Transitioning from AutoCAD to ARCHICAD
Things changed in January of 2015 for the team at Hlevel Architects. The team made the transition from AutoCAD to ARCHICAD. The growing firm, which specializes in both residential and commercial projects recently completed several projects with ARCHICAD.
Although still new to the software, relatively speaking, the team at Hlevel has come to know that that transition was worth the effort. Firm principle, Michaela Reiterer Henning explains, “After having used ARCHICAD for residential, interior commercial and renovation projects, we now truly understand the potential of the software. We are happy that we have moved toward using such a powerful design tool that helps us collaborate with clients, consultants and contractors.”
“On the tenant improvement project, we were able to use ARCHICAD to create the images and sections all the way through to the cabinetry. We found it beneficial to save the interiors in the model and make shop drawings for those details. We saved loads of time because of all the detailing we created. Equally beneficial was the visualization in ARCHICAD as we created the dormers in the single family home. In AutoCAD, it would have been a very complicated process, because the ceiling heights change.”
Saving Time & Increasing Efficiency with ARCHICAD BIM Software
The addition of ARCHICAD shifted the workflow at Hlevel, but Henning says the shift provides a time savings and creates efficiency throughout the process.
“Our work flow has changed due to the more complex set up of ARCHICAD. During the schematic and design development phase, we spend a bit more time. That’s because ARCHICAD adjusts your thinking to 3D for materials and construction right away versus just showing some 2D lines in AutoCAD before. The construction drawings, details and schedules are pretty much done by the time design development is completed, so that phase goes much quicker now. Even as we continue learning, we already see its value.”