NEWS: Public beta for Rhino–Grasshopper–ArchiCAD Connection

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Bi-directional “real-time” link encourages architects to explore design variations, and create and fine-tune building details and structures

Graphisoft has gone live with the public beta of its Rhino–Grasshopper–ArchiCAD connection. The bi-directional “real-time” link allows architects and designers to use the algorithmic design tool (Grasshopper) in combination with professional BIM software (ArchiCAD).

The connection is designed to encourage users to explore a large number of design variations, and create and fine-tune building details and structures using algorithms without exchanging files. It complements Graphisoft’s native file format support for Rhino that enables designers to open and save Rhino project files with ArchiCAD.

“In addition to a standard BIM design approach that is based on assembling building elements, the Rhino–Grasshopper–ArchiCAD connection will bring the benefits of using BIM at the early design phase, when buildings elements are still undifferentiated,” said Tomohiko Yamanashi, executive officer and deputy head of architectural design department at Nikken Sekkei. ”This connection will also help align the traditional design process with the computational design approach. I am looking forward to seeing BIM become a friendlier design tool for architects.”

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