BIM VS CAD: What you should know! IMPORTANT – CostEcon

Have you ever wondered which Construction software companies are responsible for developing and creating these wonderful varieties of  Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology softwares?

Most of this BIM software massively in use all over the world today was made by some of the best construction and engineering software companies in the world.

However, Some of these software companies are known specifically for developing only Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Software whilst others are known for developing all categories of software and not AEC softwares alone.

Another interesting fact is that most of these wonderful BIM technology software companies are also known for developing some of the best Computer-Aided Design (CAD) softwares that are widely known and familiar among construction software users and experts.

The Advantages of BIM over CAD

CAD technology softwares are just limited to 2D and 3d designs and models alone but BIM technology softwares go beyond 3D (height, width, and depth) and includes 4D (time), 5D (cost), and also 6D (as-built operation).

These features have given BIM softwares a massive advantageous edge over CAD software.

In addition, the demand for BIM technology softwares by most construction users, firms, and companies is on a fly-high because of its massive features and uses leaving these software development companies no choice in ensuring that their demands meet the supply.

BIM and CAD (Construction Software Company developers)

Here below are the 6 Best Construction software developers companies in our world today

best construction software development company


Statistics show that a  construction expert or a Construction firm must be familiar with at least three of Autodesk’s construction software.

This American multinational software corporation development company is of no doubt the best software company when it comes to the development of both CAD and BIM Technology softwares.

Autodesk Software company founded by John Walker, and Dan Drake on 30 January 1982 in Mill Valley, California, United States is known to be one of the best software companies for developing softwares in the AEC sector.

The Software development company has a revenue of 3.27 billion USD (2020) with Andrew Anagnost as the current CEO from 2017 till date.

An Interesting fact about the Autodesk software company is that they are not based on Construction software alone but they are also known for developing many other software products.

These Autodesk products can be categorized into AEC software, Product Design & Manufacturing Software, Media & Entertainment software, Workflow softwares, etc.

Despite their wide diversities of software development they are still known to be the best for developing Architecture, Construction, and Engineering software for easy workflow and efficiency among construction experts and users.


Most of the best BIM and CAD software used in our world today are developed by the Autodesk Software company.

The Autodesk company has developed many construction softwares each having its own distinctive and unique feature and speciality.

Most of its Construction based softwares could be sub-categorized into Architectural softwares, Structural Design software, Mechanical Electrical Plumbing (MEP) Design software, Construction softwares, Infrastructure softwares, etc.

Examples of Autodesk softwares used in construction

Some of the best Construction softwares made by the Autodesk software development company are listed below:

nemt2. Nemetschek Group:

The Nemetschek Group is a pioneer for digital transformation in the AEC industry, They are in fact the best construction technology software development company in the AEC industry.

Nemetschek covers the entire life cycle of building and infrastructure projects with its software solutions and guides its customers into the future of digitalization.

With intelligent and innovative software solutions, the Nemetschek Group increases quality in the building process and improves the digital workflow of all those involved in the building process.

Nemetschek was Founded by Prof. Georg Nemetschek in Munich, Germany, in the year 1963. The company today employs more than 2,900 experts.

With its innovative solutions as the Worldwide leading software provider for Open BIM and 5D, the Group is the only company in the world that maps the entire workflow in the lifecycle of a building or infrastructure project – from the architect’s first sketches to construction to managing and operating the building.

Nemetschek software is guiding architects, engineers of all stripes, Quantity surveyors, building contractors, developers, general administrators, and building managers into the future of digitalization.

The Group has 16 strong entrepreneurial brands at 82 locations around the world. Over the past five years, they have generated average revenue growth of 20 per cent.

Examples of Nemetschek softwares used in construction

Listed below are some of Nemetschek group’s well-known Brands and AEC softwares

An interesting fact about Nemetschek group is that their subsidiary brands still have their own products, Nemetschek group serve as the parent company for Graphisoft, Vectorworks, etc.

These Brands have their AEC software products that are doing well on their own in the AEC and BIM market.

3. Trimble Inc:

This California-based hardware, software, and services technology company are also not left out among the erudite Construction software company Game-shakers in our world today.

Although Trimble global software services cover lots of industrial sectors ranging from agriculture to Building & Construction to Geospatial to Natural Resources and Utilities to  Governments to Transportation and others.

Still, their construction software is known for being one of the best software in the building & construction industry.

Little did Charlie Trimble and two others from Hewlett-Packard know they were creating an entire industry when they founded Trimble in 1978 above the old Los Altos theatre in Silicon Valley.

Trimble now has over 11,500 workers, bagging a net income of $282.8 million (2018) and a Revenue of $3.1 billion (2018) with Robert Painter as the current CEO.

Stating the Fact of the obvious; In the construction industry, Trimble would not have been known or considered as one of the best if not for their wonderful masterpiece of a product known as TEKLA softwares.

Tekla Softwares a subsidiary company to Trimble the parent company, is the software company that is responsible for the fame of Trimble Inc in being one of the best in the Construction industry.

Tekla software solutions for structural engineering and building information modelling drive the evolution of BIM, improve digital construction information workflows, and provide a competitive edge to their users.

The solutions are used for realizing projects around the world, in any material, from housing and bridges to factories and skyscrapers in construction and structural and civil engineering.

Using the accurate, information-rich model information serves the entire construction workflow. Tekla software solutions bring significant efficiencies and cost benefits to projects through the seamless collaboration between the project parties.

Tekla develops the Building Information Modeling (BIM) software that allows the construction industry to work more efficiently.

Their BIM software solutions are used around the world to create, combine, manage, and distribute accurate, constructible multi-material models of all structures from residential buildings and offshore platforms to complex landmark structures.

With Trimble and partners, Tekla’s BIM software can cover the entire construction workflow from structural design to manufacturing to site.

Trimble is also known in the Construction industry for being the owner of softwares like Trimble Connect and sketch up(previously owned by Google).

4. Dassault Systèmes:

(Abbreviated as 3DS), The 3d experience Company That Provides Business And People With Virtual Universes To Imagine Sustainable Innovations.

Dassault Systèmes founded by Marcel Dassault with Bernard Charlès as the current CEO in 2002 has been one of the best software development companies in general currently in the world today.

It is headquartered in Vélizy-Villacoublay, France, and has around 20,000 employees in 140 different countries.

The Software company is majorly concerned with making 3D modelling applications, simulation applications creating virtual twins of products or production systems, social and collaborative applications, and information intelligence applications.

Dassault Systèmes is known in the construction industry majorly because of the popular 3D design software known as CATIA and SolidWorks.

SolidWorks leads the global 3D computer-aided design (CAD) industry with easy-to-use 3D software that trains and supports the world’s engineering and design teams as they drive tomorrow’s product innovation.

SolidWorks possess an intuitive and robust set of 3D design capabilities combined with data management and conceptual design with subdivision modelling.

One can connect the right people with real-time information and the right tools on one unified platform to make better decisions faster with SolidWorks.

CATIA is the world’s engineering and design leading software for product 3D CAD design excellence. It addresses all manufacturing organizations, from Original Equipment Managers (OEMs) through their supply chains, to small independent producers.

CATIA delivers the unique ability not only to model any product but to do so in the context of its real-life behaviour: design in the age of experience.

Systems architects, engineers, designers, construction professionals, and all contributors can define, imagine, and shape the connected world with CATIA.

These two wonderful softwares have made Dassault Systèmes a prominent software development company in the AEC Industry.


5. Bentley Systems Inc:

is an American-based software development company that develops, manufactures, licenses, sells and supports computer software and services for the design, construction, and operation of infrastructure in the construction industry.

Founded in 1984 in Exton, Pennsylvania by Keith A. BentleyBarry J. Bentley with Greg Bentley their Brother who was also a Co-Founder of the company is now the current CEO of the Bentley systems construction software company.

The company’s software serves the building, plant, civil, and geospatial markets in the areas of architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), and operations.

Their software products are used to design, engineer, build, and operate large constructed assets such as roadways, railways, bridges, buildings, industrial plants, power plants, and utility networks.

Around the world, engineers and architects, constructors, and owner-operators are using Bentley’s software solutions to accelerate project delivery and improve asset performance for the infrastructure that sustains our economy and our environment.

Bentley Systems employs more than 4,000 colleagues and generates annual revenues of more than $700 million, in 172 countries.

However one should note that Bentley Motors Limited and Bentley system Inc. are not related in any way as it’s just a mere coincidence having similar names.

Bentley Motors Limited is a British manufacturer and marketer of luxury cars and SUVs, and a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group since 1998. Headquartered in Crewe, England,  with Walter Owen Bentley as the founder.

While Bentley Systems, Incorporated, is an American-based software development company that develops computer software and services in the AEC industry.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated includes products and services such as Asset Lifecycle Information Management, Asset Reliability, Bridge Analysis, Building Design, Civil Design, Construction, Geotechnical Engineering, Mobility Simulation and Analytics, Modeling and Visualization, Structural Analysis, Pipe Stress & Vessel Analysis, and Project Delivery.

Examples of Bentley softwares used in construction

Some of Bentley’s system popular and well-used brand softwares include

  • Hevacomp (Dynamic Simulation, Electrical Designer, Mechanical Designer)
  • OpenBuildings (Designer, Speedikon, Station Designer)
  • Legion (Simulator, Station Designer)
  • iTwin

BIMobject5. BIMobject:

The company founded by Stefan Larsson in 2011 has also been a part of the construction software development movement in the construction industry.

BIMobject is gaining global interest, the whole industry is starting to understand that increased communication with the Manufacturers, as well as smart delivery of product information and know-how, is a key to the plan, designing and constructing better.

BIMobject provides design inspiration and digital product information to the world’s architects and engineers while giving building product manufacturers a better way to reach, influence, and understand them.

What’s interesting about BIMobject is that by publishing your products on BIMobject, you make them available to a world of building designers. So when they need product inspiration for their next design or BIM files for a tender, you’re right there.

Their publishing tools make it easy to upload and manage your brand and product information swiftly.

With over 1,900+ building product brands, 2 million registered users, and 175 employees worldwide, BIMobject is on a mission to digitalize construction for a more sustainable future.

Another interesting fact is that 2 million architects and engineers worldwide have used the BIMobject® Cloud to find products and files for the buildings they create.

They serve as a global marketplace for the construction industry, that provides architects and engineers with the information and inspiration they need to design buildings faster, smarter, and greener.

Examples of BIMobject softwares used in construction

Some of their well-known softwares include

Definitely, there are many other Construction based software development companies doing well out there but based on the reviews and degree of usage of the softwares from these software development companies. They are in doubt the best software companies when it comes to the Construction industry especially when it deals with BIM, CAD, and Cost management softwares.






Since childhood, I have always been captivated by the process of construction and the creation of the built environment. This passion, combined with my love of mathematics, quantitative reasoning, and logical thinking, led me to pursue a career in Quantity Surveying. As someone who is both a proficient writer and an avid reader, I am excited to continue exploring this field and contributing to the industry through my skills and knowledge.

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