Building Design Suite

Building design software for BIM and CAD

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

See how you can design and construct better buildings with intelligent 3D building design software tools. Building Design Suite provides the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM), with tools for design and documentation, visualization, simulation, and project collaboration, so you can compete for new work—whether your project requires BIM or CAD.  

Desktop Subscription gives you access to Building Design Suite at the lowest cost of entry. Stay current with the latest releases, and benefit from flexible licensing rights, select cloud services, and 1-on-1 web support.  

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 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
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
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


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


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