Glossary August 18, 2021
Updated 30 April 2024 by James Ocean
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Clash Detection Software and BIM

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The definition of clash detection

Clash detection is an essential part of a BIM (Building Information Modeling) process, which is a process of creating sophisticated models that consist of several different models from various engineering and design disciplines.

Independent models are created by MEP engineers, architects, structural engineers, and others, and these models are then connected and integrated to create a BIM model, which is precisely where clash detection comes in.

As the name suggests, the primary purpose of BIM clash detection is to identify specific places where different models may overlap, creating compatibility problems. It is much easier and less costly to solve these problems in the design stage than when the actual building is nearly complete.

The addition of advanced 3D modeling to the construction process reduces or eliminates problems caused by incompatible or clashing models from different experts. The correct implementation and use of clash detection software can also greatly reduce the amount of potentially expensive rework that may happen on-site. It is safe to say that clash detection BIM is an invaluable instrument that can save much money, time, and effort in any construction project.

Clash detection in a modern environment

Engineering design is quite a sophisticated field that demands effective cooperation from multiple stakeholders to achieve the intended results. In the modern day, these stakeholders are architects, vendors, engineers, and suppliers, who are basically all present in any construction project by default.

The existence of various stakeholders sets the complexity bar at a substantial level, and there is also the fact that every project has a time limit. This means that all stakeholders must achieve a certain level of cooperation for the execution of the entire construction project to be timely and precise.

This is where clash detection comes in, offering the ability to detect contradictions between different models as early as the design phase. Every single clash eliminated during the design phase means one less potential problem that might result in a multi-level design change, project delay, or budget increase.

Benefits of clash detection

BIM clash detection offers several advantages, the most important of which are:

  • Easier sequencing and/or scheduling
  • Accurate estimates for the entire construction phase, leading to fewer unforeseen issues
  • Faster construction and higher productivity
  • Fewer errors in all stages of the construction project
  • Less risk, lower overall cost, and drastically decreased material waste

The process of clash detection

The actual process of detecting (and resolving) clashes can vary quite a lot depending on what is considered part of the process. Some users claim that elements such as “development of the original BIM model” or “repeated clash detection analyses” are outside of the clash detection process, while others include them.

As such, our version of the clash detection process is somewhere in between these different viewpoints and includes seven different steps:

  1. Creation of the model. This is the original BIM or CAD model that will be used as the baseline for clash detection. It should represent all the different elements of the project, including structural parts, architectural design choices, and all kinds of essential components.
  2. Integration of models. BIM software is used in this step to integrate the original project model with all the other discipline-specific models to create a comprehensive, centralized BIM model (if this has not already been done).
  3. Establishment of rules. This is where the clash detection rules are defined based on industry standards, project specifications, and other elements that might potentially affect the results of the clash detection process.
  4. Clash analysis. The bulk of the clash detection process is performed in this step, in the middle of the entire sequence. Specialized software analyzes 3D models to identify potential conflict locations between model elements using a predefined set of rules as the baseline.
  5. Identification of conflicts. Despite its somewhat misleading name, this step revolves around manually checking clash detection reports to look for the conflicting locations that are found. If there are multiple conflicting spots in the model, it would also be wise to prioritize all existing clashes based on their significance and potential impact on the structure.
  6. Resolution of conflicts. The information collected in the previous stage should be enough to start working on resolving the issues. The bulk of this step is collaboration with the project team to figure out which steps can be taken to resolve the clashes that have been found. This can include the modification of components, design adjustment, or better coordination of the specific elements that clash.
  7. Documentation and implementation of clash-resolving solutions. Once the proper clash-resolving methods have been established, they are performed on the existing BIM model. Documenting how each clash is resolved can potentially improve the timeframe for the resolution of similar clashes in the future.

While that is the end of a single clash detection process, some specialists include ongoing, regular repetitions of the clash detection mechanism as another step in this sequence. Clash detection should be performed on a regular basis to ensure the consistency and completeness of the project, but we are not including this step as part of our guide.

General recommendations for clash detection processes

The clash detection process can differ significantly depending on the software that is used to perform it, as well as on plenty of other factors. At the same time, there is still a lot of common ground between most clash detection efforts, and some of these efforts are worth mentioning to ensure that all users perform at their best when it comes to clash detection.

In this case, we are going to explain two different elements of clash detection:

  • Interpretation of clash detection reports.
  • Time frame for clash detection in the context of project realization.

Correct interpretation of clash detection results

The precise structure of a clash detection report varies a lot depending on the software used, but the general structure is similar for most options on the market. The bulk of a clash detection report is the clash list, a list of all the clashes found by the software, and there are plenty of details that might be included here:

  • Severity of clash (typically separated into hard clashes and soft clashes).
  • Location of clash (including elements that are affected or other reference points for easier location in the model).
  • Visualization of clash (3D model views, screenshots, etc.).
  • Groups of elements affected (structural elements, architectural elements, and so on).

We mentioned prioritization above, and this process is necessary when handling significant clash detection reports. It is also useful for smaller reports, greatly enhancing the overall clash handling process. Here are several general recommendations when it comes to prioritizing clash detection results:

  • Prioritize hard clashes over soft clashes.
  • Prioritize clashes that are most likely to cause significant process disruptions (if a clash affects a building’s HVAC, electrical, plumbing, or other similar system).
  • Prioritize clashes that might cause expensive material or equipment replacements if not solved before construction.
  • Prioritize clashes that might significantly disrupt the existing project realization schedule (such as if re-fabrication is necessary, for example).

There are also plenty of general recommendations that are much less specific but can still be helpful in most situations in the context of clash detection processes:

  • Track and document all clashes and the changes made to avoid them.
  • Try to resolve the cause of the clash instead of just addressing the symptoms and leaving it at that.
  • Keep stakeholders in the loop about the clash detection process by organizing meetings, proposing solutions, delegating, and so on.

These recommendations may seem relatively basic, but they are also extremely helpful when it comes to interpreting and resolving the results of clash detection.

Correct time frame for performing clash detection

It should be noted that the best possible time to perform most clash detection processes is during the design or pre-construction phases. The biggest reason for that is the cost and effort required to resolve geometry clashes.

Resolving a clash between different structural elements on-site during the construction phase is much more challenging. Potential solutions for such situations will be far more expensive than any model correction in the design phase since the model is, at that point, the only representation of the project, and it is much easier to modify.

Different types of clash

It would be completely unreasonable to say that all clashes are the same. Different types of clash have drastically different effects on the model and differing potential approaches to resolution. It is useful to differentiate three main types of clash: hard, soft, and workflow clashes.

Hard clash

A hard clash is the most basic example of the three, in which two objects or components occupy the same specific place in the model, such as pipes running through steel beams, plumbing lines occupying the same space as air ducts, and so on.

Soft clash

A soft clash is somewhat different and results from indirect interference rather than a direct clash of two objects. A soft clash occurs when a particular element of a model is not given the necessary geometric or spatial tolerance.

Soft clashes are relatively common with MEP services to allow for easier maintenance at a later time. That being said, soft clashes can also cause various issues regarding both safety and maintenance (such as a plumbing line being too close to a live wire, which is a potential short-circuit hazard).

Workflow clash

Workflow clashes (sometimes called 4D clashes) are quite different and mainly involve schedule conflicts, such as general workflow timeline clashes, material delivery clashes, equipment delivery clashes, and more.

Workflow clashes are mostly scheduling related, and the most significant consequence of such clashes is an eventual decrease in the company’s overall efficiency, since a single schedule clash can cause a process freeze.

Types of clash detection software

Because clash detection is heavily tied with the BIM process, clash detection software often works as BIM software, and vice versa, with BIM software offering MEP clash detection capabilities, as well as other capabilities. With that in mind, two main types of clash detection software can be delineated:

  1. BIM integration tools with clash detection capabilities, which are capable of detecting clashes between different kinds of non-proprietary software. Their limitations are mostly connected with the typical problems of integrating different software applications in one place.
  2. BIM design software. This is proprietary clash detection software that can only detect irregularities within its models (the ones created by the same program). Revit is a popular example of this category. It is a massive platform with various capabilities and offers clash detection for its models.

Potential issues with outdated software

Regularly updating clash detection software and CAD/BIM software is a common recommendation in the industry. The inability to follow this recommendation leads to a lot of different issues, including outdated data sets, frequent inconsistencies between different models, and even data silos.

Outdated clash detection software will not be at its most effective when locating and reporting on various clashes and other issues. On the other hand, outdated CAD/BIM software will not be able to provide detailed information for the clash detection process to find all of the clashes and other issues. Both of these issues lead to even more problems down the line, such as lower project realization effectiveness, greater risk during on-site construction, limited project collaboration, frequent issues with coordination, and many others.

Methodology for choosing the best clash detection and BIM design software

The market for clash detection software is vast and varied, so it is quite hard to list all of the options. However, we have made a list of 9 of the best-known participants in the market, which is provided below. At the same time, it would only be logical to provide the methodology used to choose these specific solutions.

The categories used in this article are:

  • Customer ratings
  • Key features and advantages and disadvantages
  • Pricing
  • Personal opinion of the author

Customer ratings

Construction software is a highly competitive field, with hundreds of solutions competing for the attention of the average client. This is true of most types of construction software, and clash detection software can also be difficult to find because of the many different options on the market.

Review aggregation websites can be extremely helpful in this situation. Resources such as Capterra, TrustRadius, and G2 each have hundreds of thousands of documented reviews on their respective websites. Each review is meticulously screened and checked to ensure its authenticity, and multiple mechanisms are in place to prevent software owners from tampering with public review scores in any way.

These public reviews can also be used to learn about the particular advantages and disadvantages of software that may not be particularly obvious at first. We will transition to the next segment, key features and benefits/shortcomings, using these public reviews.

Key features and advantages and disadvantages

Providing a comprehensive list of the advantages and disadvantages of each solution without having prolonged experience with it can be a rather significant challenge. The same logic applies to presenting the specific set of features that all solutions in this category should have – it is very difficult simply because every solution differs from the others in terms of its use cases, target audience, and more.

As such, the aforementioned review aggregation websites are used to find information about the product, its advantages, and its potential pitfalls. Unfortunately, this list does not even present the advantages and shortcomings of some of the solutions because there are simply not enough public reviews of them to gather information from. In these cases, the official resources are used to create a list of the key benefits the software offers its users.


Price is a very important factor for any potential customer. It is possible for a customer to find a particular software application that perfectly meets their needs but whose pricing situation does not allow them to complete the purchase simply because of budget constraints and other factors.

Our list offers plenty of different options in the clash detection software market. Some can be used as comprehensive BIM solutions with dozens of features, while others provide only a very narrow set of capabilities. To make the choice more manageable for the reader, we have tried our hardest to include as much pricing information as possible about every solution, if such information could be found using the official resources.

Personal opinion of the author

This category is likely the most subjective of them all. It exists to include either a brief overview of the solution, the author’s personal take on the specific software, or even unusual information that has not been presented before. As the category suggests, the main goal of this part is to provide a more subjective opinion about the software.

Examples of model checking and clash detection software

MagiCAD Add-in

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MagiCAD is an MEP-specific add-in for AutoCAD and Revit offering several different modeling functions, including MEP clash detection. It also allows the exporting of clash reports in the popular BCF file format, making them compatible with many issue-tracking platforms. MagiCAD has a significant library of equipment models with detailed specifications and high accuracy. It can help avoid simple errors, automate repetitive tasks, and improve overall design efficiency.

Customer rankings:

  • G24.2/5 points based on 36 customer reviews.


  • Simplified BIM design.
  • Extensive integration with Autodesk products such as Revit.
  • Increased convenience with filtering and locating Revit Families within the model.


  • Regular struggles with large and complex models.
  • The user interface is somewhat outdated and does not feel like modern software.
  • The overall complexity of the software might be a rather significant downside for newcomers.

Pricing (at the time of writing):

  • MagiCAD does not offer any kind of pricing information on its official website. The only way to obtain such information is to request a personalized quotation.

My personal opinion:

MagiCAD is a rather case-specific add-in for software such as Revit or AutoCAD, and its primary specialization is mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering. MagiCAD speeds up BIM model design processes by offering better and more convenient access to HVAC design tools, electrical design, plumbing design, and more. It also has a built-in library of 3D models with specific parameters to help with the overall design process and improve BIM workflows across the board.

Cintoo Cloud

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As the name might suggest, Cintoo Cloud is a cloud-based platform that mainly works with laser scans to upload, analyze, group, and export scan results. It is also an excellent option for desktop BIM clash detection and modeling, and it allows users to create and publish issues to several BIM coordination platforms.

The solution can be integrated with several different BIM platforms, greatly expanding their capabilities in the process. Cintoo Cloud puts a lot of effort into making its collaboration capabilities as seamless and convenient as possible while also being capable of resolving issues, making measurements, comparing real-life scans with project renders, and so on.

Key features:

  • Integration with BIM software.
  • Fast and secure model data sharing.
  • Support for many different data formats.
  • Great potential in terms of workflow and efficiency improvements

Pricing (at the time of writing):

  • Cintoo Cloud’s official website does not provide pricing information. The only way to obtain such information is to contact the company and request a personalized quotation.
  • Cintoo Cloud offers three main modules:
    • BIM & CAD. Supports CAD/BIM file upload from physical storage or the Autodesk Construction Cloud. It offers scan comparison, document management, and more.
    • Collaboration & Sharing. The price of Cintoo Cloud’s basic set of features is calculated based on the number of scans that need to be performed, and this value can be adjusted at any time if necessary.
    • Display & Asset Tagging. This allows the importing of tag lists from CAD or BIM models, automatic equipment location and classification via an AI engine, and custom-made lists of tags.
  • It should be noted that the Display & Asset Tagging module is available only to enterprise clients.

My personal opinion:

Cintoo Cloud is a web-based platform that covers two significant use cases: collaboration and 3D data management. Cintoo can be used to share real-world information about specific construction sites or buildings in no time, making it possible to compare the existing scan data with the project model or with other 3D data. It can be integrated with multiple BIM solutions, and it is a great option for facilitating collaboration in multiple ways.


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usBIM.clash is an element of ACCA Software’s collaboration platform that offers clash detection BIM features for IFC models and can work with a set of rules to configure the necessary level of precision. There is also a free trial and many more features in the works.

usBIM itself is a sophisticated BIM solution with plenty of different modules and elements, such as Compare, Cost Estimate, Meet, GIS, Reality, Facility, Media, Chat, and more. Most of these modules can be purchased separately, and some of them even offer a choice between the online (web) version and the standalone (desktop) version, providing impressive versatility to the end user.

Key features:

  • Extensive filtering capabilities in the process of clash detection.
  • openBIM workflow certification (support for IFC files for better compatibility with different BIM solutions).
  • Convenient exporting into multiple formats.
  • Collision lifecycle management.

Pricing (at the time of writing):

  • ACCA Software has an entire web page dedicated to the pricing of different solutions, including usBIM and its elements.
  • As such, the price of usBIM.clash starts from €41.58 per month for the web version (only when paid for annually) or from €17 per month for the desktop version.

My personal opinion:

usBIM.clash is a rather exciting clash detection solution that not many people are aware of. The entire usBIM platform is built using dozens of modules, most of which can be purchased separately. This way, the solution’s overall payment model is affordable even for smaller businesses and companies, especially if they need only a specific set of capabilities from a BIM solution. For example, usBIM.clash is an openBIM-certified clash detection module that can filter clashes, set specific clash detection analysis scopes, and more.

Solibri Model Checker

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Solibri takes clash detection a step further, offering powerful BIM clash detection tools combined with compliance control, design review, code checking, and many other capabilities. This approach allows Solibri to spot false-positive clashes, group clashes by specific parameters, perform data checking for maintenance, and more.

Solibri’s software is often used to perform quality assurance checks in BIM models thanks to its ability to detect clashes and export information about them for various purposes, such as model analysis. Solibri Model Checker is also openBIM-certified, and sharing clash detection data is quick and easy with this software.

Key features:

  • Extensive clash detection capabilities for BIM models.
  • Many additional features in the package, such as design review and compliance control.
  • Data extraction for quantity takeoffs.
  • Easier and more convenient collaboration between different teams working with the same BIM model.

Pricing (at the time of writing):

  • There is no pricing information on the official Solibri website. The only option to receive such information is to request a personalized quotation.
  • Solibri does however describe its overall capabilities on its dedicated “Our offerings” web page, which details three different levels:
    • Solibri Anywhere – a collaboration-focused version of the software with a basic set of features, including IFC model viewing, markups, classifications, issue editing, etc.
    • Solibri Site – an office-oriented version of Solibri with an expanded set of features, including quantity takeoffs, CDE integration, and the ability to combine multiple IFCs.
    • Solibri Office – a comprehensive clash detection solution with all of Solibri’s previous capabilities in addition to model checking, custom rules, autorun capabilities, etc.

My personal opinion:

Solibri Model Checker is a solution that tries its hardest to stand out in the clash detection software market. It can not only perform basic clash detection capabilities, but it is also capable of performing compliance control, design review, exporting data for quantity takeoffs, and more. It is a rather convenient software package with three different versions, providing impressive versatility and customization capability for different customer categories. The software is also openBIM-certified, greatly expanding the number of potentially compatible BIM solutions and opening the ability to interact with IFC models.

Trimble Connect

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Trimble Connect is an evolution of a previously well-known application called Tekla BIMSight. Trimble Connect offers many capabilities for its own Tekla software, but it is extremely limited when different file types become involved.

Trimble’s offering revolves first and foremost around collaboration. It is a cloud-based platform that works as a centralized source of information for different project participants. It is fast, versatile, and can be accessed from practically anywhere with nothing but a smartphone with a web browser.

Customer rankings:

  • Capterra4/5 points based on 11 customer reviews.
  • G24.5/5 points based on 14 customer reviews.


  • An easy way to manage multiple IFC models.
  • An expansive built-in model library.
  • Extremely easy collaboration between teams and departments.


  • High price for most options.
  • Strong dependency on a stable and fast internet connection.
  • The interface can be somewhat confusing to new users.

Pricing (at the time of writing):

  • There does not seem to be any pricing information available on the official Trimble Connect website.
  • However, the website does offer information about how Trimble Connect’s pricing is separated into three different tiers:
    • Trimble Connect Personal – a relatively small offering from Trimble that only allows for up to 1 project, 5 project participants, and 10 GB of storage. This package includes only basic BIM capabilities, such as clash detection, BIM coordination, and task management.
    • Trimble Connect Business – an expansion of the Personal tier’s capabilities with the addition of an extension system, project management, user management, no limitations on the number of projects or users, and also detailed file metadata.
    • Trimble Connect Business Premium – everything Trimble has to offer, including advanced BIM tools, better workflow management, full access to different Trimble tools, and access to even more apps and extensions.

My personal opinion:

While it is true that Trimble Connect is first and foremost a collaboration solution, it is a platform that was specially created for the BIM industry. Clash detection is included in all of Trimble’s pricing plans, and plenty of other features are added depending on the pricing tier to improve upon the overall project management capabilities, including better model management, workflow optimization, better user management, etc.

BIM Vision

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BIMvision is a free model viewer that mainly works with the IFC file format, and it also offers several clash detection bundles with a flexible subscription model. It is also highly developer-friendly and has an open SDK available so that developers can create their own add-ins if they wish.

It supports many different BIM solutions and their model types, and its overall interface is simple and user-friendly. The basic feature set of BIMvision also includes the ability to navigate through 3D models and review them in detail. Plugins like Clash Detection are also used to expand the original solution’s range of features.

Key features:

  • User-friendly interface with easy access to all features.
  • Convenient pricing model with a free base solution.
  • Ability to explore each model in detail.
  • Great tool for improving communication across departments.

Pricing (at the time of writing):

  • BIMvision is completely free for viewing and managing BIM models.
  • It also has a dedicated Plugin Store that offers both official and user-made plugins for free or for a separate price tag.
  • The price of the Clash Detection plugin specifically is €150 before VAT.

My personal opinion:

BIMvision is a free BIM viewer app with a rather interesting plugin system. The SDK for plugin creation is available to everyone for free, and it is up to the end user whether they want their plugin to be shared for free or for a price. The solution is fast, convenient, and very user-friendly, and the active community in terms of plugin development allows its capabilities to extend way beyond what regular BIM viewer software can provide.


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Verity claims to be a model verification platform with many features, such as quality check, clash detection, report generation, and so on. It offers screenshots, heat maps, annotations, and several other means of highlighting problematic areas of models.

Verity is not particularly well-known on the construction software market, but that does not mean it is useless. On the contrary, Verity offers quite a lot for its size, including:

Key features:

  • Ability to compare 3D project models with the results of on-site laser scanning for better consistency and accuracy.
  • Ability to integrate with Navisworks.
  • Extremely detailed reporting.
  • Better communication between project teams.

Pricing (at the time of writing):

  • There is no official information about Verity’s pricing on the ClearEdge3D website (the developer of Verity).
  • The only way to receive such information is to request a personalized quotation.

My personal opinion:

Verity is a small but effective clash detection solution. It does not offer a lot of unique or unusual features by itself, but its overall capabilities are rather impressive, with clash detection, data centralization, and software integrations all included in the base package. Verity also does not slack when it comes to including details in reports, and its verification capabilities are suitable for many different types of object, from MEP systems to regular walls and floors.


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Fuzor is a multifunctional platform with several versions of its software, including clash detection. It can create clash reports and also check for both hard and soft clashes. One of its main advantages is the number of file formats and types supported, making it an excellent option for clash detection outside Autodesk.

Fuzor can not only locate clashes in project models, but it can also analyze each clash, generate detailed reports, and even try to fix them. One such example is Fuzor’s own Live Link feature (which offers the ability to adjust models in real time to analyze how each change affects the existing clash situation).

Key features:

  • Extensive compatibility with multiple design platforms and solutions.
  • In-depth clash analysis capabilities.
  • Detailed report generation.
  • Support for both soft and hard clashes.

Pricing (at the time of writing):

  • Fuzor offers six different versions of its platform. Each version provides its own set of features, ranging from comprehensive construction tasks to simple model viewing capabilities.
  • Fuzor splits its software versions into two categories: construction and design.
  • Both versions of Fuzor (construction) include the aforementioned clash detection capabilities:
    • Virtual Design Construction starts at $1,265 per month. It is the biggest offering from Fuzor, with every capability in one package, which explains its overall price.
    • Construction Pro starts at $935 per month. It is the only alternative to the Virtual Design Construction pricing tier when it comes to the construction part of Fuzor’s services. It offers many different capabilities, but not all of them – features such as the event trigger system and AR support are not part of this offering.
  • At the same time, there are only two versions of Fuzor (design) that include clash detection capabilities:
    • BIM Solution starts at $330 per month. It is a relatively basic software package with a significant focus on BIM capabilities, including clash detection, BIM coordination, and detailed analysis reports (but no 4D BIM support).
    • Design Ultimate starts at $572 per month. It is a slightly different software offering from Fuzor with a focus on design review and collaboration. It does include features like clash detection and interactive design, but 4D and 5D support are still absent.
  • It should be noted that all prices are slightly lower when the client pays for an entire year of service up front. There is also the fact that Fuzor offers different pricing for single licenses and network licenses for each of the solutions above.

My personal opinion:

Fuzor is an exciting solution with plenty of capabilities in store. Not only does it offer help in both the design and construction processes in the same solution, but there is also the fact that a lot of its capabilities are included in all of its pricing tiers. Fuzor’s clash detection feature is also helpful in its own way, offering not only clash detection capabilities but also clash reports, detailed analysis, and even the ability to try to determine how to correct each clash using Fuzor’s own Live Link feature.


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Revizto is an integrated collaboration platform that offers cutting-edge BIM technologies and features, including clash detection, among other things. The overall accessibility and ease of use make Revizto an excellent choice for companies looking for a solution that performs clash detection with ease.

Revizto can be accessed from practically anywhere via its modern smartphone app, and the package includes plenty of other unusual features, including integration with BIM solutions, support for a variety of CAD software applications, and detailed model exploration using Virtual Reality.

Customer rankings:

  • Capterra4.3/5 stars based on 31 customer reviews
  • G24.2/5 stars based on 21 customer reviews


  • Impressive issue-tracking framework.
  • Clash detection capabilities include the ability to assign specific clashes or clash groups to individual users.
  • Data centralization for all project participants to improve the overall level of collaboration.


  • Relatively rigid reporting capabilities with minimal customization.
  • Data filtering can be somewhat challenging to set up.
  • Slow-downs are expected when working with complex and detailed project models.

Pricing (at the time of writing):

  • Revizto does not provide public pricing information on its official website.
  • The only way to receive such information is to request a personalized quotation.
  • It is also possible to schedule a guided demo of the solution.

My personal opinion:

Revizto is an impressive clash detection solution with a wealth of other capabilities. It acts as a great centralized source of information for all project participants, and its clash detection and issue-tracking capabilities are extremely useful. Not only can it locate and assign clashes to specific users or user groups, but it is also capable of working with many different BIM and CAD solutions on the market, significantly expanding its range of potential use cases.


BIM clash detection is a feature that greatly improves modern construction project processes, especially when it comes to collaboration between different stakeholders. Clash detection is a much needed breath of fresh air for an industry that already has a lot on its plate in general.

The industry can also take advantage of numerous technological advancements in the near future (artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc.). This should make clash detection in general much more accurate while also opening up the possibility for more common virtual reality/augmented reality integration, autonomous clash resolution, AI-powered clash detection, and so on.

Of course, these advancements will be counterbalanced by the rise of modular construction and the requirement for real-time collaboration within BIM environments, but there are still many different future changes and improvements to be excited about in the clash detection industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is it to integrate clash detection software into a construction company’s workflow?

There is no simple answer to this question, since the difficulty of integrating a clash detection solution depends on multiple factors:

  • The complexity of the clash detection software itself, especially if the solution offers other capabilities besides clash detection. It is relatively common for more complex and feature-rich solutions to be somewhat more difficult to implement.
  • The size of the company that needs to implement a clash detection solution. Smaller companies are usually much more flexible and do not have as many issues with modifying workflows to adjust to changes in their processes.
  • The software that the company already uses is also a massive factor, since businesses that already have some form of BIM implementation in place should not be affected too much by the implementation of clash detection software when compared with implementing such a solution from scratch.

This is just a portion of the potential factors that might affect the overall difficulty of implementing a clash detection solution, one way or another.

How useful is clash detection outside of the design phase?

The most obvious advantages of the clash detection process are at their most useful in the design phase. Technically speaking, the clash detection process can be used during the construction phase, as well, to make sure that prefabricated parts that have not yet been installed on-site were made in accordance with all of the necessary parameters.

Other than that, clash detection is not exactly applicable during the planning phase, because it needs a complete BIM model to work in the first place. Alternatively, clash detection is also not particularly useful during the post-construction phase, because it does not interact with structures that are already built.

In all fairness, the correct realization of the clash detection process benefits all project phases after it, but this is the extent of clash detection’s influence.

What are some of the most common pieces of advice and best practices for clash detection?

Many of these recommendations may seem somewhat generic, but their usefulness is not to be underestimated:

  • Keep stakeholders informed about the process of clash detection and clash resolution.
  • Perform the first clash detection cycle as soon as the BIM model is ready so that you have a bigger head start on solving all of the potential issues.
  • Record and document all of the results of clash detection, including the changes that were made to resolve them.
  • Try to analyze past clashes to see if there is some sort of pattern to be found, making it possible to deal with the root of some clashes instead of fixing the clashes themselves over and over again.
  • Use clear guidelines for clash detection, it is important to find a middle ground between noticing every minor overlap and missing important large clashes.
  • Clash detection software with competent integration capabilities is preferable for all users, as it greatly simplifies the process of clash detection and the extraction of the results.

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James Ocean

BIM/VDC Specialist. James Ocean is Head of BIMspiration at Revizto and keeps everything moving onwards and upwards. From supporting and teaching our internal team as well as our clients, James shows us the ins-and-outs and how to best leverage Revizto to maximize workflows, cut costs, and get all types of projects through the finish line.

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Aleksandr Yeghiazaryan

Aleksandr Yeghiazaryan is the Product Marketing Manager at Revizto, a cloud-based collaboration software platform designed for Building Information Modeling (BIM) collaboration. Founded in 2008, Revizto’s software technologies have been utilized by various organizations, including the City of Barcelona and the Organizing Committee for the XXII Olympic Winter Games.

Alex began his marketing career in 2017 at PUBLIQ, where he was responsible for managing content marketing campaigns globally. In 2021, he joined Revizto as a Marketing Content Leader and was later promoted to the role of BIM/AEC Tech Evangelist. Since 2024, he has been overseeing all of Revizto’s web content, ensuring that it aligns with the latest trends in AEC, complies with local BIM regulations, and more. Notably, Alex is also Revizto Certified, underscoring his expertise in the platform.

Alex is an alumnus of Quantum College, where he earned a degree in Mathematics. He was the winner of the British English Olympics in 2014 and has played a significant role in organizing and participating in six European Youth Parliament events. Besides his professional achievements, Alex is a skilled pianist and occasionally holds concerts.

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