Building information modeling is one way to illustrate house representation before we build. It consists of a lot of information about building a house. In traditional methods, the blueprint has to draw in manually, but now there is some architecture software program from the expert to the newbie.
We have four programs that are used by the architect to make in blueprinting or modeling. Those are Autodesk Revit, ArchiCAD, SketchUp, and Vectorworks.
Autodesk Revit is one of the building information software developed by Autodesk. It allows the user to make the design in 2D Drafting elements, and access Building Information from the building database. It released in April 2016. It stables in a 64-bit Windows computer.
Autodesk’s best-known software is AutoCAD, but since 2004, they publish several Revit versions, and since Revit 2013, all of the versions rolled into one product called Revit. Another software is called ArchiCAD.
Almost as same as Revit by Autodesk, ArchiCAD is architecture software developed by a Hungarian company Graphisoft. It is an architectural BIM CAD software for Macintosh and Windows Operating System.
This software offers most of the aesthetics aspect and engineering in designs the whole of the environment, such as building, interior, urban area, etc. This product release in June 2016. ArchiCAD has been known as the first CAD product on computers that able to make 2D and 3D geometry as good as the first BIM software product.
SketchUp, well known as Google SketchUp, is one of 3D architecture software that developed by Trimble Navigation. Previously, this product was designed by Google and @Last software.
This product initial released in August 2000, but the stable version released on November 17, 2016. This software uses to design architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design.
There is an online open-source library of free model assemblies such as the window, doors, and automobiles. This software also enables the placement of its models within Google Earth.
The last software is Vectorworks. This architecture software is developed by Vectorworks.inc, one of the biggest software developers in the architecture, landscape, and entertainment industries.
This product work on Windows and Mac OS X, released in September 2015. This product could open, import, and export several file formats among the SketchUp, Point Cloud, DWF, 3DS, etc. Moreover, they connect through ODBC to external databases like FileMaker, Assess, MySQL, or Excel.
Those four architecture software has different benefits and ability to the architecture project. There is no software that the best for the others. We need to use those software bases on our design requirements. Different developers have developed them; they should have different characteristics of each product.