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What is building design software?

Building design software is 3D design, modeling, analysis, and documentation software that helps architects, engineers, and designers connect the data, people, workflows, and ideas necessary to support today’s complex building infrastructure projects.

What is the best building design software?

Support the building design and documentation process throughout all phases of the project – from conceptual design and documentation to coordination and construction. Used by leading firms worldwide on projects ranging from the conventional to some of the most inspiring buildings of our time. Deliver high-performance and sustainable buildings on schedule, on budget, and error-free.

Confidently take on building design projects by choosing Bentley building design software. Here are our most trusted, best-selling building design software.

OpenBuildings Designer

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OpenBuildings Designer

Design, analyze, document, and visualize buildings with software made for architects and engineers.


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Create accurate 3D models for structural steel, metal work, and reinforced concrete structures.


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Efficiently create accurate 3D models for structural steel and metal work.


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Efficiently create accurate 3D models for reinforced concrete structures.

OpenBuildings Speedikon

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OpenBuildings Speedikon

Streamline your workflow throughout the design, structural drafting, and construction documentation process for new and existing industrial facilities, airports, hospitals, and factories in Germany.


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Model, document, access, and view architectural, engineering, mapping, construction, and operations design information with the power and flexibility you need for any size project.


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The EasyPower product suite delivers a full lineup of intuitive electrical software tools for design, analysis, and optimization of your electrical power system.

Building WorkSuite

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Building WorkSuite

Building WorkSuite is a comprehensive set of purpose-built, scalable, interoperable applications for building and site design projects.

“As architects, we spend a disproportionate amount of time and resources trying to represent our solutions rather than designing them. Computational design [using GenerativeComponents in OpenBuildings Designer] has allowed our team to focus on resolving problems and finding better design solutions.”

Sarah Yap, Computational Design Expert, Johnson Pilton Walker

How to Choose Building Design Software

Software qualities to look for in building design software

Supports BIM workflows

Supports BIM workflows and provides context by referencing reality models​

Evaluates design alternatives

Evaluates and simulate various design alternatives in an efficient, cost-effective way

Detail & document projects

Easily details and document projects, produces reliable reports, and shares information

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Which professions use Building Design Software?

With Bentley building design software, you can design and visualize buildings of any size, form, and complexity and evaluate various design alternatives.

Since every company and project requires a different mix of building design software, we have assembled helpful software lists broken down by profession to help guide you. 

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Design with BIM applications to document buildings of any type or scale and efficiently coordinate with all engineering trades.

Structural Engineers

Model, analyze, detail, and document all types of steel, concrete, and timber structures.

Mechanical Engineer

Design complex MEP systems. Model fully parametric air-handling, piping, and plumbing systems with advanced BIM software.

Electrical Engineer

Design lighting, power, fire detection, and other electrical subsystems with comprehensive BIM workflows and coordinate efficiently with other trades.


Prepare detailed drawings of designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect and/or engineer.

BIM Manager

Maintain standards and set up workflows for modeling and producing deliverables while communicating and managing multiple stakeholders.

Building Software Resources and Tutorials

Find out more about OpenBuildings Designer and Bentley’s other building design software applications with these resources, educational programs, and tutorials.


Learn with courses

There are thousands of videos and courses available to learn all about using Bentley’s building design software, including OpenBuildings and more.

Academic programs

For Students and Educators

If you are an educator or a student, learn more about accessing the software and discover what you need to teach or learn Bentley software best practices.

BUILDING Software Videos

Bentley Building Design Software on YouTube

Watch videos on what OpenBuildings does and how it works to get familiar with how this software can help you deliver your next project.

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