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Is vectorworks an effective software for BIM? the firm is looking into moving towards it, for those who have experience is it worth it?

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6 minutes ago, ericjhberg said:

Which industry are you in?

I am in arcitecture, working on small to mid range projects mostly

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I know it is hard but you should Demo all packages to see if it is working 

for your workflows and projects.

If you are on Mac, there won't be as much.

 

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Ah, I'll let others chime in. We are in landscape architecture, and for our industry, it is probably the best software out there for BIM or BIM-approximate. For architecture you obviously have other options to consider (i.e. Revit...etc.)

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4 minutes ago, Marcb said:

small to mid range projects mostly

 

You should definitely give VW a try ....

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We do BIM-ish projects. From single & multi family residential as well as commercial. They are not fully BIM but as 100% of Architecture & 75%-85% of the sub consultants are 3D we are setting the table to work on fully BIM projects when a client is looking for BIM compliance. 

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This is probably not going to worth much but it's as effective as the end user's knowledge of the program. With that said, I feel that Vectorworks is the best software in terms of the amalgamation of 2-d documentation and BIM. Whether this is a good thing or bad thing, you'll have to really dig deep into the actual practice of your firm and how you intend to use the software on a day to day basis (or project by project basis). However, in my opinion, Vectorworks still is somewhat lacking in terms of BIM but for the things that it does do, it's pretty darn good. Others might disagree but to me, Vectorworks is a jack of all trades but a master of none. 

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No one want to answer Marcb's question bindingly, so do I.

It depends ...

 

One other thing to look at is what Software your Partners and Clients use and

if a Compatibility or an Exchange may be needed or useful.

 

And if Collaboration in drawing is needed.

These range from very easy to use VW file based Project Sharing to complex

Server based solutions with OS binding.

 

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