Computer Requirements

2017-2018 Computer Requirements

The Department of Building Construction's computer specifications require a powerful laptop with strong graphic processing capabilities. Many of the classes involve architectural and structural modeling of buildings, and 4D construction simulations using tools such as Autodesk Revit and Navisworks.

(Mac computers are not recommended.Students who are interested to use Mac should do it at their own risk and familarize themselves with BootCamp or Parallels Desktop.)

OS Windows 7 SP1 or 8 or 10, Enterprise or Professional edition, 64-bit version
PC Processor Multicore Xeon or i-Series processor or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology (highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended)
Memory (RAM) 16 GB or higher
Hard Disk Drive 250 GB minimum required / 500 GB or larger recommended; 10,000+ (or higher) RPM spindle speed or SSD drive
Graphics DirectX 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5 as recommended by Autodesk for Revit software application.  See Autodesk compatible computers. 
Input Device External Mouse
Wireless See university requirements.
NIC / Ethernet A built in 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) or an external adapter with an RJ-45 connector
Backup Any method, e.g., external hard drive, cloud storage, etc.

3 Year onsite with accidental damage coverage (recommend 4 years)

Note 1: To be successful, the department recommends the purchase of a printer, mouse, and monitor.

Note 2:  All BC students will be billed for the software through Information Technology Acquisitions. The 5% VA sales tax will be added to all orders. Please see this link for more details.

Download Requirements
Required Software Bundle 2017-18
  • Microsoft Office Enterprise from the undergraduate bundle (Latest version)
  • Microsoft Project (Latest version)
  • Microsoft Visio (Latest version)