Monday, May 4, 2015

Graphisoft announces Rhino-Archicad connection

Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition Entry by Nikken Sekkei 

Graphisoft®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced a Rhino® connection for Archicad. The connection enables Archicad users on both the Mac and Windows platforms to import Rhino models into Archicad as GDL objects.

The Rhino-Archicad link converts a Rhino model into Archicad geometry. The container of the Rhino-based model is GDL, which is Archicad’s generic object format. For larger and more complex models, Graphisoft has introduced the option to convert a Rhino model into a set of smaller GDL objects. This process enables the user to retain separate logical parts within the same model while providing the ability to monitor and easily update the imported Rhino models in Archicad. The LCF option enables Archicad's performance optimization algorithm to work seamlessly on an imported large Rhino model.

“We welcome Rhinoceros into the Archicad community,” said László Vértesi, Graphisoft Vice President of Product Development. “Rhino provides a robust modeling capability that nicely compliments the Archicad BIM solution.”

“Our users always want better integration with the other tools that they use,” said Robert McNeel, CEO, Robert McNeel & Associates. “We are delighted to be working with Graphisoft to meet our users’ demands."

This technology has been developed as part of an ongoing collaboration between Graphisoft and Nikken Sekkei to develop future architectural design technologies.

For more information and to download the Rhino add-on for Archicad, please visit

About Rhino
Rhinoceros® 5, developed by Robert McNeel & Associates, is the market leader in industrial design modeling software. Highly complicated shapes can be directly modeled or acquired through 3D digitizers. With its powerful NURBS-based engine, Rhino 5 can create, edit, analyze, and translate curves, surfaces, and solids. There are no limits on complexity, degree, or size.

About Nikken Sekkei
One of the world's largest architectural design firms with over 2,400 professional staff, Nikken Sekkei and its eight Group companies offer comprehensive design, engineering, management, consulting, and R&D services. Established in 1900, the company's portfolio comprises over 20,000 projects in 40 countries. Its activities cover a wide spectrum of sustainable public and private endeavors, including new city design, high-density/mixed-use transit-oriented developments, super high-rise buildings, business parks, offices, and facilities for commercial, cultural, educational, and healthcare use. Nikken Sekkei is headquartered in Tokyo and maintains branch offices in Singapore, China, Korea, Vietnam, and the UAE. In growing to its present position, the company has constantly focused on developing new methods and technologies that redefine design for current needs and priorities.

About Graphisoft
Graphisoft ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with Archicad, the industry-first BIM software for architects. Graphisoft continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. Graphisoft has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007. Visit to see the most important milestones in Archicad's 30-year history.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it would be great to also have a good working connection the other way around ... right now .3ds or .obj export are the only way to go and quite often they fail :(