7 software every BIM Modeler needs to have

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has proved itself to be a blessing for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Industry. In the years to come, the demand for BIM will only go up. It is important for BIM Modelers to have the right software tools to generate amazing BIM Models. There are quite a few BIM tools available in the market including free and paid ones. Let’s take a look at 7 BIM Software tools that every BIM Modeler needs to have in his/her arsenal.

#1 AutoCAD

Software BIM modeler should know AutoCAD was first released in 1982 and since 2010 it is available in the cloud, mobile and as a web-based app. The latest update was rolled out in March 2017. AutoCAD can create super realistic 3D Models of buildings that require little or no revisions or modifications with the highest level of speed and accuracy. The models can be saved on a computer or used on any compatible mobile device.

Product link: https://www.autodesk.com/products/autocad/overview

Download link: https://www.autodesk.com/products/autocad/free-trial

Trial Duration: 30 days

#2 Autodesk Revit

Revit was first introduced in April 2000 and is now one of the most popular tools in its class. It offers BIM modelers increased efficiency by allowing them to quickly sketch up rough drawings of anything. The 3D views allow users to quickly try out designs.

Engineers/Architects/other building professionals make use of Autodesk Revit to help them reduce risk, obtain insight into how buildings will perform before construction begins, develop better quality designs, and improve project delivery.

In terms of flexibility, Revit allows models to be stored in a single file and any allows multiple users to merge their changes with a single save. This, in turn, allows ideas to be worked through faster and helps to maintain better consistency across projects.

Product Link: https://www.autodesk.com/products/revit-family/overview

Download link: https://www.autodesk.com/products/revit-family/free-trial

Trial Duration: 30 days

#3 SketchUp

@Last Software, Google released SketchUp in August 2000. The latest version of the tool allows users to explore, modify and collaborate on design ideas in 3D, import CAD plans and develop communication & planning deliverables. Despite all this, simplicity and accessibility are what makes it stand apart from others. It doesn’t require as much time and effort in learning compared to other tools.

Despite so much of improvements and changes @Last software’s have made to SketchUp, the core functionalities remain the same. Simplicity and accessibility are the two main elements which set it apart from the other BIM software packages. Every BIM Modeler should be using SketchUp.

Product Link: https://www.sketchup.com/

Download Link: https://www.sketchup.com/download

Trial Duration: 30 days

#4 Vectorworks Architect

This is a truly unique tool in the sense that it was made with BIM at heart. It allows BIM Modelers to conceptualize ideas, edit and analyze the BIM model, simultaneously generate drawings and schedules and refine the construction details. All this can be done without disturbing the creative process or increasing the scope of work. The biggest advantage is that it provides all of these capabilities and a lower price point.

Key features of Vectorworks Architect include:

  • 2D & 3D Modeling
  • BIM Modeling
  • Graphical Scripting
  • Subdivision Surface Modeling
  • Drafting & Annotation Tools
  • Schedules & Construction Documents
  • Project Sharing
  • File Import & Export

Product Link: http://www.vectorworks.net/architect

Download Link: https://secure.vectorworks.net/estore/

Trial Duration: 30 days


Developed and released by Graphisoft in 1987, it is regarded by some as the first BIM software for personal computers. DWG and DXF drawings can be easily integrated and any repetitive files can be controlled and easily modified. Any collisions in design can be easily located using the Virtual Trace feature. It also allows collaboration, remote access, and seamless data interchange.

The key features of ARCHICAD include

  • New Stair and Railing Tools
  • CineRender Engine
  • Element Classification System
  • IFC Modeling Referencing
  • MORPH Tool -Redefining Modeling Freedom for BIM
  • Team Work-Create your own BIM Server
  • BIMx-Design Communication tool
  • Collision Detection
  • Priority Based Connections

Product Link: http://www.graphisoft.com/archicad/

Download Link: http://www.graphisoft.com/downloads/

Trial Duration: 30 days

#6 AutoCAD Architecture

This is a version of Autodesk’s AutoCAD. It has all the feature of AutoCAD plus addition of tools specific for architects to improve workflow and construction documentation. This tool conveys design intent using intelligent models called AEC Objects. It also allows users to modify objects in a component level and saving a lot of time. BIM Modelers can automate Tasks like drawing room tags so that they update with changes and thereby avoiding any errors.

Product Link: https://www.autodesk.com/products/autocad/included-toolsets/autocad-architecture

Download Link: https://www.autodesk.com/products/autocad/included-toolsets

#7 Vectorworks Designer

This belongs to the Vectorworks family of software tools. It allows integration of design features between architecture, landscape architecture, mechanical engineering, and urban design. The rendering capabilities of Renderworks is also available in Vectorworks Designer. Large files can easily be shared with another stakeholder. All the planning and coordination tasks can also be done confidentially and without any limits.

Product Link: http://www.vectorworks.net/designer

Download Link: https://secure.vectorworks.net/estore/

Trial Duration: 30 days


A BIM Modeler has many BIM software tools to choose from, each with their own set of advantages over others. Based on reviews from some of the best BIM Service Providers in the world, these are the best BIM Software tools that every BIM Modeler should be familiar with.


Author-Bio:  Soji Joseph is a digital marketer at Advenser.  A Company which provides BIM services to global customers in the AEC industry.  She spends her time to network with industry leaders and learn new strategies to implement in the AEC industry to gather potential traffic and leads.  On free time, she spends it with her husband cooking and watching movies.



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