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Building Information Modeling Software Reviewed

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Building Information Modeling Software Review

In this article, I look at the best building information modeling (BIM) software. I will focus on the leading software tools in the market that project managers can use at different project stages. I will compare the software based on features and pros and cons.

This is a guest blog post by Ben Aston in Project Manager News.

The software market is inundated with different types of software. This could leave Architect, Engineer, and Construction (AEC) professionals overwhelmed as to which BIM solutions they should go with when executing their construction projects. I have put together this piece to provide some answers.

The article starts by providing general knowledge related to defining building information modeling (BIM) software and its benefits, and the elements that make one tool better than another.

In selecting the software, I will focus on standards associated with open BIM (a standard approach to realizing collaborative designs and building operations that uses open workflows and standards).

The Best BIM Software List

Here is a shortlist of the best BIM software:

1. AutoCAD

2. Navisworks

3. SketchUp

4. Vectorworks Architecture

5. Autodesk Revit

6. Autodesk BIM 360


8. Tekla BIMsight

9. Trimble Connect

10. DataCAD

I’ll define what BIM software is, and then provide overviews of these top solutions below.

What Is Building Information Modeling Software?

BIM software provides a model-based process used for the planning, organization, design, and management of buildings and infrastructures by the construction industry. The software collects data and presents a real-world demonstration of buildings and infrastructure before they are constructed, during construction, and after they are completed.

To accomplish its objectives, BIM software needs to help construction industry professionals complete the various tasks involved in creating a structure. For instance, it needs to facilitate collaboration and communication, provide tools for turning theoretical ideas into concrete ones, and explain what each phase of the project will cost.

The idea of BIM has been around since the ’90s. It goes beyond 3D (depth, height, and width) and incorporates 4D (time), 5D (cost), and 6D (as-built drawings).

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