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AECOsim Building Designer V8i, SELECTseries 6 (v08.11.09.829), Commercial Release

We are pleased to announce the commercial release of AECOsim Building Designer V8i, SELECTseries 6 (v08.11.09.829) is now available on Software Fulfillment Center. This release contains a substantial number of new features and innovative capabilities that increase productivity, reporting, interoperability, as well as further enhancements to the user experience. In this SELECTseries 6 release, AECOsim Building Designer now incorporates a significant portion of Energy Simulator, giving you access to many of the capabilities available in AECOsim Energy Simulator for conceptual energy analysis. Another milestone for this release is the available integration between GenerativeComponents, SELECTseries 6 and AECOsim Building Designer, SELECTseries 6 , which includes the ability to define and manage native AECOsim Building Designer component from within GenerativeComponents parametric nodes. GenerativeComponents, SELECTseries 6 is targeted to release later this month.


AECOsim Building Designer V8i, SELECTseries 6 will be available from the Software Fulfillment Center as a combined installation according to users' regional options (software language + regional dataset). Regional datasets will also be available as standalone downloads. The following versions are available for immediate download:

  • AECOsim Building Designer V8i, SELECTseries 6 (English version) with the U.S. imperial units dataset (Dataset_US)
  • AECOsim Building Designer V8i, SELECTseries 6 (English version) with the Great Britain dataset (Dataset_GB)
  • AECOsim Building Designer V8i, SELECTseries 6 (English version) with the Neutral Metric dataset (Dataset_NM)


Subsequent releases of AECOsim Building Designer V8i, SELECTseries 6 (English version) with associated regional datasets for Denmark (DK), Sweden(SE), Singapore(SP), Australia /New Zealand (ANZ) and a new UK BS-1192 (UK) dataset are targeted to release within 30 days of this announcement. Likewise, other International versions, such as Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, & Spanish are planned to release within the next 90 days.


This AECOsim Building Designer V8i, SELECTseries 6 version can be installed alongside any previous commercially released versions of AECOsim Building Designer, AECOsim Building Designer priority build, or other Bentley application, and should not interfere with the users’ current production environment. Important installation requirements and notices are found in the Readme.


The schema and dataset changes between AECOsim Building Designer V8i SELECTseries 6 and the SELECTseries 5 datasets are minimal and primarily accommodate the new features of SELECTseries 6, as well as a few corrections. This should allow users to quickly and easily migrate their projects and custom datasets from AECOsim Building Designer Ss5 to Ss6. The dataset changes are documented in a dataset “delta” document delivered with each regional dataset. 


What's New


Some of the significant new capabilities are described below. More information on all of the new features can be found in the product documentation. 


  • Computational BIM Design with ABD | GC Integration (ProjectWise Integrated)
  • Conceptual Energy Analysis with ABD | AES Integration (ProjectWise Integrated)
  • DataGroup Management & Organization
  • DataGroup Explorer In-Place editing
  • DataGroup Bi-directional Support w/ MS Excel
  • DataGroup Catalog Items Manager
  • Grid System (Phase 2)
  • Floor Manager & Floor Selector Enhancements with Grid System Integration
  • User-Defined Catalogs & Placement (Linear, Slab, & Profiles)
  • New User-Defined Profile tool
  • Fabrication Export – Trimble Vulcan Interface
  • Duct Sizer Tool Enhancements (Linear Duct Lengths)
  • HVAC AutoFitting - Standard Routing Preferences
  • Mechanical Single Line Modeling Workflow
  • Automated Duct Sizing and Analysis
  • AHU Builder
  • Structural Fireproofing (Blocked & Contoured)
  • IFC2x3 Coordination View 2.0 Certification


To learn more about this release, requirements, FAQs, and other related information, please reference the ReadMe.