2020-2021 Computer Requirements
BC Computer Specifications: Windows Laptop
The Department of Building Construction's computer specifications requires 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 strongly discouraged since major modeling software, such as Revit, does not run
natively on these platforms. Students who are interested to use Mac should do it at their own risk and
familiarize themselves with BootCamp or Parallels Desktop.
|OS||Windows 10 Enterprise or Pro edition, 64-bit version|
|CPU||Multicore Xeon or i-5/7 Series processor or AMD equivalent (highest affordable CPU
speed rating recommended)
|Memory (RAM)||16 GB or higher|
|Hard Disk Drive||500 GB or larger recommended SSD drive|
|Graphics||DirectX 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5 as recommended by Autodesk for Revit software application. See Autodesk compatible computers.
|Peripherals||External Mouse, built-in or external webcam|
|Wireless||See university requirements ( https://www.compreq.vt.edu/purchase.html)|
|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. A computer that supports digital inking is useful.
Note 2: All BC students will be billed for the software bundle through Information Technology Acquisitions. The 5% VA sales tax will be added to all orders. Please see this link for more details.