AEC Tech News (#258)

1 Oct, 2009 By: Cadalyst Staff

First Look: ArchiCAD 13

New version from Graphisoft has a familiar look, but new Teamwork 2.0 and BIM Server may rock the world of BIM.

By Scott MacKenzie

The first thing I do when I open a new version of any software is look for changes to the graphical user interface (GUI). Then I look for added functionality to existing tools. I like to find things that aren't on the list of documented new features.

When I opened ArchiCAD 13 for the first time, I thought to myself, "Well, this doesn't look new. Where's the ribbon?" As a matter of fact, at first look, the new version really doesn't look different than the previous three versions of ArchiCAD. Even the desktop shortcuts are the same! In a way, this lack of change is good because my colleagues and I won't be spending time trying to learn a new interface. On the other hand, I like to see visual evidence that I'm using a new version.

But don’t let my initial comments fool you. ArchiCAD 13 is a major release; in fact, some of its new features could be classified as game changers for the world of building information modeling (BIM).

Major Release
Here’s a look at the major new features and tools in ArchiCAD 13, including the following:

•  Overhauled Teamwork environment
•  New BIM Server with Delta Server technology
•  Native 64-bit support for Windows OS
•  Improved object handling
•  Annotative schedule drawings
•  Oriented views
•  Enhanced DWG import and export
•  Improved production tools

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Scott MacKenzie is CAD+Systems Manager for Anshen+Allen in Columbus, Ohio.


What's the BIM Deal? Part 3

By Robert Green

In the previous two articles in this series, I explained what BIM (building information modeling) is, deciphered its key terms, and outlined what you should prepare for. This time, I'll address the critical concept of positioning your BIM implementation for success — both your personal success as a CAD manager and your company's success with BIM.

So if BIM's in your future and management seems to be on board, what must you do next? Here goes.

Managing Expectations

Everyone in your company already has expectations about the BIM transition. Some users are dreading a negative experience that will require a lot of change and effort on their part. Management teams often expect implementation to be easier, faster, and cheaper than it really will be. And in some cases IT departments underestimate how taxing BIM applications can be on hardware and network infrastructures.

If you combine all these expectations and misconceptions, you can see that nobody is going to be happy when the reality of BIM implementation sets in. And if nobody's expectations are met, then you, the CAD manager, will suffer. Read more »
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Robert Green is Cadalyst's CAD management expert. You can subscribe to his
CAD Manager's Newsletter here.


Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events


ArchiCAD 13: A Revolution in BIM Collaboration
October 7, 2009
3 p.m. EDT
This webinar from Graphisoft discusses the speed, data safety, and workflow of ArchiCAD 13. Read more »

Bentley Plant Users Group
October 21–23, 2009
Biloxi, Mississippi
The Bentley Plant User Group Conference includes hands-on workshops led by Bentley personnel, technology/product updates, keynote presentations by Bentley executives, and user presentations. Read more »

Autodesk University 2009
December 1–3, 2009
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Autodesk University (AU) User Conference and Exhibition brings Autodesk enthusiasts together to learn about Autodesk technology and network with the international AU community. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

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