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Overview

Building design software for BIM and CAD

Building Design Suite is a portfolio of interoperable 3D building design and documentation software. It supports Building Information Modeling- and CAD-based workflows for architects, MEP and structural engineers, and construction professionals.

The future of design and creation suites

Beginning Aug. 1 this suite will no longer be available for purchase. Learn more about your options, including our new industry collections, which offer even more functionality, at a comparable price.


Free 30-day trial

Available for Windows

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See what you can do

Video: Architects can design better buildings with BIM

Design better buildings with BIM. (video: 2:50 min.)

Design to your standards

  • Work more efficiently with tools designed for architects
  • Develop higher-quality, more accurate designs
  • Use both CAD- and BIM-based workflows

Visualize to improve collaboration, explore design options

  • Use visualizations to help communicate design intent
  • Explore and present design options
  • Evaluate designs before they are built

Make more informed design decisions

  • Create more efficient buildings with energy analysis tools
  • Gain better insight into constructability using 3D models
  • Help resolve conflicts before construction

Video: 3D building design software for contractors

Improve control before and during construction. (video: 2:46 min.)

Visually explore project constructability

  • Determine project complexity, and labor and materials scope
  • Aggregate data for whole project review
  • More effectively coordinate site and workflow planning

Manage costs more effectively

  • Rapidly generate material takeoffs
  • Evaluate the cost of design alternatives
  • Maintain more accurate budgets

Better predict and communicate project outcomes

  • Simulate schedules and logistics in 4D
  • Quickly assess scope changes
  • Compare actual schedule to forecasts

Video: 3D building design software for engineers

Design and analyze structures with BIM. (video: 2:36 min.)

Design more efficiently

  • Design with intelligent, information-rich models
  • Explore design alternatives to select the best option
  • Connect design intent with analysis and fabrication

Conduct analysis and create visualizations

  • Communicate design intent more clearly 
  • Perform more accurate simulation and analysis
  • Minimize waste and total embodied energy

Collaborate with building project teams

  • Help resolve conflicts before construction
  • Share designs with detailers, fabricators, and contractors
  • Document more accurately—from design to fabrication

Video: MEP engineers can design and document building systems

Design and document building systems with BIM. (video: 3:02 min.)

Create better MEP systems

  • Design more accurately with BIM
  • Design complex building systems with greater efficiency
  • Facilitate coordination of designs using 3D models

Visualize to gain better project insight

  • Communicate ideas with integrated visualization tools
  • Simulate early and often to better predict performance
  • Evaluate designs before they are built

Design and build more accurately

  • Create more coordinated construction documents
  • Help resolve conflicts before construction
  • Deliver documentation, models, and renderings

See what your company can do

Video: See what your company can do with building design software

Watch video. (2:25 min.)

Expand business potential as a BIM-ready firm

  • Participate in projects requiring BIM
  • Use high-impact visuals to present your ideas
  • Win more work with additional services

Improve efficiency and minimize costs

  • Provide teams with flexible tools for different needs
  • Exercise greater control over project costs and schedules
  • Create innovative designs

Standardize your toolset

  • Take advantage of advanced technologies
  • Minimize IT costs by using a single suite*
  • Help streamline learning and use with a single toolset

*Design suites are licensed for installation and use of each component by one user to deliver additional workflow and functionality value. Each end-user must have an individual license in order to use a design suite.