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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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9:00 - 9:20
Huw Roberts avatar
9:20 - 9:40
Product strategy
Ákos Pfemeter avatar
Ákos Pfemeter Vice President, Marketing, GRAPHISOFT
9:40 - 10:30
Client presentations
Jakub Masák, Tony Fitzpatrick
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
ARCHICAD 23 New features
Gábor Kovács avatar
Gábor Kovács Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
12:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
Parallel workshop sessions:
A — Collaboration (ARCHICAD to Revit BIM workflow)

During the ARCHICAD-Revit collaboration workshop, we will learn some important Revit concepts relevant to understand how both software works and how the exchange of BIM models works between them.

We will review some ARCHICAD IFC Translators, practice the many different settings of them, and check which are better for each case by visualizing the behavior of the elements after export and import.

To achieve that we will have to run a few tests in ARCHICAD and Revit, to compare the main possibilities in exchange and to experience, in practice, some best practices of the collaboration between them.

Victor Tátrai avatar
Victor Tátrai Senior 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 in teams and they 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 which need to be given special attention.

Pantelis Ioannidis avatar
Pantelis Ioannidis Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
C — Presentation / Documentation (Data Analysis)

How data can be used to inform design decisions. Creating intuitive data visualization as communication tools between designer and client.

D — Modeling (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, throughout 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.

  • Surveys and design phase

I will show and explain different methods of surveying, analysis, communication with the investor with a special focus on point clouds and modeling. I would like to show the specific approach and BIM based communication during the preparation of construction, pricing, time planning and implementation in BIM. 

  • Site preparation, implementation and facility management.

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

Jakub Masák Owner, Masák and Partner
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30
Parallel workshop sessions:
A — Collaboration (Quantity Take-off Workflow)
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 solutions and to convey relevant information to clients in a meaningful and easy to understand manner. The simple analytics which 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 which 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
C — Presentation / Documentation (Creative Project Documentation)
D — Modeling (Beams and Columns in ARCHICAD)
Gábor Kovács avatar Gábor Kovács Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
9:00 - 9:45
Nemetschek ecosystem workflow - Plenary

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 stage of a project, and 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 to other vendors IFC-based software solutions such as Tekla and STR Vision CPM. To have proof of concept, selected cases will be discussed and presented in action such as case of “Hall Europa Fira” pilot project, which initiated as a joint pilot activity in 2015 in collaboration with Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. This project used to showcase uses of BIM to wide range of experts in 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
Real-time high-quality raytracing
Máté Marozsán BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:45
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
11:45 - 12:30
Client presentations
Colin Dibb, Franz Forsberg-Mussault, Marin Račić
12:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
Parallel workshop sessions:
A — Collaboration (ISO Standards)

Learn how to help yourself and your colleagues when they have to deal with the new ISO 19650 standard. We will present various sales support materials that you can use in these conversations and also talking to other project stakeholders.

Tamás Erős avatar
Tamás Erős Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
B — BIM management
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 our 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 (Algorithmic Design - Case study)

In the architectural design processes, we often encounter repetitive manual tasks which 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, as for example placing windows on a façade, and become dynamic instead of adding constrain to the design and documentation processes.

Using the parametric nature of Grasshopper coupled with the BIM environment of ARVHICAD, it is possible to create smarter adaptable workflows. We will see how can 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 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 parametric to optimize and customize your future workflows, recycling parts of your scripts. Let’s share skills and together always design better buildings!

Franz Forsberg-Mussault avatar
Franz Forsberg-Mussault Architect, LINK arkitektur
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 another 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: client wanted to have 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: 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, client, project managers and contractors. You will learn about setting up a complex BIM project, possible problems you might encounter, taking into account different software platforms, model and data exchange and coordination of different trades via shared cloud platforms. Lessons that we have 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 Ltd. Croatia
B — BIM management (Let’s audit!)

The workshop will look into 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 in 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 (e.g. layers, building materials, etc.) checks. A number of different tools which 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 (Case study)
D — Modeling (Mastering ARCHICAD libraries)

Object libraries are the key to success in nowadays information-driven construction industry. The internet is full with 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 in aim to enhance productivity and optimize project performance.

Gábor Kovács avatar
Gábor Kovács Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
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