OpenBuildings Designer

Explore, design, and deliver innovative buildings faster

Multidiscipline Building Design Software

Design, analyse, document, and visualise buildings of any size, form, and complexity. Effectively communicate design intent and bridge barriers between building disciplines and geographically distributed teams.

OpenBuildings Designer (formerly AECOsim Building Designer) provides Building Information Modelling (BIM) advancements so you can deliver buildings faster and with greater confidence – confidence in your design, workflow, capabilities and deliverables.

Pricing and Purchase

Analyse building system performance

Simulate real-world performance and evaluate building system performances so you can quickly discover the best design choices. Inform early design decisions with conceptual energy analysis that provides peak loads, annual energy calculations, energy consumptions, carbon emissions, and fuel costs.

Collaborate across multidiscipline teams

Includes tools for architectural, electrical, mechanical, and structural systems design in one application. Coordinate your designs better thanks to a common design environment and a streamlined workflow. Resolve clashes with built-in clash detection and share mark-ups of models and documentation across teams to reduce project errors.

Design buildings and facilities

Develop and design buildings and facilities of any size and complexity with comprehensive architectural tools. Produce coordinated architectural documentation directly from the building model. Create floor plans, sections, elevations, and schedules for any architectural component.

Design building structures

Model steel, concrete, and timber structures from walls, foundations, and columns to other structural components. Produce plans, framing layouts, sections, and elevations. Integrate with detailing applications including Bentley’s ProStructures.

Design MEP systems

Design complex MEP systems. Model fully parametric air-handling, piping, and plumbing systems. Design lighting, power, fire-detection, and other electrical subsystems.

Generate building documentation and reports

Produce high-quality and reliable documents directly from your intelligent building model. Ensure that drawings are up to date and accurately represent your design by publishing design model views. Link specifications, engineering calculations, and equipment documentation to models and drawings to support building operations.

Refine design alternatives

Iterate designs quickly by dynamically modelling or manipulating geometry. Discover more possibilities and explore a broad range of “what-if” alternatives in less time. Design with freedom and model anything of any form, size, and complexity without restrictions and limitations.

Visualise building designs

Produce visualisations of models and further refine potential designs. Generate images and animations with life-like detail and high-end photo realistic renderings with no need for additional software.

Key features

  • Multidiscipline: Increase collaboration among architects, mechanical, electrical and structural engineers with a shared set of tools and workflows

  • Interoperability: Integrate information you have from multiple formats and easily work on projects of any size

  • Information-rich deliverables: Clearly communicate your design intent with reliable deliverables that you can easily customise 

  • Unrestrictive design environment: Model anything with total freedom from buildings with simple to highly complex geometry and designs

  • Building performance: Simulate buildings and predict real-world performance of the asset quickly and with precision to explore various options for iterative refinement

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