Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD and BEXEL Manager collaboration
Intelligent complementing BIM platforms we’re evolving construction industry
Opposed to the traditional approach to interdisciplinary collaboration in the construction industry, where you are struggling hard with endless documents, paper sheets, numerous stakeholders, design changes, and different information – BEXEL Manager in collaboration with Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD are presenting you the intelligent, easier and more effective BIM processes in the common industry.
Software featuresGraphisoft, now as a part of Nemetschek Group, has developed a comprehensive BIM design platform containing a wide range of software applications integrated into ARCHICAD to cover most of the design needs. ARCHICAD is a complete BIM design suite for Macintosh and Windows with 2D and 3D drafting, visualization and other building information modeling functions for architects, designers and planners.
ArchiCAD joins the best and intuitive 3D Modeling software tools and advanced, yet very accurate 2D tools for simultaneously creating of most complex building forms and detailed technical drawings. It also has a high-performance visualization software module which enables the production of photo-realistic pictures or videos directly from the BIM model. On top of that included desktop publishing software allows you to compose printed materials using technical drawings pixel-based images and texts. All the mentioned features are accompanied with BIMcloud service for real-time collaboration and teamwork on the same project, while multi-award winning BIMx module features mobile and highly representable 2D & 3D model navigation bridging the gap between the office and the construction site.
BEXEL Manager intelligent BIM platform, on the other hand, extends presented 2D and 3D capabilities of ArchiCAD, adding further 4D,5D and 6D BIM dimensions and data into the created project.
Merging the best of BIM dimensions
Since both of the platforms are BuildingSmart certified for importing ISO IFC files, BEXEL Manager fastly and accurately loads commonly used OPEN BIM files exported from ArchiCAD and uses all stored BIM data in order to manage respective information.
The OPEN BIM movement was originally launched by Tekla and GRAPHISOFT and is supported by various organizations. The idea behind this inclusive movement is actually welcoming any organization in the AEC industry that is ready to support the overall goals and fulfill the agreed set of requirements. Clearly and briefly speaking the goal of the OPEN BIM is free and unhindered information exchange between all stakeholders.Therefore it’s not unusual that just ArchiCAD’s module for IFC export is one of the most advanced and adjustable IFC exporters among BIM authoring tools. Its ability to export all IFC data file formats (.ifc, .ifcXML, .ifcZIP) and schemas (IFC2x3 and IFC4 definitions) including custom element filters and property mapping along with customized and optimized geometry conversion is one of the best and reliable.
Using exclusive ArchiCAD BIM models of their Headquarter Buildings at Graphisoft Park, Budapest (Architect: Építész Stúdió Kft.) provided by Graphisoft, multiple comprehensive design review analyses were performed in BEXEL Manager in order to simulate real-case scenarios and anticipate possible change order risks.
- 3D model was appended and updated and multiple clash detection tests according to clash detection matrix were performed and reports were generated successfully. Noted clash detection reports were exchanged with stakeholders using BCF files.
The proposed construction schedule was completely generated using BEXEL Manager advance scheduling engine. The created schedule is automatically linked with all BIM model elements received from ArchiCAD.
- Generated 4D simulations were reviewed and the schedule was optimized in order to achieve preferable construction
Quantification of all required items was generated in BEXEL Manager using visual reports as part of pre tendering documentation review.
- Using BEXEL Manager Cost Editor Module all relevant cost information was automatically assigned to the respective model elements using smart assignment rules and available metadata received from the IFC models.
- Finally, all 2d documents and drawings generated from ArchiCAD are imported into federated and enriched BEXEL Manager model, including additional operation procedures, and manuals. Those model elements are linked with operation plan activities creating full 6D BIM model for further use during exploitation.