ALLPLAN ARCHITECTURE 2017
The new features in Allplan 2017 range from central task management and a wide range of enhancements in the area of modeling, plan generation and automation right through to detailed improvements that make Allplan 2017 more stable and user-friendly than ever before.
In Allplan release 2017-1, the user friendliness and transparency of the Task Board have been improved and planning reliability increased. 3D modeling with user-defined architectural elements is now even more efficient thanks to a number of enhancements. In addition, the options for IFC4 export have been expanded, increasing both planning quality and work efficiency.
Allplan Architecture 2017 Sets New Standards in the Area of Collaboration with Design Partners
Task Board for Efficient Task Management
One central challenge involved in working with the BIM method is to allocate the various tasks clearly to all the project participants and then to track them. The task management should be as quick and as convenient as possible for both you and your design partners. The Task Board was introduced in Allplan 2017 for this purpose. The Task Board is directly connected to the open BIM platform, bim+. With bim+, you can collate, view, analyze, and share model data from Allplan and other OpenBIM solutions. The BIM Coordinator, for example, may detect unclear situations or design errors thanks to a visual check and can assign any problem to an editor. During the interaction between bim+ and Allplan, any new to-dos are immediately displayed on both sides. When the task is complete, the status is set to “Done” and the modified model is uploaded to bim+ again. All the project participants then immediately have access to the new design status.
With this Allplan release 2017-1, quality and stability have been improved further. The Allplan tool for efficient task management, the Task Board, is now even easier to use: The task details are clearly displayed and fewer work steps are now needed to process tasks. Role-based processing options increase planning reliability. They restrict access to the individual work steps “Create Task,” “Edit Task,” and “Close Task” and therefore prevent unwanted changes by unauthorized Task Board users.
Collision Check via bim+
To detect design errors at a very early stage, you can perform a collision check with bim+, such as between the partial models of the architects, structural designers, and building service providers. In the interaction between bim+ and Allplan, the tasks for eliminating collisions are delegated efficiently to the responsible editor via the Task Board. As soon as a new design status is available, it can be documented as a new revision with a traceable history.
Data Exchange without Any Stumbling Blocks
To ensure a problem-free data transfer between design partners, Allplan provides a large number of different interfaces that are constantly being upgraded and updated. In the 2017 version, the focus was on the exchange of 3D volume and surface data (NURBS), which is important for BIM projects. You can now also exchange free-form geometries without polygonization in the formats AutoCAD DWG/DXF, MicroStation DGN (Import) and Rhino. In addition, it is also possible to export BIM models in the IFC4 format. These optimizations support the interaction with other software products and improve the data quality involved in information transfers.
In Allplan release 2017-1, the IFC4 export has been enhanced to increase planning quality: Finish specifications, 2D elements and labels can now be exported via IFC4 interface without a loss of quality, and the global Allplan project settings are also transferred during the export.
Improved performance of Workgroup Online
The Workgroup Online function of Allplan Workgroup Manager enables efficient work on a location-independent basis. All Allplan project data is exchanged via the internet. To reduce the transfer time for large volumes of data, a new compression method has been introduced in Allplan Architecture 2017, which reduces the data volume and thus the transmission time by 75 percent on average. In individual cases, even reductions of up to 90 percent are possible. You can therefore work considerably faster on your projects online.
Allplan Architecture 2017 Provides Excellent Degree of Convenience for Modeling and Creating Designs
Several Upgrades in the Field of 3D Modeling
Due to the integrated parasolid modeling kernel, a large number of new options are available to you. For example, 3D solids without any previous polygonization can be modified simply and precisely. The system allows the editing of random points, straight or curved edges and the surfaces of 3D elements. In addition, the user-friendliness and the workflows in 3D modeling have been optimized at various points.
As of Allplan release 2017-1, you can now assign favorite hatchings, line styles and area styles to user-defined architectural elements for display. The properties of one user-defined architectural element can be easily and quickly transferred to another using the pipette function.
User-Defined Free-Form Components Now Even More Flexible
Parasolid-based 3D solids can now be converted into user-defined free-form components (quantity solids). These user-defined components can be modified in flexible and simple ways with the usual modifications such as Boolean operations or point modification. It is even possible to easily define and adjust the outline presentation.
Fast, user-friendly plan creation
With the new functions for creating views and sections in Allplan Architecture 2017, the generation of plans is easier and faster than ever before. Function palettes enable the direct and intuitive checking of display parameters. After changes have been made in the building model, you no longer need to update the derived plans. Thanks to a new function, this is done automatically. Manually inserted elements such as dimension lines or texts are retained. With Allplan Architecture 2017 you ensure that your plans always match the building model. And what’s more, the calculation of sections is up to 50 percent faster.
Allplan Architecture 2017 Offers Great Stability, Countless Improvements, and Many Implemented Customer Wishes
SmartParts – with an Eye for Detail
The existing SmartPart library with parametric objects has been supplemented with predefined bands of windows. Moreover, there are adjustments and implemented customer wishes in the range of existing objects: The “window sill” object is now more flexible and can be modified using handles, and the range of door cutouts and the possibilities for fitting roller blinds have also been extended considerably.
Python-API – the Programmable Interface for the Highest Demands
One option for gaining access to parametric objects is to use the integrated Allplan Python API programming interface. You write Python scripts, with which you can access functionalities in Allplan and you can add new functions and objects to Allplan. The PythonParts produced in this way have a separate user interface with properties palettes, handles, and individual work processes. They can also be modified later with just a few clicks. In addition to producing parametric objects and variants, you can also automate recurring work steps with this interface.
Steel profile library restructured and updated
To make your orientation easier and to speed up the workflow when working with steel profiles, the Steel Profile library was restructured, updated and supplemented with lacking profiles.