OPEN BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization, and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. OPEN BIM is an initiative of several leading software vendors using the open buildingSMART Data Model.
Why is it important?
- OPEN BIM supports a transparent, open workflow, allowing project members to participate regardless of the software tools they use.
- OPEN BIM creates a common language for widely referenced processes, allowing industry and government to procure projects with transparent commercial engagement, comparable service evaluation and assured data quality.
- OPEN BIM provides enduring project data for use throughout the asset life--cycle, avoiding multiple input of the same data and consequential errors.
- Small and large (platform) software vendors can participate and compete on system independent, 'best of breed' solutions.
- OPEN BIM energizes the online product supply side with more exact user demand searches and delivers the product data directly into the BIM.
OPEN BIM Partners
OPEN BIM represents a modern approach to interdisciplinary collaboration for all members of the AEC industry. The OPEN BIM community welcomes all software vendors, AEC practices (designers, engineers, constructors) as well as building owners, as the OPEN BIM logo is the guarantee for successful and streamlined collaboration on BIM projects - anywhere in the world!
GRAPHISOFT®, Tekla® and other members of the alliance launched a global program to promote OPEN BIM in the AEC industry. The OPEN BIM community is constantly growing. Here, you will find a list of the major partners of OPEN BIM. To enjoy all these benefits, you are most welcome to join the OPEN BIM community today!
As an innovative supplier of BIM software solutions for the precast concrete industry, PRECAST is a member of the German-speaking chapters of buildingSMART. BIM is comprised of all our activities for generating building model data, which form a basis for all building activities, from design, to planning, right up to revitalisation or demolition. Significant activities comprise BIM processes, BIM organisation, BIM model, BIM technologies.
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GRAPHISOFT is the pioneer and leader in developing Virtual Building™ solutions and empowering the
broadest community of architects to deliver model-based projects that are better designed, more
predictable to construct and less expensive to operate. GRAPHISOFT is part of the Nemetschek Group,
member of the buildingSMART Alliance and among the companies who initiated OPEN BIM.
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The Nemetschek Group is a leading global software provider for the Architecture, Engineering and
Construction market (AEC). Headquartered in Munich, Germany, it serves with its 12 strong brands more
than 1.8 million users in 142 countries from 50 locations worldwide. Founded in 1963 by Prof. Georg
Nemetschek, the group focuses on innovations such as Open Building Information Modeling (Open BIM) for
the AEC market of tomorrow. Publicly listed since 1999 and quoted on the TecDax, the company achieved
revenues of EUR 218.5 million and an EBIDA of EUR 56.8 million in 2014.
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Allplan is a leading European provider of intelligent IT solutions for architects, engineers, building
contractors and facility managers. The core product - Allplan - is the platform for building information
modeling (BIM) and optimally supports the seamless planning and construction of buildings in terms of
quality, cost and time investment. The software is currently being used by 65,000 customers in 16
languages. Allplan is part of the Nemetschek Group, member of the buildingSMART Alliance and among the
companies who initiated OPEN BIM.
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SCIA Engineer is a leading Modelling, Analysis & Design solution for Structural Engineers by SCIA, a
member of the buildingSMART Alliance. It is the only Structural Analysis Software that is IFC 2x3
certified. Based upon a powerful 3D structural modeller engine with parametric forms, detailing views
& drawings, it allows the design of industrial structure, infrastructure and low-to-high-rise
buildings. The software has several international building codes integrated for the technical design and
optimization of steel, concrete, timber, aluminum, … multi-material constructions.
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Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design software developer serving the architecture, landscape and
entertainment industries. Since 1985, the company has been committed to helping designers capture
inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. Vectorworks
develops CAD and BIM software for Mac and Windows that puts BIM at the heart of the design process,
enabling the flexibility needed for efficient iteration throughout the design life-cycle. Headquartered
in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of The Nemetschek Group and empowers more than half a
million designers to create experiences that transform the world.
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Trimble provides positioning solutions enabling professionals in engineering and construction, surveying,
agriculture, fleet management and field services to be more productive by revolutionizing their work
processes. The Trimble Group is a member of the buildingSMART Alliance and supports OPEN BIM.
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Data Design System
Since 1984 DATA DESIGN SYSTEM (DDS) has developed innovative and cost-efficient software solutions for
building services professionals. DDS-CAD is a true BIM platform, compliant with open buildingSMART
standards. The company's flagship product DDS-CAD MEP are available both as one integrated
multidisciplinary solution and as separate solutions for each of the MEP disciplines (mechanical,
electrical and plumbing). DDS’ products are being used daily and successfully for MEP design and
calculations in BIM projects world-wide.
Data Design System
With its software, Tekla drives the evolution of digital information models and thus provides more and
more competitive advantage to the construction, infrastructure and energy industries. The company was
established already in 1966, and today it has customers in 100 countries, offices in 15 countries, and a
global partner network. Tekla became part of Trimble Group in 2011.
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