The 12 Most Popular BIM Construction Software Tools for 2021

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a complex process that involves not only 3D planning, but also design, construction and collaboration. Generally, BIM is a useful collaboration tool due to the ability to share relevant data with everyone involved.

3D modeling is a major part of BIM, but it does not just replace older 3D modeling solutions like AutoCAD. Maintenance data, planning information, and cost information are also included in a comprehensive BIM.

Although BIM has its advantages for any size project, its effectiveness is most apparent when using it for large-scale projects in which you can easily track costs, detect clashes, and schedule jobs.

This list would be premium BIM software as well as some more affordable options since the BIM industry focuses on large structures and big budgets.


It is famous BIM construction software called Revit that solves different design and architecture issues. Autodesk developed it and it is one of the most popular solutions in its field. Many specialists can use Revit’s features, including architects, designers, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) specialists, and contractors. It utilizes models in a way that is intelligent to facilitate construction at various stages.

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Difference between 3D BIM & 2D Drafting Workflows

Both workflows will be compared at a functional level, including phase-by-phase comparisons. Upon completion, you will understand five major differences between 3D BIM & 2D drafting workflows.

Automated management of project documentation

2D drafting workflows produce DWG files with many dependent external reference definitions (XREFs). File-by-file management is typically used for these files, which are organized into sheet sets. A manual process is used to update documentation when design changes occur. A sheet set can be a very complex process with a high chance of errors if each view of each drawing is not exactly the same.

Databases always get updated automatically, as do the sheet sets that make up final drawing deliverables. All generated drawing views are automatically updated as soon as a change is made to the BIM model. A detailed review of the changed drawings is flagged, which assists in maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the sheet set.

Design captures using 3D massing and study models

Maquettes and hand sketches are usually used as visuals when selling a conceptual design to a client when using a 2D drafting-based workflow. In the past decade, most companies, including firms that use BIM, have created and rendered models using surface modeling tools like Trimble’s SketchUp. Designers can produce high-quality renderings, which are credible, by creating 3D study models.

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The Latest Features and Capabilities of Autodesk Revit 2022

April 6th, 2022 marked the official release date of Autodesk Revit 2022 for purchase. IT administrators, students, and educators will be able to purchase the Education license starting 23rd March 2021. Autodesk has outlined eligibility criteria that students will have to comply with.

In addition to the technological advances, a number of user-requested features were included in the new software version. Over 8000 features that received votes have been incorporated, enabling a superior version in 2022. Revit 2022 will also offer more open workflows for the BIM community. This version of Revit is said to give users greater interoperability, boosted efficiency, and increased accuracy in document production.

1. Enhanced Interoperability

As of Revit 2022, you can seamlessly integrate Rhino and FormIt Pro into your workflow. Models can be directly imported into Revit using the linking feature. Revit 2022 can also incorporate rhino updates into the current working model instantly.

Team members can also access all model updates. FormIt also allows users to transfer Revit 2022 models and tweak them using the interoperable 3D Sketch feature. A simple way to utilize Revit 2022 is to connect it to everyday apps.

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Top 8 Best Practices for Creating Revit Families

Creating custom Revit families are one of the most important tasks in a firm that uses Revit extensively. Whether you are in charge of creating them in-house, or whether you are publishing them online changing the Revit landscape ? you will quickly see that there are some tricks to this matter. And for that, today, we will talk about top 8 best practices for creating Revit families.

1. Keep it simple

Staying minimal is the key to your speed of creating Revit families. Whether you want to detail the level for elevations or represent a plan ? this is a very handy way, because in these kinds of matters unnecessary complications can boomerang, impacting your performance in a bad way. Utilizing symbolic lines and masking regions will help keep your map simple and minimal. Combine this with visibility settings to create Revit families that look simple and minimal but are incredibly powerful.

2. Know where to stop

Over-modeling is often what kills a 3D model ? not a healthy practice at all. You can minimize that using limits while creating assemblies and parts. This will help you to avoid overloading the model with all kinds of unnecessary junk. It is key to your best interests that you consider only the assemblies that you need and discard all else. This practice compliments the above “keep it simple” rule beautifully.

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Revit Modeling Essential to Construction Developers

The Construction industry is constantly updating and searching for new methods that AEC professionals can use for a smooth and effective construction process. Nowadays, the construction industry has to deal with different disputes like rising demands, skill labor lacking, lowered margins, growing sustainability concerns, and much more. It is important to use some methods & tools that would help BIM professionals, Architects, and Engineers tackle these problems.

BIM or Building Information Modeling gives a proper solution to AEC professionals to design, plan, manage, and construct buildings. Revit created by Autodesk gives the professionals to reach the BIM goal to build and maintain higher-quality, more energy-efficient buildings. Revit helps BIM by creating new rich data and accurate 3D models that signify the functional & physical characteristics of architectural, structural, and MEP design.

Revit Modeling has some advantages that are described below:

Other Software can integrate with Revit

The key benefit of using Revit is its integration with other Autodesk Software. For example, 3D Max is used for 3D rendering that gives benefit to designers and architects who are looking for landscape architectural designs and illustrations. Software like Navisworks detects any intra-disciplinary clash in the beginning stage of construction. It radically diminishes onsite errors and reduces cost, time & resources.

Easy collaboration with Revit

Any building construction coordinates between different things like MEP, structural and architectural. Collaboration lacking would lead to miscommunication error that causes severe time repercussion, money, and resources. But Revit’s cloud base collaboration makes sure that all the stakeholders remain on the same page.

Revit server gives all BIM members of a team locating across the WAN to work in a one central Revit Model. Revit 360 connects the project teams with real-time data for better decisions.

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Top 10 Best BIM Projects in the World

BIM is a process that use to streamline the construction project activities with a single system from the design stage to facility stages.

There are different software that works with BIM projects, includes the popular ones like Revit, ArchiCAD, Allplan, Aecosim, Navisworks, and a lot more of the less popular ones.

1. Statoil Regional and International Offices

A key design challenge was to balance size and architectural expression with its surroundings at the same time while introducing new impulses that enliven the park and commercial area.

The complex structure design inclusive as a BIM project with the help of seamless dialogue between different phases of the project, and different people across teams (client, contractor, architects, and other working personnel), the construction happens with time delays.

2. Durleigh Water Treatment Works

Durleigh Water Treatment Centre situates approximately 2km west of Bridgewater, Somerset. This site design treats up to 28.5 Ml/d, with water drawn down from the 959,000m3 Durleigh Impounding Reservoir. Raw water quality has been fading in recent years. The condition and design of the existing plant mean the works fail to produce compliant, treated water at its design capacity.

The water treatment structure in Somerset can be easily upgraded with BIM at its base. A significant structure part tears down and reconstruct from scratch in the form of a comprehensive 3D model.BIM is calculating both the possibilities of a clash between various details and the entire structural operability. Engineering opportunities were conceptual to the overall quality of the 3D model, including the wastewater area rationalization.

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30 Keyboard Tricks in Revit that Enhance you in Architectural Design

Using Revit is pretty straightforward. Either you are newbie or pro to Revit, user can find some shortcut to increase their productivity of work.

A) Preparation and Basic

Preparation and Basic is the first thing we are going to discuss about. Revit have some settings and features to help user work.

1) Use Keyboard Shortcuts: Keyboard shortcuts allows user to work efficiently to the software. Revit is no exception.

2) Disable Double-click to Edit Elements: Double-click activates a contextual command. Disable double-click for a particular element saves lot of time.

3) Save Frequently Accessed Folders to Places: User can save frequently accessed folders to Places. User can go to different folders quickly, like accessing project folders, families, libraries, etc.

4) Ribbon Shortcuts: Revit has many shortcuts to remember all of them is not easy especially tools that less use. User can use Ribbon shortcuts for this.

5) Tear out Ribbon Panel: User can find some available tools or fix low resolution screen by using tear out the ribbon panel.

6) Disable Drag Elements on Selection: That setting permits User to prevent selection or dragging elements by accident.

B) View Navigation

The second part is view navigation. User will see how to navigate views and organize the Project Browser for easier access.

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Difference between BIM and Revit

  • BIM is a process. Revit is a tool to influence that process.
  • There is still the main confusion between Building Information Modeling and Revit. BIM consider being a piece of software such as Revit. But in general Revit is one of the BIM tools. The creation of the 3D digital BIM model uses Revit.
  • BIM is a methodological process and Revit is a single application built for Building Information Modeling with features for the three main disciplines of the AEC Industry (Architectural, MEP- Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing, Structural engineering).


According to BRE Academy, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an integrated process. Coordinated reliable information builds to create coordinated digital design information and documentation, predict performance appearance and cost, deliver projects faster economically, with reduced environmental impact. The fundamental definition of BIM: There is always one single source of truth.

According to NBS, BIM or Building Information Modeling is a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle. Creating a digital Building Information Model enables those who interact with the building to optimize their actions, resulting in a great lifetime value for the asset.

According to Autodesk: Autodesk Revit software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), helping building professionals design, build, and maintain higher-quality, more energy-efficient buildings.

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Top 40 Revit Tips to Live On

Autodesk Revit is arguably the best BIM (Building Information Modeling) tool around the world. This champion software has it all for designing construction engineering models and preparing constructible documents. But to utilize Revit fully, you need to know all the nooks and crannies in the software. And to help with that, here are the top 40 revit tips to live on!

1. This may sound cheesy, but? don’t go back to AutoCAD! Ever.
2. Periodically set the walls transparent to see what’s behind them.
3. Best if you don’t make a large group at one. Try building a small group and add elements to it.

4. Don’t import stuff until you really need them, because they burden a model.
5. Don’t annotate 3D elements as 2D – keep it proper, especially in case of openings.
6. Smart family, smart choice!
7. Link your schedules to excel files, so you can make changes easily across the board.
8. When you’re working with a pretty heavy model, try not to use the filter option for viewing selective stuff – it’s messy. Rather use the Visibility > Graphics > select necessary ones.
9. Get a good mouse. For your computer, not for your cat. This is your real tool you will be physically handling all day, so be serious about it. It’s a great idea to get one with very high DPI settings and multiple programmable buttons, so you can assign shortcuts to those buttons.
10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The online community is full of froods happy to help out a fellow frood.
11. Revit allows few mistakes that you can just undo and forget. This isn’t AutoCAD. Draw responsibly.

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Enscape for SketchUp – Real-Time Rendering and Virtual Reality

Enscape? belongs to a virtual reality and real-time rendering plugin for SketchUp as well as for Revit, Rhino and ArchiCAD). With a single mouse click, it is possible to run Enscape and instantly walk through your fully rendered project – no uploading to the cloud or exporting to other programs is necessary.

All modifications in SketchUp are quickly accessible to assess in Enscape. One can rapidly examine with several design options and display projects to clients.

If the client prefers to view something different in the design, Enscape will instantly demonstrates the changes already done to the project, even in VR. There is an option to generate a (web) standalone file of your architectural project and one can deliver an Enscape file to the clients or colleagues for instant illustration.

Given below, some useful features of Enscape:

a. Real-time walk-through – Rendering with a single click.
b. Live link to SketchUp – The modifications in SketchUp are directly shown in Enscapec. Direct Integration – Retain your tools and apply Enscape through the SketchUp toolbar
d. Virtual Reality (VR) – Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality support with one click
e. Web based Asset Library – Simply include Enscape-ready 3D models to your project
f. Web Standalone Export – Generate a link from your project that runs devoid of SketchUp in your browser

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