David Clayton, AIA of DEIV Architecture has been using ARCHICAD for the better part of the past two years. Having first been exposed to the software while a student, version 7, Clayton confesses having to learn Revit and AutoCAD to enter the job market back in 2002. However when he began his own firm some nine years later – he knew what software to use.
“I kept thinking that I’ve always loved ARCHICAD. It’s the only software I know of that you can have good quality documents while being editing and designing in perspective mode.I just like designing in perspective because that’s how we see things with our eyes.”
Renderings that Work
DEIV Architecture uses ARCHICAD on a variety of projects, but the majority of the ones on the boards today are residential. Small commercial projects and some industrial use buildings round out the portfolio. Clayton works with Lumion to create videos and animations – citing an excellent rendering quality and ease of use for presentation and client meetings.
ARCHICAD serves the firm well on small residential remodels. “When I tell people I’m doing full 3D model on a small project, they occasionally express some measure of surprise, but the fact is that designing in a BIM environment, in full 3D is actually easier for me.”
Such is the case on a 5K sq ft addition to a nursing home in Tremont, Utah. The Bear River Valley Care Center recently opted to add on a physical therapy space and selected DEIV Architecture for the job. The facility needed some updating, having been built circa 1975. The nursing home owner had made improvements over time, but the overall look was clearly outdated. Clayton says they took advantage of the addition not only to be able to offer additional services to the surrounding community but to rehabilitate the aesthetics of the facility as well – all the while depending on ARCHICAD to support the design iterations as they took shape.
“The non-profit company managing the facility wanted to make significant changes, but needed to adhere to a budget, so it was decided the addition should serve as a new front entry for the facility. ARCHICAD proved most beneficial during meetings with the client to discuss design and go over possible changes. During the process of trying a few scenarios to achieve a ski lodge look, I would change it on the spot and get the results in seconds – getting an instant approval on what we had come up with.”
Handling “what-if” questions in such a speedy manner helped Clayton be efficient for is clients as well as providing them a clear picture of what the finished product will look like. In addition, the renderings served to create promotional materials for the groundbreaking ceremony.
“They wanted something they could show to the local papers and community at large. So with a two day turnaround I had the whole model is ready to go, sending it to the rendering engine. That kind of full service impressed them and now that’s the picture they used for all their promo material throughout construction. Once it was complete it looked exactly the same as it did in ARCHICAD.”
Unlocking the Power of ARCHICAD
With each project Clayton gains deeper understanding of the power within ARCHICAD. “I have become adept at using the schedule tool now. I’ve learned a lot about how to harness the power of using the BIM in the model. I’ve learned how to take parameters off the objects with surface materials, I can attach a make and model into a surface and have it report to a schedule.”
Clayton makes good use of ARCHICAD’s BIM server on projects of all sizes. “I love the BIM server – I have a freelance architect in the Philippines who helps me out, we collaborate – when he is on the other side of the planet. The flexibility of the software lets me create my own solutions – even on residential remodels, I go to the site, sketch out the floor plans scan them in send them over, within a couple of days he sends me a 3D model in ARCHICAD on the BIM server. I maintain control of the model which is physically residing in my office, he can work on it at the same time.”
“For me, the BIM server is one of the biggest selling points of ARCHICAD. You just set up the BIM server on a local machine and make sure you have a static IP, something like $15 per month for a static IP, theoretically unlimited users – it can slow down with more users but at that point I can upgrade to BIM cloud. Little projects to massive projects it’s the same software that does it all.”