THE ARCHITECT’S BIM TOOL
Architectural design is not one-size-fits-all, so BIM workflows shouldn’t be, either. That’s why Vectorworks Architect, one of the industry’s top BIM software programs, is built around an architect’s design process. Vectorworks software’s design-oriented BIM capabilities allow you to conceptualize your ideas, as well as edit and analyze your project, while simultaneously generating drawings and schedules and refining construction details — all without altering your creative process or exceeding the scope of your work.
By exploring the resources below, you can learn more about what BIM can mean in your firm, discover how to go about adapting it to your preferred processes, and see examples of architects and designers like you who are already finding success and growing their businesses with BIM.
WHAT IS BIM?
Whether you’ve been experimenting with BIM for some time or you’re just getting started, we can help you define and refine what BIM means to
you and your firm. Check out the resources below to learn more about what BIM means in practice, how it can revolutionize the way you create your documentation, and how BIM opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to collaborating with other architects, consultants, and anyone involved in your design process. You can also discover the ways that Vectorworks is partnering with other leaders in the AEC industry to improve BIM’s return on investment by enabling tailor-made design workflows that fit any firm and project.
From Crouse College at Syracuse University to the National Grid Building, the team at King + King Architects has had a long history at the forefront of design, a spot they maintain today through their forward-thinking outlook on adapting to advancements, such as BIM, in architectural technology.
HOW TO GET STARTED WITH BIM
When it comes to adopting BIM workflows, some software programs force you to abandon or recreate your personal design process, leaving you with a steep learning curve and an inefficient workflow. Vectorworks Architect allows you to transition to BIM in a meaningful and manageable way because it’s built around an architect’s design process. This means you and your team can remain productive while experiencing the positive impacts of information modeling throughout your transition to a BIM workflow.
To help you get started, we’ve created the resources below, which provide you with everything from technical training and workflow documents to Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) guides and example files, all of which contain information that you can apply to your next design. And if you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by clicking on the “Schedule a Consultation” link, above. Our AEC industry specialists are here to help you find success as you discover your ideal BIM workflow.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH IFC?
With Vectorworks software, you can collaborate with consultants using BIM tools different from your own by using the Industry Foundation Classes
(IFC) file format. This means that by using Vectorworks Architect as your BIM tool, you are able to participate actively and easily with any BIM authoring tool that supports the openBIM file standard, meaning that your investment in Vectorworks software ensures your success on any project with any collaborator. Vectorworks software currently supports IFC versions 2×2, 2×3 and 4, and has been certified by buildingSMART International for the export of models based on the IFC2x3 Coordination View 2.0 – Architecture model view definition, as well as the import of any IFC2x3 Coordination View 2.0 model.
But what does all of that information mean to you? Learn the basics of IFC, as well as how to import and export your models with IFC using Vectorworks software, with this introductory guide.