Factors to Consider for Selecting CAD Software for AEC Industry

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CAD software has altered traditional methods in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction sectors, making daily manual operations more simplified, standardized, and efficient. Time, precision, and collaboration have never been more vital in current working methods, from developing technical drawings to sharing them with interdisciplinary teams.

While numerous CAD systems are available, determining which one is best for your company’s needs can be challenging. The top five variables to consider while selecting CAD software for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction are listed below.

Compatibility

The ability to migrate data into different software is critical if you want to avoid starting from the beginning. Many of us have attempted to convert files from one CAD software to another, only to lose data or corrupt the file in the process. This annoyance can be easily avoided by selecting CAD software with high levels of interoperability.

BricsCAD has the highest level of compatibility with AutoCAD®, and Bricsys is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance. This implies we’re an official second source for AutoCAD DWG compatibility, allowing you to open and save DWG files directly. BricsCAD allows you to open a DWG file in your current CAD system, work on it in BricsCAD, save it, and open it in your other CAD system without any conversions.

Ease of transition

If your team is accustomed to working with a specific type of CAD software, such as AutoCAD®, it is critical to evaluate the resources required to become acquainted with a new product. Migrating to a new product could hold you behind weeks or even months if you don’t factor in time and money for new training and extra time for getting accustomed to the new CAD design setup. To make a move easier, look for software that works similarly.

BricsCAD is readily recognized by AutoCAD users, as it is fully compatible with AutoCAD® 2022 in terms of command, script, macro, and menu. Furthermore, you can continue using your preferred setup, including menus, scripts, and LISP functions, without fear of any changes. Users can also keep their existing printers, templates, blocks, or sheet sets without changing them to import them into BricsCAD. Use muscle memory to get started with BricsCAD as quickly as feasible.

What 2D and 3D CAD tools are available

One of the first things you should look for when deciding which CAD packages are suitable for you is what 2D and 3D CAD tools are available in the CAD software. AutoCAD® software is a popular choice for CAD users, although more extensive software add-ons and collections are necessary for specialized AEC sector purposes.

As a result, the cost of licensing and seating can soon mount. BricsCAD software is more than just an AutoCAD® alternative; it provides a comprehensive and cost-effective solution for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction professionals. With over 400 third-party programs available for integration with BricsCAD, users may readily use features such as:

  • Nearest Distance
  • Drawing generation
  • Point Cloud Visualization
  • Civil Engineering Site Tool
  • Automatically align copied entities
  • Direct and parametric 3D modelling
  • Convert repeated geometry to block definitions
  • The Quad: drawing, editing, and information near the cursor
  • Parametric Blocks: a dynamic approach to creating 2D or 3D Blocks

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