Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Improved quality and competitiveness in building, machine and plant design with Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Use BIM software in machine building and plant construction and unlock new possibilities for better planning and faster projects.

BIM Software in Machine Building and Plant Construction

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is playing an increasingly important role in machine building and plant construction, although it is historically rooted in the construction industry. BIM helps to better organize and execute complex projects. As a supplier, it increases your competitiveness and the interoperability between architecture and machine building and plant construction. The use of BIM software enables precise planning, efficient collaboration and innovative design.

Why Should I Get Involved with BIM?

The growing complexity of projects in plant construction and machine building is driving demand for new ways to plan projects faster and more efficiently. New solutions to deal with the ever-increasing amount of data, fed by historically grown and diverse data management and software systems, are a key focus.

Originating from the construction and architecture industry, Building Information Modeling (BIM) offers new opportunities to capture and manage project and planning information in machine building and plant construction at an early stage and continuously throughout the entire project life cycle.

With BIM, you optimize the entire life cycle of your project (planning, design, production, operation, maintenance), for example with the help of intelligent 3D models and special software for calculation and visualization.

Use Building Information Modeling (BIM) for your machine building and plant construction projects. Integrate mechanical engineering and construction planning efficiently. Collaborate with your team members, customers and suppliers on a CDE (Common Data Environment), a shared data platform. Increase your competitiveness by providing your customers with BIM-compatible products, such as mechanical designs, machines and systems.

What does the BIM Method Stand For?

The BIM method follows the approach of using a digital 3D model to illustrate buildings or machines and plants with all their relevant information over their entire life cycle. All planning, construction and service partners involved have access to all data. The ultimate goal is a common basis for communication and decision-making, which ensures a more efficient planning and implementation phase.

What is the German Government's BIM Master Plan?

The German government's BIM master plan focuses on introducing Building Information Modeling (BIM) across the board for public construction projects. It includes measures to standardize, qualify and promote BIM. The goal is to increase efficiency and quality in the construction industry, optimize planning and construction processes and reduce costs. The master plan also aims to expand knowledge and skills in the industry, adapt the legal framework and support pilot projects in order to establish BIM on a broad basis.

BIM Use Cases

BIM is the solution for better quality, increased competitiveness and greater efficiency in building, machine and plant design. Find out more about the use cases of Building Information Modeling.

Quality and Competitiveness

Use the potential of BIM in machine building and plant construction to continuously increase your quality and competitiveness. Provide your customers with BIM-compatible CAD models of your products. Enrich them with additional metadata and BIM connectors and integrate them into 3D building models as BIM-compliant models.

Interoperable Planning

Save time and costs with BIM - from the concept and planning phase through to the construction and final operation of a building. Thanks to integrated tools from the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection (AEC), your plans can be displayed and used much more effectively. In addition to fast parametric planning, a BIM concept also provides you with an up-to-date initial situation of any existing building structures (via laser scan).

Connectivity and Collaboration

Bring building planning and machine building and plant construction together with BIM. Use the potential of CDEs (Common Data Environment) to provide all stakeholders with the information, data, models and drawings obtained at any time, anywhere in the world, or to retrieve them yourself.

Benefits of Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling enables better and faster planning, optimal collaboration and fully digitized project tracking. Find out more about the benefits of BIM now.


Simplify machine designs or individual mechanical components quickly and comprehensibly with numerous tools. Enrich your models with metadata, for example an article number, and successfully round off your process with BIM connectors and the appropriate data format(s).

More Efficient Planning

Benefit from better planning reliability with BIM. Take advantage of the fully digitized processes for your as-built, planning, execution and operation to coordinate your project times more easily and better.

Central Data Management

Use Building Information Modeling (BIM) for a central data management, a Single Sourth od Truth for the collection and use of all required project information. Benefit from the high quality and accuracy of all available coordination models and derive required evaluations, evidence or measures.

Faster Execution

Accelerate the execution of your machine and plant planning with BIM. The increased level of detail in the planning process and the centralized data management enable a smooth and efficient realization phase.

More Efficient Projects

Recover untapped potential in project execution with BIM and increase quality and efficiency throughout the planning and utilization process. Improve communication by enabling all project participants to access a uniform data basis and to make and retrieve changes in real time.

Increased Cost Savings

Digitize your models and the associated processes with the BIM method and achieve sustainable time and cost savings.

Less Errors

Reduce errors along the entire project with BIM. The BIM coordination model allows you to identify inconsistencies across disciplines - even in early project phases.

More Transparent Coordination

Create a uniform BIM coordination model available to all and achieve high transparency, availability and security with the BIM collaboration platform.

Are you Already on the Way to a Digital Factory?

The digital factory, also known as the “smart factory”, integrates modern technologies to optimize production processes. Automation, optimal collaboration, connected systems and real-time data enable more efficient production, quality control and resource utilization, resulting in increased productivity. Discover all the benefits of the digital factory now and find out how we can support you on the road to a smart factory.

5 Good Reasons for BIM

Here are five reasons why you should switch to BIM in machine and system planning:

BIM Minimizes Errors

BIM helps you avoid errors. Coordinate and update early drafts in machine and plant planning quickly, easily and comprehensibly for everyone with BIM. With BIM tools such as Revit, AutoCAD for Plant 3D and Navisworks, you can validate data at any time to keep consistent designs and project-specific requirements in line. This allows you to make custom adjustments to your machine and system planning at any time.

BIM Visualizes Your Planning

With BIM, you can improve your planning and achieve better designs. Combine all information, drafts and ideas right from the start and transform them into a visualized plan. Use the BIM analysis and simulation tools and create the perfect design for your machine or plant. And also the most suitable for your budget.

BIM Improves Collaboration

Use BIM in machine and plant planning not only as a central point of contact and “clearing house” for all plans, designs, construction work, specification data, costs and schedules. BIM allows you to go one step further, for example by enabling multidisciplinary teams of plant planners, architects and civil engineers to work together as efficiently as possible - even in real time if desired.

BIM Optimizes Your Cost Management

With BIM, you can create realistic and customizable 3D models of your machine and plant planning. This not only improves the subsequent engineering, but also reduces the number of planning queries and omissions at an early stage. Enable better cost control and permanent cost reductions.

BIM Ensures a Faster Project Start

Building Information Modeling enables a more integrated planning solution because designers and engineers use reality capture technologies, for example, to model a facility from the inside and outside and create a digital twin with BIM. This saves time in further planning and enables a faster project start.

Ann-Kathrin Fritsche, Customer Success Manager

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FAQ about BIM

BIM is the abbreviation for Building Information Modeling. The method offers significant optimization potential in all phases, such as the concept, planning, detailing and management phases of buildings and industrial plants. But BIM also offers considerable advantages in machine and plant planning.

A BIM model is a digital visualization of buildings, machines or plants. It integrates geometric, functional and time-related data in order to make planning, construction and operation more efficient.

BIM offers everyone involved in the project the opportunity to efficiently implement the necessary and relevant modeling in 3D, to use information about an object on a shared platform and to further develop it throughout the entire life cycle. By using a shared database, models and associated information can be exchanged with customers, suppliers and subcontractors simply and easily.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) methods have been used in the construction industry for many years. When implementing customer projects, machine building companies are confronted with a constantly increasing coordination effort and classic development tools from within the industry often reach their limits. This is precisely where BIM comes in handy for the digitalization of processes and improved collaboration.

BIM enables suppliers to provide accurate and up-to-date data on their products that can be seamlessly integrated into digital construction and plant models. This improves planning, increases efficiency, reduces errors and promotes collaboration. It also strengthens the market position through innovative services.

BIM improves factory planning through precise 3D models and simulations that enable optimal layout and process planning. It promotes collaboration and coordination between all parties involved, reduces planning errors and enables effective adaptation to changes and expansions.

BIM has an impact on the entire product life cycle. As early as the product development stage, it can be helpful to adapt the design to the individual characteristics of the building or installation site. The exchange of information and data via BIM also leads to greater efficiency in sales and order processing. In the production and procurement phase as well as on-site installation, BIM offers quick access to information and product data. BIM also helps with service fulfillment, for example with maintenance intervals.

With BIM4Customer, Cideon offers a tailor-made solution for quickly and easily transferring design data to a BIM environment. Based on individual and comprehensive process consulting and supported by the proven tools of Autodesk Inventor, Cideon develops solutions for the challenges in the day-to-day business of machine building and plant construction companies and system integrators.

Through newly defined processes and the resulting workflows, you can directly meet the requirements of your customers and therefore participate in tenders in which BIM-compatible data is required. This allows you to increase your competitiveness.

Cideon BIM4Customer

Cideon BIM4Customer supports both machine builders and system integrators with integrative process consulting and software tools in the creation of a BIM concept. Cideon BIM4Customer stands for comprehensive methodology consulting and tailored Autodesk solutions for greater efficiency in the integration of your BIM concept.

With BIM4Customer we Support You:

  • Meeting the requirements of your customers
  • Creating BIM-compliant models
  • Making engineering details of your products invisible to third parties
  • Finding a methodology for your specific requirements or those of your customers
  • Selecting the various options for publication
  • Increasing your competitiveness

Advantages With Cideon BIM4Customer

Faster BIM Models

Create your BIM models faster and more agile with the solutions and tools included in BIM4Customer.

Improved Quality

Easily improve the quality of your BIM models and the designs based on them with the tools included.

Lower Costs

Benefit from clearly defined BIM processes with BIM4Customer and reduce your costs permanently.

Greater Time Savings

Use BIM4Customer to optimize the creation process for your BIM models and save time.

LOD/Level of Detail

Use project-specific agreements, always taking into account generally applicable levels of detail (LOD) for the simple creation of BIM models for your customers.

Support in All Phases of the BIM Project

By providing cross-project support, you will be able to develop a clearly defined workflow.

Ensure Competitiveness

Benefit from efficient processes and project handling to increase your lead over your competitors with Cideon BIM4Customer.

Increase Market Reach

Publish standardized BIM models and increase your market reach.

Why Cideon?

Cideon advises and supports companies in optimizing their product development processes - from conception and engineering to production and service. We stand for:

Decades of Expertise

Rely on decades of practical experience in system integration and process consulting. Cideon understands your business challenges in digital transformation and supports you with unique solutions along the entire value chain.

Customized Engineering

Benefit from customized solutions with Cideon software and interfaces. Integrative, powerful and perfectly tailored to your individual daily business needs.


End-to-End Process Consulting

Transform your digital requirements into corporate (added) value. We simplify your processes, map them digitally and make them economically viable - across functions and divisions throughout the entire product development process.  

International Cooperation

Trust in a strong group of companies. Cideon is part of the family-owned, globally active Friedhelm Loh Group and is based on the principles of customer-oriented and sustainable corporate management.


Cideon Support

Quality, speed, and reliability in engineering are critical to your success. Comprehensive services are just as important as dedicated specialists and powerful software solutions.

Cideon Support offers you fast and uncomplicated answers to your questions, detailed insights into products and solutions as well as helpful tips and tricks.

Go one step further with Managed Services: With this service, we monitor your CAD/PDM/PLM environment and ensure the long-term operational reliability of your software. This ensures that your systems are always up to date and ready for use, giving you the peace of mind that your software is consistently maintained and optimized.

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