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Graphisoft launch new tool for ARCHICAD to create BIM objects to NBS BIM Object Standard

Press Release
August 2016

Graphisoft UK Ltd launched its Library Part Maker Tool last month, a new tool that allows designers and manufacturers to create their own BIM objects.

While being able to create BIM objects in an ARCHICAD format, the data schema behind the tool has been constructed in line with the NBS BIM Object Standard – the recognised national standard for creating BIM objects.

Rob Kalocay, Product and Technical Manager for Graphisoft UK Ltd, said: “Library Part Maker marries the powerful GDL technology that has been on the market for 20 years with the highly intuitive ARCHICAD user interface delivering data and geometry-rich standardised BIM objects. This tool will bring manufacturers’ well-specified “real-life” products closer to anyone engaged in a BIM process.”

For those creating objects, no previous GDL or programming knowledge is required; the tool allows authoring of complex geometry tied to structured data of a BIM object, either by importing geometries and spreadsheet-based data or by creating them from scratch in ARCHICAD. This should streamline the process for the newly created BIM objects to be certified and hosted on the NBS National BIM Library.

Newcastle-based NBS, the UK’s leading provider of construction information and knowledge management services, created the BIM Object Standard to counteract the lack of an industry-wide standard for BIM objects.

Chief Executive of NBS, Richard Waterhouse, said: “Learning that a key, international player like Graphisoft chose to use our BIM Object Standard in their new tool was a huge boost for us, showing that they value our standard and see us as global leader in this field - the recognition that will further strengthen our reputation nationally and internationally when it comes to excellence in BIM.

“By defining what constitutes a high quality BIM object and providing consistency in the content and structure of these objects, designers and manufacturers creating their own objects using the Library Part Maker Tool can now do so to a common standard, enabling greater collaboration, efficiency and more meaningful information exchange.”

Stuart Clark, Director of Constructive Thinking, said: “Having created BIM objects in ARCHICAD using a variety of different tools and workflows, I can’t recommend the new ARCHICAD Library Part Maker more highly. It’s easy to use, intuitive, and required no programming knowledge at all.  

“Whether modelling from scratch or using it to convert objects from other formats, the add-on and template provide consistency – particularly in respect of Data. Constructive Thinking now uses ARCHICAD Library Part Maker to create all of its custom objects, doors and windows.”

ARCHICAD is the leading Building Information Modelling (BIM) software application used by architects, designers, engineers and builders to professionally design, document and collaborate on building projects.

To find out more about the NBS BIM Object Standard, visit externallinkand the Library Part Maker can be found at externallink.

For more information, please contact NBS PR Executive Jennifer Scullion on 0191 244 5523 or email

Notes to Editors

ABOUT NBS: NBS, specialist provider of technical information for construction industry professionals, offers essential, innovative products and services, highly valued by those working in architecture, construction, design and engineering.

The premier source of construction-related information, NBS has produced the recognised national standard specification system for the UK for more than 40 years. It provides solutions for a broad range of new build, refurbishment, retrofit, landscaping and domestic projects for construction professionals. Delivered within a powerful software package, NBS’s specification products continue to develop, leading an evolution of the specification and procurement process for buildings in the UK and overseas. NBS also provides solutions for contract administration and project information management.

NBS Create is a ground-breaking new specification tool that ensures all documentation works together intelligently throughout the entire project timeline, from concept stage to completion and beyond, to save time and money. More than 5,000 offices across the UK subscribe to NBS products, including 96 of the top 100 AJ practices.

The award winning NBS National BIM Library is also the primary source of free-to-use Building Information Modelling (BIM) content in the UK. It contains thousands of generic and proprietary BIM objects authored to the trusted NBS standard, all of which are data rich and are integrated with the world leading NBS specification software.

NBS is part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd, the knowledge management company of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). RIBA Enterprises employs 250 staff and has offices in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and Newark. externallink


GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ARCHICAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects.  GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment; EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution; and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization.  GRAPHISOFT is part of the Nemetschek Group. externallink