Archistar Homes and Next Generation Drawing Tools aim to help builders and developers quickly test, explore and assess the feasibility of property designs, saving time and money.
Archistar is currently used by property players such as Stockland, Ray White, the New South Wales State Government, JLL, Cushman and Wakefield, LJ Hooker, Century 21 and Raine & Horne.
Archistar Homes allows builders to upload their catalogue of homes to the system and find exactly which one best fits the land. The system is augmented with industry rules and regulations. It aims to solve a big problem for home builders, who often suffer from cancellations when a customer's design doesn't fit the land because the home was not 'sited' properly. With all the planning rules and regulations in the system, home builders can find the best fit for the land with the additional ability to move, measure, flip, edit, as well as manage a 'masterplan' on the platform.
Next Generation Drawing Tools allows developers do adjust building designs, create new shapes and import and export out of the system into external design programs. This means users can visualise their development plans at the early concept stages and immediately view its surrounding context, building analytics and check for compliance.
Steve Chandler, CEO and founder at property development consultancy LEFTA says the systems could potentially save up to a week of time and the attached costs, from being able to assess the site very quickly.
"One of the biggest issues for us is the cost of due diligence and determining what we can get on a site and the feasibility of those different options," Chandler says. "Usually we may have to look at 100 properties to find the right one to develop and so the ability to filter out these properties is incredibly important. The new drawing tools will allow us to take multiple concepts and layouts, make it exactly what we've envisaged, then put it back into the generator to process a feasibility.
"The ability to do this rapidly through the Archistar system within minutes instead of days is a phenomenal saving for companies' overheads."