ArchiCAD 11

This review takes a detailed look at the new features of ArchiCAD 11, Graphisoft’s cross-platform BIM application for architecture, including the innovative and sophisticated Virtual Trace technology that simulates the physical tracing paper concept, making the transition to BIM easier for 2D users.


4 thoughts on “ArchiCAD 11

  1. Hi Lachmi,

    Thanks for your Article on ArchiCAD 11. I concure with you in your conclusion and recommendations. Its high time now we follow the SketchUP-approach of modelling.
    Long live ArchCAD…!


  2. I couldn’t agree more with Leka – the inferencing ability and workflow in general of Sketchup has proven so powerful, it would be remiss for ArchiCAD not to take advantage of this innovation, and accelerate the 3D modeling capabilities in the 3D window. I still find the time it takes to model 3D in ArchiCAD is a bottleneck in the workflow from Concept to Documentation. If ArchiCAD could take the concept of ‘skins and composites’ for floor, wall, ceiling and roof elements and apply them using the “zone” tool AND include an advanced “push/pull” editing ability, we would all be grateful!!

    In the meantime, AC11 continues to impress as an excellent BIM solution – an excellent release for sure!

  3. You can download the free 30-day trial version of ArchiCAD 11 with the free BIM Experience Kit of Graphisoft:

    This 2-hour learning experience gives a concise practical introduction to BIM for everyone ranging from principal to CAD operator. If you are thinking about making the move to BIM, the BIM Experience Kit could be a great first step.

  4. Thank you for your generally good review of AC11. Your comment requesting of AC11 a quicker modeling operation as in SkecthUp begs further examination into both app’s best uses. The schematic nature of a Sketch Up model allows quick creation of simple mass models, without differentiation of complex building systems (“composites” in ArchiCAD) for instance for structural differences between the various elements of the space being modeled. This time savings is lost as the design evolves past scematic design and the user is required to add structural & finish complexities in to their projects, typical of commercial buildings, via import & elaboration within a fully capable BIM app.

    It is here, as well as in its automated documentation & coordination abilities, that ArchiCAD pays back the time invested to delineate in BIM the actual building systems & assemblies being used, as compared to extrusion of simple design mass & volume, and subsequent redrawing to make the building model “real”. Total time invested will necessarily be more in this two-step modeling process.

    It is my opinion that expecting a fully-functional BIM & Construction Documentation program to be as quick & easy as a mass modeling design app misses the point, at least within a commercial building project scenario. The two app’s have different strong points & best uses.

    As to collision detection, it should be noted that this capability is a $4,000.00 module within the Navisworks suite, and, no other BIM application offers this capability. So to criticize Graphisoft for not offering this integrally in ArchiCAD misses the mark to the extent that it goes beyond putting GS on notice that AutoDesk wil very likely repeat its historical predatory business practices by shutting Navisworks to BIM models other than those created by AutoDesk products now that they have acquired Navisworks.

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