The core idea of the research project is the development of an open platform for the provision of certified applications, services and catalogs in order to be able to build up project-specific digital value chains for construction projects. Each construction project regularly requires different companies and partners with very different digitization rates to work together for a limited period of time. As a result, media breaks, manual rework, inconsistent planning data and outdated planning statuses are often unavoidable during construction planning and execution. Digitization in the construction industry therefore requires a modular plug&play capability of software applications, services and content data based on open standards.

This is exactly where the BIMSWARM platform comes into play and will ensure flexible cooperation between the parties involved in the construction process through certified specialist applications, services and databases. Small and medium-sized companies in the sector will benefit in particular, as the otherwise time-consuming research into products and the compilation of compatible IT solutions will be made easier.

The research project started in April 2018 and will run for a period of three years. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) as part of Smart Service World II. The Chair of Computer Science in Civil Engineering is significantly responsible for the development of the BIMSWARM-API and the conception of the infrastructure of reusable toolchains in the research project.

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BIMSWARM. Software Reference Architecture for OpenBIM Services

Joint project

Projekt owner:
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK), Smart Service Welt II



Project partner:  
planen-bauen 4.0 GmbH (Konsortialführer), Ruhr-Universität Bochum – Lehrstuhl für Informatik im Bauwesen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum – Lehrstuhl für Sales Engineering, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, adesso SE, RIB Software SE, think project! GmbH, eTASK Immobilien Software GmbH, Fraunhofer IGD – Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung

Smart Service Welt II BIMSWARM Steckbrief

M. Block und P. Hagedorn, „Durchgängige Interoperabilität in BIM-basierten Workflows durch den Einsatz von Webschnittstellen“, in 31. Forum Bauinformatik: 11. bis 13. September 2019 in Berlin : Proceedings, M. Sternal, L.-C. Ungureanu, L. Böger, und C. Bindal-Gutsche, Hrsg. 2019, S. 299–306 [Online]. Verfügbar unter: