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The Intel® Arc™ Pro A-Series graphics and 12th Generation Intel® Core™ processor–based workstations of laptops and desktops will give your business a strong foundation for users of the performance-intensive workloads that are fundamental to architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC).


AEC users need systems that go far beyond the typical business computer

Engineering and design have been transformed by digital workflows and tools. It’s estimated that the computer-aided design (CAD) industry earned USD 9.4 billion in revenue in 2021, compared to USD 8.8 billion in 2020.1

The demanding needs of architects, engineers, and construction professionals like you are driving this rapid expansion. A typical project might require you to perform planning and design tasks, create complex visualizations, or even manage building information modeling (BIM), which creates digital representations of buildings across their life cycles, from planning and design to construction and operations.

As modern architecture has become more complex, and the need for a collaborative, sustainable design and construction process has grown, AEC workloads have become more and more demanding. Supporting these workloads and keeping you and your business productive requires that the computers you purchase be up to the task. Choosing the wrong solution could lead to costly and frustrating slowdowns from system crashes or software incompatibility issues. All-around performance is also critical because many AEC workloads rely on complex calculations and graphical operations that can overtax the capabilities of traditional business computers. This is especially true when managing large 3D models.

That’s why most AEC professionals rely on workstations rather than standard personal computers. Workstations are designed and configured to meet the demanding technical computing requirements and specifications of engineers and designers. Not only are they capable of handling these AEC workloads, but they provide reliability, performance, and manageability.

But how do you select a high-value workstation that provides reliability, security capabilities, and the right level of performance for your specific AEC workloads advantages that improve productivity and cut down on down time?


Intel-based workstations complement your AEC needs

As an AEC professional, you need a workstation that meets your business needs and complements your software use. Intel® processor-powered workstations are available in a range of performance levels and form factors to meet your specific requirements, from entry level to mainstream to expert.

Workstations built on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors meet the highest levels of AEC workload needs and offer scalable, customizable configurations to support future demands. But for professionals with AEC design and modeling needs in the entry to mainstream range≈—Intel® workstations built on 12th Generation Intel® Core™ processors can provide exceptional performance. For many mainstream AEC use cases, Intel Core processors can even support the needs of expert users.

For demanding AEC workloads, the latest 12th Generation Intel Core processors can enhance both performance and efficiency by offering a hybrid architecture design. 12th Gen Intel Core processors support workloads with different levels of complexity by offering a range of compute options—from four cores to 16 or more. Whether you’re producing entry-level 2D drawings or handling workloads involving drones, volumetric data, live capture, and satellite data, 12th Gen Intel Core processors can help you get more done in less time with fewer resources. 12th Gen Intel Core-powered workstations are also capable of handling the highly complex and compute-intensive work of creating and managing digital twins, which are digital replicas of physical objects and buildings, designed to create realistic simulations of how those objects will perform under various conditions.

Small businesses, moving from conventional PCs to Intel processor-powered workstations can bring you:

  • Out-of-the-box performance optimizations for the software and workloads you depend on
  • Systems that are certified by leading industry software companies to perform the tasks you need
  • The ability to smoothly handle data-intensive professional applications that are optimized for Intel workstations
  • In-socket upgrades that allow you to scale your workstations to keep pace with the development of your business

Automated features to keep you productive

In addition to performance advantages tuned for AEC, Intel-powered workstations also offer reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features offered to help protect your data and reduce downtime. Without interrupting your workflow, error correcting code (ECC) memory augments system memory to detect and correct errors and help ensure the integrity of essential data. Hardware errors can be detected and managed in real time, with hardware and firmware with recoverable errors automatically repaired by the system.


Optimized for leading software vendors

AEC professionals are creating complex 2D and 3D designs and simulations with popular software applications certified for Intel processor-powered workstations:

  • Computer-aided engineering (CAE) and CAD on Autodesk, AutoCAD, Trimble SketchUp, Tekla software, Bentley MicroStation, SYNCHRO, ProjectWise solutions, Graphisoft Archicad, Vectorworks solutions, Bluebeam Revu, and Project Rover
  • Simulation on Bentley MicroStation, Autodesk Navisworks, Tekla solutions, and Solibri solutions
  • BIM on Autodesk BIM 360
  • Fully immersive 3D creation on Unreal Twinmotion, Unity Reflect, Autodesk 3ds Max, Chaos V-Ray, and Enscape modeling plugins


Build for success with reliability, performance, and value

Intel processor-powered workstations are designed and certified to stand up to your demanding AEC workloads so you can design, model, and build with confidence. They’re also equipped with RAS features that help prevent errors and keep you in the creative flow.
Because there is not a one-size-fits-all workstation in AEC, key Intel partners offer a wide range of solutions. Dell Technologies, Lenovo, and HP all offer high levels of performance, reliability, security, and the latest technologies to improve your productivity and experience, including:

  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E, which offers the latest connectivity technology, so you don’t have to compete with legacy devices, baby monitors, or microwaves for network access
  • Thunderbolt™ 4, providing expandability at high bandwidth for connecting high-speed devices
  • HDMI/DisplayPort, which enables you to connect multiple displays at high resolution

Dell Precision workstations: Shop mobile, rack, and tower workstations from Dell.

Lenovo workstations: Lenovo P Series workstations offer professional power and ultimate versatility.

HP Z Workstations: From mini to full tower, HP Z workstations deliver professional-grade performance.


Notices and disclaimers

  1. Jon Peddie Research Announces Its 2022 Worldwide CAD Report: Building a More Resilient Marketplace,”  business wire, Business Wire, January 2022,

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About the Author
David is an Intel alum and recently re-joined the company as the Marketing Manager for the Intel Create program. Prior to his current position, David managed Intel’s Internet of Things (IoT) digital marketing and social media outreach. He has roots grounded in the Digital Content Creation (DCC) segment where he synthesized technology trends and insights across end-users and defined product strategies that helped establish Intel leadership in Mobile Client Platforms. At home, David is happily married, is passionate about creativity media and as a struggling guitarist loves all music. In his spare time, he volunteers at Medical Teams International and has three grandkids under the age of six-years that keep him busy.