Small Business Architecture: Vertica Images ups the ante; partners ACCA Software to offer free architecture software

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Small Business Architecture: Vertica Images ups the ante; partners ACCA Software to offer free architecture software
Architect Oludolapo Ojelabi
Leading Italian and Pan European software company; ACCA Software is offering a free software solution to post-graduate students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). The package can be used for both professional and educational purposes in Architecture and interior designs. Upon graduation, Architecture startups will have to obtain a license for usage.
This was revealed by the company’s Project Manager, Mr. Tony DePalma at the final training session of the Master’s degree students of the institution put together by an alumnus of the school and Lead Consultant at Vertica Images, Architect Dolapo Ojelabi.The training organised was supervised by Professor Dolapo Amole of the Department of Architecture in OAU.
The organiser, Architect Ojelabi admonished students to embrace ACCA software solutions because of its numerous advantages over other software. “I congratulate the students who have undergone this training with so much zeal, and I hope to see you put all that you have learnt into practice in order to build yourself in the profession while also imparting Nigeria positively. I encourage you all to adopt the ACCA Software solutions because of its uniqueness. It worked for me, and hopefully it will work for you as you  grow in the profession.”
According to DePalma, “ACCA Software can be used for 3D Architectural BIM, Landscape and Interior Design, Cost Estimating and Project Scheduling. With artificial intelligence you can produce real-time 3D renderings and Photo-realistic renderings, with access to a growing library of architectural objects such as furniture, textures, and materials amongst others”. ACCA Software produces software for the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry including Edificius. Edificius is flexible and has bi-directional connectivity with other softwares such as SketchUp, Rhino, Grasshopper and Blender, to mention but a few. With BIM implementation, the software links data and information to the 3D model of the building. “Starting from the design phase, Edificius enhances collaboration with different disciplines within the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry. It communicates with and transfers information efficiently between construction professionals. The design of the software ensures all data flows are consistent, because we want to ensure that the data stored in architectural, structural, building services and energy performance models can be consistently assessed at all times”, he stated.
“We need up-to-date information to maintain the 3D model of buildings. To this end, our collaborators and counterparts can add information and documentation updates using cloud-based applications which are part of our BIM eco-system. The cloud-based system (usBIM) uses an advanced 3D browser and is not dependent on any kind of desktop software solution. All that is required is a browser and all BIM services and all needs will be addressed ranging from simple documentation, editing, IFC viewing, quantity surveying, information on building maintenance and operations. We have realised that we can address the maintenance aspects. We can also address the Internet of Things (IoT) which connects to any aspect of buildings. All of these are available with the spectrum of solutions, he emphasised.”
“ACCA Software can positively impact construction professionals in Nigeria because it has an unparalleled range of software solutions for different aspects of construction and engineering. The big difference from others is that our software are capable of speaking to each other and also with software from other vendors. It’s all about collaboration and the fact that we need to exchange data without any compatibility problem.
The other benefits of the software include: technical support at no extra cost, free training with the provision of online materials, enhanced opportunities for collaboration among the different professional fields. Users also have access to free technology updates. The software is affordable and authentic”, he reiterated.
Having undergone nine (9) weeks of training on the pilot Building Information Modeling Program, the Post-Graduate students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Architecture and Interior design were encouraged to embrace the ACCA Software because of its Unique Selling Proposition (USP). ACCA Software, founded in 1989, is the leading provider of software used by professionals, technicians and companies in the Italian construction industry. With a range of over 120 software solutions, the company provides design solutions for architectural, scaffolding, engineering, pv solar, interior and landscape designs, including more complex cloud-based software solutions. ACCA has is in use in many countries across continents; and is complaint with mandatory laws and regulations in each of its operating environment. ACCA Software promotes the use of openBIM; it is a multi-national partner of Building Smart and has won various awards, including the International Building Smart Awards in 2020.

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