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Power your 3D building design workflow

Watch overview video (2:25 min.)
See what you can do


Design to your standards

  • Work more efficiently with tools designed for architects
  • Develop higher-quality, more accurate designs
  • Use both CAD- and BIM-based workflows

Visualize to improve collaboration, explore design options

  • Use visualizations to help communicate design intent
  • Explore and present design options
  • Evaluate designs before they are built

Make more informed design decisions

  • Create more efficient buildings with energy analysis tools
  • Gain better insight into constructability using 3D models
  • Help resolve conflicts before construction

(Video: 2:50 min.)


Visually explore project constructability

  • Determine project complexity, and labor and materials scope
  • Aggregate data for whole project review
  • More effectively coordinate site and workflow planning
Manage costs more effectively
  • Rapidly generate material takeoffs
  • Evaluate the cost of design alternatives
  • Maintain more accurate budgets

Better predict and communicate project outcomes

  • Simulate schedules and logistics in 4D
  • Quickly assess scope changes
  • Compare actual schedule to forecasts

(Video: 2:46 min.)

Structural engineer

Design more efficiently

  • Design with intelligent, information-rich models
  • Explore design alternatives to select the best option
  • Connect design intent with analysis and fabrication

Conduct analysis and create visualizations

  • Communicate design intent more clearly 
  • Perform more accurate simulation and analysis
  • Minimize waste and total embodied energy

Collaborate with building project teams

  • Help resolve conflicts before construction
  • Share designs with detailers, fabricators, and contractors
  • Document more accurately—from design to fabrication

(Video: 2:36 min.)

MEP engineer

Create better MEP systems

  • Design more accurately with BIM
  • Design complex building systems with greater efficiency
  • Facilitate coordination of designs using 3D models

Visualize to gain better project insight

  • Communicate ideas with integrated visualization tools
  • Simulate early and often to better predict performance
  • Evaluate designs before they are built

Design and build more accurately

  • Create more coordinated construction documents
  • Help resolve conflicts before construction
  • Deliver documentation, models, and renderings

(Video: 2:50 min.)

Expand business potential as a BIM-ready firm

  • Participate in projects requiring BIM
  • Use high-impact visuals to present your ideas
  • Win more work with additional services

Improve efficiency and minimize costs

  • Provide teams with flexible tools for different needs
  • Exercise greater control over project costs and schedules
  • Create innovative designs

Standardize your toolset

  • Take advantage of advanced technologies
  • Minimize IT costs by using a single suite
  • Help streamline learning and use with a single toolset

(Video: 2:50 min.)
Power your 3D building design workflow

Design and construct better buildings with intelligent 3D building design software tools. Building Design Suite helps to provide the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM), with tools for design and documentation, visualization, simulation, and project collaboration. Compete for new work whether your project requires BIM or CAD.
Building design & documentation

Site planning tools

Convey building site planning concepts within Revit.

Comprehensive CAD software

Use powerful CAD tools based on AutoCAD software.

Powerful BIM software

Create intelligent 3D building designs with Revit.

View and edit point cloud data

Clean, organize, and visualize large data sets.

Incorporate scanned 2D data

Edit scanned drawings and plans in AutoCAD software.

(Video: 1:40 min.)

Building project collaboration

BIM coordination with AutoCAD 2017

Model in context with integrated Navisworks models.

Detect clashes better with in aggregated models

Find and resolve design conflicts more effectively and easily.

(Video: 8:15 min.)

Help identify costly conflicts

Aggregate multiple models into a single file.

(Video: 1:56 min.)

Improve BIM collaboration

Work more effectively using Revit software.

Create fabrication drawings faster

Design building components with Inventor.

A360 Collaboration for Revit cloud service*

Connect teams and access BIM data in the cloud.

*Cloud service

IFC certification and linking

Collaborate with designers using other file types.

Building simulation

Insight 360 - Optimize building performance outcomes*

Insight 360 empowers architects and integrated teams with centralized access to performance data and advanced analysis engines.

*Cloud service

Energy Analysis for Revit*

Determine energy and building lifecycle costs.

(Video: 2:43 min.)

*Cloud service

Powerful quantification tools

More quickly and accurately quantify project models.

Structural design simulation

Make better decisions with integrated simulation.

(Video: 7:03 min.)

Structural Analysis for Revit*

Explore and visualize results.

*Cloud service

Lighting Analysis for Revit*

Faster and more accurate lighting analysis.

*Cloud service

Building visualization

3D visualization tools

Create building visualizations.

(Video: 3:12 min.)

3D presentation software

Present your design ideas in 3D.

(Video: 3:52 min.)

Cloud rendering*

Create visualizations without tying up the desktop.

(Video: 3:37 min.)

*Cloud service

Design validation with Navisworks Manage

Improve control over project outcomes.
System requirements for Autodesk Building Design Suite Standard 2017
Supported OS 32-Bit OS ¹:
Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium ², Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise
Microsoft® Windows® 8.1, Pro, Enterprise
Microsoft® Windows® 10, Pro, Enterprise, Home, Education

64-bit OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium ², Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise
Microsoft Windows 8.1, Pro, Enterprise
Microsoft® Windows® 10, Pro, Enterprise

¹ Autodesk Showcase® 2017 and Autodesk ReCap™ 2017  are not supported in 32-Bit.
² Autodesk Recap 2017 not supported on Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
CPU Type 32-Bit OS:
Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD® Athlon™ Dual Core, 3.0 GHz or Higher with SSE2 technology

64-Bit OS:
AMD Athlon™ 64 or AMD Opteron™ with SSE2 technology
Intel Xeon® or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
Memory Minimum
2 GB RAM (32-Bit OS: 3 GB Recommended; 64-Bit OS: 8 GB Recommended)


Autodesk ReCap 2017, Autodesk Showcase 2017
4 GB RAM (8 GB Recommended)
Video Minimum
Windows display adapter capable of 1280x1024 (1600x1050 Recommended) with True Color capabilities


3D Modeling in AutoCAD 2017, AutoCAD Architecture 2017, AutoCAD MEP 2017, AutoCAD Raster Design 2017
1280 x 1024 True color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D® capable workstation class graphics card.  DirectX11 compliant card recommended.

Autodesk Showcase® 2017
Certified hardware-accelerated graphics card with a minimum of 512MB graphics memory (1GB recommended) and DirectX® 9 support.

Autodesk ReCap 2017
Windows display adapter capable of 1600x1050 with True Color capabilities. OpenGL® 3.3 capable graphics device with 256 MB memory
Hard Disk 15 GB
Pointing Device Minimum
MS-Mouse compliant (Three-button recommended)
Media Download via internet or installation from USB 2.0 key
Connectivity Internet connection for license registration, prerequisite component download, Subscription-enabled features, and full user assistance documentation.
Software Minimum
Microsoft Internet Explorer® 9.0 (or later)
Virtualization Minimum
Citrix® XenApp™ 6.5 FP1
Citrix® XenDesktop™ 5.6


Autodesk Showcase 2017, AutoCAD Raster Design 2017, Autodesk ReCap 2017
Not Supported