Gent, Belgium-based Bricsys is slowly emerging as a software developer of a powerful and unique BIM application for architects and other AEC professionals. The company hosted a major user and partner conference recently in Paris where they introduced the latest BricsCAD® V18 series of CAD and BIM products.
What Bricsys Offers
Bricsys offers three fundamental products: BricsCAD, BricsCAD BIM, BricsCAD Sheet Metal, and a fourth special type of product called Communicator for BricsCAD.
At the heart of their solutions are a trilingual (Mac, Windows, Linux) set of native DWG technologies, which means, in short, that like European neighbor Greabert in Germany, their technology is advancing what is possible with the AutoCAD DWG format.
Bricsys has taken a unique approach and is moving towards target applications of the DWG file format, now considered far less important in the eyes of its creator, Autodesk, then it once was two decades ago. This is particularly true with respect to BIM where Autodesk has Revit and its family of technologies to address the full spectrum of AEC BIM.
What Bricsys has done is advance DWG’s role within the BIM market by basing a true 3D BIM product around the CAD industry’s lingua franca of file formats.
New in BricsCAD BIM 18
For starters, BricsCAD BIM 18 supports Autodesk’s new 2018 DWG file format, plus new object-enabler technology adds the ability to access the full range of custom civil engineering objects stored in AutoCAD Civil 3D’s DWG files. This enhances the tool’s appeal for AE firms that have civil engineering components.
The new modeling tech that Bricsys has developed is aiming its cross-hairs directly at Trimble’s SketchUp
Bricsys is aiming its DWG CAD technology at ease-of-use 3D modeling and this publication has already talked about its SketchUp rival new modeling tool in this post here. New in BricsCAD BIM 18 is a feature called BIM Drag, which makes it easy to place multiple solids or groups of solids in the BIM model. This joins the new version 18 solid Manipulator. Along with this new modeling tech the new Create Window command lets you add a fully parametric window from any close contour on a wall surface.
Adding Machine Intelligence to BIM
New BIMIFY technology lets the software classify your BIM objects for you, says the company on its website. It works by analyzing your entire model and uses geometric data to define IFC classification types and spatial locations for model entities. The command will respect all human-entered data and not overwrite your settings. BIMIFY can also automatically create Buildings and Stories by analyzing 2D data.
BIM Suggest command uses an application of artificial intelligence. Select any two solids and BIM Suggest will analyze their connection and suggest similar connections in the model where the same connection in the model can be applied.
BIM Classify groups core, architectural, structural and building services. Xrefs are supported as BIM objects and may be classified and have a BIM location, which presumably is a location in the geometry model.
IFC support has improved to the point where windows, and presumably doors too, come in as both parametric and associative.
Data extraction now supports ply quantities and materials, thus adding value to take-off information by capturing key information that can otherwise be left out. And the Section command can create interior elevations as volumetric solids with full control over their display properties. Also, within section entities, interior elevations can be displayed or suppressed.
To learn more about BricsCAD BIM 18 visit them online here.
Architosh Analysis and Comments
- A substantial amount of AEC professionals have not embraced BIM and are largely still utilizing 2D CAD working methodologies, often on the AutoCAD platform. Bricsys is betting that they can win these customers away from Autodesk and at the same time offer them a simplified and unified migration path to BIM.
- While Bricsys is a strong technology provider it is hardly without its direct AutoCAD clone rivals. The big difference with the Gent-based developer is they are starting to provide big differentiating technology that also happens to center itself on pain points many DWG-based AEC users are experiencing with the BIM transformation.
- The new modeling tech that Bricsys has developed is aiming its cross-hairs directly at Trimble’s SketchUp, which is a massive rival to take on. That will prove no easy task.