Market Research

Best BIM and Building Design Platforms for 2015


March 23, 2015

Today BIM becomes more than a software. It is a new form of information processing which places data exchange at the heart of design process.  Government modernises the construction industry and aims to create more efficient construction sector, and achieve 20% reduction in costs. Everyone is required to use 3D BIM on all government projects by 2016. So what are the best BIM and Building Design Platforms to use?

G2 Crowd, the leading business software review platform, released a new GridSM report ranking the best BIM and Building Design Platforms for 2015. The report is based on 180 reviews from industry professionals. The research encompasses all CAD software used in architecture and construction and was determined by vendor size, market share, and social impact. GridSM represents only those software vendors who received at least ten individual reviews. Products are categorized as “Leaders,” “High Performers,” “Contenders,” or “Niche.”

The results show that DataCAD software delivers the highest levels of customer satisfaction. ArchiCAD and Vectorworks Architect are identified as performers with an average market presence and placed in High Performers quadrat.

Both AutoCAD and Revit are Leaders, maintain a strong market presence and provide high customer satisfaction. Conversely, AutoCAD MEP and AutoCAD Architecture provide low level of customer satisfaction but enjoy high market presence. They are marked as Contenders.

Niche products such as MicroStation have been rated positively but do not have the market presence. They may have not yet received enough reviews to validate their success.

G2 Crowd research shows that reviewers are happy with their building design and BIM software as it meets their requirements at an average rate of 86%. With reviewers, 85% would recommend the product they use to others. Reviewers mentioned such benefits as ease of use, speed and high quality.

You can compare BIM and Building Design Platforms on the GridSM, or you can download the full report for more information.

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