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IDEA is the Powerful Tool for Architectural Building Design, covering the entire range of the Architectural needs (model creation, rendering and virtual walkthrough), within a high efficiency environment. Now IDEA introduces new standards in the AEC industry, with a modern BIM (Building Information Modeling) Technology built on the top of 4M-IntelliCAD engine, thus offering the interface expected by any AutoCAD (*) or IntelliCAD user. -


IDEA BIM structure, provides a smart model shaping and high design accuracy, directly applied to the real 3D building model. All the building elements are intelligent objects freedomly shaped through parametric dialogs and expert algorithms. As a result, IDEA offers an advanced modeling environment with an autocad-like interface. Architectural design is further facilitated by high-quality photorealism, smooth 3D/4D walkthrough and many others (bill of materials, topographical component etc).

Architectural Synthesis & Design with IDEA

Walls & Openings: IDEA embeds all the features required for the unrestricted "shaping" of the basic building framework, such as parallel moving of walls, trimming, extending, joining, breaking, copying, mirroring walls etc, as well as placing on them openings of any kind and type (windows, sliding, doors, openings, arches). Drawing facilities, such as the "right click -> properties" or the extended use of grips on any building object (walls, opening, slabs, columns, beams etc), speed up the design process. In addition, the real time display of the model transformations, during the modifications, enables the user to focus absolutely on the design process, thus avoiding time-consuming drawing tasks.


Composite Building Elements: IDEA considers all the building elements, such as slabs, staircases, roofs, rails, gables, ramps etc, as intelligent objects too, logically linked to one another so that they can properly respond and automatically update themselves to any modification. In particular, each element has its own attributes that can be edited by the user at any stage. More than simple drawing tasks, the object dialogs may also enable sophisticated drawing algorithms, ensuring the correct element shaping in every case (i.e. a freeway staircase, a complicated roof etc).

Working with IDEA, the user can shape his/her model with practically no limitations, working either on the view plan, any 3D view or even on front views, cross-sections and perspectives, watching at the same time the effects of those interventions. The fact that the user deals with an "intelligent" model is due to the BIM structure of the program. Thanks to this structure, IDEA handles efficiently important aspects of the design & construction processes, such as the bill of materials, the smart topographical functions, even the seamless integration between IDEA and each one of the other 4M Suite software solutions (STRAD & STEEL for Structural Design, FINE for the Building Services – HVAC, Electrical, Sanitary etc), all of them using and referring to the same, standard Building Information Model (4M-BLD file format).

Libraries: IDEA includes a large number of objects and symbols grouped into libraries and sub-libraries (i.e. Living Room Furniture, Dining Room Furniture, Kitchen Furniture, Office Furniture, Plants etc) that are ready to be used. Moreover, all the library objects and drawings can be edited and organized through the Dynamic Library Manager of IDEA.


Rendering: IDEA embeds PhotoIDEA, the flexible rendering tool which produces high quality photorealistic scenes. PhotoIDEA uses a rich library of real materials with texture (e.g. marble, wood, stone, carpets etc), which can be selected and adjusted properly if necessary. The fact that the attributes of the IDEA building objects include material information simplifies and speeds up the process. The placement of the lighting sources, the selection of the background and many other options and settings are all performed in a friendly and fast way through the "PhotoIDEA" group of commands.

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Virtual Reality: WalkIDEA is the virtual reality module of IDEA, generating walking through scenarios in a very simple manner: Any virtual "trip" can be stored as an avi file. More than a simple walk, the "WalkIDEA" group of commands permit many other visual effects, such as the ascension of a staircase, the option to open a door while "walking" etc. In addition, WalkIDEA can offer the experience of a 4D stereoscopic reality through a pair of stereo glasses.

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1. Drawing walls

2. Managing walls

3. Place openings
4. Edit openings
5. Slabs
6. Beams
7. Columns
8. Stairs
9. Rails
10. Roofs
11. Ramps
12. Gables
13. Furniture
14. Copy Levels
16. Sections
17. Perspectives
18. Topographical 2D
19. Topographical 3D


1. Material_library

2. Edit material

3. Assign materials
4. Edit 3D objects
5. Sun
6. Lights placement
7. Background & Fog
8. Landscape objects
9. Render settings


1. Project definition

2. Viewing points

3. Insert a path
4. Polyline path

5. Merge paths

6. Staircase ascension
7. Geometry file

8. Walkthrough

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