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What is Building Design Software?

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  • Written By: Nathan Spicer
  • Edited By: C. Wilborn
  • Last Modified Date: 19 November 2017
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Building design software functions in much the same manner as other construction-oriented programs. Users begin with a specific type of project in mind, and the software facilitates the easy design and management of the project. Due to the multifaceted nature of building design, and the fact that the undertaking includes more than simply creating a blueprint and adding some dimensions, good building design software considers those extraneous responsibilities and eliminates the largest difficulties and common pitfalls.

Building design includes many different professions, including contractors, plumbers, and architects, among others. Due to the multiple professions that must be considered, proper software contains features associated with each position. This may include plumbing programs, architectural components, equipment costs, inventory management, etc.

The tedious tasks associated with building design, like requisite accounting information, labor costs, and plumbing considerations, often cause problems for building designers simply because they’re not the primary focus of the process. Some building design software will calculate those features in the background while the actual design continues. For example, a user may input estimated plumbing costs before beginning, and while inserting specifications relating to wall dimensions, the program could calculate estimated plumbing needs for the wall.

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Billing processes are among the biggest hassles in the industry, but good design software will collect costs from each section and calculate the final relative bills. A related required task is the preparation of a payroll, which can be difficult due to the highly disparate regulations, such as different worker classes and prevailing wages, for example. Design software can lessen the hazards inherent within such payroll activities.

Time is a critical issue in building design. Valuable software can create and manage time lines that automatically update after revisions or additions. Deadlines are always approaching, so managers should insist on having a good overall view of necessary assignments that still must be completed. Exercising proper control over start and completion times becomes vital when attempting to complete the enormous task of designing an entire building.

Some building design software only contains a minimal amount of features and only allows the creation and management of the actual design process. These types of programs are far cheaper, but do not provide the amount of control that more all-inclusive programs do. Users should consider their own type of design. Managers or contractors need a vast array of programs to ease the handle the more specifics-oriented assignments like payrolls, while those who focus primarily on the design aspect, will likely only need a program to handle measurements and dimensions while they concentrate on the structural layout.

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