SmartArchitect

Smart Drafters choose SmartArchitect

10 x more productive than CAD alone

SmartArchitect® is the regions leading architectural drafting software for AutoCAD®, improving drafting times by in excess of 10 x when compared with AutoCAD alone.

“I’ve been using SmartArchitect for nearly 25 years, and to this day it remains the fastest for architectural drafting”

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For over three decades, SmartArchitect® has been the number one architectural add-on to AutoCAD® and for good reason, high value productivity. If you’re not looking for 3D BIM and just want to get drawings out the door fast, this is for you.

Add  SmartArchitect into your old AutoCAD (v2000 – v2010) or current BricsCAD, or upgrade from current AutoCAD to the complete stand-alone solution for less than AutoCAD alone.

Smart

The name says it all. SmartArchitect replaces the tedious line-by-line drafting of traditional CAD with the most comprehensive array of time saving architectural tools that build behavioural intelligence into the drawn elements. No longer is a wall, window or door just a series of lines or a block, with SmartArchitect you draw with real world architectural building elements that know how to interact with each other.

“We find SmartArchitect perfect for productive architectural documentation. It hasn’t changed much in the last few years and we like that, especially as we’re so used to AutoCAD. For us its a ‘smart’ choice – pardon the pun”, Geofferey Watson, Design Section Architects

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Walls auto-connect, windows know to be in walls, roofs know how to be built – and that is just the beginning. SmartArchitect is built around the premise that objects can have intelligence and that the user needn’t have to be too concerned about every single line. The software should handle that for you. Even if you’ve been drafting line by line in the past, if you already know how to use AutoCAD then you won’t miss a beat.

Note: SmartArchitect is perfect for architectural drafting. For those who require full BIM / CAD we recommend ARCHLineXP.

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Smart-wall Technology

Numerous wall types are available, from cavity walls to timber, to concrete, and partitioning. All features such as height, width, rate, code and even linetype and layer may be altered by the user. Wall types not catered for are easily added to the list by the user.

Straight or curved walls can be drawn with automatic intersection clean-up. Windows, doors or any openings cut into walls are automatic whether viewed in 2D or 3D. The user may elect to include hatching when drawing the walls or hatch walls after the event. Hatching will look after itself at all intersections and openings. All the standard CAD editing commands can be used on walls, eg copy, move, offset, fillet, grow, trim, join, break, etc, thus reducing the learning curve and not increasing the number of commands to be used.

Layer Manager™

All entities automatically default to a predefined layer. This means that a user can load the software without having to give any thought to layer configuration and can simply begin drawing. The layering convention provided in the software can be altered to match the convention of the user or the office standard. If the assigned layer for a particular entity does not exist in a drawing, it is automatically created and the entity will default to it. The system will also allow for entities to default to the current layer.

Database

The Database can be tied into your title block and changed or updated as the drawing progresses. The information in the database is reflected in the Drawing Manager when opening a drawing.

Commercial and Concrete

Although Smart Architect has a great strength in domestic drawings and models, it also focuses very strongly on commercial routines, with grid and column layouts, parking layouts and curtain walling. There are many routines and symbols to cater for commercial interiors and ceiling grid set-outs.

Surface Terrain

Surface terrain models can be generated from information provided by a surveyor, or by the user specifying the individual spot levels. A grid or triangulated terrain model can be produced to include contour lines. Contour lines can also be used to create the terrain model.

Shadows can be cast onto a terrain, walls projected down to them and foundations constructed to align with them. Cut and fill calculations and volumetrics can be performed, roads can be cut in and sections derived.

Door & Windows

An extensive range of door and window styles and configurations is available. Dialogue boxes are clearly laid out and simple to use allowing for alterations to sills, thresholds, mullions, jambs, door swings, etc. Drawing a simple outline is all that is need to create a new style of door or window that is not included in the list.

Each entity that makes up the door or window can be modified after insertion. There are automatic numbering and elevation routines. A schedule for doors and windows is automatically tabled and each item is elevated with dimensions.

User Block Library

The Smart Architect User Block Library provides the ability to sort all the blocks, used in a drawing office, into categories. This library can be located on a particular machine or placed on the server allowing all users access to a single location.

Project Management

Extra floors can be added to a building with a single command, creating a new drawing of the next level and automatically cross referencing it back into the master file. An XREF Manager is provided for moving from drawing to drawing within a project tree. To save confusion, an external reference file can be opened by simply selecting it with your cursor.

2D and 3D Stairs and Escalators

All the parameters for stairs and escalators can be adjusted to meet the specifications of the project. The dialogue boxes are self explanatory with common building terminology. The stairs and escalators can be drawn in render quality 3D, 2D and section to graphically reflect the information provided by the user.

Quantities

Apart from the objects behaving intuitively, all building elements retain particular information for extraction into bills of quantities and schedules. All materials, finishes, codes and rates can be adjusted to meet the current prices and meet the office standards. The resulting information can be opened by most quantities packages or spread sheets.

Elevations & Sections

Sections can be cut through buildings to include all entities from 3D furniture to roofs, windows, doors and floors. Internal or external elevations can also be pealed off. All ceiling and floor RL settings will be reflected. Sections and elevations will also account for any externally referenced files that may have been used to make up the model.

Command Access

Commands can be accessed through pull down menus, tool bars and the keyboard. The keyboard comes with many pre-configured hot keys, but is completely programmable through the use of a dialogue box. The pull down menus are structured to follow a typical drawing method and along with the description of the command, provide the keyboard short cuts. The software takes advantage of the Windows environment by providing tool bars which can be modified to the preference of the user.

Drawing Documentation

The laborious and repetitive tasks of labelling and dimensioning a drawing are alleviated with a drag and drop labelling system which is categorised and an automatic dimension command. A label can now be added to a list and never needs to be typed into a drawing again, with the drag and drop dialogue boxes making label placement very easy. Text fonts and heights can be adjusted at insertion time. Once a building is complete, the plans can be dimensioned with a single command.

Shadow Diagrams

The shadow casting routine will project shadows from a flat 2 dimensional drawing with some heights specified by the user, or automatically from 3 dimensional objects. If a series of contour points or a surface terrain exist, the shadow will be cast to meet it.

The dialogue box provides a range of cities and corresponding latitudes, however, this list can be added to or altered to suit any location. Azimuth and sun angle are calculated automatically.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What license options are available?

SmartArchitect is supplied as a lifetime license that will continue to run for as long as your PC and operating system will support it. There is no compulsory subscription and you don’t have to be connected to the internet to use the software.

Do you offer payment plans?

SmartArchitect is an high value, low price application that should be in every professionals budget to purchase outright. If you require a high end architectural product with payment plan options then select ARCHLineXP

Why SmartArchitect?

SmartArchitect is recommended for AutoCAD users who want to improve how fast they can produce drawings.

We recommend ARCHLineXP for those wanting to step up to full BIM/CAD. ARCHLineXP is the premium architectural BIM software (similar to Revit and ArchiCAD), whilst SmartArchitect is the premium AutoCAD or BricsCAD drafting application.

Do I need AutoCAD?

No. If you purchase SmartArchitect Complete you’ll get the full BricsCAD program (replaces AutoCAD) as part of your purchase. The license is a life-time one, so no need for ongoing annual subscription either. This complete bundle represent extremely good value.

Is it difficult to learn?

If you’re already an AutoCAD user you’ll be functioning with SmartArchitect almost immediately. If not then you also need to learn AutoCAD/BricsCAD or choose a different product such as ARCHLineXP.

What do I get with Support Subscription?

When you choose a purchase option that includes Support Subscription you’ll get our expert help to assist you with both technical and user issues. We provide screen to screen assistance as well as videos that show you how to resolve your problem or complete a task. Its a bit like having a guru at the end of the phone or email to help you reach your goals. If online material exists that show you ‘how to’ we’ll point you in that direction too. The service is live between 8:30am and 5:30 pm AEST on NSW business days (and sometimes after hours too)

System Requirements

Windows

For BricsCAD

  • Windows 10, 8 or 7
  • BricsCAD Pro or Platinum v15 or later
  • Intel i5 processor (i7 preferred)
  • 64 bit machine
  • 8GB RAM (16GB preferred)
  • 500MB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
  • Mouse with scroll wheel
  • Dedicated graphics card with 2GB+ supporting OpenGL 2.0 or later
  • 1280 x 800 screen resolution or higher

For AutoCAD

  • Windows XP 32bit
  • AutoCAD 2000 – 2010 prior to SP1
  • Intel i5 processor (i7 preferred)
  • 2GB RAM (more preferred)
  • 500MB Hard Drive (SSD preferred)
  • Mouse with scroll wheel
  • Dedicated graphics card with 2GB+ supporting OpenGL 2.0 or later
  • 1280 x 800 screen resolution or higher

Mac

Not available

 

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