Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the digital representation of the physical and functional properties of a built structure or environment.
Professionals working in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries can dig deeper into the design process together with this shared knowledge resource.
Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools help professionals plan, design, schedule, manage and budget building and infrastructure projects.
Whether you are a seasoned professional or student learning the ropes, BIM software provides 3D building work processes as well as data, change and operation management solutions.
There are a few products entirely free of cost; others offer free academic licenses to students and institutions. The remaining provide free trials for users to test and compare products.
While I briefly touched on a quick list of free BIM tools up there at the top, let's take a deeper look into the products mentioned.
BIMobject is a cloud-based portal for AEC professionals to identify and use BIM objects in their 3D designs. BIMobject provides software tools, web solutions and services to help manufacturers create and publish BIM objects while providing a platform for AEC professionals to access them.
Tekla BIMsight is a free professional tool for construction project collaboration. By combining the workflow, teams working in separate locations can design models in tandem, check for inconsistencies and share real-time information.
SketchUp is a free and easy-to-learn 3D-modeling program. Add details, textures and glass to your models with dimensional accuracy. Finished models can be shared via Google Earth or printed into hard copies.
Engineering and construction project teams can share, view and access project information via desktop, mobile or the Trimble Connect's website. Team members can create projects, assign tasks, comment, create, define and export reports, store multiple images in a comment chain and more.
Edificius, an ACCA software, provides 3D architectural design solutions combined with surveying and construction estimating tools. ACCA provides more than 90 software solutions for the AEC industries.
Autodesk BIM 360 is used by project managers, virtual construction managers, subcontractors, project engineers and design teams to better prepare project development, reduce coordination time and advance project schedule.
Autodesk’s Revit LT BIM software helps users produce high-quality architectural designs and documentation in a 3D model-based environment.
Vectorworks Architect lets users work through ideas in 2D and 3D, refine construction details, increase energy efficiency and streamline costs, saving time, increasing accuracy and eliminating the need to enter space data manually every time construction drawings are revised
TurboFloorPlan by TurboCAD helps novices to professionals plan all phases of home design — from foundation to furniture and appliances.
DataCAD is a professional-level CADD program developed by architects and software engineers for architectural design, presentation and construction document creation.
ARCHICAD is used by architects, designers, engineers and builders to design, document and collaborate on building projects.
With so many free (or free trial) BIM tools available, there are several solutions to consider. Those researching new free BIM solutions can sift through hundreds of verified user reviews on G2 Crowd to find the best option for them.
And spend some time with the Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software category on G2 Crowd to find the best tools for your needs.
If you are not sure if you need BIM, general-purpose CAD or 3D modeling solutions, read up on the difference between 3D modeling, CAD and BIM.
If you’re in need of free CAD or construction solutions, check out our list of:
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