What is BIM?
Building Information Modeling

Find out what BIM is and its benefits. Here are the answers to your questions regarding BIM (Building Information Modeling) widely used in the construction and architecture sectors. Designing and Building better with BIM.
Building Information Modeling helps all AEC sector professionals to optimize their design workflows leading through to the construction phases and building operations.

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Collaboration, interoperability, coordination - ACCA software

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is increasingly becoming a reality that implies collaboration, interoperability and coordination between the different design disciplines of the construction industry.

BIM authoring software - ACCA software

The BIM process can not disregard the use of software tools ("BIM Authoring" and "BIM Tools") and collaborative platforms capable of creating and managing the digital BIM model.

BIM process - ACCA software

The software allows the correct management of the BIM process throughout the entire project lifecycle.

What is the purpose of BIM?

BIM is the acronym, now widely accepted in all languages, of Building Information Modeling equivalent to a Building’s Data Model.

BIM is both the intelligent 3D Model-based data structure and the processes involved in generating and managing digital representations of the building’s physical and functional characteristics.

What is BIM? building information modeling - designing and building better with bim - ACCA software

For professionals involved in this process, BIM allows the use of a virtual model of information and data that can be managed and manipulated by a design team, such as architects, landscape architects, surveyors, experts, civil engineers, structural engineers, plant engineers, main contractor, subcontractors and of course, the real estate investor or buyer. Each professional role adds specific data to the building’s model according to their discipline and shares this info with all the other professional roles. This reduces the loss of information that typically occurs when a new team interacts and modifies the project data, thus providing further information to others involved in the management of complex structures.

In a nutshell, the industry tends to a business model in which multiple sources converge at a single point. The first theoretical models and computer systems with experimental hardware and software date back to the 70s of last century, as the prototype shown in "An Outline of the Building Description System" by C. Eastman, published 1974.

Years before ADSL routers, smart-phones, powerful computer and graphics processors, high-definition screens and especially the advanced software solutions available today, this giant operational step would certainly not have been possible. The evolution of Computer technology has in fact been favored by the increasing need in exchanges and interoperability of digital information and accessible from everywhere. The advantages and the increase in productivity are tangible for everyone and especially for those involved in the construction industry and their work processes.

On the scale of a building’s life cycle, BIM stands for shared resource of information providing a reliable basis for decisions from the project concept phase through to demolition, and for its entire life-cycle. This kind of model and collaborative approach, allows to keep all issues, including the financial and environmental aspects, in focus with complete control over urbanization regulations, construction costs, together with maintenance costs, and energy efficiency requirements.

Governments and organizations around the world have introduced targeted regulatory systems and promote the use of BIM technology to benefit in terms of reduced building and project management costs, improved productivity, greater ease of finding project related information, greater coordination in planning and better viewing. The directive on European public procurement (EUPPD) requires you to specify or award public contracts with the obligation to use BIM software technology which are funded by public authorities, belonging to the 28 European member states, by 2016. Several states in Asia and North America have already adopted similar strategies.

BIM software list

The ACCA BIM solutions are the result of extensive experience in different areas of the construction industry and indeed provide added value.


BIM collaboration platform

The BIM collaborative platform to manage information and procedures in a single data sharing environment (CDE). Navigable BIM model (freeMDD), control of each step (GATE).


BIM viewer and more

The free IFC file viewer with which you open, edit, convert and export in the IFC format also AutoCAD® 3D model files (.dwg), SketchUp® (.skp) and also write IFC parameters.


BIM Clash Detection

The BIM Clash Detection software for checking BIM element interferences and conflicts management between different IFC-Open BIM models, such as the architectural, structural or MEP system.

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BIM Modeling Software

The Architectural design software to develop your projects together with extraordinary archviz presentations, control project construction scheduling aspects and costs, collaborate in the BIM process in total security.

Edificius LAND
Edificius LAND

Garden design, External spaces and Terrain Modelling

The Professional software for gardens, green areas and landscaping design. Import the 3D terrain model directly from Google Maps® and design with easy-to-use modelling tools.

Technology already integrated in Edificius
Edificius MEP
Edificius MEP

BIM technical installation systems modeling

The software for modeling installation systems, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, in a fully compliant BIM workflow. The 3D guide for detailed modeling, perfectly integrated with the architecture and structure of the building

Technology already integrated in Edificius

BIM for Structural Design

EN 1990 Eurocode 0 Basis of structural design
EN 1991 Eurocode 1 Actions on structures
EN 1992 Eurocode 2 Design of concrete structures
EN 1993 Eurocode 3 Design of steel structures
EN 1995 Eurocode 5 Design of timber structures
EN 1996 Eurocode 6 Design of masonry structures
EN 1997 Eurocode 7 Geotechnical design
EN 1998 Eurocode 8 Design of structures for earthquake resistance
EdiLus CONCRETEEurocodes

Design of Concrete Structures

The software for the analysis and structural design of new and existing reinforced concrete buildings according to Eurocodes (EC). BIM modeling, automatic reinforcement design and scheduling, accurate working drawings.

EdiLus STEELEurocodes

Design of Steel Structures

Steel structures analysis and design software according to Eurocodes (EC). 3D BIM modeling with "Magnetic Grid" technology, 3D design and verification of member connections.

EdiLus MASONRYEurocodes

Design of Masonry Structures

The software for verifying load-bearing masonry structures, either ordinary or reinforced, for new and existing buildings according to Eurocodes regulations (EC). BIM modeling, static and dynamic analysis with HP-BEAM and HP-SHELL elements.

NBR 6118 Projeto de estruturas de cemento
NBR 6120 Cargas para o cálculo de estruturas de edificções
NBR 6122 Projeto e execução de fundações
NBR 6123 Forces devidas ao vento em em edificações
NBR 8681 Ações e segurança nas estruturas
NBR 15421 Projeto de estruturas resistentes a sismos
EdiLus CONCRETEABNT - Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas

Projeto de Estruturas de Concreto

O software para a análise e o projeto estrutural de edifícios de concreto armado, novos e existentes, de acordo com as normas técnicas brasileiras (NBR). Modelagem BIM, projeto automático das armaduras, desenhos executivos precisos.