Beams and Columns Tool
Archicad enables architects to model faster and create accurate construction details and quantity estimations for reinforced concrete, complex steel, timber, and composite beams and columns. Complex columns, curved and haunched beams can now be modeled and documented to meet graphic and representation standards. Beams and columns can be displayed using various projected and symbolic views and cover fills.
Designing stairs is one of the most complex tasks in architecture. Archicad’s Stair Tool evaluates thousands of design options and offers the most optimal stair designs to choose from in the context of the specific building.
By doing the heavy lifting in the background – making sure the stair complies with global and local design standards – this tool turns what is usually a painful task into something fun.
The Railing Tool can be used to create complex, associative railings for Stairs, Slabs, Walls, Roofs or Meshes.
The configurable Railing Pattern Editor offers unique railing patterns specific to each design project. Railings can be created with a single click based on pre-defined rules and standards.
Archicad’s integrated CineRender – based on MAXON’s Cinema 4D v18 rendering engine – offers architects high quality, photo-realistic rendering in the BIM context. The latest version introduces Light Mapping and Secondary GI methods for more realistic, yet fast rendering.
Archicad introduces a flexible way to classify elements and spaces for better support of national or company standards, and for unprecedented interoperability between project stakeholders.
External IFC model content created by external consultants – such as Structural or MEP engineers – can be placed as hotlinks into Archicad design projects as protected reference content.
These IFC modules can be easily updated ensuring streamlined, round-trip collaboration with engineers.
With the evolution of BIM as the de facto workflow, architects increasingly receive consultant information in a BIM format.
To help architects fulfil their role as lead coordinator of the model, Collision Detection allows two groups of elements to be compared through user-defined criteria sets.