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ArchiCAD 16

MORPH Tool – Redefining Modeling Freedom for BIM

ArchiCAD 16 introduces direct modeling capabilities into the native BIM environment with its brand new MORPH™ tool. MORPH allows element creation with any custom geometry in an intuitive graphical way, featuring popular modeling techniques, like Push & Pull.

 

MORPH Concept

The MORPH tool has no geometric limitation; every edge, point and surface can be moved and shaped freely and textures can be fine-tuned on every surface. There is no need for GDL programming or for importing special shapes from other 3D programs. MORPH elements are full-fledged ArchiCAD components that appear in all ArchiCAD views and lists and can be classified for structural or MEP export, making this new tool a complete solution for creating custom shapes of any type. Transform any existing object, element or element group into a MORPH element, then save/re-save it as a GDL Object of any type or use it as an editable MORPH. Any 3D element type can be transformed into a full-fledged MORPH element with freely editable faces, edges, points, and listable parameters.

The MORPH Tool

 

Introduction to the MORPH Tool

Introduction to the MORPH Tool
ArchiCAD 16 introduces a new tool called the "MORPH" tool to provide greater design freedom.

Components of a MORPH Element

Components of a MORPH Element
MORPH elements are composed of one or more of the following sub-elements in any desired combination: Nodes, Edges and Faces.

Creating a Polygon MORPH Element

Creating a Polygon MORPH Element
The first geometry method available for the MORPH tool is the polygonal method. Using this method you can create a polygon-shaped series of MORPH edges.

Creating a 3D Polygon MORPH Element

Creating a 3D Polygon MORPH Element
A polygon-shaped MORPH does not have to be constrained to a single plane. Any node of the MORPH polygon can be located anywhere in space for the generation of a true space polygon.

Creating a Rectangle, Arc or Circle Shaped MORPH Element

Creating a Rectangle, Arc or Circle Shaped MORPH Element
Four different geometry methods are available for the creation of planar MORPH shapes: 'Rectangular' or 'Rotated Rectangular', which create straight planar edges, 'Centerpoint and Radius' and 'Circumference' create curved planar edges.

Creating a 3D Box Shaped MORPH Element

Creating a 3D Box Shaped MORPH Element
The Box method creates a solid box. The first two clicks create an orthogonal rectangle in the Editing Plane, while the third click defines the height of the box.

Creating a Revolved MORPH Shape

Creating a Revolved MORPH Shape
The last geometry method of the MORPH Tool is the Revolved method. This is a three- step process. First we need to draw the profile polygon in the Editing Plane.

Selecting Sub-elements of a MORPH

Selecting Sub-elements of a MORPH
Any MORPH element consists of sub-elements and any of these sub-elements can be selected for manipulation.

Selecting Multiple Sub-elements of a MORPH

Selecting Multiple Sub-elements of a MORPH
It is possible to select multiple sub-elements of a MORPH element for manipulation.

Deleting Sub-elements of a MORPH

Deleting Sub-elements of a MORPH
Any selected sub-element of a MORPH element can be deleted at any time, thus removing it from the MORPH element's geometry.

Working with Edges and Faces of a MORPH

Working with Edges and Faces of a MORPH
It is possible to add any geometry to an existing MORPH element, including edges, faces and solid bodies.

Setting a Base Height for a MORPH

Setting a Base Height for a MORPH
As for all 3D construction element types, it is possible to specify an elevation value to MORPH s. This is called the Base Height value.

Floor Plan Representation of MORPHs

Floor Plan Representation of MORPHs
The floor plan representation of MORPH s is a true 3D vertical projection of the MORPH elements just like in the case of Complex Roofs and Shells.

Setting Materials for MORPHs

Setting Materials for MORPHs
The material selection button in the MORPH Settings Dialog specifies the base material for the MORPH element. By default all faces of the MORPH will be displayed in 3D using this material.

Setting Edge Generation Method of MORPHs

Setting Edge Generation Method of MORPHs
The edges of MORPH elements can have one of three possible statuses, which define their visibility and role in the generation of MORPH faces.

Modifying Texture Mapping of MORPH Faces

Modifying Texture Mapping of MORPH Faces
The default texture mapping for MORPH elements is the box method. With this method textures are projected onto every face of the MORPH element either horizontally or vertically, even onto slanted faces.

Modifying the Texture Origin and Direction of a MORPH Face

Modifying the Texture Origin and Direction of a MORPH Face
The texture origin and direction of any face of a MORPH element can be selected, and modified, redefined or reset.

Moving a Node of a MORPH body

Moving a Node of a MORPH body
Any node of a MORPH can be freely moved to any spatial position with the help of the Editing Plane or by finding nodes, edges or surface points on other elements.

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Filleting and Chamfering MORPH Corners

Filleting and Chamfering MORPH Corners
Any corner of a MORPH element can be filleted or chamfered. It works similarly to the way it works on polygonal elements and the options are also similar.

Inserting New Nodes Into a MORPH Edge

Inserting New Nodes Into a MORPH Edge
A new node can be inserted into any edge of a MORPH at any position in space.

Curving a MORPH Edge

Curving a MORPH Edge
Any edge of a MORPH element can be curved. After the edges are curved, the geometry of the MORPH body will regenerate accordingly.

	Filleting and Chamfering MORPH Edges

Filleting and Chamfering MORPH Edges
Any edge of a MORPH element can be filleted or chamfered individually or together with other edges of the MORPH.

Offsetting MORPH Edges

Offsetting MORPH Edges
Any edge of a MORPH element may be offset. It works similarly to the way polygon edges are offset in 2D.

Pushing and Pulling a MORPH Face

Pushing and Pulling a MORPH Face
One of the commands that can be performed on MORPH elements specifically is the Push/Pull command.

Customizing MORPH Edge Settings

Customizing MORPH Edge Settings
The edge type of MORPH element edges can be customized. The three possible edge choices are: Hard, Hidden and Soft.

Customizing MORPH Face Settings

Customizing MORPH Face Settings
Material and texture settings of MORPH faces can be customized on an individual basis.

3D-dragging Sub-elements of a MORPH

3D-dragging Sub-elements of a MORPH
It is possible to drag sub-elements of a MORPH element. This command works on edges and faces as there is a separate Move Node command on the Pet Palette for relocating nodes.

Free Rotating Sub-elements of a MORPH

Free Rotating Sub-elements of a MORPH
Besides free rotating elements, it is also possible to free rotate sub-elements of a MORPH element. This command works on edges and faces.

Mirroring Sub-elements of a MORPH

Mirroring Sub-elements of a MORPH
It is possible to mirror MORPH elements in 3D and it works the same way as with other element types and as before. Additionally, it is possible to mirror sub-elements of a MORPH element.

Multiplying Sub-elements of a MORPH

Multiplying Sub-elements of a MORPH
It is possible to multiply MORPH elements in 3D and it works in the same way as with other element types earlier. Additionally, it is also possible to multiply sub-elements of a MORPH element.

Box Stretching a MORPH: Introduction

Box Stretching a MORPH: Introduction
A new Pet Palette command available only for MORPH elements is the Box Stretch command.

Box Stretching a MORPH by a Corner

Box Stretching a MORPH by a Corner
When a Stretch Box is displayed, stretching works slightly differently depending on whether you click a corner, an edge or a face to start the stretch operation.

Box Stretching a MORPH by an Edge

Box Stretching a MORPH by an Edge
After the Box Stretch command is activated and the Stretch Box is displayed, click any edge of the Box to start stretching. In such cases the Box will stretch from its edge opposite to the clicked edge.

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BIMcomponents.com – Cloud-search for BIM Components

ArchiCAD 16 fundamentally changes the possibilities the average user has to obtain custom BIM Components for their BIM projects. ArchiCAD’s new modeling capabilities, connected with the cloud-based BIM Component database allow users to create, search, upload, and download custom BIM components of their choice. The fully-integrated web portal makes sharing BIM components a core community function. BIMcomponents.com also provides a central “marketplace” for all GDL objects to directly reach ArchiCAD users when they need those objects the most.

What are the new features of ArchiCAD 16?

This cloud-based ArchiCAD-integrated community database collects and provides direct access to tens of thousands of GDL elements in one place. The easily searchable collection continually grows with users', GDL developers' and manufacturers' new elements. BIMcomponents.com helps you obtain trustworthy 3D or 2D elements in the form of parametric GDL objects by bringing the elements directly into your ArchiCAD project library with easy embed and drag & drop methods. Seek community opinion and share your custom objects with a click, widening the available selection. Built-in quality filters, user evaluations, and recommendations result in a high overall object quality.

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SUSTAINABILITY – Industry-first Fully BIM-integrated Energy Evaluation

GRAPHISOFT continues to innovate in “green”, uniquely offering the best workflow for sustainable design, integrated in its BIM authoring tool. The built-in Energy Evaluation functionality of ArchiCAD 16 is based on entirely new technology, which allows architects to perform reliable dynamic energy evaluation of their BIM model within ArchiCAD, relying on BIM geometry analysis and accurate hour-by-hour online weather data of the building’s location.

Energy Evaluation

Creating a Building Model for Energy Evaluation

Creating a Building Model for Energy Evaluation
ArchiCAD's Energy Evaluation functionality offers an easy-to use workflow for performing dynamic building energy calculations on projects of any size.

General Modeling Conventions

General Modeling Conventions
It is recommended to keep in mind a couple of modeling conventions and practices when creating a building model for energy evaluation. In this clip we will present the most important modeling guidelines and conventions.

Working with Zones

Working with Zones
In this movie we will present how to model Zones for energy model analysis in ArchiCAD. A separate Zone has to be created in every conditioned space of the building, using either the Manual or the Inner Edge Zone construction method.

Energy Model Review

Energy Model Review
In this movie we will run the Energy Evaluation and get familiar with Energy Model Review. The automatic model geometry analysis turns the ArchiCAD Building Information Model, so called BIM, automatically into a Building Energy Model, so called BEM.

Structures List Display

Structures List Display
The Structures tab page of the Energy Model Review palette lists the space boundaries on the building's external and internal structures, with all their physical properties that are relevant to the energy simulation.

Opening List Display

Opening List Display
The Openings tab page of the Energy Model Review palette lists the space boundaries on the building's external openings, with all their physical properties that are relevant to the energy simulation.

Building Energy Model Visualization

Building Energy Model Visualization
The Energy Model Review palette enables you to visualize the energy model in different ways.

Customizing Model Review Colors

Customizing Model Review Colors
A separate color is assigned to each space boundary category in Energy Model View. These Energy Model Review Colors can be freely customized.

The U-value Calculator

The U-value Calculator
U-value refers to the heat transmission coefficient of the selected structure. Structure items are listed with default U-values. The U-value Calculator calculates the average heat transmission coefficient value based on a simplified algorithm.

Thermal Property Assignments

Thermal Property Assignments
In this video we will show how we can assign thermal properties to ArchiCAD structures.

Material Catalog

Material Catalog
The Material Catalog is an extensive database integrated within Energy Evaluation that contains building material information relevant to the energy calculations.

Working with Composite Structures and U-values

Working with Composite Structures and U-values
In this movie we will create a new insulation type for the ground floor and then we will modify the U-value of this floor.

U-value Override

U-value Override
The Energy evaluation in default uses the U-value calculator to define the Heat Transmission Coefficient from the various thermal properties, but you can also overwrite the U-value.

Defining Infiltration

Defining Infiltration
Infiltration refers to the air permeability of the selected structure. The unit of infiltration is liter per second, per square meter.

Defining Surface

Defining Surface
In this movie we will show you how to set the Surface settings in the Structure list. The Surface material property determines the solar energy absorption properties of the selected structure.

Setting Up Glazed and Frame Parameters

Setting Up Glazed and Frame Parameters
The Openings tab page of the Model Review dialog box lists data for all of the openings on the building shell. In this movie we will become familiar with how to set up the glazed and opaque parts of the openings.

Setting Up Shading and Shading Devices

Setting Up Shading and Shading Devices
In this movie we will show you how we can set the vertical and horizontal shading and also how we can choose various shading devices for openings.

Environment Settings: Location and Climate

Environment Settings: Location and Climate
In this movie we will set up the location and climate date of the project. ArchiCAD offers an easy location set up and helps to get climate information quickly.

Environment Settings: Grade Level, Soil Type, Surroundings

Environment Settings: Grade Level, Soil Type, Surroundings
In this movie we will discover more settings in the Environment Settings dialog box. The connection of the ground with the building can be modeled in two different ways for Energy Evaluation.

Working with the Operation Profile

Working with the Operation Profile
The Operation Profile is an ArchiCAD attribute, assigned to your building for Energy Evaluation purposes. The Operation Profile associates predefined schedules to each Occupancy type, by Hour, for a whole year.

Working with Building Systems

Working with Building Systems
In this movie we will present how we can set the heating, cooling hot-water generation and ventilation type of the projects for Energy Evaluation.

Defining Energy Source Factors and Energy Cost

Defining Energy Source Factors and Energy Cost
In this movie we will specify the energy-related settings.

Working with Green Energy Building Systems

Working with Green Energy Building Systems
In this clip we will provide the green system data for building systems that recover energy or utilize sustainable resources.


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Open BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. Open BIM is an initiative of buildingSMART and several leading software vendors using the open buildingSMART Data Model.

Open BIM Programme is a marketing campaign initiated by GRAPHISOFT®, Tekla® and other members of buildingSMART® to urge and facilitate globally coordinated promotion of the Open BIM concept throughout the AEC industry, with aligned communication and common branding available to programme participants.

Open BIM Certification is a technical certification system being developed by buildingSMART® to help AEC software vendors improve, test and certify their data connections to work seamlessly with other Open BIM solutions.

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Broaden Your DESIGN Horizons
Learn How Open BIM Streamlines Workflow to Save Time & Money! Watch the recording of the live Open BIM seminar to see how Open BIM’s safe and streamlined workflow ensures seamless collaboration between architects and engineers using products like GRAPHISOFT® ArchiCAD® and BIMx, Tekla® Structures and BIMSight as well as DDS CAD®!

Why is it important?

Open BIM supports a transparent, open workflow, allowing project members to participate regardless of the software tools they use.

Open BIM creates a common language for widely referenced processes, allowing industry and government to procure projects with transparent commercial engagement, comparable service evaluation and assured data quality.

Open BIM provides enduring project data for use throughout the asset life--cycle, avoiding multiple input of the same data and consequential errors.

Small and large (platform) software vendors can participate and compete on system independent, ‘best of breed’ solutions.

Open BIM energizes the online product supply side with more exact user demand searches and delivers the product data directly into the BIM.

 


To see the Open Workflow in action, and for more info, visit the Open BIM Page.

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ArchiCAD 16 Frequently Asked Questions

Together with ArchiCAD 16, GRAPHISOFT also delivers important workflow and productivity updates. These include a Cloud-integrated model sharing service for BIMx users with an active maintenance contract, a perfected 3D editing workflow and a reworked and refreshed Library complementing the new features implemented due to the BIM Components site.

3D Interaction Enhancements

Improved Drag operation in the 3D Window

Improved Drag operation in the 3D Window
ArchiCAD 16 introduces improved drag operations for elements in the 3D window. It works uniformly for the dragging of all 3D element types in the 3D window.

3D Drag Techniques

3D Drag Techniques
The way the Pet Palette Drag command works is that the drag vector starting point must always be on a node, edge or surface of a selected element.

3D Drag Input Techniques

3D Drag Input Techniques
When moving around the cursor to specify the drag vector end point, the Tracker shows the drag vector distance and the angle of its direction to the Editing Plane.

3D Editing Feedback Improvements

3D Editing Feedback Improvements
ArchiCAD 16 provides surface feedback for operations in the 3D window. This is a gray colored square that is similar to the feedback square displayed when the Pick Plane command is activated for the redefinition of the Editing Plane.

Surface Snap in the 3D Window

Surface Snap in the 3D Window
ArchiCAD 16 incorporates a new snapping feature in the 3D window: a gray colored feedback square that snaps to the surfaces of elements. It snaps to both planar and curved surfaces.

Selection Options in Info Box for all Tools

Selection Options in Info Box for all Tools
The Arrow tool has three options available in the Info Box. As a new feature in ArchiCAD 16, when any tool other than the Arrow tool is active and the SHIFT key is pressed to select elements, these will become available at the top of the Info Box.

Locking to 3D Editing Plane

Locking to 3D Editing Plane
In ArchiCAD 16 it is now possible to lock input to the Editing Plane, when a node or an edge of an element is found during element creation or editing.

Working with the 3D Editing Plane - part 1

Working with the 3D Editing Plane - part 1
Several enhancements have been made to Editing Planes in ArchiCAD. The Editing Plane handle is now always displayed, even in selection mode, when no element creation or editing is taking place.

Working with the 3D Editing Plane - part 2

Working with the 3D Editing Plane - part 2
Several enhancements have been made to Editing Planes in ArchiCAD. The Editing Plane handle is now always displayed, even in selection mode, when no element creation or editing is taking place.

Rotate and Free Rotate Feedback Improvements

Rotate and Free Rotate Feedback Improvements
When using the Free Rotate command in the 3D Window, a protractor appears to give feedback on the orientation of the rotation plane.

Split command 3D Feedback Improvement

Split command 3D Feedback Improvement
3D Feedback for the Split command has been improved in ArchiCAD 16. With the MORPH element, the Split command in 3D acts as a real 3D cutting plane.

Library Enhancements

General Library Developments

General Library Developments
All library parts are accompanied by a short text description to improve the results of searching the library elements and also help their identification.

New Office Workstations

New Office Workstations
ArchiCAD provides new workstation library parts, to support the efficient design of large office workspaces.

New and Improved Lamps

New and Improved Lamps
Let's get acquainted with a couple of new and merged lamp types which accommodate a better graphical interface and a wider range of geometry options.

New and Improved Plumbing Fixtures

New and Improved Plumbing Fixtures
A single, flexible WC object incorporates all the options of many separate WC variations from older versions of the ArchiCAD library.

New and Improved Building Structures

New and Improved Building Structures
In this movie we will present a new Metal Web Joist object ... as well as an improvement on the Profiled Sheet building structure.

Other New and Improved Object

Other New and Improved Object
In this movie we will present some new and improved ArchiCAD objects.

Streamlined Label Options

Streamlined Label Options
The old tool-specific labels have been merged into just two library parts.

Story Sensitive Display of Library Parts

Story Sensitive Display of Library Parts
Different displays by stories available for several objects like Steel Frames, Ladders, Downspouts and more.

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ArchiCAD 16 Frequently Asked Questions

What are the new features of ArchiCAD 16?

Morph Tool, Transform Existing Elements Into Morphs, Transform Morphs Into Objects, Free Graphical Editing of Morphs, Integrated Energy Evaluation, Automatic Model Geometry Analysis, Single Thermal Block Energy Model, Space Boundary Categories, Multiple Energy Model Visualization Options, Export Geometry in Excel Format, Export Second-Level Space Boundary Data via IFC, Extensive Built-in Building Material Lists, MEP System Lists, Green System and Energy Source Lists, Import Analytic Weather Data Files, Gridded Climate Information from the Online Weather Server, Quick Energy Evaluation Report, Certified VIPCore Engine Calculation, Improved Search Function for Finding Library Parts Faster in the Loaded, Embedded and BIM Server Libraries and on the Internet, BIM Components Portal, One Click Object Download and Embed, Drag & Drop Objects from the BIM Components Portal, Share Objects, Evaluate and Recommend Objects, All Model-Based Library Parts Can be Saved from the Floor Plan and 3D Window, Any Projection Can Be Used When Saving Library Parts from the 3D Window, Library Parts' Basic Attributes can be Defined When Saving Them, Input Elements Anywhere in 3D Space, Offset Editing Planes Before Placement, Place New Objects at Any Clicked Point, Snap to Surface in 3D Window, Move and Elevate in One Step, Lock Input to Editing Plane, Easier Access to Plane-switching Buttons,“Next Plane” Option, Zoom-sensitive Gridlines, New “Smart Cursor” Variants, Improved 3D Feedback for Split Command, Use Cutting Plane at Any Angle for Morphs, Split Morphs in Section View, Easy-to-use Rotate Command with Protractor Feedback, Merged Rotate and Free Rotate Commands in 3D, Better Project Location Definition, Define Project North Within the Building Model, Expanded Project Info Dialog Box, Expanded Teamwork Backup Options (BIM Project Backup, PLN Backup and Automatic Server Backup), Easy Recovery of Backups, Assign Thermal Properties to ArchiCAD Fills, Faster Hotlink Updates, Descriptions for All Library Parts, New Library Part Preview Pictures, New and Improved Objects Support for Office Design, New and Merged Lamp Types, Updated Plumbing Fixtures, New and Updated Building Structure Objects, Updated Railing Objects and People 2D Symbols, New Bollard Types, Simplified Taps, New Coordinate Object, New and Scale Sensitive Zone Stamp, Streamlined Label Options, Story Sensitive Display of Library Parts, New Door/Window Folder Structures and Names, Rationalization of Door and Window Objects, New Opening Types and UI for Special Windows, New Opening Types for Basic Windows, Variable Window Frame Widths, New Window Sash Type, Window Reveal Improvements, New Sliding Doors, New Sash Types for Door Sidelights, New Opening Types for Door Sidelight and Transom Sashes, New Handle Types, Pocket frame, Updated Storefront Doors, Door Casing with Roller Shutter, Use Find & Select on all IFC Properties, List IFC Properties in the Interactive Schedule, Display IFC Properties Just for Visible Elements, Import/Export Custom IFC Property Schemes, “One-Click” Custom IFC Property Assignment to All Elements, Quick IFC Property Editing, Support for Multiple IFC Standards, New IFC Assignments ("Space Occupant", "Actor"), IFC Classification Reference for Elements and Zones, Built-in and Custom Data Rules for Automated, Standard-Specific IFC Classification Reference Definition, IFC properties and Attributes Can Be Queried Through the ODBC Interface, IFC Properties and Attributes Can Be Extracted on the ArchiCAD API Interface, Filter Imported IFC Sites, Smarter Import of IFC Site Geometry, Better IFC Performance, Unchanged DWG Blocks Remain Intact Upon Roundtrip Conversion, Preserve Original DWG Block Positions, Smarter Handling of Zone Data when Exporting to DXF/DWG,Smart DWG Export of Rotated Views

When will ArchiCAD 16 ship?

ArchiCAD 16 will be released on May 30, 2012, with shipment to customers beginning within a few weeks after the official release. Following a tight release schedule, all 26 local versions are planned to reach the market by the end of Q3 2012.

What are the System Requirements for ArchiCAD 16?

Please visit our Support page for detailed information on the the system requirements for ArchiCAD 16.

What will happen with my existing EcoDesigner license in ArchiCAD 16?

GRAPHISOFT has been the pioneer of sustainable design with first of its kind BIM integrated EcoDesignerTM product line. ArchiCAD 16 upsets the status quo by turning “green” into an absolute core function of BIM. With ArchiCAD 16 EcoDesigner ceases to be an “add-on” product and its core functionality becomes a fully integrated, easy to use organic part of every standard ArchiCAD installation. Extending every standard ArchiCAD BIM model with sustainability information will also provide the basis for extended energy calculation and energy certification with an advanced sustainable product in the works (EcoDesigner STAR). This future product will be rolled out during the release cycle of ArchiCAD 16 with support for various local and global energy certification standards such as LEED etc.

What will happen with my existing MEP Modeler license in ArchiCAD 16?

The GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler add-on's compatibility upgrade will be available as a free download to all GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler users who upgrade their ArchiCAD license to V16. No functional developments in this compatibility update will be released.

What should engineers do with the Revit IFC I/O plug-ins in AC 16?

The free downloadable add-ins for Revit Structure and Revit MEP, developed by GRAPHISOFT, help map architectural and engineering models through the IFC-based export/import process between Revit and ArchiCAD. These add-ins are created for Revit and in this sense are independent from ArchiCAD releases.

What is unique about the new MORPH tool in ArchiCAD 16?

The free downloadable add-ins for Revit Structure and Revit MEP, developed by GRAPHISOFT, help map architectural and engineering models through the IFC-based export/import process between Revit and ArchiCAD. These add-ins are created for Revit and in this sense are independent from ArchiCAD releases.
(To be checked for compatibility with the final version of AC15)

What is unique about modeling free-form shapes in ArchiCAD?

Custom objects, components, and structures require a tool with extraordinary modeling flexibility. ArchiCAD 16 introduces direct modeling capabilities into the native BIM environment with its brand new MORPHTM tool. MORPH allows element creation with any custom geometry in an intuitive, graphical way, featuring popular modeling techniques such as push & pull. The MORPH tool has no geometric limitation; every edge, point and surface can be moved and shaped freely and textures can be fine-tuned on every surface. MORPH elements can be created from scratch simply by drawing a 3D polygon or by converting any existing ArchiCAD element or element group. The MORPH tool provides an optimal solution throghout the whole architectural workflow for creating custom BIM components, custom structures, and custom elements of the built environment as well as custom-designed building interiors and your own custom library elements as MORPHs can be saved as GDL elements together with their basic parameter set. MORPH elements are full-fledged ArchiCAD components that appear in all ArchiCAD views and lists and can be classified for structural or MEP export, making this new tool a complete solution for creating custom shapes of any type.

How does ArchiCAD 16 advance OPEN collaboration?

ArchiCAD 16 supports IFC 2x3 Coordination View, which is currently the most implemented view of the IFC format. By supporting new IFC data types such as Classification Reference, Space Occupant and Actor, IFC export can comply with other IFC model view definitions. Although IFC properties can be numerous, their management is now easier than before. The fact that IFC properties are native ArchiCAD properties means that all well-known ArchiCAD editing workflows can be used when working with them: search for them using Find & Select, list them in Interactive Element Schedules, assign them with one click to any element, or filter them by model visibility in the IFC Manager. Additional features such as the smart import of IFC Site geometry also enhance the 3D model-based data exchange with other open BIM applications.

What are the differences between the different versions of ArchiCAD?

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New Features Timeline
ArchiCAD 16
ArchiCAD 15
ArchiCAD 14
ArchiCAD 13
ArchiCAD 12
ArchiCAD 11
Modeling
Doors/Windows Fit to Slanted and Complex Wall Surfaces + + + + + +
Complex Multi-story Elements + + + + + +
Priority-Based Dynamic Wall-wall Intersection on Floor-plan + + + + + +
Reshaping Elements in Any View + + + + + +
Curved Profiled Walls + + + + + +
Curved Complex Elements + + + + + +
Curtain Wall Tool + + + + +  
Curtain Wall Editing in Any View - Reference Line, Height + + + +    
Slab/Roof Edge Custom Settings + + + +    
Use Any Number of Layers in Composite Elements + + +      
Shell Tool + +        
Multi-Plane Roof + +        
Model Element Connections Management + +        
Associative Skylights + +        
Morph Tool +          
Solid Morph Operations and Object Smoothing +          
Visualization / 3D Exploration
3D Zones Geometry Fit to Complex Elements + + + + + +
Virtual Tracing - Reference Layer among all Views, Layouts + + + + + +
Transparency in OpenGL + + + + + +
Partial Structure Display + + + + +  
Oriented View - Rotate the entire view + + + +    
Ruler - Easier Editing and Layout Creation + + + +    
Context Sensitive Smart Cursor + + + +    
Shadows in OpenGL + + +      
Input Constraints Functionality + + +      
3D Editing Plane + +        
3D Feedback with Working Plane, 3D Guidelines + +        
Snap to Surface in 3D Window +          
Move and Elevate in One Step +          
Smart 3D Feedback for Rotate and Split Commands +          
Documentation
Automated Parametric (GDL) Associative Titles + + + + + +
Worksheet Tool + + + + + +
3D Document: Dimensioned and Annotaded 3D Views + + + + +  
Symbolic "Soft" Insulation - Improved Drafting Quality + + + +    
Interactive, Annotated Door/Window Schedules + + + +    
Automatic Dimensioning + + + +    
Scale Dependant Detailing + + + +    
Layout Book + + +      
Dimension Text Prefix and Suffix + + +      
Convert Surveyor’s Data into ArchiCAD Mesh + + +      
Interactive Schedule into Excel + + +      
Simple Export of Different Plan Types + +        
Renovation Feature, Element-level Statusing + +        
Import Site Survey Geometry as Morphs +          
Workflow-Productivity-Project Management
Pre-selection: Hover-Over-Element Information Highlight + + + + + +
Integrated Layouting Replaces PlotMaker + + + + + +
Tracker: Numeric-Coordinate Input Box Follows Cursor + + + + + +
Virtual Trace References as Underlay in Any View or Layout + + + + + +
Support for 3D Connexion Space Navigator Device + + + + + +
Quantities of Individual Element Components + + + + + +
License Borrowing + + + +    
Native 64-bit ArchiCAD on Windows OS + + + +    
Offset Functionality + + +      
Native 64-bit ArchiCAD on MacOS + +        
Supersafe Autosave + +        
Assign Thermal Properties to ArchiCAD Fills +          
Access 10 000's of Objects via the BIM Components Portal +          
Easy Creation of Custom Library Parts with Modifiable Attributes +          
Integrated Building Energy Evaluation +          
Communication, I/O
AutoCAD DWG/DXF Import/Export + + + + + +
XREF Layers Arranged Separated + + + + + +
Save as PDF Command + + + + + +
Standard Steel Profile Database + + + +    
Element Classification (Type, Function, Position) + + +      
Partial Structure Display by Load-Bearing Function + + +      
IFC Translators + + +      
IFC Export of 2D Elements + + +      
Support for ZIP Format of IFC 2x3 + + +      
"Detect IFC Model Changes" Function + + +      
IFC Data Integrated as Native ArchiCAD Data + +        
IFC Export in Surface Geometry (Presentation View) Model VIew + +        
"Merge to IFC Model" Function + +        
"Find & Select" and Element Scheduling of IFC Data +          
"IFC Scheme Setup" Function +          
IFC DAta: Classification Reference, Space Occupant, Actor +          
Rules for Automated IFC Classification and Property +          
Access to IFC Data (ODBC Driver/ArchiCAD API +          
Library
Library Container Files (.lcf) - File Storage Format + + + + + +
Objects Saved Embedded in the Project + + + +    
Model View Options for Library Parts + + + +    
Embed Only Necessary Library Objects + + +      
Library Migration + + +      
Library Management + + +      
Intuitive Search Function Finds Library Parts in All Active Libraries +          
Furniture Layout Objects +          
Door/Window Rationalization and New Folder Structure +          
Story Sensitive Display of Library Parts +          
Teamwork & BIM Server
Teamwork Extended to Documentation Process - Layouts + + + + + +
BIM Server - Model Based Team Collaboration + + + +    
Reservation Methods + + + +    
Instant Team Communication + + + +    
Remote Project Management + + + +    
Delta-Server for Fast and Safe Data Exchange in Teamwork + + + +    
BIM Server Performance Monitor + + +      
Control Over Client-Server Technology + + +      
64-bit BIM Server on MacOS + + +      
Portability and Remote Access + + +      
BIM Server Optimized: Autosave Backup, Faster Performance + +        
BIM Project Backups to Restore BIM Server-related Data +          
PLN Format Backups to Quickly Recoper Data in ArchiCAD +          

 

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SHELL, ARTechnic architects, www.artechnic.jp, Photography: © Nacasa & Partners Inc.

ArchiCAD 16 – BIM Components at Your Fingertips

ArchiCAD 16 introduces a comprehensive ecosystem of solutions to ease the creation, sharing, and finding of custom BIM Components. Built-in Energy Evaluation turns ArchiCAD 16 into the “greenest” BIM solution available on the market today.

ArchiCAD 16 Flyer ArchiCAD 16 Brochure
General ArchiCAD Brochure ArchiCAD 16 Feature Comparison

 

DESIGN

designCustom objects, components, and structures require a tool with extraordinary modeling flexibility. ArchiCAD 16 introduces direct modeling capabilities into the native BIM environment with its brand new MORPH™ tool. MORPH allows element creation with any custom geometry in an intuitive graphical way, featuring popular modeling techniques. MORPH elements can be created from scratch simply or by converting any existing ArchiCAD BIM element. The MORPH tool is an optimal solution for creating custom BIM components, custom structures, and custom elements of the built environment as well as custom-designed building interiors.

 

BIM Components

bimcomponentsBuilding components is one of the most dynamically developing segments of the BIM industry. ArchiCAD 16 fundamentally changes the possibilities the average user has to obtain custom BIM Components for their BIM projects. ArchiCAD’s new modeling capabilities, connected with the cloud-based BIM Component database allow users to create, search, upload, and download custom BIM components of their choice. The fully-integrated web portal makes sharing BIM components a core community function. BIMcomponents.com also provides a central “marketplace” for all GDL objects to directly reach ArchiCAD users when they need those objects the most.

 

Sustainability

SustainabilityIn today’s environment, sustainability is an imperative for all building projects. The main decisions influencing a building’s sustainability features are made by the architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to innovate in “green” as well, uniquely offering the best workflow for sustainable design, integrated in its BIM authoring tool. The built-in Energy Evaluation functionality of ArchiCAD 16 is similar to the former standalone EcoDesigner™ product, but is based on entirely new technology which allows architects to perform reliable dynamic energy evaluation of their BIM model within ArchiCAD, relying on BIM geometry analysis and accurate hour-by-hour online weather data of the building’s location.

 

Open BIM and Productivity

Productivity and WorkflowTogether with ArchiCAD 16, GRAPHISOFT also delivers important workflow and productivity updates. These include an upgraded BIM Server™, Cloud-integrated model sharing service for BIMx users with an active maintenance contract, enhanced Library, and advanced Teamwork backup options for even greater data safety. ArchiCAD’s improved IFC handling skills with the management of a wide range of IFC data and DXF/DWG data exchange make Open BIM a perfect solution when consultants or other involved parties use different software. New features also affect ArchiCAD's 3D editing workflows and performance.

"Based on my interpretation ArchiCAD 16 is one of the most exciting versions - ever. The overall modelling capabilities: tools and work environment, seem to support our workflow from early design, to a detailed, documenting level. (...) Congratulations, guys, you did it - AGAIN!"

Tony Krepler, MBMO, Sydney, Australia

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