BIM Data

Explore the Full Potential of BIM Data

Extract, analyze, validate and share the powerful information contained in BIM datasets. FME's advanced spatial data transformation tools give you the ability to manipulate these complex datasets for use with other data types and in other applications exactly how you need.

Overcome the Challenges of Working with Complex BIM Datasets

Building information modeling - or BIM - involves the creation of 3D digital representations of infrastructure that include descriptive information regarding dimensions, materials, manufacturers, and a wide range of other details required for its proper design, construction, operation, and maintenance. This process produces large datasets that contain lots of useful information; however, their files size and complexity make it difficult to harness data for use in other places.

FME is equipped to handle these challenges with its advanced data extraction and manipulation tools, and support for several BIM formats and applications including Autodesk Revit, Trimble SketchUp and the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), plus hundreds of others across data types including:

  • GIS: ArcGIS, MapInfo
  • CAD: AutoCAD, MicroStation
  • tabular: Excel, CSV
  • database: Oracle, PostGIS, MS SQL Server
  • 2D & 3D PDF
  • and many more
bim solutions

Explore some of the ways FME can be used to unlock the potential of BIM data:

extract data

Extract Only the Data You Need

analyze data

Analyze Data in Other Applications

When you only require a subset of a BIM dataset, FME has the tools to dig in and extract it whether it be structural shells of buildings, 2D floor plans, or descriptive metadata.

Transform BIM data for analysis using applications with different purposes and capabilities. For instance, import models into your GIS for visualization, routing and space management. Or perform more quantitative analysis with metadata in business intelligence applications.

validate models

Validate BIM Models

share models

Share 3D Models with Colleagues

BIM helps to guide activities such as construction and ongoing maintenance of structures and thus models must adhere to guidelines that ensure these actions progress without issues. FME gives you tools to check 3D BIM data against set rules and look for errors, incomplete data and non-compliances, giving you options for reporting and repairing problems.

Distribute BIM data in more accessible formats. FME reads BIM datasets and transforms the structures into a variety of formats that are more suitable for viewing by a wider audience including 3D PDF and Autodesk InfraWorks. FME's tools preserve all key information you need to make available for display in the output file.

Webinar: How to Create GIS and BIM Interoperability

Discover how to combine the power of BIM and GIS with FME. Learn about FME's support for Autodesk Revit, Esri ArcGIS, SketchUp, MapInfo, IFC and many other formats and applications. Through examples see how you can:

  • read Revit and other BIM formats
  • extract floorplans from BIM into GIS
  • create "Slim-BIM" from CAD and GIS
  • update BIM from Excel tables
  • load BIM into Minecraft
  • and more

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Accomplish BIM Data Transformation Tasks Efficiently with FME

Create BIM data transformation workflows quickly in FME Desktop's intuitive graphical authoring environment. Once configured, FME workflows run automatically and can be reused for recurring tasks. For greater efficiencies, an FME Server or FME Cloud license enables you to take advantage of job scheduling capabilities and real-time data processing so you can automate enterprise-level BIM distribution and data centralization tasks.