GRAPHISOFT to Introduce “GREEN-BIM” Solutions at Ecobuild America

BUDAPEST, October 20, 2011 -- GRAPHISOFT announces today its active involvement in Ecobuild® America by demonstrating the latest developments of its revolutionary EcoDesigner™ product line and openly invites attendees to its new Technology User Sessions and an ArchiCAD User Group meeting at the event in Washington, D.C. December 5-9, 2011.   

Next to a keynote presentation titled “Energy Analysis Simplified with BIM” the learning track will run throughout the event and give architects, engineers, and contractors the opportunity to explore the latest software applications designed specifically to meet their ever-changing needs.  The ArchiCAD User Group event will teach practitioners tips, tricks and features related to ArchiCAD.   

“The AEC space is in transition with BIM and other advanced technologies among the most influential drivers of change in our industry,” says Steve Benford, Managing Director, GRAPHISOFT North America.  “Model based collaboration, workflow integration, mobility and sustainability are all linked for maximizing added value and minimizing cost.”

“We're excited to have the opportunity at Ecobuild to help practitioners -- architects, engineers, contractors and owners -- make sense of the tools available to them, and better understand how to leverage technology to their best advantage.”

A brief summary of GRAPHISOFT tech user sessions follows:

Energy Analysis Simplified with BIM – A demonstration of how ArchiCAD BIM software integrated with EcoDesigner extends the limits of BIM-integrated sustainable design technology, providing real solutions to relevant green building design issues.

Interoperability with OPEN BIM™ – Move away from working in an environment of disconnected silos.  Learn how to:

·         Effectively filter and save your models as IFC so they are useable by extended project teams.

·         Use common reference standards and classification systems like OmniClass throughout the building lifecycle.

·         Realize the positive impact of IFC on sharing BIM data for sustainable projects and energy analysis.

Teaching BIM to your 2D CAD Team - The vast majority of BIM users were once 2DCAD users, so you will be in good company while you learn:

  • How BIM automatically handles the management of drawing scale configurations and layer assignments, freeing up more of your time to focus on design instead of mundane tasks.

  • How 2D documentation is automatically generated and updated in the background while you create your Building Information Models.

  • The benefits of a BIM approach for sustainable design. Also see the related session “BIM & High Performance Collaboration”.


BIM & High Performance Collaboration - Learn how GRAPHISOFT® ArchiCAD® combined with GRAPHISOFT® BIM Server™ will let your team:

  • Share BIM projects for any size or setup of design teams involving team members regardless of their physical location.

  • Protect project data and support user rights for team management.

  • Discover conflicts and resolve them live in the model in minutes, rather than days or weeks.

  • Evaluate the benefits of working within a single model that is always up-to-date with complete information.


5 Ways to Expand Your BIM Utilization Today – Expand on your BIM utilization and start reeling in the benefits when you

  • Learn how GRAPHISOFT® BIMx™ lets you explore, communicate and share your models with every project team member – even if they don’t know BIM or own BIM Software

  • Use BIM tools to create complex objects and building components

  • Pair your BIM model with Google Earth for building siting and viewshed management

  • Learn how ArchiCAD's BIM engine can be used to verify project data and provide calculations for the certification process

  • Create custom, interactive schedules to list and manage any items in your BIM model


ArchiCAD User Group Meeting  - Meet and collaborate with your peers at the ArchiCAD User Group.  GRAPHISOFT representatives will be at hand to discuss future trends and address questions.  The featured topic for this meeting will be GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner.  Join us to learn how to greater optimize your early designs by understanding the energy performance implications of design alternatives



GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution with ArchiCAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as the revolutionary GRAPHISOFT BIM Server™, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, and the GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner™, the world's first fully integrated building energy modeling application. GRAPHISOFT’s innovative solutions have fundamentally changed the way architects around the world design and collaborate. GRAPHISOFT® has been part of the Nemetschek Group, since its acquisition in 2007.

About AEC Science & Technology®, LLC

Under the leadership of principals Richard C. Vendola, Jr., and George Borkovich, AEC Science & Technology ®, LLC (Centerville, MA), manages and produces Ecobuild America. Together they have a depth of experience in technology and event planning for the AEC industry, including creating and managing the former A/E/C SYSTEMS International conference and exhibition. The events cover the unique intersection where ecology meets technology. Proud member of: buildingSMART alliance™; Green Building Initiative; High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition; United States Green Building Council; and Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium.



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