Graphisoft

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Graphisoft SE
Type SE
Industry CAD, Building Information Modeling, Software
Founded Budapest, Hungary (1982)
Headquarters Budapest, Hungary
Key people Gábor Bojár, Founder, Chairman of the Board
Viktor Várkonyi, CEO
Products See complete products listing.
Parent Nemetschek AG
Subsidiaries Graphisoft R&D Zrt., Graphisoft Deutschland GmbH, Graphisoft North America Inc, Graphisoft Japan Co. Ltd., Graphisoft UK Ltd., Archicad España, S.A.
Website www.graphisoft.com

Graphisoft SE develops Building Information Modeling software products for architects, interior designers and planners, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. Graphisoft has subsidiaries in Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan and representative offices in Russia and Singapore. The company's flagship product is ArchiCAD[1] — an architectural design software developed since 1984 for Windows and Mac platforms.

Products[edit]

Graphisoft ArchiCAD[edit]

ArchiCAD is a complex architectural design tool offering 2D and 3D drafting, visualization and documentation functions for architects and planners to create three-dimensional designs and detailed technical documentation, thus enabling architects to use ArchiCAD from the earliest design phases to the technical detail drawings.[2] [3]

Graphisoft BIM Server[edit]

Graphisoft's second generation collaboration solution lets more architects work on the same building simultaneously with ArchiCAD by allowing them to access and manage the building information model database over the internet. Graphisoft BIM Server is shipped with ArchiCAD from version 13.[4]

Graphisoft MEP Modeler[edit]

Graphisoft MEP Modeler (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing) Modeler is an ArchiCAD extension for architects to incorporate ductwork and piping into the architectural design. MEP Modeler allows architects to create, edit or import 3D MEP networks and coordinate them with the Building Information Model, facilitating the BIM workflow between engineers and architects.

Graphisoft EcoDesigner[edit]

Graphisoft EcoDesigner helps architects to use virtual building information to evaluate energy performance, thus the sustainability of the building from the very first concept design. EcoDesigner allows architects to analyze their design for energy efficiency, providing feedback on the building's estimated energy performance.[5]

Graphisoft BIMx[edit]

BIMx, formerly marketed as Virtual Building Explorer is an interactive BIM model presentation tool which allows the presentation of entire building models with self-running executable files, without the need for installing ArchiCAD or other BIM authoring tool. The software combines video game-like navigation with native BIM features, including measurement of real building dimensions.[6]

History[edit]

Graphisoft's flagship product, ArchiCAD was the first implementation of Building Information Modeling introduced in 1987 as the Virtual Building concept. The very first ArchiCAD release already let architects draw walls, windows, doors, slabs and roofs — a common feature now every BIM-based architectural design software has. Subsequent ArchiCAD releases introduced other building information modeling features such as TeamWork, which enabled more architects to work on the same building in parallel or edit functions in three-dimensional model views or interoperability add-ons to communicate with other applications using IFC — now a de facto standard in data exchange between BIM applications.

Graphisoft had been introduced to the Frankfurt (1998) and the Budapest Stock Exchange (2000) and was purchased by Nemetschek AG (Germany) in 2007.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Árvay, Alica. "Perspectives in Goulash Valley: the Graphisoft Story". Diplomacy & Trade. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Lopez], Bob Martens ; Herbert Peter. [Transl. from German: Pedro M. (2004). ArchiCAD : best practice: The Virtual Building revealed. Wien: Springer. ISBN 3211407553. 
  3. ^ Germany, Mohd Fairuz Shiratuddin, Tulio Sulbaran, Shane (2010). Introduction to ArchiCAD : a BIM application (1 ed. ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Learning. ISBN 1428356649. 
  4. ^ Eastman, Chuck; Liston, Kathleen; Teicholz, Paul; Sacks, Rafael (2013). Bim handbook a guide to building information modeling for owners, managers, designers, engineers and contractors (Unabridged. ed.). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. ISBN 111802169X. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Levy, Francois (2013). Bim in small-scale sustainable design (Unabridged. ed.). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. p. 2-6. ISBN 1118106822. 
  6. ^ Boeykens, Stefan (2013). Unity for Architectural Visualisation. Packt Publishing. ISBN 1783559071. 
  7. ^ "Nemetschek acquires majority in Graphisoft shares". Nemetschek AG.