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The Pro Perspective

By December 22, 2008News

by: Vivian Wagner

Professional architects and designers have a number of different Mac-based computer-aided design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) programs available. Which one they choose to use depends in large part on the features they’re looking for.

Mark Benner, owner of Mark Eric Benner-Architects in Northbrook, Ill., usesGraphisoft’s ArchiCAD, one of the first Mac BIM programs to have been released to the professionals. Trained in hand drafting and design, he first ran across an early version of ArchiCAD back in 1989, while he was still in college.

“[ArchiCAD] took things from the 2-D world and turned it into a 3-D environment,” Benner told MacNewsWorld. “In the past you would draft several views, and you had to interpret what was in an architect’s mind.”

ArchiCAD’s 3-D computer design is nothing short of revolutionary, according to Benner, particularly since it helps architects to communicate more effectively with their clients than with 2-D drawings.

“In addition to the data, by operating in -3D, it really allows the architect to visually convey a wealth of information with realistic views,” said Benner.

“You can have a dialogue with the clients or consultants, and you’re able to have a dialogue within the workspaces,” said Benner.

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