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Vectorworks Architect 2011

Software // 06 April, 2011 11:32 Submitted by // Dorrny Westerfield

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When AEC professionals think of BIM applications, Vectorworks Architect may not immediately come to mind. While Vectorworks has been around for over 25 years now—it originated as MiniCAD in the mid-1980s—it has best been known for providing cost-effective CAD and 3D modeling capabilities on the Mac and Windows platforms. For several years, the tag-line of the product was “CAD for the Smart-Sized Firm.” Its relatively low price compared to other CAD and 3D modeling tools attracted many solo practitioners and small firms, who continue to remain a strong customer base for the product. A few years ago, its developer, Nemetschek Vectorworks (formerly known as Nemetschek North America), started adding BIM capabilities to Vectorworks Architect, allowing it to be positioned as a cost-effective BIM alternative for those architectural firms that are holding back from BIM implementation because of the cost. Let’s explore the BIM capabilities of the application and see if it is indeed possible to create a full-fledged BIM model with it. (A more detailed, comparative evaluation of Vectorworks Architect vis-à-vis other BIM applications can be found in the recently released BIM Evaluation Study Report.).

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