IM Innovations partnered GRAPHISOFT to conduct the first joint Building Information Modelling (BIM) and architectural visualization workshop on 25th September at the MAXON Competence Centre @ Temasek Polytechnic.
MAXON and GRAPHISOFT are both part of Nemetschek AG. GRAPHISOFT is the developer of ArchiCAD, a global market leader for 3D BIM tool. Together with Cinema 4D rendering engine from MAXON, such high-end photorealistic capabilities are now available right inside ArchiCAD 18 software for the architectural and interior design communities.
Cinema 4D has a seamless integration to ArchiCAD. It includes a comprehensive suite of modelling and texturing tools; and rendering options. Besides offering extensive libraries of assets, textures, lighting environments; Cinema 4D seamless integration with Adobe After Effects can also create breathtakingly realistic visual animations used for architectural visualizations.
Marcelo Morim from GRAPHISOFT kick-started the hands-on workshop by showing the participants how they can create and customise interior walls, doors, and curtain walls to their scene. He then continued by teaching them how they can insert the furniture layout as a reference, create cameras, insert lights and change textures. Marcelo ended his workshop by showing how to export ArchiCAD files as a native Cinema 4D format.
In the next segment of the workshop, participants learnt why ArchiCAD 18 users would like to upgrade CineRender to a full Cinema 4D software. Florence, our instructor, guided the participants on how to import from ArchiCAD into Cinema 4D and how assets like Physical Sky, materials, grass, etc, are transferred into Cinema 4D without any loss of data or any change in said objects. This seamless integration is made possible because these assets available in CineRender are from Cinema 4D. Attendees also learnt about "ArchiCAD 18 Scene Combine" feature, which is normally used during the import to automatically combine objects with the same material together thereby reducing the number of objects and improving performance. She shared how architects can easily create trees by using Laubwerk’s 3D Plant Kits and use the Cloner function in Cinema 4D to populate the scene with trees. Florence ended the workshop by teaching the attendees how they can create unique animations for architectural visualization using the MoGraph function, create smooth camera animation using Camera Morph function using Cinema 4D and showed the creative possibilities of compositing computer-generated buildings and trees with live video footages of actual environment.
For product information on Cinema 4D visit http://www.maxon.net/en/products.html. For ArchiCAD, go to http://www.graphisoft.com.sg/archicad/.