How BIM Helps Build Better Designs

For companies using building information modeling (BIM) software and CAD software, working together and housing data in a centralized hub is key to ensuring a quality outcome. This is becoming especially important with modern businesses constantly placing a greater emphasis on the importance of using team collaboration software and data centralization.

Now that BIM is the standard approach in the building design and construction industry, organizational models are shifting to adapt with technological advancements. BIM software has become more sophisticated, which will continue as virtual reality (VR) takes off, leading to increased collaboration and cross-departmental functionality.

How BIM Has Changed the Building Design Game

In the past, all departments associated with designing a building worked independently. Structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, along with architects, used the same software, planning tools and project coordination methods––but they used them inter-departmentally, not communicating or sharing building data with other teams. As with most projects, this type of division often lead to non-cohesive processes, wasting valuable time and resources.

BIM software solved these issues, providing features that enabled constant information sharing across departments from the beginning of a project. This specific functionality made the building design process much easier, ensuring that all teams had access to the same information.

In absence of design silos, building design and construction companies continue to embrace the collaboration capabilities of BIM software.

BIM Software Reviews on G2 Crowd
Revit

“Revit allows users across multiple disciplines to collaborate making it easy to manage a product by having all the consultants on the same page. From my perspective of Architectural use I find the program has become fairly intuitive through the last few versions. It allows the designer to build a structure they way a building is built in the field, from the sub-ground up.”

– a user in higher education (read full review)

“Revit is an exceptional software with nearly limitless possibilities when paired with the numerous functionalities and plugins that exist to enhance the user experience. Specifically it is a BIM software (Building Information Management Software), which allows companies (architecture firms, engineering firms including structural, civil, mechanical, etc. to communicate and make design decisions in a quick effective and collaborative manner. It is an all around great product that receives continual updates from Autodesk.”

– a user in architecture & planning (read full review)


MicroStation

The user interface was intuitive and easy enough to navigate. The program also can be saved in formats that work easily with other software for collaboration and design. The modeling capabilities are more easily accomplished in a 3D view when compared to Revit.”

– a user in civil engineering (read full review)


AutoCAD

I use AutoCAD in collaboration with my coworkers to draft new construction custom trades how booths and metal, glass and furniture fabrication drawings and models. We often exchange and share documents in various formats, save as a DXF to use in printing to a CNC router machine, and create detailed 3D models and drawings to send for 3D printing or other fabrication from a 3rd party vendor.”

Sara Wing, Draftswoman at EDE Corporation (read full review)

Building Design and BIM

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