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BricsCAD BIM Software

One end-to-end BIM workflow for design, construction documentation, and manufactured building products. Bricsys has a fundamentally different vision for BIM, based on a familiar DWG platform, that combines early design, BIM and fabrication into a single, continuously developing workflow.

 

Our Vision for BIM

We have a fundamentally different vision for BIM, based on a familiar DWG platform, that combines early design, BIM and fabrication into a single, continuously developing workflow.

A fresh look at BIM

In BricsCAD BIM, design decisions come first, and machine learning algorithms automate the laborious tasks of manipulating BIM data, documentation, and levels of detail.

Design to BIM

You can find a flexible, direct modeling tool and a professional CAD product in the same DWG platform. Design geometry can directly be converted to BIM elements.

Easiest transition from CAD to BIM

CAD users can seamlessly transition from their design environment to BricsCAD BIM. Spending less on software and training while avoiding performance dips during transition lowers the barriers to entry.

BIM to Fabrication

BricsCAD Ultimate offers a unified workflow with continuously developing levels of detail that connect design, BIM, and fabrication into a single process on one shared .DWG platform.

Convert to smart BIM

Experience design freedom with a 3D workflow that is not limited by pre-defined parts or libraries components. Use intuitive push-pull direct modeling to sculpt your mass-model concept. Your model remains light and responsive, because it’s not over-loaded or over-constrained.

Quickdraw

Quickdraw

Quickdraw takes sketching into the 3D realm. You can create and modify 3D room layouts as easily as sketching out a 2D floor plan. Creating and editing rectangular and L-shaped rooms and buildings has never been so fast and easy.

Quick Building

Create a BIM from a solid massing model using Quick Building

QUICKBUILDING supports iterative and generative design workflows, quickly transforming a solid massing model into a conceptual BIM model with slabs, walls, and spaces - helping the designer to explore many design options early in the design phase.

Create Spaces and Zones

Create Spaces and Zones

You have unlimited freedom to create Spaces and Zones using a free-form Direct Modeling approach. Spaces can be simple or complex 3D volumes, or 2D abstractions. These methods deliver the freedom to specify building areas.

Grasshopper

Bi-directional link with Grasshopper

There’s a live, two-way link between the BricsCAD BIM modeler and McNeel’s Rhinoceros®/Grasshopper to bridge the gap between early-stage generative design and BIM, by translating geometric entities into BIM elements.

Visualize

Visualize

Visualize your design at every phase of the workflow with BricsCAD BIM. With a single click, you can start real-time rendering using Enscape, Twinmotion or Lumion and walk through your fully-rendered model project.

Classify, replicate, automate

Leverage the power of A.I. tools to automatically convert your concept study models to fully-classified BIM models (LOD 200). Then, increase the LOD of your BIM continuously using the power of BricsCAD BIM’s A.I.-powered workflows.

BIMIFY

Auto-classify building elements

BIMIFY examines the geometry of each solid in the model, then detects and automatically assigns IFC entity classifications. This automated classifier can save hours of work in the creation of a BIM.

AUTOMATCH

Auto-complete BIM data

AUTOMATCH will automatically match and complete BIM information across multiple entities, such as missing compositions, properties, and more. Add compositions to a wall, and AUTOMATCH will suggest adding that composition to every matching wall in the entire BIM.

Propagate Details

Propagate details

Drive a consistent level of detail (LOD) across your entire BIM, automatically. Adjust a composition ply at a ceiling/wall juncture and replicate that change across the BIM, wherever you need it. You always have full control over the suggestions Propagate makes.

Detailing and quantification

Increase your model’s LOD by adding information and duplicating it in any or all matching instances across your BIM automatically. With high accuracy and consistent Level of Detail across the entire BIM, exact quantity takeoffs and Bills of Materials can be extracted, displayed, and exported.

Propagate 2D detail

Propagate 2D detail

The Propagate workflow can be used to replicate architectural and structural details across an entire BIM. Details can be automatically parameterized, then stored, managed., and used from the detail library. These custom components can be re-used across different stages of the design process and across multiple projects.

User Configurable Quantities

User Configurable Quantities

With BricsCAD BIM, you can create a custom quantity framework to meet your standards. Any BIM classification type can be assigned a custom quantity and you can choose how each quantity is calculated.

Data Extraction

Data Extraction

Any data – quantities, properties, etc. – can be extracted from drawings or the BIM project. These data can be placed in a generated table, or a linked .csv file. BricsCAD BIM also supports advanced filtering to extract just the properties that you want or need.

Generate spectacular documentation

Create clear and accurate construction documentation in record time, using the automatic generation of sections, elevations, drawing views and sheet layouts. You can always customize them using the world’s best drafting and annotation tools. Change your BIM, and all associated drawing views will be regenerated automatically to stay in total synch with the model.

Fast Drawing Generation

Fast Drawing Generation

In BricsCAD BIM, drawing view generation is threaded across multi-core CPUs, to keep you working smoothly while drawings and sheet sets are being generated.

Type plan templates

Type plan templates

With user configurable type plan templates, you can generate and customize any plan layout (architectural, structural, fire & life safety, etc.) using 2D graphical overrides for BIM elements, and custom annotations & tags.

BIM Project Browser

BIM Project Browser

Create and manage 2D drawings, sections, and schedules from the integrated Project Browser. Everything is organized and well-structured in one place.

Auto Annotations

Auto Annotations

Place and update tags & dimensions automatically with BricsCAD BIM’s automatic annotation tools.

Deliver custom designs for Manufactured Building Products

The accuracy of BricsCAD BIM offers new horizons for manufacturers of building products. Custom components can be designed and shared as assemblies, for use within the BIM or on the shop floor for fabrication.

Manufacturers of building components can create production-ready assemblies in BricsCAD® Mechanical, then share their designs as libraries of components for use with BricsCAD BIM.

Parametrize

The Parametrize workflow lets you create intelligent, fully parametric building components in seconds, without the hassle of manual parameter and constraint assignment.

Parts and Assemblies

Parts and Assemblies

Manufacturers of building components can work in BricsCAD Mechanical or other mechanical design systems, then share their designs as libraries of components for BricsCAD BIM.

MEP Tools

MEP Tools

BricsCAD BIM supports building mechanical services in full 3D. The intuitive modeling tools let you create HVAC ducts and pipes as flow segments. These segments can be automatically connected via bends, T-connections, and automatic branching.

Scan to BIM

Using point clouds for renovation closes the circle of our end-to-end workflow. Enjoy the flexibility of direct modeling tools to create a truly accurate model of the existing conditions.

In close collaboration with Leica.

Point clouds for construction

During construction and after the completion of the building, using point clouds is the best way to verify your as-built conditions against the BIM.

Point clouds for renovation

Point clouds for renovation

Using point clouds for renovation provides the flexibility you need to capture existing conditions accurately.

Collaborate freely

BricsCAD BIM supports global open standards to ensure smooth collaboration with everyone on the extended design/build team. Add Bricsys 24/7, our SaaS-based Common Data Enviroment (CDE), as the hub for model sharing and project communications.

IFC 4

IFC 4.0 and BCF

BricsCAD BIM’s underlying database is a direct, 1:1 mapping with the OpenBIM Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) 4.0 schema. We support open standards across the product, like the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) for display and resolution of design issues.

Trimble Sketchup

Import directly from Trimble Sketchup

When you import SKP files into BricsCAD Shape, they are automatically stitched into solids. BricsCAD Shape supports the latest versions of SKP files for import.

Autodesk® Revit® Import

RVT Import

Import your RVT projects straight into BricsCAD importing all the geometry, enabling easy collaboration with teams using Revit®.

Project Browser

Project Info

Project Info  New

Use the Info tab to manage project information and sheet properties.

Sheets

Sheets  Enhanced

Use the Sheets tab to manage sheet and view properties. Manually schedule background updates.

Sections & Views

Sections & Views  Enhanced

See a list of named views in the Sections and Views tab of the project browser.

Files

Files New

Use the Files tab to manage all files associated to your project. Create datalinks from Data Extraction Definitions or Microsoft Excel files

Managing construction documentation

BIMSECTIONUPDATE

BIMSECTIONUPDATE  Enhanced

Benefit from an improved associative dimensions mechanism which reduces associativity loss.

BIMTAG

BIMTAG  Enhanced

Use Fields in BIMTAG and Story Indicators to fully control text layout. Added possibility to create tags on the fly.

Typed Plans

Typed Plans  Enhanced

Customize drawing plans and BIMTAGs from within the Typed Plan Editor.

BIMDIMENSION

BIMDIMENSION New

Dimension multiple entities at once, using a selection window and filters.

BIM authoring and modeling

STORYBAR

STORYBAR  Enhanced

Use the new Story Bar to distinguish between stories and navigate easily through the project.

BLOCKLEVELOFDETAIL

BLOCKLEVELOFDETAIL  New

Toggle between bounding box and full block representation in all block references.

PROPAGATESEARCHSPACE

PROPAGATESEARCHSPACE  Enhanced

Select a set of solids instead of the entire drawing with this new variable to BIMPROPAGATE.

Project Management

Version Control Panel

Version Control Panel  New

Manage versioning of projects and view local projects in this new panel.

Interoperability

IFC import and export

IFC import and export  Enhanced

Benefit from improved geolocation import and improved export of user-defined properties.

RVT import

RVT import  Enhanced

Benefit from several improvements and fixes in RVT import.

RFA import

RFA import  Enhanced

Filter out invisible groups during RFA Import.

Unreal/Twinmotion

Unreal/Twinmotion  Enhanced

Benefit from a DirectLink to Twinmotion to render your designs (Windows only).

Information Management

GRAPHICOVERRIDE  New

Temporarily change the visual appearance of entities based on their properties.

BIMPYTHON

BIMPYTHON  Enhanced

Use Python version 3.9 with BricsCAD. Ply’s properties and setting properties are now supported in Python scripts.

Compositions

Compositions  Enhanced

Use the new composition types, compositions and materials now added to the metric and imperial libraries.

Templates

Templates  Enhanced

Enjoy the new out-of-the-box templates and layouts.

User Interface

Command Panel  New

Enjoy a uniform panel used across different commands for a more interactive experience.

Sections & Views

Project Browser  Enhanced

Use the simplified, redesigned interface for a clear overview of the project.

Point clouds

FITPLANAR entities

FITPLANAR entities  Enhanced

Click on the region of a point cloud to create surfaces and solids, or create openings as polylines.

FITPLANAR spaces

FITPLANAR spaces  Enhanced

Create spaces as solids and invert these solids to a BIM model with slabs and walls.

FITCYLINDER

FITCYLINDER  New

Create cylindrical solids based on two seed points.

2D workflow

2D workflow  Enhanced

Start your designs by cutting and projecting a floor plan into a 2D linework.

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Resources

What's New in BricsCAD BIM V21

BIM Simplified

2D Drafting and 3D BIM in One File

2D Drafting and 3D BIM in One File

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