Building information modeling software is an up and coming technology trend in the world of construction. Although it’s likely to be more than a trend going forward, it’s something we should see stick around for years to come. The purpose of this software is to allow all stakeholders involved in a project, as well as architecture, engineering and construction professionals, to collaborate on the planning, design and construction of a building with one 3D model. We previously covered the benefits of this software, so now we will give you an overview of the top five BIM software options on the market today.
This version of software combines BIM and Construction Management Software (CMS) in one fell swoop. It brings all aspects of projects, design and construction into one space where all stakeholders have access and can see real-time changes. A cloud-based service, teams can access this data to improve decision-making and avoid costly delays. The entire project’s lifecycle can be managed in one spot.
The main features of this software include a controlled work-sharing environment, design review, deliverable coordination, quality and issue management, RFI’s and submittals, BIM coordination, safety program checklists and change visualization. There are modules to provide full control over construction operations. In short, this is a comprehensive tool that encompasses all of your needs on any given project. Pricing starts at $480/year per user, which breaks down to $40/month per user.
This is an easy-to-use collaboration software that is mobile-ready. It is built for advanced BIM and structural engineering teams, and aids in expediting how you combine models, check and identify conflicts and communicate with your team. Using this software, you can find and fix problems during the design phase. Addressing issues before breaking ground saves time and money, creating greater profit for all involved.
Some of the main features include 3D navigation, IFC support, model coloring, transparency, automatic clash detection, mark-ups and more. Since it’s mobile-ready, it can run on a PC or tablet, is compatible with Windows 7 and 8 and offers a touch interface. It’s a great tool for students and institutions for introducing model-based design coordination. Best part? It’s free.
Revit BIM Software
This BIM tool is best used for structural and MEP engineering, construction and architectural design. One of the more popular software packages offered by Autodesk, it was designed by MEP engineers, architects, designers, contractors and landscape architects. It provides a model-based approach to planning, designing and constructing infrastructures and buildings.
Revit minimizes risks of errors caused by miscommunications with everything feeding through a single system. It also has multiple project contributor features to minimize duplicating work, and it lets you simulate designs for systems and structures. Revit can track the entire construction process’ lifecycle, from conceptualization to demolition. It functions with Windows OS only. Pricing is $2425 per year for a single-user license.
Navisworks is another Autodesk software. Per their website, “Use Navisworks® project review software to improve BIM (Building Information Modeling) coordination.
- Combine design and construction data into a single model.
- Identify and resolve clash and interference problems before construction.
- Aggregate data from multiple trades to better control outcomes.”
The biggest difference between this and Revit is that Revit is built for MEP professionals, while Navisworks is a project review tool for architectural, engineering and construction professionals. The 3D design review package only works with Microsoft Windows. It is similar to other Autodesk 3D design packages functionality and navigation happens in real-time.
Navisworks is an important tool during preconstruction because you gain control to ensure successful project outcomes. Its features allow you to find, anticipate and reduce the risk of clash and interference issues. Some of its features include data aggregation into a single model, animation, model coordination and clash detection. Pricing is $925/year for a single license.
BIMobject is a different tool than the others. From their website, “BIMobject® links the complex technology around CAD and BIM with architects and the building product manufacturing industry.
BIM is used globally – in small, large and really big construction projects. It's the new standard and we all need to do the same.”
Rather than providing its own software, BIMobject connects you with thousands of solutions in the industry. It’s a cloud solution that is used by architects, engineers, contractors and designers to access manufacturer-specific BIM objects. Users simply register for the site using their online form with no limit. Categories for searches include construction, construction materials, doors and more. There are brands, types, file types, regions and other ways of filtering results.
There are many benefits to this platform including fast and easy registration, thousands of BIM objects to search through and a BIMobject app for your mobile devices. The biggest perk of this platform? It’s free.
There are a plethora of building information modeling software solutions available on the market today. These five are just the tip of the iceberg, the top of the line products that you can start with or use to compare with other options. Be sure to research the available options out there to determine which is the best fit for your business. Look at features, benefits and cost. Finding the balance will yield the results you’re looking for!