ArCADiasoft came into being in Łódź in mid-1997. Its founder Jarosław Chudzik has obtained his MSc degree in Construction from Łódź University of Technology.
Shortly after his graduation, Jarosław Chudzik moved to Germany and started a traineeship at Institut für Baumechanik und Numerische Mechanik (Universität Hannover) under professor Erwin Stein, with the intention of writing his doctoral thesis. Tempted by an offer from mb programme, one of the biggest German IT companies dealing in the field of construction engineering, which was searching for a construction engineer with the knowledge of computer programming languages at that time, he started working in the Software Development department. After 10 years, he returned to Poland and made use of the experience gained in Germany in order to found a company, which turned out to rapidly achieve financial success. It later allowed for the creation of the comprehensive, object-oriented ArCADia BIM system – the company’s flagship product that enables various designers to cooperate among their locations.
ArCADiasoft Chudzik sp. j. is the biggest Polish manufacturer of software for building engineering. Its programs are sold in Poland, as well as in Austria, Brasil, Bulgaria, Croatia,
Finland, Germany, Ghana, Indie, Italy, Malaysia, Nigeria, Russia the UK and Turkey.
The programs are written in the BIM technology and they include modules for architecture, constructions and installations. The company has got its own distribution network and uses it to sell its author’s programs and also other manufacturers’ programs, such as IntelliCAD, whose distribution is allowed by membership in the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, and ArCon, among others.
ArCADiasoft also produces programs on request, and specialises in writing software for building engineering, while applying its IT expertise. We have cooperated with companies such as: Henkel, BALMA, PAROC, Sanitec and Saint-Gobain.
ArCADiasoft equals 20 years of experience in creating computer applications for the construction industry and more than 100 products for architects and engineers. Our programs range from structural design to interior and installation design to energy performance of buildings calculations to buildings’ surroundings design. ArCADiasoft is the author of the ArCADia BIM system.
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The flagship of the Company’s offer is the object-oriented ArCADia BIM system. It is a user-friendly tool for comprehensive calculation/graphics support of a building engineering design process, which allows communication between individual fields, including collision detecting
ArCADia BIM 10 PLUS
10 PLUS software has all the features of the ArCADia LT and ArCADia software and, in addition, is enhanced with the following functions:
The option to create and fully edit ACIS solids. ACIS files are based on the block modelling format developed by Spatial Technology Inc.
It allows for precise work on full solids, penetration, sums, differences, etc.
This ArCADia tool enables the user to
compare designs created in the ArCADia BIM system and to find the
differences between them.
This tool allows to include multiple designs
of various installations in one document.
MANAGING A DRAWING OF A BUILDING:
The management of views and displayed
information using the comprehensive Project Manager tree.
The automatically created 3D view is
available in a separate window to allow a presentation of the entire body of
the building or e.g. a part of a level.
Elements like walls, windows, doors, etc.,
are now inserted with the use of the intelligent tracking function.
Selecting walls from defined types or
setting of any specified composite walls.
A built-in catalogue of building materials
that is based on the PN-EN 6946 and PN-EN 12524 standards.
Inserting virtual walls that are invisible
in the 3D preview or cross-section. They divide the room space in order to
distinguish an open-space function, for example.
Heat transfer coefficient is calculated
automatically on the base of the materials selected for the space dividers
(walls, ceilings, roof).
WINDOWS AND DOORS:
Inserting windows and doors by means of
parameters from the program library and creating user-defined windows and
The possibility to define the windowsill
protrusion inside and outside a room, as well as its thickness.
The possibility to switch off a windowsill.
Automatic insertion of floors (according to
a level outline).
The module is used to prepare drawings for
structural systems of Teriva ceilings. Drawings include all the main
elements of the system: ceiling beams, transverse beams, hidden beams,
trimmers, KZE and KWE ring fittings, KZN and KWN lintel elements, support
grids and additionally all necessary lists of materials covering listed
elements, supplemented with the reinforced steel and monolithic concrete
required to create a ceiling.
Automatic and manual calculation of all
Teriva ceilings (4.0/1; 4.0/2; 4.0/3; 6.0; 8.0) in the ceiling areas of any
Automatic distribution of beams, transverse
beams and ring beams on internal and external walls and on main beams.
Automatic setting of a system of trimmers
for openings and beams for partition walls.
Automatic solving of a side ceiling access
to a wall.
Automatic calculation and setting of the
required plane and offset grids.
Automatic creation of rooms from closed
outlines of walls and virtual walls.
Temperatures and lighting requirements are
automatically assigned to rooms, depending on their names.
The possibility to change the graphic
imaging of a room in the view, e.g. by filling or colour.
Inserting binding joists, including
reinforcements defined both for bars and stirrups.
Insertion of columns of rectangular and
The insertion of single chimney openings or
chimney shafts (groups of chimneys with a set number of columns and lines).
The possibility to insert chimney ducts or
mark the outlet of existing chimneys.
New chimney profiles.
Defining one- and multi-flight stairs and
winder stairs in any plan.
New types of stairs: monolithic with treads
or see-through with stringers. The possibility to choose the type and
elements of a step.
Automatic creation of a terrain model on the
basis of spot heights from digital DWG maps.
Insertion of a terrain plane using spot
heights or lines.
The insertion of objects that simulate
elements of a network or objects existing on the terrain to check for
collisions in the design.
Inserting and modifying camera settings,
from the point of view of an observer, which can be used to view a design or
to save a view.
The current scene can be saved to a file in
BMP, JPG or PNG formats.
The possibility to insert a grid of modular
axes, including complete editing options.
Creating user-defined title blocks in the
dialogue window or using graphic field editing options.
The insertion of automatic (taken from a
design) or user-defined texts into a title block.
Saving title blocks to the project or
Saving user-defined settings of elements
(markers, fonts, default types, heights, etc.).
The Type Manager is used to manage types
used in a document and existing in the global library. From now on, it can
be saved in templates which object types will be used.
Groups of elements of various types can be
saved into a single type. All connections, sizes of elements and other
individual element parameters can be saved into a single layout that can be
used in future projects. The layout can be further divided to modify
individual group elements.
A built-in type library for all elements of
Library modification during the design by
saving the created types.
Library modification in the library window
by adding, editing and deleting types from the global/user’s library or the
The arbitrary linear and angular
dimensioning of a design.
Automatically created listings of rooms for
Automatically created listings of windows
and doors, including symbols.
Listings can be exported to an RTF file and
to a CSV file (spreadsheet).
Communicating with other systems.
Projects can be exported in the XML format.
The possibility to edit and correct listings
before they are saved. Printing listings and adding e.g. a logo.
A new word processor called ArCADia-TEXT is
available. It is launched when exporting to an RTF file.
ArCADia-TEXT saves to the following formats:
RTF, DOC, DOCX, TXT and PDF.
An integrated library of elements allows a
drawings to be detailed with the required architectural 2D symbols.
A library of 3D objects allows created
interiors to be arranged.
The object catalogue can be extended with
User-defined objects created with 2D
elements can be saved in the program library.
2D and 3D objects can be inserted with an
angle with respect to the Z-axis given during insertion.
The possibility to rotate objects about the
X and Y axes and to change a symbol in a view when necessary.
COLLISIONS (automatic detection
of collisions and intersections between elements of the ArCADia BIM system):
Collisions of any elements in the ArCADia
BIM system can be freely listed.
Clear lists of collisions in the project and
point indicators in the plan and 3D view are available.
Expanded graphics engine
The software is available in two versions, allowing customers to adapt it to their own needs and current design tasks. The ArCADiasoft company is a member of the ITC (IntelliCAD Technology Consortium, USA) - the sole owner of the copyrights to the IntelliCAD source codes. ArCADiasoft’s membership in the ITC consortium ensures that our customers are constantly supplied with the latest software developments and ongoing updating of the program. The software has a new graphics interface, where all the options are on ribbons located at the top of the screen.
The ArCADia software has all the features of the ArCADia LT software and is additionally enhanced with the following functions:
The upgraded creation of 2D drawings (simple, multiline, splines, sketching and other drawing options) and full modification (with simple and more advanced functions: chamfering, breaking, connecting, matching, etc.).
Creating 3D drawings (wedge, cone, sphere, cuboid, cylinder, etc.) through drawing and full modification of all elements and the option to read ACIS solids.
Edition of inserted references in dwg. files.
New layer of handling features, managed by the Layer Editing Manager, a new tool to handle and filter layers. The option to set layer transparency and layer freezing in the viewport of the paper area.
Advanced quick-selection feature.
The option of photo-realistic visualization and rendering. The developed spatial model of the software is presented in different materials applied on particular planes, distinguishing between smooth and rough surfaces, panes from mirrors, illuminated surfaces from shady ones, specifying the observation point, range of vision and lighting positions.
SIMILARITIES WITH AUTOCAD:
Clear software interface.
Command lines and their execution
Working in layers.
Explorer similar to the Design Center.
Dockable property panel.
Working in Cartesian and polar coordinates.
Dimensioning and text styles.
Holders, attributes, hatching.
Precise drawing functions and snapping points (ESNAP), drawing mode (ORTO), etc.
Possibility to import lines and dimensioning styles.
FULL SOFTWARE PERSONALIZATION:
The implemented interpreter of the LISP programming language enables loading of applications developed in other languages.
In addition, the software’s features may be expanded by loading SDS, DRX and IRX add-ons.