Archicad 25

This review explores the enhancements in Archicad 25, including faster 2D/3D navigation, more parametric object libraries, surface textures and shading in 2D, customizable graphic overrides, native support for RVT and RFA files, better structural and MEP interoperability, and more.


This review looks at Environment, a plug-in to Revit that extends its capabilities for site and landscape design, with tools for modeling terrain from scratch, visualizing and analyzing topography, creating outdoor walls and railings quickly along sloped surfaces, and other useful tasks for landscape architecture.

VisiLean: BIM Integrated Lean Construction Planning

VisiLean is a cloud-based construction planning and scheduling application incorporating lean principles that can be used for high-level planning as well as individual construction tasks in the field. It includes BIM integration that allows the construction schedule to be visually tracked and managed.

Understanding BIM (Book Review)

This book by Jonathan Ingram, who developed the precursor to modern BIM applications, is an excellent resource on the history of BIM, its current status, and its future potential, with some very intriguing ideas for its further development.

More Reviews

IES Intelligent Communities Lifecycle (ICL)

Infurnia: Cloud-based Architecture and Interior Design

Layer: Capturing and Organizing Building Data

TonicDM: Project Information Management for AEC

IDEA Architecture 19

Visicon: Model Review and Validation

Allplan 2019

Solibri Model Checker

Allplan 2018

vPlanner: Visual Planning to Facilitate Building Construction

ArchiCAD 9

BEXEL Manager

MEP: BIM for MEP Engineering


BIM for Facility Managers (Book Review)

Naturally Animated Architecture (Book Review)

BIM Handbook, Third Edition (Book Review)

Cityzenith Smart World for City Information Modeling

Aconex: Cloud Platform for AEC Collaboration

BIMx Docs

Piranesi 4

Selected Earlier Articles

Extending BIM to Infrastructure

Extending BIM to Infrastructure

Now that BIM has conquered the building industry and is here to stay, this article explores the application of the same “information modeling” concept to infrastructure.

Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley

Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley: Case Study of an IPD Project

While IPD is still more of a goal than a reality for most of the AEC industry, there are a few ground-breaking projects that are already using this new collaboration and delivery method.

Eureka Tower

The Eureka Tower: A Case Study of Advanced BIM Implementation

Standing 92 stories tall with a total height of 300 meters (984 feet), the Eureka Tower located in Melbourne, Australia, is not only the tallest residential building in the world, it is also one of the largest projects to be designed using BIM.

Labor Productivity in Construction

Labor-Productivity Declines in the Construction Industry

Dr. Paul Teicholz, Professor (Research) Emeritus, of the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University explores the gradual decline of field productivity in the construction industry and its main causes.