Design and build with BIM

Building information modeling

Building information modeling (BIM) is the foundation of digital transformation in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. As the leader in BIM, Autodesk is the industry's partner to realize better ways of working and better outcomes for business and the built world.

What is BIM? (video: 2:21 min.)

What is BIM?

Building information modeling (BIM) is the holistic process of creating and managing information for a built asset. Based on an intelligent model and enabled by a cloud platform, BIM integrates structured, multi-disciplinary data to produce a digital representation of an asset across its lifecycle, from planning and design to construction and operations.

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The BIM growth forecast

Want to know the future for BIM? Or see how we stack up to our competitors? By analyzing global revenue and trends, Frost & Sullivan’s report identifies strategic imperatives, growth opportunities, and has reviewed every major software provider out there. Perfect for BIM users and the BIM-curious alike. Dive in.

BIM for every sector

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Architecture

Explore ideas using modeling tools that help you examine your designs in the highest level of detail possible. From daylight to airflow analysis, our our building information modeling (BIM) suite opens the door to more innovative and effective design outcomes.


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Civil engineering

BIM helps civil engineers digitally explore alternative design decisions, capture more detail, and enhance coordination. Using BIM increases accuracy, predictability, and understanding throughout project life cycles, driving compelling results and providing data-driven assurance for stakeholders that projects will be delivered on schedule and on budget. 


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Mechanical, electrical & plumbing (MEP)

Working in a BIM process to design, detail, document, and fabricate building systems gives MEP project teams insight to make better design decisions earlier. The shared data and collaborative nature of BIM results in reduced risk, improved accuracy and constructability, and optimized designs.

 


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Structural engineering

Structural design and engineering professionals use BIM to design, detail, document, and fabricate structural systems. BIM enables collaboration across the project team –helping to optimize designs, improve accuracy, and connect design to fabrication to deliver projects faster and more efficiently.

 


A guide to your first BIM project

Building design

Learn how BIM (building information modeling) workflows automate the ordinary and can help you unlock new levels of creativity.

 

Infrastructure design

Enhance planning, design, and delivery of more scalable and sustainable civil infrastructure with a full range of tools.

 

Construction

Visually explore project constructability, manage your project cost more effectively, and better predict project outcomes.

 

BIM software for AEC professionals

Powerful BIM and CAD tools for designers, engineers, and contractors, including Revit, AutoCAD, Civil 3D and more. 



Also included in the AEC Collection

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between Revit and BIM?

The difference between Revit and BIM is that BIM is a process – a methodology – for project teams to interface with technology to deliver better project outcomes in the AEC market, while Revit is a software platform designed to facilitate that process. The tools in Revit are specifically designed to support BIM, allowing users to create a structured, intelligent model with information stored in it.

What is the difference between 3D CAD modeling and BIM?

The difference between 3D CAD modeling and BIM is that, while both processes provide geometric expressions of buildings and infrastructure, the BIM process goes beyond geometry to capture the relationships, metadata, and behaviors intrinsic to real-world building components. Combined with technology of the BIM ecosystem, this data drives improved project outcomes in a way that 3D modeling cannot.

What are the advantages of BIM over CAD?

Both CAD and BIM processes are used to capture and communicate the design and construction intent of an AEC project using a drawing representation, helping stakeholders understand what needs to be built, and how. BIM enables design and construction teams to use their technology investment to do much more. The BIM process supports creation and management of information across the lifecycle of an AEC project by federating all multi-disciplinary design and construction documentation into a common dataset. Since that data can be accessed in multiple representations, from 2D to 3D to tables, the information is far more accessible and connected than the disparate data sources associated with traditional CAD approaches.