How to configure your workstation for Allplan
Allplan Architecture is a powerful CAD program for architects and engineers who value project control. Allplan focuses on BIM (Building Information Modeling) in order to offer a transparent database platform for the entire project team. Here is our hardware recommendation:
For 2D drawings, Allplan Architecture requires a maximum of 1-2 CPU cores. An Intel Xeon Quad-Core processor with 3 GHz or higher can handle this requirement effortlessly. If you want to view your 2D drawings as 3D models, your workstation is the right choice. Calculate 3D geometries (open GL), texture representations and shadow calculations require your CPU. If you mainly work with 3D planning and virtualization, a Six- or OctaCore with high clock frequency from 3.5 GHz is the better choice.
Does the use of multiprocessors make sense?
The Cinerenderer (for virtualizations) uses the processor much more than the Allplan Shader. The right question is: What performance do I expect from my Allplan workstaion when I need it? A productive CAD workstation can't have enough power. Focus on tomorrow's eventualities instead of current needs.
efficient Memory for Allplan
We recommend the use of not less than 16 GB RAM. Allplan Architecture allows you to directly allocate storage capacity for editing large project files. Please note that other applications also use memory resources. We recommend 32 GB RAM (4x8GB) with the option of a simple upgrade to 64 GB RAM.
No support for non-certified graphics cards
Allplan Architecture 2018 provides a range of certified graphics cards from NVidia and AMD for every requirement. Software support is only available for certified hardware. Professional graphics cards are optimized for working with multiple windows and deliver significantly higher image quality when viewing shaded models. An nVidia Quadro K620 with 2GB or a K2200 with 4GB is completely sufficient for the normal planning area. In order to achieve an optimal representation of complex 3D scenes, pay attention to Open GL 4.5 support when selecting your graphics card. If you are drawing more complex building complexes, we recommend using a more powerful graphics card. For 3D rendering, the GPU in Allplan Architecture is under little stress.
Allplan projects on the hard disk
We recommend installing the operating system and Allplan Architecture on an SSD. The whole system works faster with an SSD hard disk as a boot drive. If the data is not stored on a server, the use of a RAID-1 array (mirror) is recommended. Thanks to the workgroup, Allplan Architecture provides you with the option of central data storage. If you checked the box for *Local storage on your own computer* during installation, your data is also saved locally.