30 Useful Websites for BIM Design Software Users
Today, every one knows BIM! And we all could have noticed that BIM advantages affected all AEC disciplines, and architecture might be the most beneficial one. We at Arch2O, tried to build up a list of resources that we found useful for BIM users. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there on BIM, however, we have taken the time to search through the best-known BIM blogs, publications, and tools. Here we go!
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BIM 360 Blog: A blog by Autodesk that keeps you up to date with the latest Autodesk BIM 360 feature news, expert tips, and insider resources.
Shoegnome: For beginners level, Jared Banks’ website aims to showcase innovation within the building industry and offer insights into BIM technology. The website features a variety of YouTube tutorials and articles.
AEC DevBlog: AEC Devblog is a good resource for managers and developers using Revit, Navisworks, and other Autodesk AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) and BIM. The blog is run by Autodesk’s Developer Technical Services (DevTech) team.
Beyond Design : aims to showcase innovation within the building industry and offer insights into BIM technology since 2009. It’s run byAutodesk’s Navisworks team and covers a variety of tips and tricks, best practices, and insider knowledge to make the most out of BIM software and management.
BIM Fix Blog : Australia’s BIM community could get the most recent BIM updates through this blog. BIM Fix Blog may only update once a month, but it posts very useful BIM tips and tricks, every article is worth it!
Revit Add-ons : Tim Grimm covers Revit add-ons and plugins, many of which are free.
The Revit Kid: Good blog for tutorials and tips ! offering a combination of video and text based instruction for novices and seasoned veterans. It also has numerous pages of relevant content, and supplemental material such as a newsletter, and (paid) ebooks and videos.
Bond-Bryan BIM Blog: Good all round ! BIM site by Bond Bryan‘s Rob Jackson that offers lighthearted industry stories. They also cover BIM initiatives, tips and tricks, and promote relevant conferences and industry awards.
Revit Everything Technology by David Light
Construction Code runs by Stephen Hamil, who offers BIM advice while also cataloging his own professional life.
Epic BIM – multiple contributors whose philosophy is Keep It Simple Stupid !
Automation in Construction This international, research-oriented journal focuses on information technologies in construction. They particularly focus on computer-aided design. Readers can order a year’s worth of print articles for $99.
Cadalyst Cadalyst’s quarterly print magazine provides software and hardware reviews, illuminates technology trends, and delivers expert advice to help CAD and BIM managers stay up-to-date. Each issue is $9.95 and $2.25 for shipping and handling.
AECMagazine AECMagazine is a free online UK magazine that publishes bi-monthly. It keeps readers up-to-date on the latest technology solutions in architecture engineering, and construction.
Constructech This magazine zeroes in on the intersection of construction and technology (for example, the latest issue features an entire app catalog that’s sorted by how relevant it is to certain professions). It is published every other month.
AUGIWorld AUGIWorld is Autodesk User Group International’s official magazine which is published once every two months. This in-depth publication provides specialized insight into topics like CAD management, AutoCAD add-ons, and management advice. AUGIWorld is reserved for AUGI subscribers only.
BIM Free Object Libraries
For CAD and BIM resources, ARCAT is a one-stop-shop. Their free, no registration system has everything from concrete to pollution control system.
Autodesk Seek A large library of mostly non-generic multi-disciplinary components by Autodesk. Users can quickly find product specifications for over 66,000 commercial and residential building products.
The National BIM Library The National Bim Library offers a collection of free to download generic BIM components that are compatible with the major BIM products. NBS are better know for their specifications but have taken a strong interest in BIM recently. The library is still a little sparse but the basics are in place for a very useful resource.
RevitComponents Some useful free components especially strong on furniture and interiors.
Revit City This site has been going a while and there are 1000’s of components to download. You need to register in order to be able to download components.
TurboSquid This site offers components which you pay for but there are a small amount of free items. TurboSquid have a Revit certification system that ensures the components meet minimum standards. Compare the prices to the time you might spend modeling the items.
Bimstore The Bimestore offers a library of BIM content by manufacturers in Revit, Microstation and ArchiCAD format. The content is free to download. You will need to register on the site first. They have an excellent guide to content creation.
CAD Notes Very useful website maintained by Edwin Prakoso on everything related to AutoCAD, Microstation and Revit.
Polantis Polantis is a free-to-use BIM library that is fantastically organized and simple to use. While its library is a little smaller than others on this list, it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.
SmartBim SmartBim offers product models from over 40,000 families types in 10,000 Revit objects. Need a sprinkler? It’s an entire category. An ice maker? They got ‘em. A hospital bed? They’ve got four!