Ease Design with BIM Software

The BIM (building information modeling) market is expanding at a rapid pace. There is enhanced communication and coordination through the asset lifecycle management process that is useful to construction professionals. Government mandates requiring the use of BIM in several developed countries are driving the market.

The benefits offered by integrated BIM services in the construction process such as 2D drawings, 3D modeling, 4D scheduling, and 5D estimating power, and change management, clash management, visualization, layout, quantity takeoff, scheduling, and production control are some of the ingenious ways BIM helps the industry.

The technology continues to advance too. For example, Graphisoft, a BIM software developer for architects and designers, announced Archicad 21, its new BIM software solution. The latest version introduces the Stair Tool. The Stair Tool works in the background, making sure the architect's stair design complies with relevant global and local design.

Designing stairs is one of the most complex tasks in architecture, since the stair must comply with stringent standards. The new Stair Tool extends architects' creativity with automatic validation against human ergonomics. The algorithms validate thousands of design options in the background and offer architects the most optimal stair designs to choose from within the context of the specific building.

With the Stair Tool, architects can jump right into placing stairs with simple polyline input and choosing from various design options. If a problem can be solved in a variety of ways, the software offers a selection of the best options that fit both the user's graphical input and the chosen standards.

While this is one example of innovation in BIM, the technology community is coming up with new solutions for the industry daily that contractors and designers will benefit from.

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