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List of BIM Software & Providers
There are a lot of choices on BIM software, see a list here
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Although BIM is relatively new, it is also a trend that is penetrating the Construction industry fast and I
would even dare to say, with no way back. For those trying to choose an application, here comes a comprehensive list
of BIM providers for the different categories.
Architecture
Autodesk Revit Architecture
Graphisoft ArchiCAD
Nemetschek Allplan Architecture
Gehry Technologies - Digital Project Designer
Nemetschek Vectorworks Architect
Bentley Architecture
4MSA IDEA Architectural Design (IntelliCAD)
CADSoft Envisioneer
Softtech Spirit
RhinoBIM (BETA)
Sustainability
Autodesk Ecotect Analysis
Autodesk Green Building Studio
Graphisoft EcoDesigner
IES Solutions Virtual Environment VE-Pro
Bentley Tas Simulator
Bentley Hevacomp
DesignBuilder
Structures
Autodesk Revit Structure
Bentley Structural Modeler
Bentley RAM, STAAD and ProSteel
Tekla Structures
CypeCAD
Graytec Advance Design
StructureSoft Metal Wood Framer
Nemetschek Scia
4MSA Strad and Steel
Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis
MEP
Autodesk Revit MEP
Bentley Hevacomp Mechanical Designer
4MSA FineHVAC + FineLIFT + FineELEC + FineSANI
Gehry Technologies - Digital Project MEP Systems Routing
CADMEP (CADduct / CADmech)
Construction (Simulation, Estimating and Const. Analysis)
Autodesk Navisworks
Solibri Model Checker
Vico Office Suite
Vela Field BIM
Bentley ConstrucSim
Tekla BIMSight
Glue (by Horizontal Systems)
Synchro Professional
Innovaya
Facility Managment
Bentley Facilities
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I am sure I am missing some, so please add a comment if you know any other. The category order is kind of in the
timeline of a building lifespan (Design --> Build --> Mantain). The order of software systems in each category has no
reason, first that came to my mind or that I found was first on the list. I know that some of the Systems are more liek
add ons to some BIM programs or Analysis Systems. nevertheless, I think these add-on and analysis packages are an
integral part of the BIM process and so must be listed together with "pure" BIM modelling tools.
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viewsion ltd Mar 16, 2010, 1:45:00 AM
Hi Marti. I like to see good info like this- It allows people to see what's out there before investing time and
money which is so important. One omission in the BIM list is SketchUp... Some will say that SU isn't BIM, but
here is a comparison between SU Pro and Revit: http://bit.ly/Skp_vs_Rvt
Also the categories of Sustainability and Construction could include SketchUp.
Good work
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Martí Mar 16, 2010, 9:09:00 AM
Well Paul/Alan (viewsion),
I was tempted to include SketchUp, but this list aimed more to be very specific, and to point out the leading
Programs (more developed not more widespread) in each category.
I have no doubt that SketchUp can be used as a BIM software, since BIM is as much a process as it is a result of
the use of certain pieces of software.
Nevertheless, I have not even included AutoCAD Architecture, which technically it is a BIM software because I
think Revit beeing its Also Autodesk's cousin is much better for that purpose.
I know more and more people are deceloping Plugins to make SketchUp "more BIM" liek 4D Scheduling plugins
and others. But still, i feel if I add SketchUp I would need to add a whole set of 3D modelling Programs
that"could be used as BIM"
Thanks anywas for the comment, I think it is and interesting discussion
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Haptic Oct 31, 2010, 2:29:00 AM
Dear Paul...
There is Another Software, which is Web-based for AEC. The name of the software is "Glue" By Horizontal
Systsems.
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Bassem Apr 20, 2011, 5:10:00 PM
Hi there, I know it's been a long time since you wrote this post but I just had to thank you for the list. I'm
writing a report on BIM for my masters degree in project management and your list has been a life saver.
For whatever it is worth, it just didn't feel right to close this webpage after using your info without at least
writing a comment thanking you.
All the best!
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Martí Apr 25, 2011, 10:52:00 PM
Thanks Bassem for the Comments,
they are always appreciated, soon after the post or after a long time.
Cheers
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Angel Jun 30, 2011, 4:22:00 AM
Hi Marti,
First of all, good job! I am starting a Company which is going to provide BIM services for Owners, Design
Firms, and General Contractor and I am trying to find one provider which gives me all of the applications I
need including energy simulation. It looks like Bentley is one that has all of them,.... but based on your
knowledge and experience, can you recommend me any particular provider?
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Martí Jun 30, 2011, 10:08:00 AM
Hi Angel,
I mostly use Autodesk products but that doesn't mean I would stay only using Autodesk software.
Although choosing one single software provider might be beneficial to guarantee the best interoperability,
some piece of software from a different company might do better certain things.
In my opinion, since you will have to interact with other stakeholders using software from different vendors it
is better as I see it to establish a workflow that allows softwares from different vendors to work together
rather than trying to stick to one.
So summarizing, it might make sense to choose one software provider but it shouldn't be your ultimate goal.
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TO Feb 27, 2012, 10:06:00 PM
catia?
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Martí Feb 27, 2012, 10:51:00 PM
haven't included CATIA since Gehry technologies is based on that as far as I know and CATIA is more aimed for
the aerospace or automotive industry than for the AEC sector.
I am waiting for informationa bout Solidworks Live Buildings which seems is going to be the Dassault Systems
(CATIA's owners) bid on BIM
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Graham Brown Aug 1, 2012, 7:32:00 PM
Envisioneer by Cadsoft?...
http://www.cadsoft.com/envisioneer_professional.php
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Martí Broquetas Jan 5, 2013, 2:06:00 PM
Thanks Graham, Envisioneer up on the list thanks to you!
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Unknown Jan 25, 2013, 2:31:00 AM
We have been using Archicad for 8 years. Currently on version 16. It might be a good perspective to include
which of these BIM systems efficiently "Teamwork" from one central model and the average model size for a
100,000 m2 project (or whatever makes sense). These topics critically impact decisions for staffing, workflow,
hardware and WAN/LAN bandwidth. Our opinion after reviewing REVIT and ARCHICAD is that Graphisoft still
leads the curve on speed, ease of use, metadatabase capabiltiies, memory, and portability (BIMx). Disclosure:
Registered consultant and power user talking here...
Thank you for maintaining your list. Understand its not a comparison or evaluation thread.
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marveh Ansari Feb 6, 2013, 12:41:00 AM
Thank you for your info, but how about Ansys software?
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Theory Shaw Feb 11, 2013, 3:20:00 PM
Veo
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Robin Shipston Mar 20, 2013, 11:52:00 PM
ePIN is releasing it's new Bi-Directional BIM Interface Module soon. This major addition to the long established
ePIN Project & Program Control Platform will enable a whole new range of fully integrated solutions that can be
uniquely tailored to a wide range of situations and needs, as well as providing bi-directional data links to other
systems such as ERP
http://www.epin-international.com
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A. Ingram Jun 26, 2013, 4:29:00 PM
Hi, this is a great list. I'd like to cite it in a report I'm writing for my company, but was wondering if it's
current...
thank you!
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The Revit Kid Jun 27, 2013, 5:28:00 PM
Thanks for the list! It is cool to see them all laid out like that!
www.therevitkid.blogspot.com
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steinialla Jun 28, 2013, 7:38:00 PM
YouBIM for Facility Management, Lumion for visualization, Stadia 3D for Interactive renderings and handouts
to customers (without any softwares).
You may want to include BIM softwares for GEO and Infrastructures as well. For example Autodesk Civil 3D,
Autodesk MAP, Autodesk Infraworks etc. There are also a lot of other BIM softwares in the Autodesk Suites not
mentioned in your list above not to mention all the Autodesk 360 Cloud services... Yes I'm a hardcore Autodesk
user ;)
Anyway! Great to see this all listed in one place, Thanks ;)
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Carl Veillette Jun 30, 2013, 7:55:00 AM
Sds2 missing in the structure cstegory ?
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craig barbieri Jul 16, 2013, 3:29:00 PM
Hey man, aren't you forgetting Civil3D? What about PowerCivil,
Site Design Site Planning by Eagle Point, Synchro Professional? You should have a Site/Civil category.
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Martí Broquetas Jul 16, 2013, 3:39:00 PM
I see I got a lot of updating to do to this post, I will do is asap. Thanks guys!
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kostnos87 Aug 29, 2013, 11:54:00 AM
Marti whats your opinion about ArchiCAD ?
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Martí Broquetas Sep 16, 2013, 3:53:00 PM
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Kostnows87 the truth is I can only talk about ArchiCAD from what I heard which is all good. I have browsed the
interface and seems as simple or even simpler to learn that the Revit one.
I am sure it is an awesome tool, for most of its users seem very satisfied with it.
Sorry not to be able to provide more info about it, but I really never used it more than to try a few things with
the Demo
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Anonymous Oct 7, 2013, 11:06:00 PM
Currently work in autocad but looking to go to BIM. Which program would be easiest for a small residential
builder to implement? In terms of learning curve and cost. Are there any specifically designed for residential?
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Martí Broquetas Oct 10, 2013, 9:48:00 AM
Anonymous, hard to tell without more info on your processes. I would say, give a quick try to several trials and
depending on how you feel using each one and a quick assessment on features / needs make a pick.
I read somewhere "the right BIM tool is the one you feel more confortable with" and I tend to agree.
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Yair kava Oct 22, 2013, 10:41:00 AM
Hi all,
What about SketchUp, EnergyPlus OpenStudio?
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Mako Oct 24, 2013, 9:23:00 PM
Hi there,
I would sugest SolidWorks 3D CAD and the StructureWorks Add-in
http://www.solidworks.com/sw/successes/customer-story.htm?record=Metromont-Corporation&id=1671
I am a Certified SolidWorks Professional and have been using the software for over a year now.
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Anoop K Jan 1, 2014, 12:14:00 PM
There seems to be no mention of Constructivity software
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Michael Clark Mar 21, 2014, 5:44:00 PM
AutoSPRINK is now BIM compliant and REVIT compatible for sprinkler design work
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Neil Varner Apr 9, 2014, 5:02:00 PM
So is this list updates
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pui kei Apr 16, 2014, 7:05:00 AM
Do u hv any software tht is for qs ?
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