BIM Software (Building Information Modeling) 

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


The object libraries software

  1. MagiCAD
  2. BIM&CO
  3. Bimobject


The design software

  1. Graphisoft Archicad
  2. ACCA
  3. Autodesk Revit 


The clash detection software

  1. Solibri
  2. Navisworks
  3. Bexel Manager


The visualization software 

  1. VREX
  2. Resolve
  3. Enscape


The collaboration platforms

  1. Catenda Bimsync 
  2. Imerso
  3. Procore


In the construction phase

The collaboration platforms

  1. Catenda Bimsync
  2. Trimble Connect


The 4D & 5D software

  1. Simio
  2. Assemble
  3. Bexel Manager


The on site software

  1. Procore
  3. FONN


The data visualization software 

  1. Power BI
  2. Tableau
  3. SAP


The data management software 

  1. Viewpoint
  2. Bentely
  3. Bimeye


In the operations and maintenance phase 

The data management software 

  1. Ajour
  2. Opidis
  3. dRofus


The Building Operating Systems (BOS)

  1. Catenda BOS
  2. Vayandata
  3. Wattsense


The building performance analysis software

  1. IES
  2. Sefaira
  3. Ajour


The facility management software

  1. MainManager
  2. Archibus


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