If You Design, Construct, or Renovate Buildings, this Conference is for You.

Join hundreds of ARCHICAD users at the 2017 BIM Conference, where there’s something for everyone! Whether you’re a new ARCHICAD user or a seasoned veteran, the GRAPHISOFT North America User Conference provides a concise, powerful BIM software learning experience and unparalleled networking.

Register Today for Early Bird Savings!

The Ultimate BIM Learning & Networking Experience

March 22nd – 24th, 2017 in Las Vegas

Learn

Choose from a line-up of 30+ courses and keynotes to learn about industry trends and new and exciting ways of using ARCHICAD.

Earn AIA CES Credits

Get a leg up on the AIA CES credit requirements for 2017. Earn up to 15 AIA learning units over the course of two days – including several LU/HSW qualified sessions.

Inspiring Speakers

We heard you loud and clear! About half of our courses are being taught by your peer ARCHICAD Power Users. And we have some impressive keynote speakers we’ll announce later.

Friends, Food, Fun

There’s more to the BIM Conference than just great content—it’s also fun! We know that one of your favorite parts of the Conference is getting to network with fellow ARCHICAD users that are as passionate about the technology as you are.

What People Have Been Saying…

“We’re always looking for that competitive edge. The BIM Conference helps us get better at squeezing every ounce of productivity out of ARCHICAD.”

~ Michael Kopecky, Principal, Inventure Design

“The BIM Conference is the perfect place to find like-minded ARCHICAD users and network. It’s a great experience!”

~ Chip Hudson, Principal, Hudson Home Design

“All of our staff are using ARCHICAD for design & production work. The Conference is a great opportunity to not only beef up our skills, but get inspired by fellow users.”

~ Veronica Schreibeis, Principal, Vera Iconica Architecture

“The best part of the BIM Conference is catching up with people you have seen in a while. Networking both during & after the sessions, and the events, have all been great!”

~ Duncan Gilchrist, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Mix Studio Works

GRAPHISOFT BIM Conference Agenda

Agenda is subject to change.


March 22nd
M Hotel & Resort
March 23rd
Milan Ballroom
Milan I
Milan II
Milan IV
Milan V
Marche
M Hotel & Resort
March 24th
Milan Ballroom
Milan I
Milan II
Milan IV
Milan V
Marche
M Hotel & Resort
M Hotel & Resort
Milan Ballroom
Milan I
Milan II
Milan IV
Milan V
Marche
M Hotel & Resort
Milan Ballroom
Milan I
Milan II
Milan IV
Milan V
Marche
M Hotel & Resort
13:00 - 18:00
Registration

Please pick up your conference badge between 1pm – 6pm. We look forward to seeing you!

18:00 - 21:00
Welcome Reception & Networking

Details coming soon!

06:30 - 08:45
BREAKFAST BUFFET & Networking
07:00 - 08:30
Automatic Beauty
Level(s): Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Automation in the pursuit of faster, better, and cheaper documentation is a clear way for ARCHICAD firms to increase the value of their work. Automated beauty (2D and 3D) is also a gateway to better design and more complex BIM usage.

 

In this session we will look at Model View Options, Graphic Overrides, Pen Sets, Favorites, Attributes, Labels, and other features within ARCHICAD that increase automation. These techniques will decrease the time required for design and production while increasing the quality and quantity of the output. Restructuring data to improve the automation of beauty and client communications also creates a framework for future data-focused activities (such as OpenBIM data exchange, analysis in 3rd party software, connections to VR, etc.). Developing processes that automate other aspects of the ARCHICAD model will create the foundation for a business model that is ready to support BIG BIM when the need arises.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand how automation and a focus on beauty are the foundations for business success with BIM.
  2. Explain the relationship between Model View Options, Graphic Overrides, and Pen Sets as they relate to varied graphic output throughout the life of a project.
  3. Identify how View Based, Project Based, and Element Based data work together to foster automation and beauty.
  4. Evaluate the benefit of a new technique as it relates to automation, beauty, and completeness.
Jared Banks
AIA, Principal, Shoegnome, LLC
07:00 - 08:30
Coffee With the Developers
07:00 - 08:30
Working with the MEP Modeler Tool: Increasing Efficiency, Reducing Risk
Level(s): Intermediate

Using ARCHICAD’s MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) Modeler tool can help you and your project team significantly reduce risk and waste. The MEP Modeler can improve design quality, point out clashes, and detect problem areas well before they become actual problems.

 

In this session you’ll learn how to turn your 2D MEP drawings into 3D with ease. What’s more, the entire team will benefit from improved collaboration and communication, as well as streamlined project delivery across building system design, fabrication, and installation. We will show you how an accurate understanding of how MEP systems work within a space speeds the entire design process.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Get the program up and running, including setting up the needed systems
  2. Set up favorites to quickly work on different systems
  3. Start laying out the systems using the smart routing utility
  4. Create your 3D isometrics straight from the model
Landry Starling
BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
09:00 - 09:15
Welcome to the 2017 BIM Conference!
09:15 - 10:00
GRAPHISOFT Keynote

Details Coming Soon!

10:00 - 10:45
Power User Keynote

Details coming soon!

10:45 - 11:15
BREAK & Networking
11:15 - 12:30
GRAPHISOFT Product Presentation

Get an exclusive look at what’s coming – details TBA!

12:30 - 14:00
LUNCH & Networking
14:00 - 15:30
Better than Bum-Wad: Leveraging ARCHICAD’s 2D Design Tools
Level: Intermediate

You’re probably still working with that ancient 2D tool known by many aliases: trash paper, bum-wad, onion skin and tracing paper. It’s great stuff. And yet… ARCHICAD is the ultimate 2D tool. Are you making the most of it, even before you’re ready to model?

I always use trash paper at the beginning of a project, but I jump into ARCHICAD as soon as possible, and always well before I am ready to model. Attend this session and you’ll learn how to better leverage ARCHICAD’s 2D tools to study options like site plans, elevation concepts, and just good old CAD sketching.

Everyone knows about ARCHICAD’s awesome 3D capabilities.  Now learn how to make the most of its 2D capacities.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Use hand drawing techniques in ARCHICAD – and how that will help your practice.
  2. Better maximize your time using ARCHICAD’s 2D tools before you are ready to model
  3. Increase profitability using ARCHICAD early in the design process
  4. Use ARCHICAD in 2D to study options like site plans and elevation concepts
Charles Gillon
Architect, GILLON Design
14:00 - 15:30
ARCHICAD 101: Navigating the Basics
Level(s): Beginner

New to ARCHICAD? Then this session is for you. It will give you the foundational knowledge you need to leverage the power of ARCHICAD. You’ll get answers to questions such as: Where do I begin? How much do I model in 3D or draw in 2D? Where are my documents? How do I plot?

 

Once you understand how to use Navigator properly—Project map, View Map and View Settings, Layout book and Publisher Sets—along with some basic user inputs and keyboard shortcuts, you will become a successful ARCHICAD user—and be well on your way to becoming a full-on “power user.”

At the end of this session, attendees will understand:

  1. The ARCHICAD work environment
  2. Basic user inputs and keyboard shortcuts
  3. Starting from a template
  4. Navigator—the ARCHICAD workflow
Monte Chapin
BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT North America
14:00 - 15:30
Making Compliance Visible: ADA Compliance & ARCHICAD
Level(s): Intermediate

ADA compliance and Universal Design are required for all new and renovated state, local, and privately-owned commercial facilities. In this course, we’ll discuss some simple and productive ways to use ARCHICAD for design compliance.

 

You’ll learn how to import and design elements that may be used to comply with applicable codes—and how to efficiently use ARCHICAD’s library with modeling/drafting techniques to achieve prototyping for repetitive tasks and standard deliverables.

 

With these ARCHICAD workflows, you’ll gain greater capabilities to optimize drawings and be more productive while demonstrating compliance. For example, you can have 3D symbols that show ADA compliance for knee and toe space, and reach range for a sink in a bathroom. By using these types of symbols, you can design for code compliance from the start rather than going back and changing your design to meet standards like turn radius, T-turns, clear floor space, etc.

 At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Identify and analyze accessible elements in a building to determine compliance with applicable accessibility codes, regulations, and guidelines.
  2. Use available ARCHICAD elements, objects, and accessible components, review typical design techniques, and identify issues.
  3. Prepare drawings for contractor success, saving the client time and money, ensuring that their accessibility projects are completed correctly the first time.
  4. Streamline designing for ADA compliance by taking advantage of ARCHICAD’s built-in ADA prototyping and parts library.
  5. Better optimize drawings and become more productive at demonstrating compliance.
  6. Reduce repetitive tasks when designing ADA-compliant buildings.
  7. Simplify the design process by employing a built-in ADA prototype and library in ARCHICAD.
Yanni Alexakis
Associate, AIA Product Manager, GRAPHISOFT North America
14:00 - 15:30
From Concept to Construction: The Evolution of the BIM Model
Level(s): Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

screen-shot-2016-07-26-at-9-13-32-amUsing a recent project, a 39-unit market-rate residential housing project in New Brunswick, NJ, Joe and Keith will demonstrate the benefits of employing ARCHICAD as a single source for architectural documentation that is consistent, current and coordinated.  You’ll learn their linear system for working through designs, starting with zones and roofs, and adding detail only as the information to make decisions becomes available. This method can help you efficiently create the drawings and plans you need to get the initial stages of your project approved by planning boards, neighborhood groups, etc.  And you’ll be creating a solid foundation in your BIM model, a model that will mature as the project develops.

 

Specifically, this case study will be used to show you how to:

  • Quickly create a conceptual massing model, initially using basic tools (Zones & Roofs).
  • Develop the conceptual model into an actual building (Walls, Slabs, Doors & Windows).
  • Lay the foundation for a reliable, coherent database (Hotspots, Reference Lines).
  • Setup a publishing path between ARCHICAD, CineRender and BIMx.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Create a simple massing model that can provide accurate conceptual renderings.
  2. Establish reference elements that assist in the coordination of key building components.
  3. Maintain a presentation format that remains current with the developing design.
  4. Set up dynamic data tables that facilitate design decisions.
Joe Augustine & Keith Peacock
Kitchen & Associates
14:00 - 15:30
It’s All About Objects: Expanding ARCHICAD’s Content with Ease
Level(s): Intermediate

Need access to more? More objects, that is. Of course you do! We know that, like most BIM users, you’re probably looking for more high-quality objects that reflect real products. In this session we will review valuable online resources for objects, demonstrate tools that convert popular Autodesk formats to GDL objects, discuss how to optimize SketchUp SKP objects, and review how to edit imported objects.

 

You will learn how to increase your ARCHICAD object library and get access to a vast world of 3D content using SketchUp SKP, Alias OBJ, Autodesk FBX, Collada DAE, and Autodesk 3DS formats. These formats provide a bridge to online libraries with beautifully designed furniture, lighting, appliances, and other building elements. We will discuss how to use ARCHICAD’s SketchUp and ModelPort importer, reduce object file sizes, create clean 2D symbols, and generate smooth surface content.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Leverage valuable online resources for objects, including crowd-sourced content and shared user content.
  2. Use the best methods to convert objects that use popular Autodesk formats as well as the SketchUp SKP format.
  3. Utilize ARCHICAD tools that manage imported objects, including techniques to optimize SketchUp content using the DAE format.
  4. Generate clean 2D symbols and smooth 3D surfaces when importing objects from other formats.
Tom Simmons
President & BIM Consultant, ARCHIVISTA Consulting
14:00 - 15:30
Building Enclosure Modeling: BIM Techniques, Climate, and the Smaller Firm
Level(s): Intermediate

Building enclosure failures are common. Moisture problems are more likely to land you in court than structural issues. Mold is gold. What can you do? Understand the principles of effective enclosure design. Model it. Educate the team.

 

By understanding the basic principles of effective building enclosures and applying BIM techniques, smaller firms can improve analysis during design development. You’ll also be able to more clearly communicate enclosure requirements in your construction documents, thereby improving quality assurance and diminishing your professional risk.

 

This presentation will review the basic principles of building science in relation to thermal and moisture control. It will then explain how to use tools within ARCHICAD to model and illustrate thermal characteristics, drainage planes, air barriers, and vapor retarders within building enclosures. Specific ARCHICAD concepts include Building Materials, Priority Based Connections, Composites, Custom Profiles, Graphical Overrides, Selection Criteria, and Energy Evaluation.

At the end of this session, attendees will:

  1. Understand the basic principles of effective building enclosures in relation to thermal and moisture control.
  2. Establish priorities for the intersections of materials within the building enclosure.
  3. Identify and model the typical assemblies and intersections within the building enclosure.
  4. Demonstrate proper construction techniques in 3D using whole building models, assembly sequences, and cutaway details.
Ken Huggins
NCARB, AIA, Ken Huggins Architect, LLC
15:30 - 16:00
BREAK & Networking
16:00 - 17:30
BIMcloud & BIMx: The One-Two Punch for Growing Firms
Level(s): Intermediate/Advanced

GRAPHISOFT® BIMcloud® is a tool that helps growing firms better address complex project collaboration requirements and advanced team management. In this session, you’ll see how BIMcloud—with BIMx PRO—makes mobile devices an integral part of ARCHICAD’s Teamwork. We’ll show you practical, real-world examples of how teams are using these technologies to improve collaboration and communication. And that’s important, because today’s advanced AEC teams demand a 24/7, seamless, and secure project connection from both inside and outside the office.

 

This course is ideal for growing firms with 5+ seats of ARCHICAD.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Identify and better leverage the options available for operating ARCHICAD outside the main office.
  2. Use BIMx PRO to seamlessly collaborate with other team members—and provide valuable design feedback regardless of location—using standard mobile devices.
  3. Seamlessly collaborate with other members of the team, including engineers and consultants.
  4. Host shared Teamwork projects on BIMcloud—securely and safely—while also managing various user roles and activities for both main and remote offices.
Yanni Alexakis & Nick Cornia
GRAPHISOFT North America
16:00 - 17:30
ARCHICAD 102: The Next Step on the Road to Becoming a Power User
Level(s): Beginner/Intermediate

In the second part of our ARCHICAD basics series, we’ll streamline the ARCHICAD workflow by using worksheets, importing and exporting DWGs and PDFs, and learning the basics of the Publisher environment for the delivery of 2D documentation and collaboration with our consultants. The session will conclude with an overview of BIMx.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Improve workflow using ARCHICAD worksheets
  2. Import and export DWGs and PDFs
  3. Deliver 2D documentation from the ARCHICAD Publisher environment
  4. Improve presentation and communication with BIMx
Monte Chapin
BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT North America
16:00 - 17:30
Collaboration Between ARCHICAD and Revit
Level(s): Intermediate

Collaboration between ARCHICAD and Revit poses challenges beyond 2D collaboration. Rather than just facilitating the drafting of documentation, both of these tools derive documentation from a model. And the underlying data and work-methods are different in each. So how do you make the two applications function together when it’s necessary?

 

In this session, we’ll demonstrate best practices using a combination of IFC and DWG exchanges between Revit and ARCHICAD. Our focus will be on workflows that support the production of construction documents, not on the theoretical BIM lifecycle benefits for stakeholders who are not paying for them.

 

Accordingly, this course will advocate exchanges that cause the least possible disruption on work-methods optimized for the idiosyncrasies of each authoring tool. In other words, we will “start with the end in mind” to build a process around the available technology, never forgetting that time is money.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand:

  1. What content is in an IFC architectural exchange when it arrives in Revit or ARCHICAD from the other application.
  2. What supplementary tools and resources are available for Revit and ARCHICAD users.
  3. The IFC translator options and the trade-off between native quality element translation and geometrical accuracy.
  4. How to create subsets of the BIM IFC export for targeted exchanges or to speed up Revit’s import translation.
  5. What content needs to be exchanged in 2D format.
Ransom Ratcliff
LEED AP BD+C, Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT North America
16:00 - 17:30
Creating Your Technology Toolkit for Sustainable Design
Level(s): Intermediate/Advanced

Certification programs like LEED v4 and The Living Building Challenge have raised the bar for design teams to new levels. We are being asked to understand more areas of building science such as product chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, embodied carbon, and life cycle analysis. This requires out-of-the box thinking and a new toolkit that reaches into other disciplines and new technologies.

 

As a result, Sustainable Building Design at the highest level requires an in-depth and fine-tuned design process. And tools are scattered across various platforms, some within ARCHICAD, others independent. The search for the perfect tool is never over and the stakes are high. Today’s standards require more than BIM. This presentation documents our search for a comprehensive toolkit and offers solutions that are complimentary to ARCHICAD that produce a well-rounded sustainable design workflow.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand:

  1. The challenges set by LEED v4 and The Living Building Challenge to the design process.
  2. New ways to explore sustainable design using BIM as the platform.
  3. New tools to complete your high performance design toolkit.
  4. The correlation between a high performance building envelope and energy reduction.
Ashley Mulhall
AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Orcutt | Winslow
16:00 - 17:30
BIM Managers: How to Become One—or Learn to Think Like One
Level(s): Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Learn what it takes to be a BIM Manager—and how you can fill the void if you don’t have one. ARCHICAD requires organization, workflow standards, and coordination. This session will teach you how to develop and enhance these skills.

 

To begin, we’ll discuss a general overview of the BIM Manager’s job and highlight the typical challenges and tasks involved with this position.

 

After considering the importance of the tasks and the challenges faced, we can dive into the best way to manage your ARCHICAD projects, train new team members, and fill the void if you don’t have dedicated personnel assigned to the BIM Manager role.

 

By the end of this session, you’ll have the knowledge needed to optimize your software performance, develop organized office standards, increase template coordination, and enhance team collaboration to make your business more successful and profitable.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Understand the role of a BIM Manger, including job tasks and pertinent skill sets.
  2. Make the most out of your software by using default settings that will have ARCHICAD running fast and lean.
  3. Transform your existing project server into an ARCHICAD database to enhance template coordination, on-boarding of new hires, and office standards.
  4. Optimize the office workflow through BIM coordination techniques including IFC, Solibri, BIMx PRO, and 3D printing.
Kyla Kuhnlein
AIA | LEED AP BD+C, BIM Specialist, GRAPHISOFT North America
16:00 - 17:30
Beyond Design: How to Manage Construction with ARCHICAD
Level(s): Intermediate

ARCHICAD has many powerful uses outside A&E design. In Construction Management, making ARCHICAD the central platform for managing documents, models, data and workflows can be an effective solution to many challenges facing contractors in today’s AEC industry. It’s an approach that provides enhanced reviews and collaboration among teams.

 

By examining a project’s lifecycle from the perspective of a general contractor, this session will redefine how ARCHICAD can be used on commercial projects. Along each step, challenges and solutions of today’s AEC industry will be addressed using ARCHICAD as the CM tool. Key topics include:

  • design QA/QC
  • target value model-based estimating
  • change management
  • logistics and production planning
  • trade coordination
  • shop drawing submittal reviews
  • PDF management
  • and robotic total station layout, along with other key steps throughout the process

This session will introduce several new concepts that reinvent how ARCHICAD can be leveraged for CM and project teams.

After this session, attendees will understand:

  1. IFC Data Management: An overview of IFC and how it can be used to leverage common data between a variety of project team members and roles.
  2. Design Review: A systematic approach to design review by means of overlay, utilizing several different file formats from various sources.
  3. Data Reporting: How model quantity data can be created, input, reported, and used downstream.
  4. Total Station Layout Points: The workflow for creating 3d XYZ points within a model, and how to run reports to export model data to handheld controllers for field layout.
John Hallgarth
Founder/CTO, 3DCONSTRUCTOR, LLC
18:30 - 23:00
Dinner, Music & Networking at Airbar

Departing the M Resort between 6:30pm – 6:645pm.

 

Dinner, Music & Networking at Airbar until 11pm!

06:30 - 08:45
BREAKFAST BUFFET & Networking
07:00 - 08:30
Advanced CineRender
Level(s): Advanced

In this fast-paced, advanced CineRender training, we will look at advanced features of CineRender, MAXON’s world-class CINEMA 4D rendering engine. Some of these features include light sources for interior renderings, editing surfaces and materials, and tools for creating photorealistic renderings.

 

This session is intended for ARCHICAD users with a basic understanding of 3D modeling as well as CineRender basic concepts. We recommend watching our webinar, Exploring CineRender, before signing up for this class. 

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Place and set up general light sources for interior renderings to further enhance image quality.
  2. Edit the high quality surfaces provided in the ARCHICAD Library, as well as create new surfaces using CineRender’s surface channels.
  3. Achieve superior quality using CineRender’s detailed settings while adding special effects to images. See how to apply final rendering settings to other images or even other projects.
  4. Leverage tips and tricks that give renderings your unique personality!
Zoltan Toth
BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT North America
07:00 - 08:30
Coffee With the Developers
07:00 - 08:30
The EASY Button for Stunning Mobile Portfolios with BIMx
Level(s): Beginner

In a business where time is limited and spectacular imagery is the order of the day, don’t you wish there was an “EASY” button? Well, there is! GRAPHISOFT BIMx is a quick, easy-to-use solution that can help you share your designs at any stage in the process, while it enables you to win new business and showcase your projects. And all with professional, easily accessible software that’s ready to use right out of the box.

 

In this session, we’ll show you how to provide clients and prospects with polished, easy-to-use visualizations of their projects as well as 2D and 3D documentation. You’ll learn how to produce engaging walk-throughs and materials in one platform, so you can be presentation-ready at any time with primary and supplemental information, design options, and material previews. We’ll also show you the new measure tool and component linking capabilities of BIMx PRO.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Export and share your construction documents and 3D models
  2. Incorporate live pre-determined path walkthroughs
  3. Show multiple scheme options
  4. Manage element information in schedules
Leeswann Bolden
LEED GA | Assoc AIA, BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT North America
09:00 - 10:30
Making GDL Easy—for Everyone
Level(s): Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

ARCHICAD Objects provide an almost endless world of modeling accessories and componentry for your ARCHICAD workflow, but GDL (a parametric programming language, similar to BASIC, that describes 3D solid objects like doors, windows, furniture, structural elements, stairs, and the 2D symbols representing them on the floor plan) can be tiresome and difficult to learn. Fortunately, with little or no scripting, you can make your own custom objects and libraries with multiple options, custom views, and great versatility.

 

In this session, you’ll see how easy it can be to save a collection of elements as objects, then edit the saved script to gain a clean and attractive 2D symbol. We’ll then add a few simple lines of script to make the 3D object more flexible and versatile.  Finally, we’ll discuss the best practices for organizing and using objects across multiple projects.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Build and save custom 2D and 3D objects
  2. Edit 2D appearances for accurate documentation
  3. Import manufacturers’ objects and convert them into efficient and attractive parts
  4. Organize objects into a library for easy access on multiple projects
Patrick May
BIM Coordinator, Walker Warner Architects
09:00 - 10:30
Automatic Beauty
Level(s): Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Automation in the pursuit of faster, better, and cheaper documentation is a clear way for ARCHICAD firms to increase the value of their work. Automated beauty (2D and 3D) is also a gateway to better design and more complex BIM usage.

 

In this session we will look at Model View Options, Graphic Overrides, Pen Sets, Favorites, Attributes, Labels, and other features within ARCHICAD that increase automation. These techniques will decrease the time required for design and production while increasing the quality and quantity of the output. Restructuring data to improve the automation of beauty and client communications also creates a framework for future data-focused activities (such as OpenBIM data exchange, analysis in 3rd party software, connections to VR, etc.). Developing processes that automate other aspects of the ARCHICAD model will create the foundation for a business model that is ready to support BIG BIM when the need arises.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand how automation and a focus on beauty are the foundations for business success with BIM.
  2. Explain the relationship between Model View Options, Graphic Overrides, and Pen Sets as they relate to varied graphic output throughout the life of a project.
  3. Identify how View Based, Project Based, and Element Based data work together to foster automation and beauty.
  4. Evaluate the benefit of a new technique as it relates to automation, beauty, and completeness.
Jared Banks
AIA, Principal, Shoegnome, LLC
09:00 - 10:30
Making Compliance Visible: ADA Compliance & ARCHICAD
Level(s): Intermediate

ADA compliance and Universal Design are required for all new and renovated state, local, and privately-owned commercial facilities. In this course, we’ll discuss some simple and productive ways to use ARCHICAD for design compliance.

 

You’ll learn how to import and design elements that may be used to comply with applicable codes—and how to efficiently use ARCHICAD’s library with modeling/drafting techniques to achieve prototyping for repetitive tasks and standard deliverables.

 

With these ARCHICAD workflows, you’ll gain greater capabilities to optimize drawings and be more productive while demonstrating compliance. For example, you can have 3D symbols that show ADA compliance for knee and toe space, and reach range for a sink in a bathroom. By using these types of symbols, you can design for code compliance from the start rather than going back and changing your design to meet standards like turn radius, T-turns, clear floor space, etc.

 At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Identify and analyze accessible elements in a building to determine compliance with applicable accessibility codes, regulations, and guidelines.
  2. Use available ARCHICAD elements, objects, and accessible components, review typical design techniques, and identify issues.
  3. Prepare drawings for contractor success, saving the client time and money, ensuring that their accessibility projects are completed correctly the first time.
  4. Streamline designing for ADA compliance by taking advantage of ARCHICAD’s built-in ADA prototyping and parts library.
  5. Better optimize drawings and become more productive at demonstrating compliance.
  6. Reduce repetitive tasks when designing ADA-compliant buildings.
  7. Simplify the design process by employing a built-in ADA prototype and library in ARCHICAD.
Yanni Alexakis
Associate, AIA Product Manager, GRAPHISOFT North America
09:00 - 10:30
Size Doesn’t Matter: How a Small Firm Uses BIM to Tackle Big Projects Profitably
Level(s): Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

BIM ConferenceJeff’s four-person firm remodeled an existing 100-year old home in San Francisco, a $32-million-dollar project that grew to 11,000 square feet, with the help of ARCHICAD. Only the façade of the double-wide house was left untouched as the redesign went forward; every element, inside and out, was custom, except for door hardware, and even that was finished on-site.

 

Jeff will demonstrate how ARCHICAD helped his team model complex, detailed wooden walls, doors, an elliptical spiral stair made of oak, an elliptical gazebo made with a single pour of cast concrete, the gazebo’s elliptical copper roof, and more.  Using the MORPH tool, in particular, helped Jeff model complex geometric shapes accurately.

 

Modelling everything in ARCHICAD made the design possible and easy to communicate. It also eased construction by enabling workers in the field to envision the complex final product. For a look at the project, see the March 2016 issue of Elle Decor magazine.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how:

  1. Very small firms can use BIM to leverage their size and productivity.
  2. 3D modeling can generate all 2D and 3D documentation, as well as 3D renderings to help in the design.
  3. 3D modeling in ARCHICAD saves time in developing the design and communicating that design with the client, design team, and construction team.
  4. 3D documentation can aid in the construction of some very complex forms.
  5. BIM allowed a small firm, LWA, to build a complex project with minimal construction issues in the field.
Jeffrey Benningfield
Senior Designer, Lawson Willard Architecture
09:00 - 10:30
To Be Announced!

More information coming soon!

09:00 - 10:30
Collaboration Between ARCHICAD and Revit
Level(s): Intermediate

Collaboration between ARCHICAD and Revit poses challenges beyond 2D collaboration. Rather than just facilitating the drafting of documentation, both of these tools derive documentation from a model. And the underlying data and work-methods are different in each. So how do you make the two applications function together when it’s necessary?

 

In this session, we’ll demonstrate best practices using a combination of IFC and DWG exchanges between Revit and ARCHICAD. Our focus will be on workflows that support the production of construction documents, not on the theoretical BIM lifecycle benefits for stakeholders who are not paying for them.

 

Accordingly, this course will advocate exchanges that cause the least possible disruption on work-methods optimized for the idiosyncrasies of each authoring tool. In other words, we will “start with the end in mind” to build a process around the available technology, never forgetting that time is money.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand:

  1. What content is in an IFC architectural exchange when it arrives in Revit or ARCHICAD from the other application.
  2. What supplementary tools and resources are available for Revit and ARCHICAD users.
  3. The IFC translator options and the trade-off between native quality element translation and geometrical accuracy.
  4. How to create subsets of the BIM IFC export for targeted exchanges or to speed up Revit’s import translation.
  5. What content needs to be exchanged in 2D format.
Ransom Ratcliff
LEED AP BD+C, Senior BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT North America
10:30 - 11:00
BREAK & Networking
11:00 - 12:30
The EASY Button for Stunning Mobile Portfolios with BIMx
Level(s): Beginner

In a business where time is limited and spectacular imagery is the order of the day, don’t you wish there was an “EASY” button? Well, there is! GRAPHISOFT BIMx is a quick, easy-to-use solution that can help you share your designs at any stage in the process, while it enables you to win new business and showcase your projects. And all with professional, easily accessible software that’s ready to use right out of the box.

 

In this session, we’ll show you how to provide clients and prospects with polished, easy-to-use visualizations of their projects as well as 2D and 3D documentation. You’ll learn how to produce engaging walk-throughs and materials in one platform, so you can be presentation-ready at any time with primary and supplemental information, design options, and material previews. We’ll also show you the new measure tool and component linking capabilities of BIMx PRO.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Export and share your construction documents and 3D models
  2. Incorporate live pre-determined path walkthroughs
  3. Show multiple scheme options
  4. Manage element information in schedules
Leeswann Bolden
LEED GA | Assoc AIA, BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT North America
11:00 - 12:30
Beyond Design: Sending the Model Downstream
Level(s): Intermediate/Advanced

As GRAPHISOFT continues to develop solutions for a fully-integrated workflow from concept to construction, making the model available to fabricators should be the next step in the integration process. Most steel fabricators use Tekla to create their steel shop drawings. If an accurate engineering model can be created from the architectural model, shop drawings can be created more quickly, and detailing can be more efficiently reviewed by all team members.

 

In this session, we’ll discuss how commercial construction drawings currently go from plans to shop drawings. and evaluate the tools that can tie ARCHICAD to the final steps. We will demonstrate how ARCHICAD can create a smooth model translation from the architectural model to an engineering model via Tekla BIM software.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand:

  1. How to distinguish your team from the competition by creating a seamless BIM sharing process.
  2. Why adopting downstream model sharing is the future—and why your company should consider encouraging your design team to participate in this next level of coordination.
  3. Which collaborations GRAPHISOFT has participated in to improve downstream model sharing.
  4. How downstream sharing can improve back door marketing from contractors.
Patrick Bird
Principal, P.E./S.E., Riverstone Structural Concepts
11:00 - 12:30
Using ARCHICAD for Growth: From Solo Practitioner to Thriving Firm
Level(s): Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

If you’re a small firm, a solo practitioner planning to open an office, or a small office hoping to expand, you’ll want to hear Mark and Ken discuss what they’ve learned as they’ve grown from a one-man operation to a two-office firm with locations more than 1,500 miles apart. Now operating in Basalt, CO, and Asheville, NC, KA Designworks also adds consultants to their team as the workload ebbs and flows. And those consultants might live anywhere, from Denver to Seattle, or even further afield.

 

Mark and Ken will demonstrate how even the smallest firms can use ARCHICAD, BIMx, and Teamwork to   work collaboratively across great distances and manage their business effectively—as well as grow their business substantially. They’ll share with you the value-add they enjoy by storing and sharing building models in their iPads, ready to review with clients on site, or pull up once permitting is done and building is ready to begin.

 

Because ARCHICAD is scalable to the business, Ken and Mark have been able to expand from a single BIM user to nearly 10 BIM users across two locations without changing software. You’ll learn how Ken and Mark add staff, hire consultants, and manage projects that are often separated by many miles. They’ll talk about how they’re bringing Mark up-to-speed on ARCHICAD, which permeates every aspect of their business, and the challenges of implementing systems and training methods as they grow to ensure consistency.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand:

  1. How even the smallest firms can use BIM to maximize productivity and grow their business.
  2. How ARCHICAD Teamwork enables cross-country collaboration, even for small firms.
  3. How ARCHICAD helps a small business function efficiently and grow substantially.
  4. The role of training in a growing firm.
Ken Adler & Mark Rudolf
Partners at KA Designworks
11:00 - 12:30
VR/AR/MR with ARCHICAD

Level(s): Intermediate/Advanced

ARCHICAD is designed for interactive visualization. With it, you can easily translate your models into experiences. In this session you will learn the best-practice techniques for taking a model out of ARCHICAD and into a Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality environment, so that it can be viewed with a number of devices including (but not limited to) the HTC VIVE, Oculus Rift, or Microsoft HoloLens.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Translate files from BIM software into gaming engines ideally suited for VR/AR.
  2. Optimize models for visualization in VR/AR.
  3. Set up VR/AR environments and settings.
  4. Export and share VR/AR files with clients. Learn about the basic difference between AR/VR. Learn about the devices themselves.
Willard Williams
NCARB, CSI-EMP, RA (in CA, WA), RMA
11:00 - 12:30
Advanced CineRender
Level(s): Advanced

In this fast-paced, advanced CineRender training, we will look at advanced features of CineRender, MAXON’s world-class CINEMA 4D rendering engine. Some of these features include light sources for interior renderings, editing surfaces and materials, and tools for creating photorealistic renderings.

 

This session is intended for ARCHICAD users with a basic understanding of 3D modeling as well as CineRender basic concepts. We recommend watching our webinar, Exploring CineRender, before signing up for this class. 

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Place and set up general light sources for interior renderings to further enhance image quality.
  2. Edit the high quality surfaces provided in the ARCHICAD Library, as well as create new surfaces using CineRender’s surface channels.
  3. Achieve superior quality using CineRender’s detailed settings while adding special effects to images. See how to apply final rendering settings to other images or even other projects.
  4. Leverage tips and tricks that give renderings your unique personality!
Zoltan Toth
BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT North America
11:00 - 12:30
Creating Your Technology Toolkit for Sustainable Design
Level(s): Intermediate/Advanced

Certification programs like LEED v4 and The Living Building Challenge have raised the bar for design teams to new levels. We are being asked to understand more areas of building science such as product chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, embodied carbon, and life cycle analysis. This requires out-of-the box thinking and a new toolkit that reaches into other disciplines and new technologies.

 

As a result, Sustainable Building Design at the highest level requires an in-depth and fine-tuned design process. And tools are scattered across various platforms, some within ARCHICAD, others independent. The search for the perfect tool is never over and the stakes are high. Today’s standards require more than BIM. This presentation documents our search for a comprehensive toolkit and offers solutions that are complimentary to ARCHICAD that produce a well-rounded sustainable design workflow.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand:

  1. The challenges set by LEED v4 and The Living Building Challenge to the design process.
  2. New ways to explore sustainable design using BIM as the platform.
  3. New tools to complete your high performance design toolkit.
  4. The correlation between a high performance building envelope and energy reduction.
Ashley Mulhall
AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Orcutt | Winslow
12:30 - 14:00
LUNCH & Networking
14:00 - 15:30
Working with the MEP Modeler Tool: Increasing Efficiency, Reducing Risk
Level(s): Intermediate

Using ARCHICAD’s MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) Modeler tool can help you and your project team significantly reduce risk and waste. The MEP Modeler can improve design quality, point out clashes, and detect problem areas well before they become actual problems.

 

In this session you’ll learn how to turn your 2D MEP drawings into 3D with ease. What’s more, the entire team will benefit from improved collaboration and communication, as well as streamlined project delivery across building system design, fabrication, and installation. We will show you how an accurate understanding of how MEP systems work within a space speeds the entire design process.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Get the program up and running, including setting up the needed systems
  2. Set up favorites to quickly work on different systems
  3. Start laying out the systems using the smart routing utility
  4. Create your 3D isometrics straight from the model
Landry Starling
BIM Consultant, GRAPHISOFT
14:00 - 15:30
To Be Announced!

More information coming soon!

14:00 - 15:30
BIM Managers: How to Become One—or Learn to Think Like One
Level(s): Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Learn what it takes to be a BIM Manager—and how you can fill the void if you don’t have one. ARCHICAD requires organization, workflow standards, and coordination. This session will teach you how to develop and enhance these skills.

 

To begin, we’ll discuss a general overview of the BIM Manager’s job and highlight the typical challenges and tasks involved with this position.

 

After considering the importance of the tasks and the challenges faced, we can dive into the best way to manage your ARCHICAD projects, train new team members, and fill the void if you don’t have dedicated personnel assigned to the BIM Manager role.

 

By the end of this session, you’ll have the knowledge needed to optimize your software performance, develop organized office standards, increase template coordination, and enhance team collaboration to make your business more successful and profitable.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Understand the role of a BIM Manger, including job tasks and pertinent skill sets.
  2. Make the most out of your software by using default settings that will have ARCHICAD running fast and lean.
  3. Transform your existing project server into an ARCHICAD database to enhance template coordination, on-boarding of new hires, and office standards.
  4. Optimize the office workflow through BIM coordination techniques including IFC, Solibri, BIMx PRO, and 3D printing.
Kyla Kuhnlein
AIA | LEED AP BD+C, BIM Specialist, GRAPHISOFT North America
14:00 - 15:30
It’s All About Objects: Expanding ARCHICAD’s Content with Ease
Level(s): Intermediate

Need access to more? More objects, that is. Of course you do! We know that, like most BIM users, you’re probably looking for more high-quality objects that reflect real products. In this session we will review valuable online resources for objects, demonstrate tools that convert popular Autodesk formats to GDL objects, discuss how to optimize SketchUp SKP objects, and review how to edit imported objects.

 

You will learn how to increase your ARCHICAD object library and get access to a vast world of 3D content using SketchUp SKP, Alias OBJ, Autodesk FBX, Collada DAE, and Autodesk 3DS formats. These formats provide a bridge to online libraries with beautifully designed furniture, lighting, appliances, and other building elements. We will discuss how to use ARCHICAD’s SketchUp and ModelPort importer, reduce object file sizes, create clean 2D symbols, and generate smooth surface content.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Leverage valuable online resources for objects, including crowd-sourced content and shared user content.
  2. Use the best methods to convert objects that use popular Autodesk formats as well as the SketchUp SKP format.
  3. Utilize ARCHICAD tools that manage imported objects, including techniques to optimize SketchUp content using the DAE format.
  4. Generate clean 2D symbols and smooth 3D surfaces when importing objects from other formats.
Tom Simmons
President & BIM Consultant, ARCHIVISTA Consulting
14:00 - 15:30
BIMcloud & BIMx: The One-Two Punch for Growing Firms
Level(s): Intermediate/Advanced

GRAPHISOFT® BIMcloud® is a tool that helps growing firms better address complex project collaboration requirements and advanced team management. In this session, you’ll see how BIMcloud—with BIMx PRO—makes mobile devices an integral part of ARCHICAD’s Teamwork. We’ll show you practical, real-world examples of how teams are using these technologies to improve collaboration and communication. And that’s important, because today’s advanced AEC teams demand a 24/7, seamless, and secure project connection from both inside and outside the office.

 

This course is ideal for growing firms with 5+ seats of ARCHICAD.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to:

  1. Identify and better leverage the options available for operating ARCHICAD outside the main office.
  2. Use BIMx PRO to seamlessly collaborate with other team members—and provide valuable design feedback regardless of location—using standard mobile devices.
  3. Seamlessly collaborate with other members of the team, including engineers and consultants.
  4. Host shared Teamwork projects on BIMcloud—securely and safely—while also managing various user roles and activities for both main and remote offices.
Yanni Alexakis & Nick Cornia
GRAPHISOFT North America
14:00 - 15:30
To Be Announced!

Information coming soon!

15:30 - 16:00
BREAK & Networking
16:00 - 05:00
Innovation, Media & Technology in Architecture Today

Details coming soon!

Marc Kushner
AIA, CEO of Architizer
17:00 - 18:00
GRAPHISOFT Closing Presentations

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18:00 - 20:00
Farewell Reception

Details TBA…

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March 22nd and the BIM Conference will be here before you know it.

Early bird discount of $100/person ends December 17, 2016!
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A Few Important Notes As You Register….

Picking Your Courses

The process is different this year. You will pick your courses in our brand new BIMCON App AFTER you register.


New BIMCON App!

Within 24 hours of registering, you’ll receive an “alert” email with instructions on how to log into our new BIMCON App!


Use the app to pick your courses, set up your own personal agenda, download course handouts, update your profile, see who else is attending, and engage in private and group chats – even before the event begins! See how simple it is in the video below.


Please Review the 2017 BIM Conference Cancellation Policy Here.


Check out the New BIMCON App!

Watch this short video to learn how to use some of the key features in the 2017 BIMCON App.

The M Resort, Spa & Casino

The M offers 390 rooms, a luxurious spa, resort, and a casino. And, of course, it supplies all of the rooms we’ll be using to conduct our sessions for the 2017 BIM Conference!

GRAPHISOFT Discount Room Block

Your conference registration does NOT include your overnight room at the M Resort. To book your room(s) using our discounted room block, please click here. Though you won’t see our logo when you get to the reservations page, rest assured, you will be booking within the GRAPHISOFT room block.

Our awesome, all-inclusive rate of $155.00 + tax per night includes your room, resort fees, internet, spa, gym, and airport and strip shuttle.

Our discount block is limited, so be sure to reserve your room today!