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Will ProgeCAD support drawings on a project requiring the use of BIM?

Most of the contractors on the project are utilizing AutoCAD2016 using Revit objects.  I'd prefer to use ProgeCAD for multiple reasons.
asked 9 months ago in progeCAD by charles day / Level: Smart End of the Tape Measure (4 points)

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Dear Customer,

progeCAD is a generic CAD, developed as an alternative to the standard AutoCAD version, our reference software.
As AutoCAD, progeCAD can't manage objects defined with Revit.

You can however directly test if progeCAD fulfills your needs, the 30 days Free Trial period is available, after installing it.

Best Regards
answered 9 months ago by progeCAD / Level: Engineering Manager (3,668 points)
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Dear Charles,

I am a recent ProgeCAD convert and I have been researching and testing how and to what extend (if any) can CAD add information to a Building Information Model.

In my experience and opinion BIM is being developed with a design mentality in mind and as it is driven mostly by multinational proprietary software companies.

Sadly these companies have a commercial motive to be the chosen BIM platform and are not investing as heavily in open source and interoperability problems.

Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) is the open source standard format for BIM but there are still a lot of interoperability issues when transferring proprietary software like Revit into other BIM software packages.

In my opinion is too early to commit to a proprietary software provider for BIM if you are a small or micro business. The reason is because even if you were able to buy all the BIM software packages from Autodesk you would still find quite a lot of things that do not work yet and others have limitations.

Again in my opinion, the entire BIM offering from Autodesk is very expensive probably over $3,000 a year in fees now that perpetual licences are no longer available since the 31st of January 2016 and for me the deal breaker is the time to learn all the different packages to be able to apply BIM in everything we do.

The learning curve of becoming proficient in Navisworks, Revit, AutoCAD Civil 3D, ReCap etc. it is a deal breaker unless you are already a early competent user.

If your work and revenue stream is mostly Revit related you could look at Autodesk Revit LT Suite that is a lot cheaper.

Although the reason for me to explore ProgeCAD is because ProgeCAD Architecture offers the possibility of importing and exporting IFC files from a DWG format.

In principle you could probably ask the contractors to send you the objects in the IFC format and open them with ProgeCAD Architecture as 3D blocks in a DWG environment.

I will be testing this myself in the next few weeks so if you are interested I can let you know how it goes for me.

Hope this helps,

Manuel Bello-Cano
answered 6 months ago by BIM4SITE / Level: Smart End of the Tape Measure (20 points)

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