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Looking for a cheaper alternative than AutoCAD® to work with IMPACT Design?

Feb 18, 2021

Since 2018 IMPACT Precast Design and IMPACT Reinforcement have been fully integrated and compatible with BricsCAD.

Here are five great reasons why you might now want to take a look at BricsCAD and get a free trial.

1. Pricing

BricsCAD is an extremely competitive CAD solution and offers both rental and perpetual licenses starting at €1,940 for annual rental (3 x year rental) and €1,200 for perpetual (including the first-year annual maintenance) for a single license for BricsCAD Pro v20 (the minimum version to run IMPACT v16). This is around a 70% saving over 3 years***

2. File Compatibility

BricsCAD is built on native DWG file format and supports both 2D and 3D. You can even open; read; edit and save your old AutoCAD® files v2.5 to DWG 2018.

3. Familiar User Interface

AutoCAD® Users can be up and running with BricsCAD within 30 minutes. There are a few minor differences but the learning curve is very fast as it has a familiar user interface.

You can read a full feature comparison between the two software here: BricsCAD vs. AutoCAD Feature Comparison - Bricsys Support and Help Centre.

4. IMPACT Speed/Performance

IMPACT with BricsCAD is also faster, since the product is in general more lightweight and has a modern code. The continual improvements on BricsCAD and constant fixes makes sure that the software can keep handling future challenges. Multi-threading workflows are also implemented to make use of  multiple cores in the CPU. You can read more here: https://www.bricsys.com/en-eu/bricscad-pro/

Additional reads: https://www.cadnauseam.com/2017/01/21/bricscads-lisp-kicks-sand-in-the-face-of-autocads/

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Patrick Hughes builds CadTempo, an engineering & CAD time analytics system Find out what he discovered when he used CadTempo to measure BricsCAD performance

You can read more about improving CAD speed and matching hardware here: Choosing BricsCAD Hardware for Best Performance - Bricsys CAD Blog

5. IFC File export from BricsCAD BIM

A huge advantage when exporting to IFC file format from BricsCAD BIM, is that when opening the IFC model in a viewer, the precast elements in the project will be presented in the same tree-structure as within the IMPACT Project Manager.

Your IFC exported Project initially created in IMPACT Design also sorts the precast elements by buildings, floors, and types. This makes it very easy and fast to look up information from the navigation menu.

For further information on IFC exports from BricsCAD please visit the IMPACT Wiki here: Export to IFC in BricsCAD - IMPACT Documentation (strusoft.com).

***Three Year Substantial Savings for StruEngineers

StruSoft's design & detailing services business in India, StruEngineers, have taken advantage of the huge savings switching from AutoCAD to BricsCAD.

They now have switched 10 x Users over to BricsCAD Pro v20 to work with IMPACT.

To give you an idea on the huge savings (around 70%!!) on either perpetual or subscription/rental rates see the cost breakdown in the tables below in Euros. Note these are based on today's prices and consider the cost over 3 years.

StruSoft are also an official reseller of BricsCAD and if you are interested in finding out more and would like a free trial please click on the following link to download: https://www.bricsys.com/protected/download.do

After downloading the trial you may also need to contact IMPACT Support for help connecting your current IMPACT database to BricsCAD. You can raise an online support ticket here: Support: StruSoft (freshdesk.com).

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