Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

DORMA Hüppe rises the challenges

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For DORMA Hüppe, BIM means more than simply providing downloadable 3D objects in different graphical formats. For us, BIM means in the first instance supporting our customers by providing up-to-date, reliable and precise product data for the planning, construction and management of buildings. The information content of our BIM objects is thus aligned to providing solutions and services in support of an integrated approach to building project realization.

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DORMA Hüppe BIM Objects

BIM objects are available for the sound insulated operable partitions included in the DORMA Hüppe portfolio.

Simply click on the following product links to access the website of our partner “bimobject.” Once you have registered, you can use the download links in order to obtain the DORMA Hüppe BIM object packages for your software system.

Overview all DORMA Hüppe BIM models


Variflex - movable, sound insulated partition

Construction: Steel-and-aluminum frame construction with top-hung, freely oscillating cover panels


Tailored BIM objects

In packaging the BIM objects applicable to DORMA Hüppe, particular value was attached to ensuring simple, uncomplicated usage and on ensuring the objects remain lean and lightweight. Where possible, therefore, graphical extras have been avoided, with the priority being firmly fixed on the technical features and functions of the items concerned.

The models currently being developed and implemented are for Autodesk Revit (.rfa). Implementation of Graphisoft Archicad (.pln) versions is ongoing, with publication due this year. You will find an overview of the current BIM objects available from DORMA Hüppe under BIM Downloads.

The complexity of the objects varies depending on their application: from simple, parameterizable partition systems with central single-point suspension to stacking pack assemblies located outside the main axis with additional access tracks. The height and width of the partition wall elements are automatically adapted as the dimensions of the system change. Pass doors and glass elements can also be integrated in the layout. Details such as wall abutments, suspension substructures and collision zones, or electrical connections in the case of automatic systems, are likewise indicated.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

The idea of involving a wide range of service-providers in jointly planning and realizing a building project is not new. Back in the 1960s, initial concepts were introduced for implementing the planning process within the building sector on a virtual basis using a building model. However, it is only in the last few years that, thanks to growing computer power and increasing networking between all the parties involved in a building project, the idea of BIM has really gained momentum. Building information modeling has thus moved beyond the proof-of-concept phase and is developing into a practicable technique with ever increasing influence on the planning, construction and management of buildings worldwide.

The BIM process

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an integrated process encompassing the planning, design, construction and operation of a building. Essentially, it involves data interchange based on certain standards and agreements. At the core of the modeling approach is the idea of a central, virtual building model (BIM model) composed of various components (BIM objects). The components/objects represent different elements of the building such as walls, ceilings, doors or windows. The building is therefore more or less fully planned and virtually constructed using the model approach before it is actually built.

Often erroneously equated to simple 3D drawings, BIM offers much more. Although 3D elements are used for visualization of the building model, the actual value added that comes with BIM lies in the creation of an integrated planning and construction approach that brings together everyone involved in the realization and operation of a building with efficient data interchange at all phases of the project. The result is a significant reduction in both cost and time, with errors avoided in advance and ideas and design requirements being met and communicated to all involved.

Data exchange between the project participants takes place, or can take place, using the BIM objects. Each BIM object is assigned features and properties which enable it to be assessed in various ways within the building model. Examples include mass and cost calculations, the planning of maintenance and repair measures, or the specification of parameters for the design of buildings in accordance with environmental standards (in other words, “green” building).

User advantages

Ideally, the BIM process extends over the entire lifecycle of a building. Depending on the phase, various individuals/systems may fall into the role of main BIM user. And depending on which users are involved, there are various advantages that BIM can offer.

  • Reduction of cost and time, with planning errors being identified and eradicated in advance.
  • Through the employment of reliable component information from the manufacturer, it is possible to carry out realistic mass and cost calculations early on in the planning process.
  • Improved visualization of designs and ideas through the use of realistic 3D scenarios and high-resolution renderings derived directly from the building model.
  • Fewer errors in data transfer between systems/trades/participants thanks to the availability of uniform interfaces and standardized data descriptions.
  • More compatibility between discrete planning systems.

Undoubtedly, the points indicated only constitute a small selection of the benefits that accrue to manufacturers, clients, (specialist) planning engineers and general contractors from the use of BIM methods. Particularly within an office or a company, the introduction of BIM techniques can result in a significant optimization of all processes.