Viktor Varkonyi, Executive Director of Graphisoft - Advantages of integral designing

Source: eKapija Wednesday, 02.03.2011. 15:02

(Viktor Varkonyi)

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the presence of Graphisoft`s ArchiCAD software in Serbia, Executive Director Viktor Varkonyi held a lecture in the new premises of the Serbian Chamber of Engineers in Belgrade on March 2, 2011.

Director Viktor Varkonyi says in an interview for eKapija that the today's event was an exceptional opportunity for people to get familiar with current trends in designing.

eKapija: You’re coming in Belgrade to represent Integral designing with Graphisoft’s solutions. How much is project production faster and better with this tool?

- Integrated model based design (a.k.a. Building Information Modeling or BIM) can bring up to 38.9% productivity gain according to our ROI study.

eKapija: ArchiCAD users are used to get permanent improvements and new conveniences, as you come in Belgrade with new solutions, can you please announce some details of the solutions that you are proud of?

- Obviously one of the biggest innovations coming recently from GRAPHISOFT is theindustry first BIM Server for live collaboration. We are continuously working on extending this wonderful technology to provide best-in-class collaboration workflow experiences for all types of architectural practices. Our EcoDesigner solution is also an industry-first with its integrated approach to making BIM"green". Literally with a one-click solution architects can base their design decisions with sustainability factors in mind.

eKapija: ArchiCAD users are the members of one family and they rarely leave it, so tell to those who are not so, why should they become the members of AC family and which are the advantages of this system?

- Customer loyalty is always the result of companies delivering on their promises made. According to a recent large-scale market study of BIM design solutions GRAPHISOFT customers clearly indicated that GRAPHISOFT is way ahead of any of its competitors in this sense.

eKapija: Your flagship product is ArchiCAD. In last versions there were significant improvements: TeamWork 2 and engineer cooperation. Can you tell us reactions of architects, organizations, ...

- In the same market study one of ArchiCAD customer cases indicate that the BIM server was one of the major factors for them to decide next to ArchiCAD. Also we are very proud that the OPEN collaboration between architects and engineers that GRAPHISOFT popularized has become a strong industry movement as an answer to Autodesk`s platform strategy.

eKapija: How are ArchiCAD solutions adjusted to national standards and local languages?

- One of ArchiCAD`s unique advantages over most of its competitors is that our solutions are fully localized to local market requirements including not only language translation of the software itself but extensive local content and templates to help architects comply with local architectural standards.

eKapija: Let’s turn back in history. Tell us something about the beginnings of your company.

- GRAPHISOFT was founded in 1982 with the back then revolutionary notion of model based design for personal computers. We are proud that the latest BIM hype in our industry developed from our original "Virtual Building" concept.We are also proud that in the last more than 2 decades ArchiCAD was used to the vast majority of building projects designed with this model-based workflow approach.

eKapija: How does your company cherish responsible sociable business, in which human or other non-commercial actions did you participate?

Our focus for responsibility for humanity`s future is centered around running GRAPHISOFT with sustainability in mind. We employ here all the tools available from the concept of "paperless" office to using recycled materials in our product packaging to reducing energy consumption of our offices with the use of alternative air-tempering solutions such as intelligent shading systems to reduce energy usage for air-conditioning.

eKapija: How often are you the guest in Serbia?

- Due to the large part of Hungary`s shared history with Serbia your country is pretty well known in Hungary. Me personally have never been to Serbia but I am looking forward to great things here.

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