project budget. For owners and architects seeking to reduce coordination errors, the MEP Modeler is the best solution to help achieve greater efficiency.
The MEP Modeler also improves ArchiCAD’s import of IFC models with MEP content arriving from mechanical engineers and mechanical analysis applications. Collision detection can be done between the imported MEP system elements and the architectural project elements.



MEP Toolbox

The MEP Toolbox provides a dedicated set of tools to create components of the various MEP-systems:
– Straight, curved and flexible HVAC ducts, pipes and electrical cabling trays
– Transitions, junctions, in-line elements to connect MEP components with each other
– Equipment and terminals for automatic connection at the intake and the output locations of the MEP-systems
MEP elements are parametric, enabling easy configuration of custom dimensions.


MEP Object Library

GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler ships with an extensive MEP-specific Object Library. This library contains specially configured MEP elements with smart connection points for automatic connection during routing of MEP-systems. Upon installation of MEP Modeler, certain standard ARCHICAD Objects (for example plumbing fixtures, kitchen cabinets, heating objects etc.) will be extended with smart connection points and specific MEP-related parameters.

Custom MEP Elements

Custom MEP elements can be created and saved using standard ARCHICAD tools such as Walls, Slabs, MORPHs and (GDL) Objects. These custom library parts will be automatically added to the current MEP library. They may be placed into the project or re-used in other projects. Custom MEP elements have the same intelligent behavior as the standard MEP library parts shipped with MEP Modeler.


MEP Systems

In GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler, MEP systems represent groups of elements that are handled together, which makes element creation and editing much more efficient and consistent. When new elements are added to an existing MEP system, they will automatically take on the appropriate connection parameters: shape, diameter, and width and height values.


Placing MEP Elements

One basic method of creating a mechanical system is to place individual ducts, pipes or trays one at a time. With this method, connections are built up one-by-one and element positions are adjusted individually at the time of placement. This is a very flexible “LEGO®”-style workflow where you have full control over the type, allocation and parameters of placed elements.


Smart MEP Routing

The MEP Routing function enables designers to create connected MEP elements with a series of mouse-clicks. ARCHICAD’s smart cursor and temporary guidelines provide further help in creating MEP systems from scratch, quickly and easily. Routing is available in both floor plan and 3D views.


Editing MEP Elements

A powerful set of graphical editing aids is available to modify the geometry of individual elements of MEP systems. Editing a part of an MEP system will automatically change connected elements. New connector elements may also be added to the system.