by chip.clark » Thu Dec 15, 2022 5:45 pm
Some time ago I instigated a topic for transitioning to another CAD platform. Myself and another employee went through some very reasonable efforts and expense to try a transition to Archicad, going through numerous hours of online training, one-on-one consultation with Archicad staff (they were fantastic, BTW), and attempted to run a few office projects through the Archicad platform to build a "report" back to the office. Ultimately, we found the learning curve steep (but not insurmountable by any means) and were unpleasantly surprised by the amount of traditional 2D drafting work we still needed to do overtop of "BIM" data that was not bi-directional. That was infuriating... and after all that, the output could not reasonably match our office graphic standards, and we felt the cost and complexity was not justified for our office workflow. Then the FormZ partnership announcement happened, and that solidified our decision to NOT pursue a new platform. We decided to wait it out, ecstatic and patient.
But here we are, and now I am again looking for alternatives. Vectorworks is now in my sights (same parent as Archicad, but clearly a different animal).
We are a 95% 2D office (we don't chase work with BIM requirements), supplemented with Sketchup for exterior modeling to get 2D pictures primarily for AHJ Plan Review processes. That being said, I am still an active Rhino user (started on v1 my freshman year of architecture school), myself and everyone younger than me in the office have working knowledge of AutoCAD/Revit from school, so we are not averse to other platforms. We have just all come to appreciate and prefer the elegance and speed of PowerCADD!
Keith Renton - I would be most grateful to connect with you (and any others that have transitioned from PC to Vectorworks) to help me gauge if the jump makes sense for our office.