Product News

New ARCHIBUS V.20.2 Release Features Compliance Management Application

ARCHIBUS, Inc. announces the latest release of its ARCHIBUS software suite. The release, ARCHIBUS V.20.2, features a new Compliance Management application that helps property and facility professionals manage regulatory obligations in order to mitigate risks, ensure a safe work environment, and reduce administrative burdens.

The new version also delivers a new Reservation Plugin for Microsoft Outlook®, allowing staff to seamlessly work within Outlook to reserve a room and any associated resources.

In addition, this ARCHIBUS release now fully supports Autodesk’s AutoCAD® 2013, AutoCAD® Architecture 2013, and Autodesk Revit® 2013, as well as Apple Safari® and Google Chrome browsers. Read more.


Corporate News

ASC – China – Chengdu Named BIM Research Partner by China Ministry of Housing and Urban/Rural Development

ARCHIBUS Solution Center China – Chengdu has been chosen by the China Ministry of Housing and Urban/Rural Development as a research partner for the implementation throughout China of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) standards for building lifecycle management.

ASC – China – Chengdu will work jointly with China software company PlantSoft Beijing, an engineering and technology company providing CAD/CAM/CAE products and services, to advance the Ministry’s National BIM Standards program (NBIMS – CHN). The program focuses on refining and implementing BIM standards that follow best practices and produce greater cost-efficiency in the areas of space management, building operations, and asset management.

The NBIMS – CHN program has been widely recognized as one of most significant milestones in the architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry in China through its promotion of BIM to standardize and consolidate all A/E/C data with building operations and asset information in a single database. Read more

Success Story

Hamilton County, Ohio, Using ARCHIBUS for $17 Million Energy Management Program

To control energy costs while maintaining appropriate tenant comfort at its buildings, Hamilton County embarked on a $17 million program using the ARCHIBUS Energy Management application to automate the collection and analysis of energy use and cost information, initially at the County’s 15 major buildings, in order to cut energy costs.

“As one of the county’s largest cost areas, there is increasing pressure for greater energy efficiency due to market forces that continue to push prices up in spite of deregulation,” says Hamilton County Director of Facilities Ralph Linne. “Fuel costs and supplies will probably always remain volatile, and related transmission and distribution (T&D) charges are also significant. But meaningful reductions could only come from establishing accurate metrics on energy use.” Read more.

User Community

EMEA ARCHIBUS Users’ Groups Share Expertise on BIM, Energy Efficiency, and More

ARCHIBUS Users’ Group (AUG) meetings outside of the Western Hemisphere are growing in number and importance, and are as much social as technical in nature. This very active community of users held meetings, most recently in Europe and South Africa, that educated members in how to use the latest release of ARCHIBUS in more productive ways.

ARCHIBUS Solution Center – South Africa (ASC – ZA): Discusses Best Practices, Establishes Online Forums

ASC – South Africa (ASC – ZA) has announced the launch of bi-annual ASC – ZA Users’ Group meetings, as well as a new online web discussion forum site and the intention to post more ARCHIBUS webinars and other presentations online. The well-attended May meeting provided users with: an overview of ASC – ZA’s important support role; details on new features in Version 20.1; advice on creating reports and using the view/dashboard definition Wizard; a look at ARCHIBUS use at Sakhiwo Health Solutions (SHS), a presentation given by SHS’ John Ruiter; and a general panel discussion on ARCHIBUS best practices.

The next ASC-ZA Users’ Group Meeting will be held in November of 2012.

Great Britain Users’ Group Meeting Highlights ARCHIBUS Tips and Tricks

Not to be outdone by ASC-ZA, Great Britain’s ARCHIBUS Business Partner Excitech hosted a very successful meeting of its own, according to Marketing Coordinator Emma Parker. At this Users’ Group meeting, Excitech and ARCHIBUS representatives, and the assembled ARCHIBUS users discussed such topics as: An Introduction to ARCHIBUS 20.1; Building Information Modeling and the Facilities Manager; COBie and ARCHIBUS; and the always popular Tips and Tricks.

The aim of the event, Parker reports, is to provide ARCHIBUS users with a forum where it is possible to learn of product developments, review issues, share ideas and receive input from industry sources to help maximize the use of ARCHIBUS.

First Italian ARCHIBUS Users’ Group Targets Mobile Solutions, Energy Efficiency

With the help of Roberto Rossini from Business Partner eFM, the first Italian eFM-ARCHIBUS Users’ Group was created in Rome this past spring with its first meeting conducted by AUG Chairman Marco Esposito, IT Operations Manager at Ferservizi, the facilities management arm of Ferrovie dello Stato, the Italian national railway system. High on the list of important topics were mobile solutions, energy efficiency, and building condition assessment.

Among the attendees were representatives from Aeroporti di Roma, Coni, Consorzio Sena Contract, Eni Servizi, Ferservizi, Manital, Policlinico Tor Vergata, RTI Mediaset, Siemens Health Care, Gruppo Telecom Italia, Universitá di Salerno. And many more users are joining.

ARCHIBUS discussions will continue on the Users’ Group Linkedin site.

Madrid, Spain AUG: Exploring New Properties Management Paradigm

The most recent meeting of our Spanish AUG in Madrid met at the headquarters of client IBERDROLA, a multinational electric utility with over 33,000 employees. The meeting, chaired by IBERDROLA’s José María Alvarez and facilitated by ASC-Spain’s Roberto Rojas, explored new paradigms in properties management made possible by ARCHIBUS V.20.1 and shared best practices in ARCHIBUS implementation.

The next meeting is scheduled for this Fall.

Call for Presentations — 2013 Users’ Conference. Share Your Expertise.

Enterprise Information Modeling. Tactical execution. Knowledge-focused, collaborative work teams. Enterprise integration challenges. Environmental compliance. MAC best practices. What’s your area of expertise?

Whatever the category into which your most recent achievements fall, share those experiences with your colleagues by submitting a Call for Presentations abstract for the 2013 International ARCHIBUS Users’ Conference, taking place from April 7-10 in San Francisco.

To thank you for your participation as a Conference presenter, you will receive a discount of over 50% on the full registration rate of $1,595.

Your role as a featured presenter helps make the Users’ Conference the premier industry event of its kind, so enrich our program with your success story and reap a substantial Conference saving. Just complete our online form and submit it by October 22, 2012, to be considered.

Make Your 2013 Users’ Conference Hotel Reservations at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco

It’s a must-attend event in a must-see city. So now is the time to reserve your room for the April 7-10, 2013 International ARCHIBUS Users’ Conference. Rooms book quickly in the conference hotel, so take advantage of the low, negotiated nightly rate of $239 and book your accommodations today.

Professional Development

Register for Year-End ARCHIBUS Training Sessions

Learn how to take full advantage of ARCHIBUS to enhance your productivity. ARCHIBUS, Inc. offers a wide range of training options to serve all levels of trainees —from novice through advanced— and allows you to design a curriculum that best meets your specific requirements.

All classes are held in Boston, Massachusetts, at ARCHIBUS Inc.’s corporate offices, unless otherwise noted in the schedule. Courses can be arranged and customized for an organization’s special requirements and delivered on-site. If you are interested in on-site training, please contact the Training Coordinator at or call 617-227-2508.