ARCADIA BIM AC
What is ArCADia BIM?
ArCADia BIM AC is an extension for AutoCAD® software with advanced industry modules supporting designers in the creation of complex DWG drawings. The extended specialist functions of the ArCADia BIM system introduce the designer in an intuitive manner into an environment of many construction sectors, supporting him or her in designing practically all the installations in buildings. The system concept of industry specific programs working in close cooperation with each other was formed in our company approximately 10 years ago. The beginnings of the idea of this system date back to the ArCADia-ARCHITECTURE and ArCADia-IntelliCAD 2008 programs. Their primary purpose was to accelerate the creation of a DWG drawing by using objects rather than just lines in the drawing being prepared. Designed for the construction industry, these programs had no individualized modules then. However, they were equipped with internal mechanisms as well as additional drawing functions, among others, automatic drawing of walls, insertion of windows, doors, compiling lists, the use of an extensive library of DWG blocks. In this way ArCADia was born and ArCADia-IntelliCAD software became the base of information of the project for specialized discipline software. The market success of the program has finally convinced us about the correctly chosen development path of the CAD applications. This has allowed us to design subsequent innovative discipline applications specifically for, among others, designers of building networks and systems. The ArCADia system also has its own graphic engine, which initially was the ArCADia-GRAF software, then converted into the ArCADia-START module. In the following years we introduced the ArCADia – EXTERNAL DRAINS, ArCADia – POWER GRIDS products to the market. A breakthrough for the whole ArCADia software was the creation of ArCADia-TERMO, in which the possibility of data import from a DWG drawing made using the ArCADia-ARCHITECTURE extension, the idea of free data exchange between applications was evidently demonstrated, which is certainly a revolutionary benefit for users of our programs. At this stage we started to think about building our own design system consistent with the BIM technology assumptions [Building Information Modelling]. At the same time, the newly created situation in the construction market related to the need to produce energy efficiency certificates and, as a result, a very large interest in ArCADia-TERMO software, increased our efforts to make ArCADia-ARCHITECTURE software available also to AutoCAD users, so that they could swiftly and efficiently prepare energy certificates. From that moment on, the whole ArCADia system has been gradually transferred to the AutoCAD software environment, and at the same time subsequent new industry modules have been created. Today, the ArCADia BIM system is a complex CAD environment fully compliant with BIM assumptions, consisting of the basic graphic engine available in three versions: ArCADia BIM 10 / PLUS 10 / LT 10 as well as AC version for AutoCAD® software and almost twenty discipline modules covering all construction sectors.
ArCADia BIM and AutoCAD® software.
Currently all modules – ArCADia BIM system industry extensions are available for AutoCAD® program users. The full set of ArCADia BIM system modules at present consists of the following programs ArCADia-ARCHITECTURE, ArCADia- GAS SYSTEMS, ArCADia – EXTERNAL GAS SYSTEMS, ArCADia – SEWERAGE SYSTEMS, ArCADia – WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS, ArCADia – HEATING SYSTEMS, ArCADia – ELECTRIC SYSTEMS, ArCADia – SWITCHBOARDS, ArCADia – POWER GRIDS, ArCADia – TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK, ArCADia – INVENTORY MODULE, ArCADia – EMERGENCY EVACUATION ROADS, ArCADia – REINFORCED CONCRETE POLE, ArCADia – REINFORCED CONCRETE SLAB as well as supplementary modules: ArCADia-3D MAKER, ArCADia-3D VIEWER, ArCADia-TEXT, ArCADia-IFC. The current version of ArCADia BIM AC supports the latest versions of AutoCAD® software, namely AutoCAD® 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 in 32bit and the 64bit version. Projects created in the ArCADia BIM system, regardless of the graphic editor, so also in the AutoCAD® environment, are fully compliant with the DWG 2013 format. Projects are portable and available to users of other manufacturers’ CAD software. ArCADia system’s default file type is the DWG format. A DWG file created in ArCADia BIM system, as well as the CAD drawing, also stores a model of the building, its description, structure and facilities. Any designer using a different CAD application, after opening a DWG file generated in ArCADia BIM system, will see it as a standard CAD drawing. Additional information that the ArCADia BIM system introduces to a DWG file is completely transparent to the other applications. The designer can introduce changes and add their own drawing elements to such drawings without any limitations. The AutoCAD extension with ArCADia BIM system gives many benefits to the designer, while allowing time needed to prepare the drawing to be substantially shortened, definitely facilitated performance of the project within the scope of all building systems as well as networks around buildings. At the same time, ArCADia BIM guarantees that the compatibility of the project in DWG format with other CAD software will be preserved. However, in our opinion the greatest advantage of extending AutoCAD® software with the ArCADia BIM system is the functionality of easy cooperation with other designers, contracting works to them with regard to making parts of the project, then the possibility of comparison, detecting collisions and integration of the whole into one DWG file. Using the ArCADia BIM system in AutoCAD® environment, we enjoy all the advantages of working according to the assumptions of BIM technology in the familiar CAD environment.
What is ArCADia BIM AC software?
ArCADia BIM AC is a special version of ArCADia BIM system designed for AutoCAD users. When buying software in this version, you get the installation version of the program, which is designed only for AutoCAD® software – the installer requires the presence of AutoCAD installed on the user’s computer. After installing ArCADia BIM AC in AutoCAD, you get access to a number of tool bars representing different discipline modules and extending AutoCAD® software with functionalities supporting designers in the creation of complex DWG drawings, such as designs of electrical, water supply or sewage systems. Extended specialist functions of ArCADia BIM system intuitively introduce every designer into the environment of many construction industries, supporting them in designing practically every building installation as well as the networks and systems around it.
Basic tools of the ArCADia BIM system:
This ArCADia tool enables the user to compare designs created in the ArCADia BIM system and to find the differences between them.
This tool allows to include multiple designs of various installations in one document.
MANAGING A DRAWING OF A BUILDING:
The management of views and displayed information using the comprehensive Project Manager tree.
The automatically created 3D view is available in a separate window to allow a presentation of the entire body of the building or e.g. a part of a level.
Elements like walls, windows, doors, etc., are now inserted with the use of the intelligent tracking function.
Selecting walls from defined types or setting of any specified composite walls.
A built-in catalogue of building materials that is based on the PN-EN 6946 and PN-EN 12524 standards.
Inserting virtual walls that are invisible in the 3D preview or cross-section. They divide the room space in order to distinguish an open-space function, for example.
Heat transfer coefficient is calculated automatically on the base of the materials selected for the space dividers (walls, ceilings, roof).
WINDOWS AND DOORS:
Inserting windows and doors by means of parameters from the program library and creating user-defined windows and doors.
The possibility to define the windowsill protrusion inside and outside a room, as well as its thickness.
The possibility to switch off a windowsill.
Automatic insertion of floors (according to a level outline).
The module is used to prepare drawings for structural systems of Teriva ceilings. Drawings include all the main elements of the system: ceiling beams, transverse beams, hidden beams, trimmers, KZE and KWE ring fittings, KZN and KWN lintel elements, support grids and additionally all necessary lists of materials covering listed elements, supplemented with the reinforced steel and monolithic concrete required to create a ceiling.
Automatic and manual calculation of all Teriva ceilings (4.0/1; 4.0/2; 4.0/3; 6.0; 8.0) in the ceiling areas of any shape.
Automatic distribution of beams, transverse beams and ring beams on internal and external walls and on main beams.
Automatic setting of a system of trimmers for openings and beams for partition walls.
Automatic solving of a side ceiling access to a wall.
Automatic calculation and setting of the required plane and offset grids.
Automatic creation of rooms from closed outlines of walls and virtual walls.
Temperatures and lighting requirements are automatically assigned to rooms, depending on their names.
The possibility to change the graphic imaging of a room in the view, e.g. by filling or colour.
Inserting binding joists, including reinforcements defined both for bars and stirrups.
Insertion of columns of rectangular and elliptical cross-section.
The insertion of single chimney openings or chimney shafts (groups of chimneys with a set number of columns and lines).
The possibility to insert chimney ducts or mark the outlet of existing chimneys.
New chimney profiles.
Defining one- and multi-flight stairs and winder stairs in any plan.
New types of stairs: monolithic with treads or see-through with stringers. The possibility to choose the type and elements of a step.
Automatic creation of a terrain model on the basis of spot heights from digital DWG maps.
Insertion of a terrain plane using spot heights or lines.
The insertion of objects that simulate elements of a network or objects existing on the terrain to check for collisions in the design.
Inserting and modifying camera settings, from the point of view of an observer, which can be used to view a design or to save a view.
The current scene can be saved to a file in BMP, JPG or PNG formats.
The possibility to insert a grid of modular axes, including complete editing options.
Creating user-defined title blocks in the dialogue window or using graphic field editing options.
The insertion of automatic (taken from a design) or user-defined texts into a title block.
Saving title blocks to the project or program library.
Saving user-defined settings of elements (markers, fonts, default types, heights, etc.).
The Type Manager is used to manage types used in a document and existing in the global library. From now on, it can be saved in templates which object types will be used.
Groups of elements of various types can be saved into a single type. All connections, sizes of elements and other individual element parameters can be saved into a single layout that can be used in future projects. The layout can be further divided to modify individual group elements.
A built-in type library for all elements of each module.
Library modification during the design by saving the created types.
Library modification in the library window by adding, editing and deleting types from the global/user’s library or the project library.
The arbitrary linear and angular dimensioning of a design.
Automatically created listings of rooms for each level.
Automatically created listings of windows and doors, including symbols.
Listings can be exported to an RTF file and to a CSV file (spreadsheet).
Communicating with other systems.
Projects can be exported in the XML format.
The possibility to edit and correct listings before they are saved. Printing listings and adding e.g. a logo.
A new word processor called ArCADia-TEXT is available. It is launched when exporting to an RTF file.
ArCADia-TEXT saves to the following formats: RTF, DOC, DOCX, TXT and PDF.
An integrated library of elements allows a drawings to be detailed with the required architectural 2D symbols.
A library of 3D objects allows created interiors to be arranged.
The object catalogue can be extended with new libraries.
User-defined objects created with 2D elements can be saved in the program library.
2D and 3D objects can be inserted with an angle with respect to the X-axis given during insertion.
The possibility to rotate objects about the X and Y axes and to change a symbol in a view when necessary.
COLLISIONS (automatic detection of collisions and intersections between elements of the ArCADia BIM system):
Collisions of any elements in the ArCADia BIM system can be freely listed.
Clear lists of collisions in the project and point indicators in the plan and 3D view are available.
ArCADiasoft is a member of the ITC. Some IntelliCAD 8 source codes have been used in the program.
Pentium-class computer (Intel Core i5 recommended)
3 GB RAM minimum (8 GB recommended)
About 3 GB free hard disc space for installation
A graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0 (a 1GB RAM card recommended)
OS: Windows 10 or Windows 8 or Windows 7