System requirements

Bidcon client

The following table displays the minimum and recommended requirements to run the Bidcon client in an installation in which both the Bidcon client and the database are locally installed on the same machine:

Minimum Recommended
Processor Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 1.5 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 2 GHz or greater
Operating system Windows 7 SP1 Windows 7 SP1 or later
Memory 1 Gb RAM 2 Gb or more RAM
Hard disk 1 Gb disk space 1.4 Gb disk space
Monitor 1024×768 pixels; 16-bit colour quality or greater
Required software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express 2012 or later, with the latest service pack installed
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1

For multi-user installations in which the Bidcon database is located on a different machine from the locally installed Bidcon clients, the hardware and software requirements above apply to the Bidcon clients, apart from the fact that a Microsoft SQL Server database does not need to be installed on the machines onto which you install Bidcon.

Bidcon BIM client

The following table displays the minimum and recommended requirements to run the Bidcon BIM client in an installation in which both the Bidcon client and the database are locally installed on the same machine:

Minimum Recommended
Processor Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 1.5 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 2 GHz or greater
Operating system Windows 7 SP1 Windows 7 SP1 or later
Memory 1 Gb RAM 2 Gb or more RAM
Hard disk 1 Gb disk space 1.4 Gb disk space
Monitor 1024×768 pixels; 16-bit colour quality or greater
Required software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express 2012 or later, with the latest service pack installed
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1
Graphics
  • A graphics card that is capable of supporting Microsoft DirectX11 or greater*
  • Must have the DirectX End-User Runtimes installed**
Internet connection Must be able to access the Elecosoft BIMCloud via HTTP***

For multi-user installations in which the Bidcon database is located on a different machine from the locally installed Bidcon clients, the hardware and software requirements above apply to the Bidcon clients, apart from the fact that a Microsoft SQL Server database does not need to be installed on the machines onto which you install Bidcon.

Information on running the Bidcon BIM client using a remote access technology.

* To determine the maximum version of DirectX that a computer’s graphics card can support:

  1. Launch the DirectX Diagnostic Tool by running dxdiag from the Windows Start menu.
  2. When the DirectX Diagnostic Tool appears, click the Display tab. The DDI Version field (the Feature Levels field in the case of Windows 8) indicates the maximum version of DirectX that the graphics card can support.

** You can download and install the required DirectX End-User Runtimes from the following location:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=8109

*** No proxy server settings should be necessary unless your IT configuration applies restrictions to HTTP traffic. If you require further information on this – for example, if you need to know the precise URL and port number that are used to access the Elecosoft BIMCloud – please contact Elecosoft’s technical support department.

Dedicated server for Bidcon database

The following table displays the recommended requirements to run the Bidcon database in an installation in which the database is located on a different machine from the Bidcon clients:

Requirements
Processor Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 2 GHz or greater
Operating system Windows Server 2008 R2 or later
Required software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express 2012 or later, with the latest service pack installed
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1
Memory
  • 2 Gb RAM or more for up to 5 concurrent users
  • 4 Gb RAM or more for up to 10 concurrent users
Hard disk 800 Mb disk space
Monitor 1024×768 pixels; 16-bit colour quality or greater
Other Internet connection

The following table displays the recommended requirements for installations in which Bidcon is installed in a Terminal Server or Citrix environment

Requirements
Processor Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 2 GHz or greater
Operating system Windows Server 2008 R2 or later
Required software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express 2012 or later, with the latest service pack installed
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1
Memory
  • 2 Gb RAM or more for up to 5 concurrent users
  • 4 Gb RAM or more for up to 10 concurrent users
Hard disk 1.4 Gb disk space
Monitor 1024×768 pixels; 16-bit colour quality or greater
Other Internet connection

Architecture Overview

Bidcon is a fully-featured estimating application that can be used to produce detailed estimates for your projects. Bidcon can be installed as a single-user application on one machine, or as a multi-user application in which a database is installed on a server machine and individual client applications are installed on different PCs. Bidcon can be used in conjunction with IFC files that are located in the Elecosoft BIMCloud, to produce estimations based on IFC models.

Bidcon comprises the following elements:

  • The Bidcon client applications. Many users running the client application on different PCs on a network can access estimations that are stored in a central database.
  • The Bidcon database. This is a Microsoft SQL Server database. The Bidcon database can be located anywhere. If Bidcon is installed as a single-user application, the database must be installed on the same computer as the Bidcon application; if Bidcon is installed as a multi-user application, the database can be located anywhere.

The following diagram illustrates the basic structure of the Bidcon system, displaying the required hardware and the software that is installed on each item of hardware:

The basic structure of the Bidcon system

Bidcon client

The following table displays the minimum and recommended requirements to run the Bidcon client in an installation in which both the Bidcon client and the database are locally installed on the same machine:

Minimum Recommended
Processor Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 1.5 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 2 GHz or greater
Operating system Windows 7 SP1 Windows 7 SP1 or later
Memory 1 Gb RAM 2 Gb or more RAM
Hard disk 1 Gb disk space 1.4 Gb disk space
Monitor 1024×768 pixels; 16-bit colour quality or greater
Required software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express 2012 or later, with the latest service pack installed
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1

For multi-user installations in which the Bidcon database is located on a different machine from the locally installed Bidcon clients, the hardware and software requirements above apply to the Bidcon clients, apart from the fact that a Microsoft SQL Server database does not need to be installed on the machines onto which you install Bidcon.

Bidcon BIM client

The following table displays the minimum and recommended requirements to run the Bidcon BIM client in an installation in which both the Bidcon client and the database are locally installed on the same machine:

Minimum Recommended
Processor Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 1.5 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 2 GHz or greater
Operating system Windows 7 SP1 Windows 7 SP1 or later
Memory 1 Gb RAM 2 Gb or more RAM
Hard disk 1 Gb disk space 1.4 Gb disk space
Monitor 1024×768 pixels; 16-bit colour quality or greater
Required software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express 2012 or later, with the latest service pack installed
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1
Graphics
  • A graphics card that is capable of supporting Microsoft DirectX11 or greater*
  • Must have the DirectX End-User Runtimes installed**
Internet connection Must be able to access the Elecosoft BIMCloud via HTTP***

For multi-user installations in which the Bidcon database is located on a different machine from the locally installed Bidcon clients, the hardware and software requirements above apply to the Bidcon clients, apart from the fact that a Microsoft SQL Server database does not need to be installed on the machines onto which you install Bidcon.

Information on running the Bidcon BIM client using a remote access technology.

* To determine the maximum version of DirectX that a computer’s graphics card can support:

  1. Launch the DirectX Diagnostic Tool by running dxdiag from the Windows Start menu.
  2. When the DirectX Diagnostic Tool appears, click the Display tab. The DDI Version field (the Feature Levels field in the case of Windows 8) indicates the maximum version of DirectX that the graphics card can support.

** You can download and install the required DirectX End-User Runtimes from the following location:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=8109

*** No proxy server settings should be necessary unless your IT configuration applies restrictions to HTTP traffic. If you require further information on this – for example, if you need to know the precise URL and port number that are used to access the Elecosoft BIMCloud – please contact Elecosoft’s Technical Support department.

Dedicated server for Bidcon database

The following table displays the recommended requirements to run the Bidcon database in an installation in which the database is located on a different machine from the Bidcon clients:

Requirements
Processor Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 2 GHz or greater
Operating system Windows Server 2008 R2 or later
Required software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express 2012 or later, with the latest service pack installed
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1
Memory
  • 2 Gb RAM or more for up to 5 concurrent users
  • 4 Gb RAM or more for up to 10 concurrent users
Hard disk 800 Mb disk space
Monitor 1024×768 pixels; 16-bit colour quality or greater
Other Internet connection

The following table displays the recommended requirements for installations in which Bidcon is installed in a Terminal Server or Citrix environment

Requirements
Processor Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 2 GHz or greater
Operating system Windows Server 2008 R2 or later
Required software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Express 2012 or later, with the latest service pack installed
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1
Memory
  • 2 Gb RAM or more for up to 5 concurrent users
  • 4 Gb RAM or more for up to 10 concurrent users
Hard disk 1.4 Gb disk space
Monitor 1024×768 pixels; 16-bit colour quality or greater
Other Internet connection