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AutoCAD MEP Alternatives & Competitors

(148)4.3 out of 5

Looking for alternatives to AutoCAD MEP? Tons of people want Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software. What's difficult is finding out whether or not the software you choose is right for you. SketchUp, Vectorworks Architect, MicroStation, and Archicad are the most popular alternatives and competitors to AutoCAD MEP.

Top Alternatives to AutoCAD MEP

  • SketchUp
  • Vectorworks Architect
  • MicroStation
  • Archicad
  • MagiCAD

Top 20 Alternatives & Competitors to AutoCAD MEP

    #1
    #1
  1. SketchUp

    (465)4.4 out of 5

    SketchUp is friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  2. SketchUp is friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    UR
    It’s a great program for quick 3D renderings.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, SketchUp is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to do business with
    Easier to admin
    #2
    #2
  3. Vectorworks Architect

    (110)4.3 out of 5

    Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  4. Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    UA
    Level of model complexity that is possible within the software.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, Vectorworks Architect is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to do business with
    Easier to admin
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    #3
    #3
  5. MicroStation

    (234)4.0 out of 5

    MicroStation is a modeling environment explicitly for the architecture, engineering, construction, and operation of all infrastructure types including utility systems, roads and rail, bridges, buildings, communications networks, water and wastewater networks, process plants, mining, and more. MicroStation can be used either as a software application or as a technology platform.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  6. MicroStation is a modeling environment explicitly for the architecture, engineering, construction, and operation of all infrastructure types including utility systems, roads and rail, bridges, buildings, communications networks, water and wastewater networks, process plants, mining, and more. MicroStation can be used either as a software application or as a technology platform.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    UC
    The ease with which one can draft is unbeatable. One just needs to learn basic 10 keys and a drawing can easily be completed in a day.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, MicroStation is:

    Slower to reach roi
    Easier to do business with
    #4
    #4
  7. Archicad

    (102)4.5 out of 5
    Optimized for quick response

    GRAPHISOFT ignited the Building Information Modeling revolution in 1984 with the release of Archicad, the industry-first BIM software for architects and designers. Developed by architects, for architects, Archicad offers an award-winning design suite with 2D and 3D drafting, visualization and other BIM functions from the planning phase through construction to facilities management.

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  8. GRAPHISOFT ignited the Building Information Modeling revolution in 1984 with the release of Archicad, the industry-first BIM software for architects and designers. Developed by architects, for architects, Archicad offers an award-winning design suite with 2D and 3D drafting, visualization and other BIM functions from the planning phase through construction to facilities management.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    Chuck K.
    CK
    ArchiCAD has a smooth, graphic-oriented interface that provides a variety of ways to draw and edit, from traditional menu commands, keyboard shortcuts, and icon toolbars to intelligent context...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, Archicad is:

    Easier to do business with
    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    #5
    #5
  9. MagiCAD

    (34)4.2 out of 5

    MagiCAD for Revit and AutoCAD is the number one BIM solution for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) design used by thousands of companies in over 80 countries worldwide. It enables powerful modelling and engineering calculations. MagiCAD makes the design of accurate BIM models easier, more flexible and less time-consuming. With MagiCAD, you design with over 1,000,000 intelligent BIM objects of real MEP products from leading international manufacturers.

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  10. MagiCAD for Revit and AutoCAD is the number one BIM solution for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) design used by thousands of companies in over 80 countries worldwide. It enables powerful modelling and engineering calculations. MagiCAD makes the design of accurate BIM models easier, more flexible and less time-consuming. With MagiCAD, you design with over 1,000,000 intelligent BIM objects of real MEP products from leading international manufacturers.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    UM
    Magicad for Revit and autocad is used for mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing design. Enable powerful powerful modeling capabilities, produce a more streamlined working environment More...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, MagiCAD is:

    Better at meeting requirements
    More usable
    Better at support
    #6
    #6
  11. DataCAD

    (64)4.8 out of 5

    DataCAD is a professional-level CADD program for architectural design, presentation, and construction document creation.

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  12. DataCAD is a professional-level CADD program for architectural design, presentation, and construction document creation.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    Debra Rucker C.
    DC
    Originally developed by architects, it's been a cost-effective solution for my 2D CAD design for almost 30 years! You upgrade when you want to. Being a small company, the customer support (although...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, DataCAD is:

    Easier to set up
    Better at support
    More usable
    #7
    #7
  13. Vectorworks Designer

    (73)4.4 out of 5

    Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  14. Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    UD
    Using Vectorworks for technical drawings/packages is simple to learn.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, Vectorworks Designer is:

    Easier to set up
    Easier to do business with
    Easier to admin
    #8
    #8
  15. HEC-RAS

    (34)4.3 out of 5

    HEC-RAS is a computer program that models the hydraulics of water flow through natural rivers and other channels. The program is one-dimensional, meaning that there is no direct modeling of the hydraulic effect of cross section shape changes, bends, and other two- and three-dimensional aspects of flow.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  16. HEC-RAS is a computer program that models the hydraulics of water flow through natural rivers and other channels. The program is one-dimensional, meaning that there is no direct modeling of the hydraulic effect of cross section shape changes, bends, and other two- and three-dimensional aspects of flow.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    UC
    Creating interpolated cross sections for modelling.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, HEC-RAS is:

    Better at meeting requirements
    #9
    #9
  17. SolidWorks Electrical Professional

    (16)4.3 out of 5

    Embedded electrical systems planning requires a unified electrical toolset that provides single- and multi-line schematic tools. Embedded system design also requires all work in 2D and 3D to be synchronized with integrated Bills of Materials (BOMs) for both mechanical and electrical parts

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  18. Embedded electrical systems planning requires a unified electrical toolset that provides single- and multi-line schematic tools. Embedded system design also requires all work in 2D and 3D to be synchronized with integrated Bills of Materials (BOMs) for both mechanical and electrical parts

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    UA
    SolidWorks is very easy to use once you get a handle on how to use it. You can do this by looking it up on line. You can also call their customer support. The view used to create and look a...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, SolidWorks Electrical Professional is:

    Better at support
    More usable
    #10
    #10
  19. Trimble SysQue

    (7)4.4 out of 5

    Trimble SysQue is a solution for MEP designers and contractors for a seamless workflow from design to fabrication to construction, improves the accuracy and consistency of the models.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  20. Trimble SysQue is a solution for MEP designers and contractors for a seamless workflow from design to fabrication to construction, improves the accuracy and consistency of the models.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    Sal D.
    SD
    Trimble SysQue allows us to detail in native Revit families. This provides for a more collaborative interaction with the engineers. It also gives us the ability the turnover the "Revit" model for...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, Trimble SysQue is:

    Better at support
    More usable
    #11
    #11
  21. The Wild

    (36)4.7 out of 5
    Optimized for quick response

    The Wild is a collaboration platform for designers to create and share immersive experiences. The Wild enables design teams to experience their work together from anywhere, in real-time, on any virtual or augmented reality device.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  22. The Wild is a collaboration platform for designers to create and share immersive experiences. The Wild enables design teams to experience their work together from anywhere, in real-time, on any virtual or augmented reality device.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    Christopher A.
    CA
    The ability to emulate being with someone. The environment itself and the workflow, while not completely novel, is a good experience. Controls and movement are easy to understand and relatively...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, The Wild is:

    Easier to do business with
    Better at support
    Easier to set up
    #12
    #12
  23. SolidWorks Flow Simulation

    (27)4.2 out of 5

    SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is an intuitive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solution embedded within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD that enables you to quickly and easily simulate liquid and gas flows through and around your designs to calculate product performance and capabilities.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  24. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is an intuitive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solution embedded within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD that enables you to quickly and easily simulate liquid and gas flows through and around your designs to calculate product performance and capabilities.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    Manu S.
    MS
    It is one of the software made to analyse fluid flow

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, SolidWorks Flow Simulation is:

    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
    More usable
    #13
    #13
  25. Tekla Structures

    (31)4.6 out of 5

    Tekla Structures is the most constructible structural software for BIM. With it, you can create, combine, manage and share accurate multi-material 3D models full of construction information.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  26. Tekla Structures is the most constructible structural software for BIM. With it, you can create, combine, manage and share accurate multi-material 3D models full of construction information.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    DD
    EVERYTHING. I have used SDS/2 and Revit Structural and neither compare to Tekla. The modeling is smooth and easy. There is a large community "warehouse" where you can go get items that have been...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, Tekla Structures is:

    Easier to do business with
    Easier to admin
    Easier to set up
    #14
    #14
  27. STAAD.Pro

    (29)4.2 out of 5

    Perform comprehensive analysis and design for any size or type of structure faster than ever before using the new STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition. Simplify your BIM workflow by using a physical model in STAAD.Pro that is automatically converted into the analytical model for your structural analysis. Share synchronized models with confidence for multi-discipline team collaboration and, most importantly, deliver safe, cost-effective designs.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  28. Perform comprehensive analysis and design for any size or type of structure faster than ever before using the new STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition. Simplify your BIM workflow by using a physical model in STAAD.Pro that is automatically converted into the analytical model for your structural analysis. Share synchronized models with confidence for multi-discipline team collaboration and, most importantly, deliver safe, cost-effective designs.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    Prayas R.
    PR
    User friendly. Very good interface and tools.

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, STAAD.Pro is:

    Easier to do business with
    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin
    #15
    #15
  29. Vectorworks Spotlight

    (22)4.5 out of 5

    Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  30. Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    Adam L.
    AL
    The way it draws geometrical primitives and treats them as whole objects. The ease of going form 2-d to 3-d in one step. Vector works is best when using it for lighting design as it has built in...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, Vectorworks Spotlight is:

    Better at meeting requirements
    Better at support
    #16
    #16
  31. FabTrol PRO

    (2)3.3 out of 5

    FabTrol Systems is the global-leading provider of steel fabrication management software. In one integrated, modular solution, FabTrol software provides a better way to manage estimating, drawings, materials, production, and shipping.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  32. FabTrol Systems is the global-leading provider of steel fabrication management software. In one integrated, modular solution, FabTrol software provides a better way to manage estimating, drawings, materials, production, and shipping.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    UC
    Inventory is easy to maintain, drops easy to keep track of
    #17
    #17
  33. METS

    (1)3.0 out of 5

    METS is a material estimation and tracking system with tools and information you need to build and maintain WBS, BoQ, work orders and transactions related to projects.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  34. METS is a material estimation and tracking system with tools and information you need to build and maintain WBS, BoQ, work orders and transactions related to projects.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    Miguel T.
    MT
    Easily integrated into other platforms such as Java
    #18
    #18
  35. ALLPLAN

    (23)4.4 out of 5

    Allplan Architecture is object-oriented 3D design software. Allplan Architecture supports architects and designers from presentation of the initial draft to the production of working drawings and detailed design layouts, as well as construction cost planning.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  36. Allplan Architecture is object-oriented 3D design software. Allplan Architecture supports architects and designers from presentation of the initial draft to the production of working drawings and detailed design layouts, as well as construction cost planning.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    Carlo B.
    CB
    1) Its flexibility: from very quick architectural design to construction modelling, from buildings to detailed joinery, from new buildings to historical ones. 2) The way information is organised:...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, ALLPLAN is:

    More usable
    #19
    #19
  37. SolidWorks Electrical 3D

    (20)4.5 out of 5

    SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D enables you to place electrical components and use SOLIDWORKS routing technology to automatically interconnect electrical design elements within a 3D model. 2D schematics and 3D models are synchronized bi-directionally in real time so any changes are automatically updated

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  38. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D enables you to place electrical components and use SOLIDWORKS routing technology to automatically interconnect electrical design elements within a 3D model. 2D schematics and 3D models are synchronized bi-directionally in real time so any changes are automatically updated

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    RM
    Dynamic and very versatile program when designing electrical drawings providing the necessary graphic tools to assemble not only a small panel of electricity if you can not do it in large...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, SolidWorks Electrical 3D is:

    Better at meeting requirements
    More usable
    Better at support
    #20
    #20
  39. Matterport

    (20)3.7 out of 5

    Matterport's 3D media platform lets you create, navigate, modify & share interactive 3D & virtual reality spaces for multiple industries incl real estate, travel, AEC.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:
  40. Matterport's 3D media platform lets you create, navigate, modify & share interactive 3D & virtual reality spaces for multiple industries incl real estate, travel, AEC.

    Categories in common with AutoCAD MEP:

    Rylan S.
    RS
    The software makes it very easy to plan out a route for the 3D tour and choose all the options that you could think of. It really lets your clients get a feel for the house much better than looking...Read more

    Reviewers say compared to AutoCAD MEP, Matterport is:

    Slower to reach roi
    Easier to set up
    Easier to admin