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Specification Section: AEC Software

Todd Danielson on January 2, 2016 - in AEC Software, Directory, specification section

AEC Software

Although sometimes slow to adopt cutting-edge software technology, AEC firms are starting to fully embrace building information modeling (BIM), reality capture and other critical AEC software. These tools make engineers’ jobs easier to perform while making their designs better, more efficient and less susceptible to risk.

Read below for a selection of AEC software from a variety of providers. This summary listing is meant to introduce you to leading and varied solutions, with contact information to obtain further information. If we missed your company, e-mail [email protected], and we’ll add it to our more-complete online catalog.


Advitam-Sixense provides a distinct spread of tools that improve knowledge of infrastructure condition through asset management software, sensor technology and instrumentation as well as nondestructive testing. Our integrated solutions unify inspections and monitoring data to optimize infrastructure management and decision processes. ScanPrint® is our software that optimizes bridge and asset inspections as well as management of any infrastructure. EverSense® systems are turnkey instrumentation deliveries used for monitoring anything from a single bridge to large infrastructure networks. EverScan® is a unique portfolio of nondestructive measurement methods focusing on cable and post tensioned structures.

[email protected]

(703) 674-0485



Autodesk Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Since its introduction of AutoCAD® software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets. Autodesk offers a number of tools for the structural industry, including:

Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional

Provides engineers with advanced BIM-integrated structural analysis and tools that design the behavior of any structure type and verify code compliance.

Autodesk® Revit®

A single software application that supports a multi-discipline BIM workflow from concept to construction. Use Revit to model designs with precision, optimize performance and collaborate more effectively.

Autodesk® Advance Steel

Advance Steel 3D structural steel detailing software helps improve accuracy and reduce time to fabrication, while enabling a more connected BIM workflow.

Andrew Morrison

[email protected]

(844) 262-9170


Autodesk Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection

Are you prepared for the age of connected buildings and infrastructure? New technology is connecting every stage of the design-to-build-to-own process. The future of AEC is here, opening up new opportunities to drive efficiency, innovation and profitability. Autodesk Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and develops the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets, including tools for the AEC industry.

The Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection gives you the broadest portfolio of software and cloud technologies so you can design higher quality and more sustainable buildings as well as deliver more scalable, resilient civil infrastructure.

Kristin Crawford
[email protected]
(412) 455-7712



AVEVA has been at the forefront of engineering and information management software for over 45 years. During that time much has changed, but our focus has remained on helping customers work with less risk, shorter lead times and greater efficiency. As we look to the future, we have anticipated what will be required for our clients to achieve lean steel fabrication, and we will deliver this via an initiative called The Future of Steel Fabrication.

AVEVA has combined AVEVA Bocad™, the most powerful, productive and complete structural steel detailing solution, with AVEVA FabTrol™, the global market-leading information and production management system for steel fabrication. The result is the world’s most powerful and integrated end-to-end solution available for the steel fabrication industry.

Together, these solutions are driving the Future of Steel Fabrication, continually creating new capabilities to transform the structural steel industry.

Simon Slater

[email protected]

(832) 204-5618



Bentley Reality Modeling

Bentley reality modeling software allows infrastructure professionals to integrate uniquely rich and accurate 3D reality context into their design, construction and operations workflows. You can capture, process or reuse existing site condition data with our 3D imaging and point-cloud processing software, including ContextCapture, Bentley Descartes, Bentley LumenRT and Pointools. With revolutionary capabilities to automatically produce precise 3D models from ordinary photos, ContextCapture streamlines capture-to-model workflows, eliminating time-consuming translations and accelerating workflows to integrate real-world context for use throughout the infrastructure asset lifecycle. Bentley Systems is a software development company that supports the professional needs of those responsible for creating and managing the world’s infrastructure, including roadways, bridges, airports, skyscrapers, industrial and power plants as well as utility networks with solutions for the entire lifecycle of the infrastructure asset.

David Huie

[email protected]

(610) 458-2631


Bentley Systems Inc.

Bentley offers structural and bridge engineers and designers comprehensive design and analysis software.

• Structures: Consider multiple design alternatives quickly and early in your design process. Tackle projects with confidence and quickly produce high quality and economical designs. Synchronize model data with confidence among your entire design team, including detailing 3D models for all of your structural projects. Design structures anywhere in the world, using over 80 international codes, with RAM and STAAD.

Address modeling, design and analysis of all bridge types with Bentley’s wide range of integrated bridge applications. Experience enriched problem solving at every stage of the project delivery process, from planning, design and engineering to construction simulation and analysis.

• BIM for Bridges: Address modeling, design and analysis of all bridge types on both existing and new structures with Bentley’s wide range of integrated bridge applications. Experience enriched problem solving at every stage of the project delivery process, from planning, design and engineering to construction simulation and analysis. Your result: remarkably better engineered bridges. Develop intelligent 3D parametric bridge models within the context of an overall transportation project using OpenBridge Modeler for rapid and iterative design. Integrate with civil design applications to access civil data to see how your project interacts with alignment, terrain, drainage and surrounding structures. Interoperate with Bentley’s bridge analysis and design applications, LEAP Bridge Concrete, LEAP Bridge Steel, RM Bridge and ProStructures.

[email protected]




Bluebeam Inc.’s award-winning desktop, mobile and cloud solutions push the limits of digital collaboration to enable professionals who work in the most document-intensive industries to do what they do better. Bluebeam Revu provides powerful PDF creation, markup, editing and collaboration technology for paperless workflows and is used by the world’s top architectural, engineering and construction firms; oil and gas companies; manufacturers; government agencies; and municipalities to reduce paper usage by more than 85 percent and increase productivity by over 60 percent. Download a 30-day trial at www.bluebeam.com.

[email protected]

(866) 496-2140


Certainty 3D LLC

TopoDOT is a set of tools to make the feature extraction from point cloud and LiDAR data very effective. Whether it is heavy civil, survey, design or engineering, TopoDOT enables the CAD data processor to be more efficient, saving him or her time and money.

The automation tools improve data processing by as much as 200 percent from conventional methods. The different licensing options make it easy to get into TopoDOT. And training is always included!

Fabian Cuervo

[email protected]

(407) 248-0160





CivilGEO, Inc.

CivilGEO, Inc. was created for the most demanding and discerning civil engineers—the professionals that look for the most intuitive and stream-lined software. We develop engineering tools that help civil engineers complete their work more quickly and accurately.

GeoHECRAS is a river modeling software used to compute water surface profiles for steady and unsteady flow models, bridge and culvert roadway crossings, FEMA floodplain encroachments, stream restorations, inline reservoir structures, off-channel storage areas, and much more. GeoHECRAS provides an easy-to-use, single graphical platform to rapidly create stunning HEC-RAS models and 3D visualizations from a variety of different data sources like AutoCAD, MicroStation, ArcGIS, Google Maps, Bing Maps, and more. Download a 30-day trial at www.civilgeo.com.

Sara Presta
[email protected]



GraniteNet is the next generation condition assessment software for the water/wastewater industry. GraniteNet software is asset based, which enables the software to easily interface with other asset-based software products such as Esri ArcGIS mapping systems and asset management systems that include Cityworks, Hansen, IBM Maximo and others. Intuitive and easy to use, data and video can now be accessed via a web portal. Please contact your nearest CUES representative for an onsite or virtual demonstration today.

[email protected]

(800) 327-7791


Design Data

As a leader in steel industry software development for 35 years, Design Data constantly brings new technology to the market. Our SDS/2 software solutions provide automatic detailing, connection design, engineering information, and other data for the steel industry’s fabrication, detailing and engineering sectors. SDS/2 offers the highest level of automation and intelligence available in 3D steel detailing, with unparalleled connection design intelligence and high-quality drawing production. As a BIM software, SDS/2 allows for the sharing of data between all partners on a project, reducing the time required to design, detail, fabricate and erect steel.

[email protected]

(402) 441-4000


Eagle Point Software

Since 1983, with our roots in engineering and architecture, Eagle Point has been making technology users more productive. We’re not just trainers or book authors. We’re engineers and architects with over 100 years combined experience who have helped thousands of people use their design software better. As a leader in the learning and productivity market, Eagle Point has developed the next generation of learning technology. The Pinnacle Series is an award-winning implementation, training and support system that gives users access to customizable workflows, cheat sheets, videos, structured learning paths and support, allowing organizations to get the most out of their technology investments. With over 30,000 global users, Pinnacle Series is allowing organizations to take their productivity to new heights.

[email protected]

(800) 678-6565



GRAITEC, as a long-standing global Autodesk Partner and developer of high-performance BIM solutions for the AEC industry, is the original developer of Autodesk® Advance Steel. The 3D modeling software for steel detailing is used by structural engineering professionals and steel detailers to help accelerate design, steel detailing, steel fabrication, and steel construction. Built on the familiar AutoCAD platform, it automates the production of engineering and fabrication drawings, BOMs and NC/DXF files. Using this BIM solution increases productivity and drawing quality, while reducing the risk of errors. The extension GRAITEC Advance PowerPack will also significantly boost the user’s capability, productivity and efficiency when working with Advance Steel, thanks to a broad suite of unique tools, templates and connections. The PowerPack introduces new connections, tools for automating modelling tasks, new BOM and drawings templates, tools for exporting drawings to AutoCAD whilst retaining dimensions, etc.

Estelle Marodon

[email protected]

(450) 674-0657 # 300


Engineered Efficiency Inc.

Wareflix is a powerful, private web-based elearning platform built for your entire organization. Wareflix is fully stocked with lessons for Autodesk, Bentley, Microsoft software and more, yet can be completely customized and enhanced by uploading any of your own company-specific content.

Highly searchable and user-friendly, Wareflix is a day-to-day resource delivering “just in time” solutions to complex software workflow hurdles. Each video lesson is about five minutes long, so you can learn just what you need and get back to billable work.

Create learning paths and assign them to your staff, and get full visibility into your staff’s learning progress with comprehensive reporting. Wareflix gives you the tools to truly understand, diagnose and nurture one of the most powerful contributors to your firm’s profitability.

Marc Meyers

[email protected]

(888) 849-2879 x 46


Integrated Engineering Software Inc.

For quick, correct answers to structural analysis and design questions, turn to VisualAnalysis. For over 25 years, engineers have found VisualAnalysis to be extremely easy to learn and use, amazingly versatile, and backed by friendly, responsive technical support.

What makes IES different? Run a free trial in three minutes. All pricing is public. Bug-fixes are free and published quickly and openly. Licensing is practical. We are engineers who create products to use. Discover for yourself how thousands of professionals (like you) have improved VisualAnalysis with every question, complaint and suggestion. Try IES VisualAnalysis today: no obligation, no sales calls, and it uninstalls cleanly.

Terry Kubat

[email protected]

(800) 707-0816


Info Tech Inc.

Info Tech Inc. provides software development, internet bidding and systems integration services for infrastructure construction management, and it also provides highly technical consulting and network communications services. Info Tech’s software products, services and professionals serve public agencies, consulting engineers, contractors and bidders. Principal products include:

• Bid Express® service for internet bidding

• Appia® service for construction administration

• Doc Express® service for paperless contracting

• Mobile Inspector™ app for field data

• FieldManager® software for construction management

• Estimator™ software for construction project cost estimation

In addition to these products and services, Info Tech is a contractor for the AASHTOWare Project™ software, a suite of software supporting every phase of construction—from cost estimation to proposal preparation, bids, construction, and material management and data collection.

Ron Gant

[email protected]

(352) 381-4400



LARSA 4D BRIDGE SERIES is recognized as the premier software for bridge engineers with the innovative tools necessary to support bridge projects through design, construction and rehabilitation. Informed by three decades of experience working closely with its loyal client base, 4D BRIDGE SERIES is preloaded with unique tools that promote time savings while delivering unrivaled capabilities, and it has become the trusted software at leading firms within the United States. By coupling finite element based analysis and design with the latest computing technology, LARSA 4D has become one of the most reliable software packages of its kind for segmental, cable-stay, suspension, stressed-ribbon, steel girder and other bridge forms as well other structures requiring geometric or material nonlinearity or a refined, staged construction analysis.

John Horner

[email protected]

(800) LARSA-01


Leica Geosystems

For monitoring professionals who need to quickly understand and react to complex demands of today’s monitoring projects, Leica GeoMoS is a solution that provides needed flexibility to their projects. With scalable software, options and various licensing packages, Leica GeoMoS family adapts to specific needs of any user. Suitable for continuous or periodic projects, a complete monitoring solution is offered with the highest accuracy and reliability. With more than 20 years of monitoring experience and support from a team of highly experienced engineers, Leica GeoMoS is a vital partner in a wide range of monitoring challenges.

Monica Miller Rodgers, APR

[email protected]
+41 71 727 3131



LUSAS develops, markets and supports a range of finite element analysis software products for the engineering and construction industries. LUSAS Bridge software is used for cost-effective analysis, design and assessment of all bridge types. Fundamental frequency, seismic, dynamic, nonlinear, buckling, fatigue, staged construction modelling, concrete creep and shrinkage, heat of hydration, and prestress/post-tensioning can all be undertaken. Cable tuning analysis, traffic load optimization to AASHTO and other codes; steel and composite deck design, soil-structure interaction analysis; and rail track-structure interaction modelling are also supported. LUSAS Civil & Structural software is used for analysis of buildings, stadia, towers, LNG tanks, docks, dams and tunnels. LUSAS is used on major projects worldwide (as well as on small-scale structural integrity work). See website for more details.

Terry Cakebread

[email protected]

(800) 97-LUSAS


MDX Software

MDX Software Curved & Straight Steel Bridge Design & Rating is in use by many top design firms and DOTs to design and rate steel girder bridges for compliance with LRFD, LRFR, LFD and ASD AASHTO Specifications.

Chris Douty

[email protected]

(573) 446-3221


Microdesk Inc.

Microdesk is an AECO technology consulting firm providing technical services for successful planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of land and buildings. Combining vision with the latest building information modeling (BIM), virtual design and construction (VD&C), asset management tools like ModelStream, and the talent of more than 100 consultants and application developers, Microdesk aids clients in successfully managing the entire project delivery process. Microdesk is an Autodesk Platinum Partner, Bluebeam Platinum Partner, and IBM Gold Partner as well as partners with Panzura and Eagle Point Software. The company has 12 offices nationwide and in the United Kingdom.

[email protected]

(800) 336.3375


RISA Technologies

RISA Technologies has been developing leading-edge structural design and optimization software for over 25 years. Our products are used by 24 of the top 25 U.S. design firms in over 70 countries around the world for towers, skyscrapers, airports, stadiums, petrochemical facilities, bridges, roller coasters and everything in between. The seamless integration of RISAFloor, RISA-3D and RISAFoundation creates a powerful, versatile and intuitive structural design environment, ready to tackle almost any design challenge.

With RISA-3D’s versatile modeling environment and intuitive graphic interface, you can model any structure from bridges to buildings in minutes. Get the most out of your model with advanced features such as moving loads, dynamic analysis and over 40 design codes. Structural design has never been so thorough or easy.

[email protected]

(949) 951-5815



SCIA has become one of the world’s leading developers of structural design and analysis software that supports the Open BIM process. SCIA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nemetschek Group—a global leader in software that supports the building information modelling (BIM) workflow—is an integrated, multi-material structural analysis and design software that allows engineers to model, analyze, design and document projects of all kinds in one program. Its wide range of functionality makes it usable for all kinds of projects—design office buildings, industrial plants and bridges, all within the same easy-to-use environment. To learn more about SCIA Engineer, please visit www.scia.net.

David Hanley
[email protected]
(443) 393-3612


Steel Projects Corp.

Steel Projects specializes in helping steel fabricators be more productive through the design, development, support and maintenance of our Intelligent Steel Fabrication Software: Steel Projects PLM. Our focus is on improving efficiency where it matters: on the shop floor. We are specialists in developing solutions that enable steel fabricators to:

• Get reliable, accurate and up-to-date information from the detailing office

• Plan and schedule using a digital representation of their shop

• Manage change seamlessly

• Easily track and record progress and share it as needed with clients

Our customers enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing their shop is maximizing use of its resources and operating as efficiently as it can be; with improved material flow and increased man-hour efficiencies.

Chris Moor

[email protected]

(813) 480-7017



Strand7 is a general-purpose finite element analysis system comprising integrated pre-processing, post-processing and solvers. It is used worldwide for linear and nonlinear analysis of structures and components by engineering companies of all sizes in most disciplines. Strand7 is an advanced analysis tool for static, dynamic and heat transfer analysis, capable of performing complex simulations of structures in a range of scenarios, including construction sequence simulation, earthquake response and fire simulation. Strand7 also offers excellent connectivity with CAD and other systems through its support for IGES, STEP and ACIS formats. The upcoming version, Strand7 R3, is a major new release offering even greater performance due to its new high-powered graphics engine based on Direct X and 64-bit architecture.

[email protected]

(252) 504-2282



StructurePoint, formerly the PCA Engineering Software Group, offers concrete analysis and design software programs updated to ACI 318-14 and CSA A23.3-14 for concrete buildings, bridges, special structures and tanks. This suite of software programs is dedicated for the design of columns, walls, beams, slabs, mat foundations, slabs-on-grade, and circular and rectangular tanks.

spColumn is developed for the design and investigation of reinforced concrete sections subject to combined axial and flexural loads. Rectangular, round or irregular with any reinforcement layout or pattern are easily evaluated.

spMats is a finite element program for analysis and design of foundation mats, combined footings and slabs on grade. spMats optimizes complicated foundation systems by evaluating soil-structure interaction, assessing soil pressures and displacements, and providing the required reinforcing.

[email protected]

(847) 966-4357



Improve the way you work today with Tekla BIMsight, a free professional tool for construction project collaboration. Tekla BIMsight is aimed at contractors, architects, engineers, detailers, fabricators or anyone participating in a BIM Project workflow. The entire construction team can combine their models, check for clashes and share information using the same easy-to-use BIM environment. Tekla BIMsight enables project participants to identify and solve issues early in the design phase before construction, eliminating costly errors and rework.

Download your free, award-winning Tekla BIMsight by visiting www.teklabimsight.com/download.

Jodi Hendrixson

[email protected]

(770) 426-5105 ext. 230



Transoft Solutions

Transoft Solutions, developers of state-of-the-art technologies for AEC design professionals, provides the definitive software for modern roundabout planning and design. With TORUS® Roundabouts, take the creation of single and multilane roundabouts to another level of productivity with full control and feedback during the roundabout design process. Designing optimal roundabouts that meet traffic operations and safety objectives has never been easier.

Powered by the trusted AutoTURN® engine, TORUS® uses the patented Vehicle Envelope Method® of design to generate roundabout geometry with vehicle swept paths. This innovative approach allows for real-time, interactive designing and dynamically updates any changes made to the entire roundabout layout.

Engineers with all levels of roundabout design experience will find TORUS invaluable for projects throughout the feasibility, preliminary and planning stages.

[email protected]

(604) 244-8387


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About Todd Danielson

Todd Danielson has been in trade technology media for more than 20 years, now the editorial director for V1 Media and all of its publications: Informed Infrastructure, Earth Imaging Journal, Sensors & Systems, Asian Surveying & Mapping, and the video news portal GeoSpatial Stream.

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