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AutoCAD Versus BIM – What’s the Difference?

AutoCAD Versus BIM – What’s the Difference?

Are you new to the design and drafting world and fail to see the difference between AutoCAD and BIM? If so, it’s important to not only be familiar with each of these software solutions but also with the difference between the two.

AutoCAD is the older system of the pair, making its debut in the design world in the 80s. BIM wasn’t created until close to two decades later.

While BIM became popular really quickly in the beginning stages of its release, not all designers were open-minded about using it. One of the reasons various designers didn’t jump right into using BIM is that it wasn’t familiar. The tools were different. The interface, as well.

Interested in learning about each software and deciding which is best suited for your needs? Read below to get familiar with each one.


AutoCAD helps designers create clear and rich designs that they can be confident in. In addition, it offers a great way to share those designs and store them for future use. The software is great for engineers and architects that need efficient drafting and design help in a manner that increases accuracy and productivity.


Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a computer software that provides case studies, services, and other information about existing buildings and infrastructures that have been built in the past. Providing insight to help architects and engineers plan, design, construct, and manage, BMI is a beneficial tool for all architects and engineers.

What’s the Difference?

  • BIM (Building Information Modeling) uses geometry that mimics real-life information.
  • AutoCAD uses lines to create geometry that represents real objects.
  • BIM offers various views of the project you are working on. When changes are made on one view, it automatically changes in the other views, as well.
  • AutoCAD is great for 2D and 3D drawing.
  • BIM is best for modeling, collaboration, change management, and generating budgeting costs.

Honestly, mastering each software, individually, offers a great advantage to those working in the competitive field of design and construction. This is where outsourcing to Indovance can help. We understand both and can use either software, depending on your needs and the current project. Each application offers different advantages and benefits. Neither is better or worse than the other, but you can depend on Indovance to deliver your projects right, the first time!

Need CAD Outsourcing Services?

Would you rather take advantage of BIM and CAD outsourcing, instead of working with them on your own, or hiring someone in-house to do so? If so, you might be interested in partnering with Indovance. We can offer you quality, cost-efficient work in a time-efficient manner. Contact us today, to learn more about our various outsourcing services. In addition to AutoCAD and BIM, Indovance is proud to offer other helpful engineering services, as well!

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