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.
Open BIM Program
The Open BIM Program is a marketing campaign initiated by GRAPHISOFT®, Tekla® and others to encourage and facilitate the globally coordinated promotion of the Open BIM concept throughout the AEC industry, with aligned communication and common branding available to program participants.
Open BIM Certification is a technical certification system to help AEC software vendors improve, test and certify their data connections to work seamlessly with other Open BIM solutions.
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!
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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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, with ten strong brands, provides intelligent solutions for the international AEC sector. Nemetschek supports sustainable information technologies in all project phases and throughout the entire value chain. The Nemetschek Group is a member of the buildingSMART Alliance and supports Open BIM.
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Nemetschek 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. Nemetschek Allpplan 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 Nemetschek 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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Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nemetschek AG and has been developing software since 1985. The Vectorworks line of software products provides professional design solutions for more than 450,000 designers in the AEC, entertainment and landscape design industries. With a tradition of designing flexible, versatile, intuitive and affordable CAD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions, Nemetschek Vectorworks continues to be a global leader in 3D design technologies.
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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