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.
Design, analyze, document, and visualize buildings with software made for architects and engineers.
Create accurate 3D models for structural steel, metal work, and reinforced concrete structures.
Efficiently create accurate 3D models for structural steel and metal work.
Efficiently create accurate 3D models for reinforced concrete structures.
OpenBuildings Speedikon streamlines your workflow, throughout the design, structural drafting, and construction documentation process, for new and existing industrial facilities, airports, hospitals, and factories in Germany.
The EasyPower product suite delivers a full lineup of intuitive electrical software tools for design, analysis, and optimization of your electrical power system.
“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
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.
Design with BIM applications to document buildings of any type or scale and efficiently coordinate with all engineering trades.
Model, analyze, detail, and document all types of steel, concrete, and timber structures.
Design complex MEP systems. Model fully parametric air-handling, piping, and plumbing systems with advanced BIM software.
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.
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.