Updated: Apr 13, 2021
Do you want to achieve efficient and successful progress in your project? With the following, we will present you the TOP 5 Softwares every Architect must know and use in their daily practice. Learn how to elevate your skills in BIM.
Why do you need those tools and how they are going to boost your productivity
Imagine you are investing 10 hours on a task that struggled you and took from you a lot of effort. Usually, this task could be finished in about half an hour but because of communication and collaboration issues, the execution period significantly has been extended. The end result is that you are losing X amount of cost, which could be time or money (X= Waste of Time and Cost). At the same time, you missed the chance to earn more revenue (either from the same client on another project phase or from another client), because you spent so much time and effort on that particular task. That means you need to compensate for it at a later stage.
All of this could be avoided by using the proper technology and your future struggles could be reduced or removed. This way you will eliminate the waste of time and cost and convert it into revenue. When 90% of what you deliver is revenue-based you can cover all the expenses you made for those technologies (software).
Which are the BEST Software you need you to use
1. Choose a proper Management Tool
It will help you with planning the work. This kind of software is NBS Chorus. It is excellent for small projects because it’s made with that purpose. The best thing is that you can even ask for a demonstration. In that tool, there is a section showing the return of investment. You can insert your own values and this way you can clearly see what amount you are actually saving.
2. Task Management Tool
For a great workflow, you have to choose a software that would help you to manage all of your tasks and keep them organized. It could be really confusing if you jump and start doing a project right away without a clear structure of what and when a task should be done, and who is responsible for it. Especially when you work with a large team. But that way of working is a must for the small teams as well (3-5 people). Because everyone needs to be aware of what they need to do and to have an idea of what task is coming, with what priority. The team members could see what is in progress and what is already done. For this purpose could be used Kanban Chart, Trello, or similar software.
3. BIM Authoring Software
You need software where you can build BIM models and you can extract all the relevant details out of them. The very important thing here you need to be aware of is the Level of Development (LOD), so will not overpopulate your model with a lot and unnecessary of information, and waste time on it without any return of value. The most popular BIM Authoring Tools are - Archicad, Revit, Tekla and etc.
4. Rendering and Visualization Software
As an Architect and/or a Designer the visualization is very important. So, it’s crucial to choose a tool that enables quick rendering, visualization, or even virtual reality, that could be discussed within the project process. Therefore, if you at the final stage and you really want to impress with realistic renders, you could use tools like Enscape or Lumion. They will give you high quality and sufficient output.
5. Software for Computational Design and Visual Programming
These tools could be Dynamo or Grasshopper. The difference between them is that Grasshopper is for geometrical representations only, while Dynamo is more about visual programming. In Dynamo you can do and automate documentation and you can make some parameters. Hence, you can do more stuff in Dynamo, whereas Grasshopper is for design purposes only.
This software elevates your workflow to a new dimension. They make processes faster by automating them. You don’t have to use a code or a plugin to do small and simple steps. You can just have to take some visual ready codes, combining them together, and make your own. One of the best things about Dynamo is that it is open-source and it’s free for Revit.