Many industries and creative professions in this world have embraced new technologies fully, especially how computer software can be adapted to make their jobs easier and better. Architecture is one such profession, as construction projects are inherently complicated matters.

Most of the software that is connected with architecture is known as BIM Software, and really this is a way to allow easy collaboration by a team and to provide detailed schematics. Software has given designers and architects the ability to create both 2D and 3D images, so they can understand the full scope of their projects. So let’s take a look at five BIM tools which are the most popular on the market right now.

Vectorworks Architect and Designer

These two super new tools are there to aid design and have capabilities for documentation, drafting and modeling. There are some really cool features built in the program that include energy analysis, data reports, worksheets, and produce automated schedules. This software also allows the architect and the construction team to talk to each other in the respect that they can swap information easily

SketchUp

One of the best 3D tools currently on the market is SketchUp, and it is a really flexible tool that can be used in multiple industries. One of the most striking features is that it includes 2D drawing facilities. The software has been designed so that it is easy to use, and you can get on with your designing without delay. SketchUp also features a 3D model library, so you spend less time on the basics and more on the creative aspects.

AutoCAD

A highly popular tool for two reasons, it has the capacity for 2D drawing but it can also produce 3D models. It also has great sharing facilities, thus collaboration is easy and the sharing of information is simple. As the name suggests its main function is CAD (computer-aided design) so manufacturers and engineers will find AutoCAD really useful.

DataCAD

This tool’s main function is for architectural design and creating documents. And it includes features that help build 3D models with a superb framing tool, and it also has a virtual walkthrough to guide you through tough BIM tasks.

Revit

Our final tool is called Revit, and again it is primarily a BIM tool specially designed for construction professionals, engineers, and architects. The features include modeling, fabrication, and coordination and this software is much more technical than any of the others that we have seen in this list.

You really need an expert to show you how to understand and use this tool effectively, it does come with tutorials, but they are a little difficult to find your way around. However, it is great for collaboration and the software is ideal for complex projects. Perhaps the greatest feature is the facility to collaborate with offices and other architects that are geographically distant.

These five software tools are some of the very best that are currently on the market. They make the lives of architects, designers, and construction managers far easier. And thus, work can be provided quicker and with greater accuracy.