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Global learning and networking event organized by GRAPHISOFT.

GRAPHISOFT Master Classes connect GRAPHISOFT developers, product designers, consultants and trainers with BIM managers, architects, engineers and all ARCHICAD enthusiasts seeking to deepen their knowledge of ARCHICAD.

GRAPHISOFT Master Classes is a two-day conference with lectures and discussions about the new ARCHICAD version and the latest BIM technologies and trends. Workshops are divided into four topics: MODELING, BIM MANAGEMENT, PRESENTATION and COLLABORATION. Social events include two dinners in beautiful Budapest, home of ARCHICAD.

October 3-4, 2019
Budapest, Park Inn by Radisson

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8:30 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:10
Gergely Kmethy avatar
Gergely Kmethy Director of Customer Support Services, GRAPHISOFT
9:10 - 9:30
Huw Roberts avatar
9:30 - 9:50
Product strategy
Ákos Pfemeter avatar
Ákos Pfemeter Vice President, Marketing, GRAPHISOFT
9:50 - 10:10
Rhythmic Gymnastics Center – “Beyond image”

The Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in Moscow - the ARCHICAD 23 signature building - is more than just an ARCHICAD project, it’s a true collaboration masterpiece. Vitali will reveal the details of the workflow behind its creative process.

Vitali Krestianchik avatar
Vitali Krestianchik Director of BIM, CPU PRIDE
10:10 - 10:30
Intel® Xeon® Processors – Powering BIM Workloads

Running high end software like ARCHICAD 23 requires the very best compute performance. Learn why Intel® Xeon® processors are the best choice for your BIM workloads.

Amy Evans avatar
Amy Evans Workstation Marketing Manager, Intel
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
ARCHICAD 23 New features
Tibor Szolnoki avatar
Tibor Szolnoki Team leader, Training and Certification
Raquel Aoni avatar
Raquel Aoni Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
Ákos Karóczkai avatar
Ákos Karóczkai BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
Dániel Alexander Kovács avatar
Dániel Alexander Kovács BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
12:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
Parallel workshop sessions:
A — Collaboration: ARCHICAD and Revit Collaboration - Bratislava Bus Station Case Study

Let's learn the basic concepts of Revit so we can manage to better understand and go through the common challenges in IFC interoperability, and also the relevant settings and tips to achieve better model exchange with ARCHICAD. The topic of the case study will be the collaboration with the external partners and within the internal team on the complex and large-scale central bus station in Bratislava. The bus station is integrated with a shopping mall; the area of the project is more than 280 000 m2. A different collaboration approach is required for the partners working on MEP and structures in Revit, Tekla or AutoCAD. We will go through the data flow from ARCHICAD to subcontractors and back to ARCHICAD. We will explore the best workflows for working with 2D and 3D data, combining scattered data together with keeping the point of origin, matching floor structure and other important parameters. Internal collaboration and information exchange can consume a lot of time and can lead to information inconsistency. In larger projects where you need to work on separate models and documentation files, collaboration becomes an even bigger challenge. To avoid this, we need processes that eliminate double work. The information has to be in one place and distributed by automated update processes to different locations in different formats. A nice by-product is a small project team that is able to work more effectively. We will show you how it is possible to do so on a large-scale project!

Lukáš Zelený avatar
Lukáš Zelený Associate Partner, SIEBERT + TALAŠ
Victor Tátrai avatar
Victor Tátrai Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
B — BIM management: Let’s audit!

The workshop will explore the auditing process of architectural projects to ensure model and data consistency with ARCHICAD and Solibri. It will consist of a theoretical and a practical part.

In the theoretical part, the following topics will be covered:

  • When do project audits happen?
  • Who performs them?
  • What do the people who are responsible for them need to check for?
  • What means should they use?

The practical part will be split into two sections. In the first section, ARCHICAD will be used as a QA tool and different areas of model and data checks will be explored, such as element clashes, classification checks, attribute (layers, building materials, etc.) checks. A number of different tools that can be used in the context of auditing a project in ARCHICAD will be presented.

In the second section, Solibri will be used as a QA tool for more thorough project audits. A number of rulesets will be presented for different model checks, such as element clashes, classification and attribute checks, element ID management, asset data validation and verification checks, etc. Attendees will be provided with sample files and are welcome to follow the instructor’s steps on their laptops if they have the required licenses for ARCHICAD and Solibri. At the end of the workshop, attendees will have a good understanding of the auditing process of architectural projects and the tools and techniques that can be used to perform them.

Pantelis Ioannidis avatar
Pantelis Ioannidis Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
C — Presentation / Documentation: Historic Buildings and BIM - Why and how?

The specific workflow in historic building renovation requires a highly different approach to the project from the survey, through the concept design to acquiring permits and architectural planning. The workshop will explain which steps have to be taken into consideration in historical renovations and will show how to develop these steps in BIM and ARCHICAD.

1. Surveys and design phase We will explore different methods of surveying, analysis, communication with the investor with a special focus on point clouds and modeling. We will discuss the specific approach and BIM-based communication during the preparation of construction, pricing, timing and implementation in BIM.

2. Site preparation, implementation and facility management. We will examine the on-site communication, change management workflow and data storage methods as well. We will also investigate the connection of non-BIM data with the IFC database, which is specific for renovations, but also for its use throughout the building’s lifecycle. We will look at the BIM-based workflow for a project with a fixed maximum building cost and BIM-based LCA and LCC.

Jakub Masák avatar Jakub Masák Owner, Masák and Partner
Jakub Masák avatar Szabolcs Kari Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
D — ARCHICAD 23: Beams and Columns

Try the Beam and Column tools on your own! In this session, you will learn about these improved tools.

Gábor Kovács avatar Gábor Kovács Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30
Parallel workshop sessions:
A — Collaboration: Implementing design feedback in the early design stage using data

This workshop will give a hands-on design case where we look at a parametric model designed to support the early design stage. As high-performance design is becoming more desirable in the field of architecture there is a growing need for smarter and more designer-friendly, interactive tools to support decision-making processes during the initial stages of design. During the workshop we will utilize the ARCHICAD-Grasshopper connection to develop a model to display instantaneous feedback on design modifications. We will calculate design qualities to evaluate the design and look at a method on how to display data in easy and understandable graphical visualizations so that the information becomes interactive.

André Agi avatar André Agi Architect, Liljewall Arkitekter, Sweden
B — BIM management: Power BI Data Analytics for ARCHICAD

Power BI is a business analytics solution that lets you visualize your data and share insights across your organization or embed them in your app or website. This then allows users to make informed business and design decisions and to convey relevant information to clients in a meaningful and easy-to-understand manner. The simple analytics that can be extracted are limited only by your ability to manage properties in ARCHICAD and your imagination. By utilizing the properties function, you can start opening up the possibility to schedules that quantify and compare all manner of data such as:

  • Area by Unit / tenancy
  • Areas defined by wall/floor/ceiling finish or type
  • Actual Room areas vs Required Room Area
  • Areas / Rooms by special functions / features
  • Wet rooms
  • Sterile rooms
  • Access to natural daylight

In this workshop, we will examine how to set up your ARCHICAD file to get the most out of Power BI, how to start with a good data management plan and how to set up ARCHICAD for enhanced Power BI compatibility. We will also look at how you can use Power BI to analyze issue management data extracted from BIMcollab as well as for marketing and management purposes within your architectural practice.

Tony Fitzpatrick avatar Tony Fitzpatrick Head of BIM Development and Architect at AW2 Architects
Raquel Aoni avatar Raquel Aoni Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
C — Presentation / Documentation: Creative Project Documentation

In this workshop you will learn tips and tricks on how to use various ARCHICAD tools and their combinations to create contemporary architectural drawings right from your BIM model in an automated way. During the workshop after a theoretical introduction about the different uses of architectural graphics, we will guide you through a set of hands-on exercises in the following topics:

  • Diagrams for early design phase
  • Ambient Occlusion look for 3D models
  • Perspective and axonometric sections/elevations
  • Exploded axonometries in ARCHICAD
Szabolcs Mikó avatar Szabolcs Mikó BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
D — ARCHICAD 23: Hidden Gems

This workshop session is ideal for all of you that feel you never had enough time to properly update yourself about the new ARCHICAD version. The Beam and Column tools’ advancements might be the main features of ARCHICAD 23, but this session is a great opportunity to discover many new powerful capabilities in detail, including the new Opening tool.

Tibor Szolnoki avatar Tibor Szolnoki Team leader, Training and Certification, GRAPHISOFT
19:00 - 22:00
Dinner with Budapest sightseeing
9:00 - 9:45
Nemetschek ecosystem workflow

The digital transformation of the building industry faces a wide range of challenges related to collaboration and data exchange methods. Therefore, open standards are an important factor in digital transformation to ensure the exchange of data across various disciplines and software providers and to enable seamless collaboration between all those involved in the building process. During this 45-minute plenary session, you will learn about both Open BIM workflow using different software solutions in different stages of a project, and the seamless exchange of data through native connections between different BIM and non-BIM solutions.

This workflow plenary session demonstrates an integrated Open BIM workflow using some of pioneering Nemetschek BIM products such as GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD, BLUEBEAM Revu, Solibri Model Checker, and dRofus, in parallel with other vendors’ IFC-based software solutions such as Tekla and STR Vision CPM. To prove the concept, selected cases will be discussed and presented in action such as the “Hall Europa Fira” pilot project, which was launched as a joint pilot activity in 2015 in collaboration with the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. This project used to showcase uses of BIM to a wide range of experts in the building industry and smart cities, which are not limited to architects, designers and building companies, but also investors, owners and operators of a property or infrastructure project.

Mohsen Far avatar
Mohsen Far CEO of SIMBIM® | Architect, Senior BIM Consultant
Ioanna Alsasua avatar
Ioanna Alsasua COO at SIMBIM® | Architect, Senior BIM Consultant
9:45 - 10:30
Take your ARCHICAD designs from static to stunning in seconds with Twinmotion

In this presentation, Laurent Vidal, architect and technical marketing specialist at Epic Games will take you through the building of a Twinmotion scene from ARCHICAD to a final render, explaining the process step by step. He’ll be using the most recently released version of Twinmotion, showcasing the direct link between these 2 software and giving tips and tricks along the way.

Laurent Vidal avatar
Laurent Vidal Technical Marketing Specialist, Epic Games
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:20
BIMmTool: the revolution of point clouds in ARCHICAD

With the BIMmTool Add-on for ARCHICAD we revolutionize point clouds in ARCHICAD. The import of structured point clouds from different formats, like Faro Isproj or E57 enables to have a panorama view of each single scan position directly in ARCHICAD. An individual adjustable resolution of the point cloud allows you to work with much larger scan data than before. All "easy to measure" functions as known from our PointCab4BIMm solution are supported. We show how simple it is to model with point clouds in ARCHICAD, when you have the right tool.

Armin Schweigardt avatar
Armin Schweigardt CEO, BIMm GmbH
11:20 - 11:40
Rhino Developments

David will present the latest on Rhino developments and frameworks which include QuadRemesher, Sub-D Modeling, Rhino Compute Service and Rhino-Inside: an open-source project which allows Rhino and Grasshopper to run inside 64-bit Windows host applications.

David Andrés León avatar
David Andrés León Training, Development and Tech Support, McNeel Europe
11:40 - 12:25
How does a request become part of ARCHICAD?

Insight into the design workflow of ARCHICAD: principles and practice.

Péter Mohácsi avatar
Péter Mohácsi Director of Product Design, GRAPHISOFT
12:25 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
Parallel workshop sessions:
A — Collaboration: Get Behind the Wheel! Co-Design with ARCHICAD’s UX Team

Take this rare opportunity to join ARCHICAD’s user experience designers in solving a UX issue. In this thought-provoking co-design session, we’ll work together to get into the nitty gritty of a UX challenge – and find a solution that works. We want to hear your voice and see your ideas! Here’s your chance to contribute directly to ARCHICAD.

Gyuri Juhász avatar
Gyuri Juhász UX Mentor, GRAPHISOFT
Péter Mohácsi avatar
Péter Mohácsi Director of Product Design, GRAPHISOFT
B — BIM management: Implementing BIM Standards in ARCHICAD

Learn about the relationship between BIM standards and ARCHICAD: how they affect your everyday life and how they can be implemented in your office template and workflows. We’ll also take a look at the specifics of ISO 19650 and some national additions to it.

Tamás Erős avatar
Tamás Erős Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
Szabolcs Kari avatar
Szabolcs Kari Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
C — Presentation / Documentation: Intelligent Construction Service: The WEBBER way

WEBBER AUSTRALIA has developed a way of using ARCHICAD that delivers high performance and quality construction documentation on very large and complex projects. It has been referred to as "the WEBBER way". This method is designed to standardize workflows to achieve WEBBER’s Intelligent Construction service. It has proved to be a winning solution for WEBBER lately as they are currently working on a $500m retail project in Sydney and will be starting on a high-profile conversion of a pair of heritage buildings into a 5-star hotel with a construction cost of $350m. The hotel owner/developer has lost confidence in the current team using Revit and has made the bold move to fire them and appoint WEBBER!

Colin Dibb avatar
Colin Dibb VDC Services Director at WEBBER AUSTRALIA
D — Modeling: Mastering ARCHICAD libraries

Object libraries are the key to success in today’s information-driven construction industry. The internet is full of ready-to-use, highly detailed and data-rich objects in various formats but how can these be used in your own ARCHICAD projects on an effective way? Which tools can be used for creating and maintaining custom objects without programming knowledge? How can you fine-tune your libraries not to slow down the software? In this session you will learn about composing, managing and using object libraries to enhance productivity and optimize project performance. We will also try to demystify Geometric Description Language. How can GDL improve your work? Which information can be related to the GDL object? How can you create and control the group of GDL objects? We will look some GDL commands and routines and try some tricks.

David Lozej avatar
David Lozej Architect, BIMSoftDesign
Gábor Kovács avatar
Gábor Kovács Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30
Parallel workshop sessions:
A — Collaboration: OPEN BIM for a Luxury Holiday

Organizing a design team is a challenge in itself but organizing six different architectural practices (with their collaborators) to act as one takes the challenge to a whole new level. If you add an ultra-short deadline, the fact that this was the BIM pilot-project for the client and for some of the architectural practices involved and you end up with a recipe for disaster. These were the requirements for the luxury camping project on the Croatian coast: the client wanted the project delivered in a few months, six different teams were supposed to develop six different zones, all of them using different software and the end result had to be unified and standardized. It was a massive-scale project: a peninsula of 300,000 sqm was about to be converted to a 5-star luxury camping resort with different zones ranging from swimming pools and restaurants to mobile homes and glamping. All of that in just four months.

Keyword for the successful project delivery was BIM management. The tool was BIMcloud.

Based on our OPEN BIM implementation case study, in this session you will learn how the BIM management team tackled the challenges of setting up a successful workflow for architects, engineers, clients, project managers and contractors. You will learn about setting up a complex BIM project, possible problems you might encounter, considering different software platforms, model and data exchange and coordination of different trades via shared cloud platforms. Lessons learned will be shared with you so the next time you have an opportunity to take part in such a project, you will be prepared for the challenge ahead.

Marin Račić avatar
Marin Račić Director, 3D ART
Ed Brown avatar
Ed Brown BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
B — BIM management: The BEP Cookbook

The workshop will look into best practices of developing a BIM Execution Plan (BEP). It will consist of a theoretical and a practical part. In the theoretical part, the following topics will be covered:

  • When should a BEP be developed?
  • Who is responsible for developing the BEP?
  • What content should be included in the BEP?
  • How can a BEP encourage the use of OpenBIM workflows?
  • When should a BEP be updated??

In the practical part, attendees will be split into teams and will be given a project scenario and roles. Each one of them should contribute (from their point of view) in developing a high-level BEP, which encourages OpenBIM workflows and ensures successful delivery of the project requirements.

At the end of the workshop, attendees will have a good understanding of the development and maintenance process of a BEP, its contents and the areas that need to be given special attention.

Pantelis Ioannidis avatar
Pantelis Ioannidis Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
Dániel Alexander Kovács avatar
Dániel Alexander Kovács BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
C — Presentation / Documentation: Public space and Landscape design – Useful Workflows and Plugins

The typical public space and landscapes design process is in many ways fundamentally different from the building design process. There are no repetitions – every square meter and every spot level is unique. This puts a great pressure on the digital tools and how we use them correctly throughout the phases from early sketch to complete design. Based on a recently executed housing project we will go through some of the workflows, including do’s, don’ts and plugins, that are necessary to achieve a useful design process.

Frank Hasling Pedersen avatar
Frank Hasling Pedersen Architectural Project Manager, Møller & Grønborg
D — Modeling: Algorithmic Design - Case study

In the architectural design processes, we often encounter repetitive manual tasks that are dependent on other design elements, and therefore subject to continuous changes. Some of those tasks can be automated given a predefined clear set of rules; for example, placing windows on a façade and becoming dynamic instead of adding constraints to the design and documentation processes.

Using the parametric nature of Grasshopper coupled with the BIM environment of ARCHICAD, it is possible to create smarter adaptable workflows. We will learn how to define rules on a large scale building to define the possible glazed and opaque areas of a façade, how we can control the window/BRA ratio of a room as early as possible and optionally perform daylight analysis, and how easy it is to then create parameters to send from Grasshopper window elements back to the ARCHICAD project. As a parametric workflow, any change in ARCHICAD related to the inputs of Grasshopper will regenerate a new design following the rules.

We will create some part of the script ourselves, and some parts will be given to you. You will understand how to think in parametric terms to optimize and customize your future workflows, recycling parts of your scripts.

Franz Forsberg-Mussault avatar
Franz Forsberg-Mussault Architect, LINK arkitektur
19:00 - 22:00
Closing dinner at GRAPHISOFT HQ / GRAPHISOFT Park tour