The use of BIM models for exchanging information about building structures throughout their life cycle is a standard industry practice. In addition to blueprint measurements, BIM models also can contain data about facility systems, materials used, or manufacturers involved. While BIM is extremely useful and has many benefits, interoperability between different teams or organizations remains an issue.

With FME you can convert and transform your BIM information to suit the needs of any stakeholder to ensure everyone gets the details they need. Read data from common BIM formats like IFC, Revit, and SketchUp and extract only the details you need like 2D floor plans, 3D shells, or specific attributes.

Why FME for BIM?

Support for 2D and 3D Designs

View, transform, and convert your 2D designs to 3D models (or vice versa!). Create custom workflows that modify your data exactly for your needs and convert your datasets into the format of your choice.

Simplify and Share Your Models

Extract the exact components from your BIM files that you need and alter them for further analysis. Convert these elements to formats like DWG, 3D PDF, or Esri Geodatabase to make sharing your data easy.

Transform BIM Data

Make the most of your BIM data by transforming it into the schema or model that suits your needs. With FME you can remap attributes and modify geometry to create designs for routing or facilities management applications.

Spatial Integration and Analysis

When BIM data is integrated with spatial data, the process of planning and developing in an area can become much more streamlined. FME has a variety of spatial specific tools to help you get your data where it needs to be.

Calculate and Validate

With transformers like the GeometryValidator, LengthCalculator, and VertexCounter, you can check the quality and measurements of your BIM models. Then, save your new information as attributes for further analysis.

Free Support!

No matter where you are in your FME journey, we are here to help! Visit the FME Community to discuss your data journey with other FME users and our experts, or reach out to us via Live Chat for further assistance.

Supported BIM Formats

civil 3d
bim collaborative format
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Not only does FME support BIM formats, applications, and processes - FME aids in many AEC projects. Managing large datasets, handling 3D models, and integrating data sources like CAD, Excel, or JPEG are all tasks that FME excels in.

With access to a variety of tools and the ability to customize your data, you’ll be able to collaborate and share information with stakeholders effortlessly. Use FME Server to automate the generation of reports, apply standards, and send notifications and updates to those who need them.

FME for BIM and GIS

By bringing BIM and GIS data together, you can understand the whole picture at various levels of detail. Afterall, what good is a building if you don’t know where it is or how to get there? Integrating BIM and GIS can also provide insight as to how infrastructure may impact others in the surrounding areas.

With FME you can add geolocation information to your Revit data or translate IFC to CityGML. The fun doesn’t stop there! FME can also be used to integrate BIM with other data sources and create captivating geospatial visuals that be shared on the web for others to view.

FME for Indoor Mapping with BIM

Having a sense of direction and location within a building is just as important as getting your bearings straight outdoors. With your BIM data, you can create floor plans and indoor maps for the public to access. You already have the data, why not leverage it?

Make use of applications like Apple Maps by converting your data to IMDF. Use FME to create and validate your new indoor mapping data, then integrate it with your app or website for users to see. Before you know it, you’ll have BIMpressive maps at your fingertips.

FME for Indoor Mapping with BIM
  • "We wouldn’t have been able to do this without FME."

    Greg Schleusner, HOK
  • "We deal with a whole bunch of different types of data, and that’s where FME becomes a real key. I don’t touch the engineer’s data; I read it from FME and then convert it."

    Tim Albert, WSP
  • "FME is so flexible; it makes data accessible. We can use FME in nearly every project."

    Mark Döring, con terra
  • "FME plays a role in pretty much everything I do."

    Roland Martin, Arup

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