Architects must continuously share their design with many project stakeholders during the whole project lifecycle. Today they spend more time on communicating their design intent with other project participants than on their actual design work. To further complicate matters, the type and the content of the required data often differs greatly depending on who wants to use it.
The BIM model provides the ideal platform for sharing the building data inside and outside of the office. IFC and other file protocols allow the BIM program to communicate with diverse applications, such as structural, energy analysis and collision detection programs.
This chapter describes how ARCHICAD supports different means of communication outside the architect’s office.