Xyicon: Asset Information Modeling for AEC

This review explores the unique value proposition of Xyicon in building a bridge between the AEC and non-AEC users who need to collaborate on the detailed interior design of a facility, either using 2D floor plans or a BIM model via a Revit add-in.

Sova3D Platform for City Information Modeling

This review explores the Sova3D CIM platform which is being actively implemented in several Finnish cities to support their planning and management activities, as well as for online building permitting, one of its key use cases.

Skema: Jumpstarting BIM

This review takes a detailed look at Skema, a new web-based conceptual design tool for architects that aims to “fast forward” the traditional design process to get to the BIM model by using neural network technology for automation.

Allplan 2024

The new version of Allplan is chock-full of new features and updates, making it one of the most comprehensive BIM applications for architecture, engineering, infrastructure, detailing, prefabrication and precast, and construction planning.

More Reviews

ALICE Core for Construction Optioneering

Newforma Konekt: Design Collaboration + Project Information Management

Trimble Connect

Allplan 2022

Archicad 25

IES Intelligent Communities Lifecycle (ICL)

Layer: Capturing and Organizing Building Data

IDEA Architecture 19

Visicon: Model Review and Validation

Allplan 2019

Solibri Model Checker

BIM Handbook, Third Edition (Book Review)

Allplan 2018

vPlanner: Visual Planning to Facilitate Building Construction

ArchiCAD 9

BIMx Docs

Join: Collaborative Project Delivery Platform

Allplan 2023

Archicad 26

Spaces: iPad App for Conceptual Design

Enscape: Real-Time Design Visualization

Nearmap: Aerial Imagery for AEC


Understanding BIM (Book Review)

FINE MEP: BIM for MEP Engineering


BIM for Facility Managers (Book Review)

Naturally Animated Architecture (Book Review)

Cityzenith Smart World for City Information Modeling

Aconex: Cloud Platform for AEC Collaboration

Piranesi 4

Selected Earlier Articles

Thornton Tomasetti

CORE Studio: AEC Technology Development at Thornton Tomasetti

This article explores the cutting-edge AEC technology applications developed by CORE Studio, a dedicated software development group at Thornton Tomasetti. The applications including Konstru, Swarm, Asterisk, Trace, and many more for design, analysis, collaboration and visualization.

Layer software

Layer: Capturing and Organizing Building Data

Layer is a new AEC application that was launched close to six months ago to address what seems to be an obvious need in the industry—organizing and integrating the vast amount of disparate data that is typically collected on site during the retrofit or construction of a building project.

Merdeka 118

Merdeka 118: Project Profile

Fender Katsalidis describes the implementation of AEC technology on the “Merdeka 118” project, a 118-storey, mega-tall skyscraper under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Upon completion, it will become the tallest building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, and the second-tallest building in the world.

Social Distance Modelling

Social Distance Modelling for COVID

This article describes the research that was conducted by a team at the Technical University of Denmark to study the impact of COVID-19 on the passenger flow in the Copenhagen Metro, using passenger flow data and station floorplan drawings as well as Bentley Legion software for simulation of pedestrian flow.