Graphisoft announced that ArchiCAD 17, the latest version of its building information modeling (BIM) software, will deliver capabilities that simplify the modeling and documentation of buildings even when the model contains a high level of detail when it is released on June 1.

ArchiCAD’s end-to-end BIM workflow allows the model to stay live until the end of the project.

“Many architectural practices use their BIM solutions up to the design and development phase only to switch to 2D for construction documentation,” said László Vértesi, vice president of product development at Graphisoft. “ArchiCAD 17’s brand new priority-based connections put a real (return on investment) on the work put into the creation of the BIM model by automatically providing construction documentation-level sections and details.”

To further enhance productivity, ArchiCAD 17 takes the next step in multicore processing to support the creation and manipulation of large complex models with background processing support for faster generation of complex model details. Optimized scaling of multiple-core CPUs boosts performance on large complex models. The software features improved central graphics unit performance to make 3D navigation smoother when working with extra large models.

ArchiCAD 17 supports Coordination View 2.0 and expands capabilities for defining new IFC data such as Concept Design BIM 2010, Statsbygg, Senate Properties, FM Handover and others. This includes currency unit export, calendar date type IFC properties and IfcSystems assignment support for system-type elements such as MEP systems.

ArchiCAD 17 delivers a wide array of workflow improvements including an Improved MORPH Tool to support conceptual design with useful zoning information and real-time 3D cutting planes to give extra control of ArchiCAD’s 3D modeling environment. Inclusion of fully functional BIMx in every installation enables users to share BIM projects with their clients in the form of interactive BIM project environments; further improved energy evaluation supporting multiple thermal zones allows users to evaluate their designs with standard compliant technology.

ArchiCAD 17 will be released on June 1, with shipment to customers beginning within a few weeks of the official release.