What is The Best BIM Software ?

It seems that the BIM is finally winning the CAD battle. We saw this in our post  BIM vs CAD  that we published a few days ago. As always happens after all wars, the defeated have to surrender to the victors or resign themselves to death. In this case, the solution is not so radical, fortunately since it is only about computer programs.

The fact is that after a lifetime using CAD, usually AutoCAD, although there are also "weird creatures" that use Allycad, Acceelicad, Designcad, Paint? It is time to make the jump to BIM and the first doubt that assaults us is : Which BIM program is the best? Revit or Archicad? AllPlan maybe?

At this point it is normal to ask yourself that question because everyone is too lazy to learn to use new software and we want to be sure that our investment in time and money is probably as logical as possible.

That is why today we are going to make an analysis of the BIM programs , what are their advantages and disadvantages so that you can decide on the one that best suits your needs and make your best bet. Let us begin!

The Best BIM Software

Although in the market there are several BIM programs that we can use to apply them to the architecture among all of them, three stand out:

  • Autodesk Revit
  • ArchiCAD
  • AllPlan 

Other alternatives

Although in this post we wanted to focus on the "Heavy Weights" of BIM there are other programs that are worth mentioning.

  • Vectorworks: Like AllPlan, it belongs to the Nemetschek house. However, unlike AllPlan, Vectorworks has a Mac version.
  • Microstation
  • A CCA Software

The chose

Archicad or Allplan? Revit or Autocad? Vectorworks or Microstation? Choosing the software that we will work with is not easy. The most important factors from our view are the price of the license, the compatibility with your operating system and the demand for use in the market, which will be given by the overall performance of the program.

In the same way, depending on the office, they will work with one software or another and they will have created a work system based on that particular program, so you will have to learn the program in turn. In addition, depending on the continent or the country, one or the other is used, for example AllPlan is widely used in Germany while in the USA it is practically unknown. What is certain is that one of those mentioned above will be implemented.

We must highlight the particular case of Nemetschek, which has two programs that do the same AllPlan and Archicad, and the gradual loss of AllPlan users can make in the future decide to bet everything for Archicad. You never know.

Taking into account these factors and our experience in the publication of employment, we would strongly bet that the BIM program that will be gradually imposed will be Autodesk Revit and Archicad as a second option (or as the first if you use Mac). Or at least everything indicates that this will be the case.

Revit or Archicad?

It is the question of the million and the one that more debates have originated in specialized forums. If you have been researching before arriving here you will have noticed that in each site they give to one winner but in general the staff is not clarified.

We have answered a series of questions to help you decide on one of the two, choose the one you choose you will not go wrong, in this case both are very good programs.

Which program has the most number of users?

Revit is establishing itself as the BIM software standard just as it already did with Autocad, this is largely due to the strength of Autodesk's marketing rather than the quality of the program itself. However, the fact that it is not compatible with Mac is its biggest handicap now to finally knock Archicad down.

Which is easier to learn?

Practically both have very similar learning curves. Although Archicad is probably slightly easier. Anyway, it's not a factor that differentiates them too much.


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