The Major Types of BIM Software
October 11, 2012
•IADT Sacramento, IADT General, Building Information Modeling
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Since Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD software first created a virtual building model in 1987, the worlds of architecture and design have been undergoing an incredible transformation. Building information modeling, or BIM, is the term used to describe the process of planning, designing, implementing, and even managing a building’s design using advanced 3D models.
These 3D models are developed using sophisticated computer software. BIM software is an efficient tool that combines the modeling design process with a wide variety of other data, including planning information, costs and estimates, communications, project updates, and more.
When it comes to choosing a type of BIM software for your firm, there are several different options since many companies now produce BIM software. Below is a brief look at the different types of BIM software available today.
Autodesk Revit Architecture—Revit is Autodesk’s line of software designed for BIM. It includes 3D modeling and can be categorized as 4D CAD, or computer-aided design, meaning that it also allows you the additional capability of storing and managing information regarding the stages of the building process.
Tekla BIM—BIM software used in industries such as energy and civil engineering that use steel and concrete as their main materials.
Vico—offers a line of BIM software ranging from 3D BIM to 5D BIM, which is capable of advanced estimating and planning and can be edited and updated by multiple parties in different locations.
Graphisoft BIMx—software that creates 3D models of CAD projects, including those made using ArchiCAD, another well-known Graphisoft product.
Bentley Architecture V8i—BIM software used by large and global architectural and design firms
VectorWorks Architect—used to create 2D and 3D drawings and compile project data.
If BIM software interests you, then you might be interested in a design, engineering, or architectural field. Consider pursuing a building information modeling degree program near you to learn more.