Graphisoft Announces the Free “BIM Experience Kit” Including ArchiCAD 11 - Innovative and fun way for professionals working in a 2D world to experience BIM in a voice-led, Frank Lloyd Wright designed project

July 31, 2007

Budapest, July 31, 2007 - Graphisoft announced today that Graphisoft ArchiCAD® 11 BIM Experience Kit is immediately available for download on both the Windows® and Macintosh® platforms.

“Studies show that 2D users have two conflicting fears: they are afraid they will lose their competitiveness if they don’t adopt BIM, and they are also afraid that the BIM adoption is going to be too hard and they might fail. The BIM Experience Kit enables professionals to learn BIM at their own pace and get a high comfort level before making the production switch”, said Patrick Mays, AIA, Vice President, Graphisoft North America who has a long and successful track record of helping firms transition to a 3D design environment.

BIM Experience Kit Overview – the four main areas include product, interactive learning, assessment and rewards:

Product – The Experience Kit includes a 30 day limited, fully functional version of ArchiCAD 11. Files may be saved for future sessions. Innovative technology allows users to convert files to be compatible with commercial versions of ArchiCAD upon purchase. Users benefit from the assurance that their files can be taken forward in projects, so the time spent on learning is not lost.

Interactive Learning – A two-hour overview of BIM based upon the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Massaro House is included in the download. The tutorial takes users through all major steps in creating a complete BIM project. Steps include designing in a model based environment and generating floor plans, sections, elevations, interior elevations, renderings and quantity take offs.

Assessment – Users can track their basic understanding of Building Information Modeling (BIM) online.

Rewards – Completed assessments are automatically registered for a chance to win an ArchiCAD program (one drawing per month) as well as a chance to win a trip to Budapest to meet the Graphisoft team in spring of 2008.

Availability
The International and U.S. editions are available immediately: http://experienceBIM.com ... Most localized versions will be shipped in the next few months. For information regarding the availability of the ArchiCAD 11 BIM Experience Kit, please contact your nearest authorized reseller. To locate a reseller near you, visit: http://www.graphisoft.com/distributors

About Graphisoft:
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it!" Alan Kay.1

Graphisoft is the pioneer and leader in developing Virtual Building™ solutions. It is widely acknowledged as the world's #1 supplier of model-based software and services for the building industry. Our clients are at the forefront of the industry - delivering projects that are better designed, more predictable to construct and less expensive to operate. Further media requests for information can be made to Akos Pfemeter at: press@graphisoft.com

1 Alan Kay. Inventor of Smalltalk - the inspiration behind windowing-based computer systems.

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