Best Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software
Building design and building information modeling (BIM) software includes computer-aided design (CAD) products used commonly within the architecture and construction industries. Many of these products offer tools and libraries specifically targeted for architectural design and construction, including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) and building information modeling (BIM). BIM software offers a model-based process for designing and managing buildings and infrastructures, going beyond construction drawings to generate a digital representation of the functional properties of a facility. Other products in this category may be used for a range of CAD purposes beyond architectural design, but their rankings within this grid focus exclusively on their use as a tool in building design.
For more information about general-purpose CAD products, which include a broad range of 2D and 3D drafting and modeling tools, see our General-Purpose CAD category. For additional information about product and machine design tools, see our Product and Machine Design category and for more information about civil engineering design products, see our Civil Engineering Design category.
Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software Grid® Overview
The best Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
- Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Revit, ARCHICAD, and MicroStation
- High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: DataCAD, Vectorworks Architect, and Vectorworks Designer
- Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, and Revit LT
- Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them.