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Architectural faculty, Belgrade
Architectural faculty, Belgrade

Software literacy

We rarely use pens, pencils, erasers, and we switch those for electronic buttons. In these times of fast paced industry, software literacy is relevant as ever.

When it comes to BIM modelling, Archicad is my go-to software of choice when drafting anything related to architecture. Opposed to Revit, it has been developed for far longer and still has that first mover advantage. It is diminishing though, as only major thing that Revit does better is easier library/family creation and management. I started using ArchiCAD since version 10, which is 15 versions/years ago. One of many projects that I did in ArchiCAD was one in Vienna, Austria.

When it comes to complex 3D modelling, Autocad is, obviously, industry’s standard. About 4 years ago when I was working on Zaryad’ye concert hall, I came across Rhino, and so far, I prefer it. It has far more options for complex modelling, but still lacks drafting and layouting possibilities of AutoCAD. People still prefer AutoCAD because they are far more accustomed to DWG format and drafting commands, user interface and such.

As for rendering, I opt for Maxwell render 95% of the time. In my experience it offers by far most realistic approach to physical light, best material system, easiest setup, but at a cost of slower than usual rendering times. Some alternatives that I have used over the years are Artlantis, lately Twinmotion, and Corona renderer. They are all developing in the same direction for some reason and they all look alike more and more. Note that I always stayed away from VRay, since it is based for speed and not accuracy. I guess that I always love working with software that has specialized for something, and VRay is jack of all trades, has largest community, and by far biggest library database. It is just not my cup of tea in regards to photorealism and workflow.

Often, I am tasked with presenting my work to final clients, and for presentation purposes I do some image adjustments in Photoshop or in Lightroom, and make moodboard or graphics in CorelDraw. If video is needed, i use DaVinci Resolve, which is intuitive, free, and industry’s standard.

As for other specialized software, Flowwaterjet for programming waterjet machine, Arkitech when working with LGS systems, MS Project when I need to do GANTs or management.

During my studies, I had the idea that the more I know, the easier I will get a respectable job. I’ve had a lot of programs to learn, and that was the best time to get some useful startup knowledge. Little did I know that architectural studios use only one, or two software packages at most. Who would have known that in year 2008?

Obviously, using so many programs enabled me to ask the right question to see if user is advanced or not in pretty much any area in my line of work. Everyone can boast about their skill, the reason for that is that words are cheap, and anyone can talk, but few can answer a tough question.