I am a Archicad user employing 5 seats. I am looking to simply our system, and reduce costs. I have been evaluating SketchUp and I love it. For a BIM, I find PlusSpec intriguing, however the expense seems unwarranted.
I did some quick math and compared a price model over a 5 year period. I understand that each system has its own unique advantages and disadvantages.
SketchUp with PlusSpec Option
SketchUp pro with 5 seats = $3475
SketchUp with 3 upgrades per seat = $3000 (have to keep pace with PlusSpec updates)
PlusSpec @ 5 seats, 1000 per seat @ 5 years = 25,000 (mandatory yearly subscription)
Total investment = $31,475 over a 5 year period
Archicad 19 Option
Archicad Solo (full version less teamwork and cinerender) = $2500 per seat*5 seats = $12,500
I own the software, no upgrades planned for 5 year period
Archicad solo is fully BIM and also produces take-offf calculations.
Custom training @$125/hr = lets do 30 hours = $3750
Total investment in a program we already know = $16,250.
To use SketchUp with the BIM PlusSpec would cost me $15,225 more, or $3045 more per year over a 5 year period.
So - my question, why is SketchUp with PlusSpec so much better than archicad to justify that huge cost increase? Please help me understand?
Thank you for any comments…
(Again, I am SketchUp bias. I would love to have SketchUp as my horses, but only if the extra expense is justified)