Plan, build and operate better with Building Information Modeling

Construction projects, whether they involve buildings or infrastructure, are becoming increasingly complex. There are many reasons for this, including the growing number of people  involved in each project. Diversity of design and safety & sustainability requirements have also risen sharply in the recent past. All this makes goal-oriented management of projects – and keeping them on track in terms of cost, schedule and quality – ever more challenging.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) successfully addresses these challenges and is revolutionizing the planning and construction process. BIM brings all planning data together in digital form in a single system, allowing buildings to be created virtually before they are actually built using concrete, glass and steel.

What is BIM?

BIM is a digital planning process in which all planners are networked. 2D/3D planning is linked via a database with information such as the room book, quantities, descriptions of elements and, as a result, with the associated costs as well.
At the same time, BIM is a new form of interdisciplinary teamwork. It is based on a virtual simulation of the planned building or infrastructure. The aim of the BIM process is to precisely predict works that need to be performed, enabling the economic and environmental impact of the project to be assessed and optimized.

The value chain for BIM ranges from identification of basic requirements , preliminary & draft planning right through analysis and documentation to the construction process itself – including quantity planning, scheduling, construction site management, and facility management. The data can even be used for repurposing such as demolition or refurbishment of the building or structure.

Planning, building and operating with BIM: How can you be sure?

The following factors mean that you can be confident that Drees & Sommer offers complete certainty of BIM projects:


Our specialists not only know BIM inside out, they also have an intimate knowledge of your core business and processes in your industry.


We do not sell software, but provide independent advice on suitable solutions. Your requirements are the sole criterion for the selection of the right BIM software.


From the outset, our BIM experts ensure seamless use of your data, and that it is available for beneficial application right through the operational phase and subsequent recovery & recycling.


We bring experience stemming from numerous BIM projects to the table, and know the contribution that computer-based collaboration can make to project team cooperation. Why not benefit from our combination of BIM technology, BIM methodology and goal-oriented processes, which we develop and present in an understandable form with tools including simulations?



What does BIM look like? Take a look at the model!

With the use of iPads and augmented reality software, you can take a virtual tour of a high-rise and discover how the individual trades and specializations are interlinked. This ‘view inside the model’ is available using a Drees & Sommer app for iPhone and iPad that can be downloaded free from the App Store. You will also need a printout of the following pattern.

How does BIM work in practice? Get the guide!

The market demands standards – and it’s no different for Building Information Modeling. That’s why Drees & Sommer has initiated the BIM blog platform in collaboration with partners vrame Consult and Beuth-Verlag.

The blogsite acts as a living network in which experts can exchange ideas and views on digital planning and construction. One of the benefits of membership is free download of the BIM Practice Guide 1.0. In it, planners will find a substantive basis for their BIM projects, including tried and tested requirements and construction specifications. Reference projects, research findings, a forum and in-depth background information round out the BIM blog and make the site a hub for the standardization of BIM in Germany.