Since 1998 I have worked in many offices as a 3D specialist and CAD operator with many types of software, none of which has lived up to its promised enhancements or import-export formats. Back in 1999 there were promises of single 3D database files which would automatically update schedules and 2D layouts etc. To this day the vast majority of practices are still using 2D "dumb" drawing files and wasting countless hours tracking changes in plan, section, elevation etc.
Is this due to the billing models most large scale offices use to generate fees? Is BIM finally here for use by the profession?
What is the best and most efficient software available to architects?
According to my views and experience AutoCAD (2D & 3D) and ArchiCAD are the best softwares.
AutoCAD is available worldwide, during exchange if buildings plans, sections and other details, it they are made in AutoCAD, it will be easy to open. No doubt Revit, Rhino or 3D Max are best for presentation purposes.
Thanks for your thoughts. I have used all of those isted and I agree those are the best available but I was hoping to learn that there is better software out there.
I think architecture is 15 years behind automotive and aerospace,industrial design etc for software. Its a shame.
Well Lyle, thanks for replying. Well, I have to say I agree there are a few problem with dwg exporting, but the big deal is the IFC issue. DWG is not a universal format, even is the most popular and used. ArchiCAD 14 exports to Revit structure, Tekla, allplan and another application on IFC language, perfectly.
I know your situation. Everybody here use AutoCAD. I used it. One day, so much time ago, I decided to learn ArchiCAD (In that time, Revit wasn't a popular soft, in fact it wasn't an Autodesk property). From there, it had been hard to set a new working style. If you "can't hire anyone who knows howto use it", I couldn't find anyone to hire me to use it. It's not different now. I'm working using ArchiCAD with a friend (running on our own) and THE CLIENTS (more important than engineers and colleagues) just love it. Technically, we're getting loyalty from them. They don't want to see 2D floorplans anymore, they want to see the 3D model and explore it in 3D view with textures, shadows, lights, etc..just like ArchiCAD can do it (like a videogame shooter). Is wonderfull. And that experience is what sells a project. I think clients love ArchiCAD more than I could, and they said we have an advantage on the other firms.
As you see, time changes. So don't worry. Sooner or later you will find someone to hire and start a brilliant career like a project salesman!!!...jaja. Just kidding.
Lastly, I offer my portfolio whenever you need it.
Good to read you.