BIM (Building Information Modeling) is often related to software. BIM as such is more than that. But there are many software programs that are part of BIM. What is BIM (Building Information Modeling)? Read this article to learn more about. 

 

What is BIM software? 

Building design and building information modeling (BIM) software is 3D design and modeling software. It consists of computer-aided design (CAD) products. BIM software allows better prediction, designing and improves productivity. The aim is to digitize the AECOO industry (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner Operator). 

 

There are different types of BIM software according to the different phases. 

In the design phase, the software allow to realize the design, but also to analyze and document the procedures. They are divided into different groups: 

  • Parametric modelling software
  • Object libraries software
  • Design software
  • Clash detection software
  • Visualization software 
  • Collaboration platform 

 

Then, in the construction phase, the stakeholders can share the designs, plans but also the models in 3D and point cloud, and documents through platforms / softwares. 

  • Collaboration platform
  • 4D & 5D software
  • On site software
  • Data visualization software 
  • Data management software 

 

The last step in the process is the operations and maintenance phase. The data collected thanks to those software can help to better manage the buildings. The softwares are divided into different groups:  

  • Data management software 
  • Building Operating Systems 
  • Building Performance Analysis 
  • Facility management software

 

What are the best BIM software? 

In the design phase

The parametric modelling software

  1. Dynamo
  2. Rhinoceros
  3. Dassault Catia
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The object libraries software

  1. MagiCAD
  2. BIM&CO
  3. Bimobject
  4.  

 

The design software

  1. Graphisoft Archicad
  2. ACCA
  3. Autodesk Revit 
  4.  

 

The clash detection software

  1. Solibri
  2. Navisworks
  3. Bexel Manager
  4.  

 

The visualization software 

  1. VREX
  2. Resolve
  3. Enscape

 

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The collaboration platforms

  1. Catenda Bimsync 
  2. Imerso
  3. Procore
  4.  

 

In the construction phase

The collaboration platforms

  1. Catenda Bimsync
  2. Trimble Connect
  3. BIMPLUS
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The 4D & 5D software

  1. Simio
  2. Assemble
  3. Bexel Manager
  4.  

 

The on site software

  1. Procore
  2. CHECKD
  3. FONN
  4.  

 

The data visualization software 

  1. Power BI
  2. Tableau
  3. SAP
  4.  

 

The data management software 

  1. Viewpoint
  2. Bentely
  3. Bimeye
  4.  

 

In the operations and maintenance phase 

The data management software 

  1. Ajour
  2. Opidis
  3. dRofus
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The Building Operating Systems (BOS)

  1. Catenda BOS
  2. Vayandata
  3. Wattsense
  4.  

 

The building performance analysis software

  1. IES
  2. Sefaira
  3. Ajour
  4.  

 

The facility management software

  1. MainManager
  2. Archibus
  3. YOUBIM
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Download the full map of BIM software here to get a complete overview of the market.