OpenBIM as the future standard for digital data exchange


Ines Mansfeld, Architect and Product Marketing Managerin, ALLPLAN GmbH

The complexity and requirements for design and construction execution are continuously increasing. New norms and standards – as well as demanding, cost-conscious clients – are increasingly challenging architects and engineers to keep their design services and expenses transparent. This requires designers to always keep an overview of everything – no matter which phase of construction the project is currently in. This can be achieved if the architect, specialist engineers, and building contractor develop a close-knit project plan and their communication during the project is as effective as possible.

In addition to the obligatory work meetings, communication continues through a new digital data exchange. In these times of BIM, above all, this includes the cross-platform exchange of project information. OpenBIM stands for the vision of an unrestricted digital data exchange and makes it possible for those involved in project planning to collaborate. It is therefore the basis for the most reliable data transfer and the smooth interaction between all those involved in the project.



  • In the beginning there was the closed system
  • ClosedBIM retains its value
  • OpenBIM requires an open exchange of information
  • The BIM development plan will be the important project document 
  • Design and contractual security thanks to the BDP
  • OpenBIM and IFC continue to establish themselves
  • BCF for simplified documentation and data exchange
  • BIM and OpenBIM mean benefits from project inception
  • The Level of Development as a scale for the depth of design
  • BIM starts small - and gets bigger quickly

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