AECOsim SS6 Installation Requirements

Product(s):AECOsim Building Designer
Version(s):V8i SELECTseries6

NOTE: This is accurate as of the date it was published. Advancements in technology may supersede what is identified below. Please refer to this article's history for changes and updates.

Problem Description

What is the hardware requirements for the latest AECOsim Building Designer?

Steps to Resolve

Minimum Profile

The minimum recommended workstation profile for running AECOsim Building Designer is:

ProcessorIntel® or AMD® processor 1.0 GHz or greater. AECOsim Building Designer is not supported on a CPU that does not support SSE2.
Memory1 GB available RAM minimum, 4 GB available RAM recommended. More memory almost always improves performance, particularly when working with larger models.
Hard Disk9 GB free disk space (which includes the 5.6 GB install footprint for a complete installation)
VideoSee the graphics card manufacturer for latest information on DirectX drivers. 256 MB of video RAM or higher is recommended. If insufficient video RAM or no graphics card supported by DirectX can be found, AECOsim Building Designer attempts to use software emulation. For optimal performance, graphics display color depth should be set to 24-bit or higher. When using a color depth setting of 16-bit, some inconsistencies will be noted. For more information on recommended workstation profiles for AECOsim Building Designer , see MicroStation System Requirements and Hardware Recommendations.
Screen Resolution1024 x 768 or higher.
Instalation requirements

A CD drive or access to the Internet is required for product installation. The minimum system configuration for installation is:

Supported Operating Systems
  • Windows 10*
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)*
  • Windows 8.1*
  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit)*
  • Windows 8*
  • Windows 8 (64-bit)*
  • Windows 7**
  • Windows 7 (64-bit)**
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2, Standard and Enterprise editions (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Standard and Enterprise editions (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 (64 bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64 bit)
Note: Windows 7 operating system is supported only if you have its service pack (SP1) installed.

Bentley does not support its software running on Microsoft operating systems versions that Microsoft has "retired". For more information see Microsoft's application retirement policy and the Bentley Application Support Lifecycle.

Communications Protocols
  • Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4)
  • Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)
Software Prerequisites

ThePrerequisites for Bentley Desktop Applicationsv08.11.09 are automatically downloaded and installed to your workstation while you install AECOsim Building Designer (SELECTseries 6) Update 1. The Prerequisites for Bentley Desktop Applications needs to be installed on your system once, and only needs to be reinstalled if you are installing a later version of AECOsim Building Designer V8i that requires an updated prerequisite pack. The Prerequisites for Bentley Desktop Applications is also available from the Software Downloads link in CONNECTION Center. The contents of the Prerequisites for Bentley Desktop Applications include:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1
  • Microsoft XML Parser (MSXML) 6 SP 1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications core
  • Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications localized
  • DHTML Editing Control for Applications (with Vista compatibility)

Microsoft Internet Explorer v6.0 or later with 128-bit cipher strength is also required. It is not part of the Prerequisites for Bentley Desktop Applications.

Copyrights in all components are owned by Microsoft Corporation or one of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or licensors.

MicroSoft OfficeAECOsim Building Designer V8i (SELECTseries 6) Update 1 is compatible with Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 2016, Office 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium. Microsoft Office is required to support certain export and reporting capabilities. It is NOT part of the Prerequisites for Bentley Desktop Applications.
Note: AECOsim Building Designer V8i (SELECTseries 6) Update 1 supports Microsoft Office 32-bit versions only.
Note: * Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are supplied with .NET Framework 4.5, whereas AECOsim Building Designer V8i requires .NET Framework 3.5. Hence, if you are installing AECOsim Building Designer V8i on Windows 8, you need to enable the .NET Framework 3.5 in Control Panel. For details, refer to the Enabling the .NET Framework 3.5 in Control Panel and Troubleshooting sections in Installing the .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8 or 8.1
Note: ** AECOsim Building Designer V8i provides support for Microsoft Window 7 User Access Control (UAC). However, If AECOsim Building Designer V8i needs to coexist on a Microsoft Window 7 Operating System with any previous versions of the building applications it may require the Windows User Access Control (UAC) setting to be set to “Never notify”. Not all previous releases of building applications were certified against Windows 7, therefore they may not support User Account Controls. Please be aware that this is the least secure setting and you open your computer to potential security risks. Please consult the Microsoft Windows 7 documentation for more information concerning User Access Control or refer to Adjust User Account Control settings in Windows 7 and Windows 8.