Why train with GRAPHISOFT?
Training is a vital step in effectively using any software. GRAPHISOFT UK has developed a series of training courses to open up the full capabilities of ARCHICAD. All our courses have been designed by ARCHICAD experts to ensure attendees have increased productivity and gain greater confidence with the software and associated workflows.

Regular training courses are now held in Nottingham, London and Glasgow with options to arrange on-site bespoke training tailored specifically for your needs.

All our scheduled courses are priced at £300 per person, per day plus VAT.

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Essentials Course

A two day course for anyone new to ARCHICAD. It introduces you to the principles of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to use ARCHICAD efficiently. It also includes instructions, exercises, discussions and assessments to help delegates understand BIM and develop skills in ARCHICAD.

Intermediate Course

A full-day course for anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge of the tools and facilities in ARCHICAD, not covered in the Essentials course. Filled with tips and tricks, it shows the most productive ways to get the most out of ARCHICAD, the Building Information Model and the importance of establishing Office standards and procedures.


Course Details

ARCHICAD Essentials

Our Essentials course has been designed by experts for anyone new to ARCHICAD. No matter what your background, ARCHICAD Essentials Training gives you the confidence to work on projects immediately.

This course introduces you to the principles of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and shows you positive and productive ways of using ARCHICAD. Not only will it equip you with the knowledge and confidence to use the program efficiently, it will also include a mixture of instructions, exercises, discussions and assessments to help trainees understand BIM and develop skills in ARCHICAD.

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Course Objectives - What will you gain?

  • Ensure trainees understand the advantages of Building Information Modelling
  • How to setup and manage projects from large to small
  • The functionality of ARCHICAD’s principal Tools
  • The method of producing a project with associated documentation
  • Extracting basic data from the Model

Course Duration

2 days: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Course Outlines


  • Introduction to BIM - Explaining the background and principles of BIM
  • ARCHICAD Theory - Principles of ARCHICAD and working methods
  • ARCHICAD workspace - Palettes and tool-bars, origin, scale, preferences
  • Project Setup - Stories, Layers, file types, autosave function
  • Attributes - Creating attributes, Building Materials, Composites and Surfaces
  • Element placement and selection - Walls, slabs, windows, doors
  • Element settings and editing - Walls, slabs, windows, doors
  • Roof Tool - Different methods of roof creation and editing
  • Navigator - Explanation of Project map, View map, Layout Book and Publisher sets
  • Views - Understanding all the stored settings for views
  • Sections and Elevations - Setting up viewpoint and controls
  • Grid Tool - Configuring grids and settings for different views
  • Details- Detail Markers and links to model
  • Level of Detail control in model
  • Dimensioning - Dimension chains and model associativity
  • Stairs - Choosing and configuring Stair Objects and bespoke stairs
  • Meshes - Methods for creating meshes, gravity
  • External Content – Bringing data from external sources into ARCHICAD

ARCHICAD Intermediate

Our Intermediate course has been designed by experts for anyone with a knowledge of ARCHICAD who wishes to increase their understanding of the tools and facilities provided by the software, which were not initially covered in the Essentials course.

Filled with tips and tricks, it will show you the most productive ways to use all ARCHICAD’s tools. It will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to use the program quickly and effectively. The course will also show you how to get the most from ARCHICAD and the Building Information Model and the importance of establishing Office standards and procedures.

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Course Objectives – What will you gain?

  • Ensure trainees are getting the most from ARCHICAD and the Building Information Model
  • Understanding the importance of establishing Office standards and procedures
  • Effective use of all ARCHICAD’s tools
  • Learning shortcuts and tricks to achieve greater productivity
    Course Duration

Full-day: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Course Outlines

  • Complex Profiles - Exploring the possibilities and limitations
  • Solid Element Operations - Their uses and issues
  • Custom Panels - Creation for windows doors and curtain walls
  • Custom Windows and Doors - How to create Library Objects
  • Curtain Walls - Exploring the options for the many types
  • Attributes - Managing attributes and creating + managing custom attributes for various uses
  • Master Layouts - Setting up master Layouts
  • Revisions - Mastering the use of the revision manager
  • Scheduling - Configuring schemes to obtain the data required
  • Advanced Modelling Tools - Effective use of Shell and Morph tools
  • Templates - The importance of an office template
  • Zones - Their use from the outset of a project
  • Renovation - Understanding the renovation tool and filters
  • Labels - Element labelling

ARCHICAD Productivity

Our Productivity courses have been designed by experts for anyone with an understanding of ARCHICAD, who wishes to develop extensive knowledge of all the tools and facilities provided by the software.

These courses are designed to help attendees develop detailed knowledge on specific areas of BIM and ARCHICAD. This will further assist an organisation to get the maximum possible benefits from their use of ARCHICAD.

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Course Durations

Courses are either half-day or full-day sessions.

  • Half day:

9:30am – 12:45pm

2:00pm – 5:15pm

  • Full-day:

9:30am – 4:30pm
We are prepared to combine half day courses (dependent on demand and numbers).

Course Outlines

BIM and 2016 (half-day)


  • An overview of BIM and some of the acronyms in common use. The importance of the ‘I’ in BIM and how BIM will affect you!
  • Government BIM Strategy - The BIM Task Group and its initiatives
  • The UK as an exemplar - The EC is mandating BIM too! Sources of information
  • BIM and Standards - The British Standards released to assist in the task of producing BIM to agreed standards
  • The importance of adhering to open standards to ensure communicability
  • BIM is about collaboration and the use and reuse of the same data which becomes richer throughout the process
  • The Digital Plan of Work and Uniclass
  • Assisting your employer to set out their BIM requirements and writing their EIRC
  • The BIM Execution Plan
  • The importance of BIM Protocols, BIM Strategy and the Reference Model concept
  • PAS 91 and standard Pre-Qualification Questionnaires relating to BIM (PQQs)
  • BIM tools - An overview of some of the tools available for BIM
  • Introduction to IFC and COBie (full-day)

Open BIM

  • Adding IFC information to the Model
  • BCF files
  • Identifying any issues
  • Setting up trial data exchanges
  • The importance of agreeing x, y, and z coordinates for datums
  • BREP and Extruded data exchange
  • Typical workflows utilising IFC
  • Configuration of translators to aid communication between software
  • ARCHICAD import / Export
  • The Reference Model concept
  • What is IFC? Over 130 software packages can read and write IFC files - What for? All stakeholders in a project must be able to exchange BIM data
  • An introduction to the concept of Open BIM
  • Mapping IFC data


  • What is COBie data and what are COBie drops?
  • What is COBie used for?
  • Where did the concept of COBie data come from?
  • Entering and exporting COBie data
  • COBie data formats. Who does what and when?
  • Where are my responsibilities defined?
  • Does all COBie data have to reside in the BIM?
  • How is COBie data checked?
  • Teamworking and Hotlinks (half-day)

Teamwork - BIM Server

  • The importance of the BIM Server Manager and controlling Projects, Libraries, Users, Roles and Backups
  • The BIM Server Control Centre and its Preferences
  • The factors that set Graphisoft’s patented Delta technology apart from other solutions
  • The factors that need to be considered before deciding to install a BIM Server. This will cover both hardware specifications and organisational issues
  • Ensuring that the hotfixes to the BIM Server and client workstations are kept in step and up to date

Teamwork – Users

  • What the Travel Pack can be used for, and using TWlink files
  • Effective Library management and the importance of the Local Data Manager
  • The functions in the Teamwork palette
  • Dealing with Offline / Online issues
  • The importance of Sending and Receiving regularly and when users should Leave a project
  • What the Messaging function does
  • Requesting, Reserving and Releasing elements
  • How to Share and Join teamwork projects
  • How to create a Support Package and save out Log Files to assist with any support issues


  • Effective use of Hotlink Modules
  • Examples of Hotlinks for Internal Layouts, complete buildings, Sites etc.
  • The crucial importance of managing Attributes
  • Element linking
  • Managing Hotlinks, Updating, Relinking, and nested Hotlinks
  • IFCs and Hotlinks
  • Scheduling where Hotlinks are involved and the use of Master IDs
  • Templates and Favourites (half-day)


  • The importance of developing Office Standards and ensuring that all users adhere to them
  • A look at appropriate National Standards and the factors to consider when creating an Office Template
  • Consistent Attributes and effective Attribute control
  • Project Info, Layouts and Autotext
  • Office procedures and workflows
  • Dealing with Uniclass, IFC and COBie fields


  • The effective use of Favourites and moving Favourites between Projects
  • What can be achieved with Favourite Preferences?
  • The importance of keeping Attributes consistent when creating Favourites

Effective use of the Navigator

  • Folder organisation and clone folders
  • The importance of View control and naming
  • Keeping file sizes under control
  • The using the Drawing Manager + Organiser to ensure consistency

Work environments

  • Looks at the work environment subsections and which ones are most useful
  • Creating Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Work Environment Palette control
  • Saving and exporting Work Environments and Hot Desking

Advanced Modelling Tools and Documentation (half-day)

  • This course enables users who have an understanding of ARCHICAD, to improve their productivity with more advanced tools in the software. The course will also
  • cover getting the most out of sections, elevations and adding detail that will lead on to visualisation work.

Advanced Modelling Tools

  • The course will look in detail at the Morph Tool, Shell Tool, Curtain Wall Tool and Solid Element Operations and how they can be used most effectively to create some
  • of the more complex geometry often required in projects today.
  • The creation of Custom panels is another way of tailoring standard elements in ARCHICAD to better represent one off requirements.


  • Ways of controlling Sections and Elevations to achieve the detail and particular styles of output will also be examined. The importance of controlling Views effectively
  • to ensure that the flow through to layouts and finally publishing is achieved with minimal fuss and effort.

Revision Management

  • How to manage changes, revisions and Issues
  • Creating issue sheets to give the information you require
  • Visualisations, Cinema 4D and BIMx (half-day)



  • Users need to be able to produce these quickly and easily, as a by-product of the Building Information Model
  • Techniques for achieving this will be explored and attendees will learn how to avoid spending unproductive hours in creating visualisations

Cinema 4D

  • Techniques for ensuring render times are controlled
  • Looking at the settings in Cinema 4D, how to use the pre-sets and scenes effectively
  • Creation of surfaces and custom textures, including bump, caustic and colour
  • Global illumination, lighting and lamp settings including lens flares and caustics
  • The importance of understanding effective use of Environment, background images and HDRI scenes
  • Interesting effects including white model and sketch renders


  • Producing BIMx files for use at every stage of projects
  • Understanding the Hyper-model concept
  • Effective use of BIMx Docs, linking of 2D documentation
  • Navigation in BIMx
  • Understanding the BIMx Licensing model
  • Zones and Schedules (half-day)


Zones are an important tool, using a small example, project Zones will be added, looking at the controls available, different geometry methods and the reasons for using each.

We look at standards for Zone categories, creating and allocating zone categories, stamps and Zones in 3D.


Scheduling data from a model is a crucial aspect of BIM. Only by Scheduling directly from the BIM can consistent and up to date data be ensured.

We look at adding the correct data to elements for scheduling, controlling IDs, configuring Scheme settings to give the results required, selecting the fields to schedule and alternatives for publishing the information.

Energy Evaluation and EcoDesigner Star (half day)

Energy Evaluation 1

The ability to produce an Energy Evaluation with minimal additional effort from the very earliest stages of a project is an important aspect of BIM with ARCHICAD. The early decisions will be the most cost effective in ensuring an energy efficient project.

  • Using the example project, we look at the Environmental Settings, Climate Data, and defining Thermal Blocks
  • How to edit Structures and Openings, the inbuilt Opening and Material catalogues, Building Systems Energy Source Factors and Costs
  • Configuring and selecting appropriate reports including Irradiation Studies will also be covered

Energy Evaluation 2

EcoDesigner Star takes the Energy Evaluation available from an ARCHICAD BIM to a new level

  • We look at the new functions including; Thermal Bridge Simulations
  • Standard Compliant Performance Rating Calculations (Baseline building)
  • Expert dialog settings in building systems
  • On-site renewables (PV panels and wind turbines)
  • Differences in simulation reports

Bespoke Courses

We are able to offer training courses tailored to your specific requirements. This is aimed at intermediate or advanced users and is not suitable for new users. We would require a list of topics that trainees would like to cover at least one week prior to the training course. ARCHICAD clinic sessions can be arranged for users who have already been trained to pick up on any issues they would like to recap on.

We also offer tailored consultancy days to look at an organisation’s use of ARCHICAD and BIM in general and suggest ways in which usage and productivity can be improved. If you would like to discuss any of these options please contact us.


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GDL Courses

GDL is the parametric, geometry-based language, used to create .gsm parametric objects for use in ARCHICAD. It derived from BASIC, using written commands to describe shapes and forms in terms of size and location in X, Y, Z co-ordinates. Forms can be altered according to input by the user along with the ability to turn elements on and off and control loops. GDL can be used for to create 2D symbols for plan or elevation or full 3D objects including building elements such as windows, doors and lights.

This is a 2 day course for anyone new to GDL. It has been designed by experts in the field to get you on your way to scripting any kind of object.

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Course Outlines

Introduction to GDL

  • Introduction to the scripting interface and programming organisation
  • Introduction to parameter types
  • Understanding subtypes
  • Basic 2D and 3D commands and “cursor” movement
  • Creating a non-parametric object
  • Using the preview window
  • Adding comments and URL

Using the 2D Script

  • Creating a basic 2D symbol (fragment, project)
  • Creating a parametric 2D object
  • Attributes (fill patterns, lines and pens)
  • 2D polylines and masking
  • Creating a stretchy object with hotspots
  • Text and labelling
  • Dimensioning

The 3D Object

  • 3D polylines, prisms and masking
  • Slabs
  • Shadow and model commands
  • Attributes (materials, textures, section fills and pens)
  • Subroutines
  • If statements
  • For/Next loops
  • 3D Hotspots

Parameter Control and Display

  • Cascading and indenting
  • Pop-down menus and value lists
  • Hiding and locking parameters
  • Idiot-proofing
  • Using the last modified parameter command

Curved 3D Objects

  • Tubular structures (tubes, cylinders and elbows)
  • Using trigonometry
  • Bprism, extrude and tube commands
  • Controlling curve resolution
  • Revolve and curved prism commands

The Advanced 3D Object

  • Putting and getting
  • Parameter Arrays
  • Ruled, sweep and pyramid commands
  • Mesh, mass and coons commands
  • Texture Mapping
  • Macros and object variation

Creating Lamps, Windows and Doors

  • Using the lamp and opening subtypes
  • Attributes (materials)
  • Light commands
  • Lightworks compatibility
  • Wallhole command
  • Global variables

3D Cutting, Addition and Subtraction

  • Cutting planes
  • Cutting shapes
  • Scripting solid element operations

User Interface

  • Pixels and Margins
  • Infield and outfield text
  • Infield text with arrays [if Advanced 3D undertaken]
  • Hiding, locking and if statements in the UI
  • Multiple page interfaces
  • Groupboxes and separators
  • Images
  • Pictorial value lists

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