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ARCHICAD 22 delivers design tool improvements and introduces enhanced design workflow processes. These represent significant performance improvements and productivity enhancements to its core design processes as well as to multidisciplinary collaborative workflows.
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ARCHICAD's remastered Façade Design workflow enables architects to design, develop and detail hierarchical curtain wall systems with great freedom using modular patterns. The design happens with a natural graphical input in the most natural design environment in 3D or 2D elevations, while ARCHICAD ensures the curtain wall system is structurally correct and adheres to local requirements for documenting and listing.
Design complex curtain wall systems by freely drawing schemes in the native BIM environment using modular patterns. Creation of precise vertical and horizontal junctions happens automatically, and the design can be finished by selecting from a wide set of louvres and other accessories.
Any documentation standard can be met, thanks to the customizable, scale-sensitive representation at any level of detail. Element schedules provide very accurate lists of all details of the created frames, mullions and even accessories.
Algorithmic design workflows are also supported, thanks to the improved ARCHICAD-Grasshopper Connection tool. Designers can use any set of 2D lines to start assembling Curtain Wall Patterns on the Grasshopper Canvas and manage all sub-elements, then create astonishing façades in ARCHICAD using algorithmic design definitions.
ARCHICAD 22 introduces significant performance improvements, focusing on a smooth and truly responsive 2D panning and zooming navigation experience for projects of any size.
Generation of complex element fills, cut- and cover surfaces are "GPU-accelerated," performed by the computer graphics processing unit. Multiple cores of the computer's CPU are further enhanced with a patent pending algorithm to utilize the changing needs of continuous -- panning or zooming -- navigation in the background.
ARCHICAD's robust 64-bit architecture enables the display of large models, while optimized scaling of multiple-core CPUs boosts performance when working on large, complex projects.
Patent pending Predictive Background Processing takes advantage of unused computer capacity by anticipating potential future user actions and preparing for them in the background. This offers architects lightning-fast response times regardless of the size of the project.
ARCHICAD 22’s Parametric Custom Profiles combines the power of parametric design with the freedom of graphical profile creation.
Create more intelligent Profiles for Walls, Beams and Columns, by defining parametric edges in the Profile Editor. This will allow offset individual or multiple edges centrally for the Profile Attribute or at the instance level - either graphically or via element settings.
Thanks to so-called "Custom Geometry Modifiers," architects can use one Profile to describe several different custom wall, column and beam geometries. By adjusting the dimensions of the Parametric Custom Profile’s skins, the same Profile can be fit into several different details in the project. The height of the layers of composite structures, for example, can now be adjusted individually.
ARCHICAD 22 allows you to use logical expressions to derive new properties and property values that depend on the element’s own parameters. This new function greatly enriches the information -- or “I” component -- of BIM. Its automatic workflow lets you define any calculation rule as an element property value and update it automatically, without time-consuming and error-prone manual data entry.
The results can be used in ARCHICAD for tagging or filtering elements, and presented in any graphical, tabular or model output, governed by mathematical, logical and text handling operations – like the functions found in standard spreadsheet programs. Property values containing a valid URL will become a live URL hyperlink in the Interactive Schedule, providing quick access to any connected website or online data.
The property value definition is based on user-defined expressions, composed using simple data fields. Create Element Properties using numeric, text or even Boolean data, then use these properties to tag or filter elements and present them in any graphical, tabular or model output.
ARCHICAD 22 brings several productivity improvements, providing easier and more intuitive building design, faster and more precise construction documentation, more accurate schedules and cost estimation.
Select any combination of drawing primitives (lines, arcs, polylines), plus Text Blocks (including Element-related Autotexts), then save and use them as a Label.
ARCHICAD 22 has improved the quality and precision of exported Component and Material information to IFC2x3 and IFC4. This is important to create schedules, calculations and cost estimates based on data related to Building Materials, individual Composite Skins, and Complex Profile parts.
The new "De-Constructor" function enables you to use a reversed data workflow and channel ARCHICAD element data to the Rhino-Grasshopper platform. As a result, architects can perform design optimization and validation using the vast set of Grasshopper and Rhino extensions.
The representation of fine details of the ARCHICAD icons, lines, texts and other graphic user interface elements now produce a much sharper look. Ultra-high – 4K and 5K – resolution monitor screens offer much sharper display of details.
ARCHICAD 21’s flagship feature has been improved based on feedback from architects. The new Stair and Rail enhancements allow you to visualize and use Stair Headroom for collision detection. Stair 2D documentation improvements help maintain country-specific representation standards. New developments for sloped Railings and Railing Panels allow more accurate modeling.
It only takes a fraction of a second to reserve elements in Teamwork, even in the case of large element selection sets. Please note, that this new feature is available only with a GRAPHISOFT BIMcloud User License.
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