Building Information Modelling at DORMA

Building Information Modelling at DORMA

For us BIM is more than a buzzword

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    Building Information Modeling at DORMA

Building Information Modeling at DORMA

For DORMA, BIM means more than merely downloading 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. In addition to BIM objects representing individual DORMA products, we are also focusing on providing solutions and services encompassing the entire issue of integrated planning and construction.


Our comprehensive BIM download service covers the majority of the products in the DORMA portfolio. The BIM objects are available in various file formats (Graphisoft ArchiCAD, Autodesk Revit). You just need to use the download links below in order to integrate our BIM object packages into your software system.

Moveable Glass Partitions


DORMA BIM Objects for Moveable Glass Partitions:

Revolving Doors

DORMA | KTV BIM Modell  

DORMA BIM Objects for Revolving Doors:

Automatic Sliding Door Systems and Operators

DORMA ST FLEX Green BIM Modell  

DORMA BIM Objects for Automatic Sliding Door Systems:

Automatic Swing Door Operators

DORMA ED 100, ED 250  

DORMA BIM Objects for Automatic Swing Door Operators:

Door Closers

DORMA ITS 96 BIM Modell  

DORMA BIM Objects for Door Closers:

Manual Sliding Door Systems


DORMA BIM Objects for Manual Sliding Door Systems:

Tailored BIM Objects

The core elements of our BIM service range are tailored BIM objects covering the entire DORMA product portfolio. In creating these objects, particular attention was given to ensuring simple, uncomplicated application and keeping them as light as possible. Where possible, graphical extras have been avoided, with the technical features and functions being placed at the fore.

The models have largely been developed and implemented for Autodesk Revit (.rfa). For selected products, we also offer objects for Graphisoft ArchiCAD and in the manufacturer-neutral IFC format.

The complexity of the objects will depend on the application: from simple, parametrizable models with a low functional scope, such as our TS 93 door closers or BTS 80 floor springs, to highly configurable objects such as our HSW partition wall systems or the KTV 3/4 revolving doors. Each BIM object has been especially developed to fit the needs of a particular planning phase.

Particular attention has been given to application suitability. In order not to make the objects cumbersome, not everything that is technically feasible has been visualized as a 3D graphic. Rather, the focus has been on ensuring a full representation of the features coupled with extensive use of standards.

BIM Research & Initiatives

Although Building Information Modeling is not new, for us as a manufacturer of building products there are still many questions that remain open or not completely answered. Ideally, the BIM process should begin with the manufacturer of the products used in the build. Only this party can provide reliable information as to the properties, characteristics, features and prices of its products and guarantee their suitability. This is the minimum requirement that DORMA is pursuing with its BIM strategy.

We are involved both locally and at the international level with various BIM groups and working committees in order to ensure that the development of BIM continues to be aligned to the needs of our customers, with extension into new fields of application and further optimization possibilities a constant requirement.


DORMA has been a member of buildingSMART since 2012 and is actively involved in various working groups within the organization – particularly in relation to the issues of BIM, door solutions, data interchange, construction processes and component information provision.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

The abbreviation BIM stands for "Building Information Modeling" and refers to the integrated digital planning and construction process for buildings and structures. This hassle-free process facilitates interaction between and integration of all construction participants and the seamless exchange of all relevant information. In the ideal case, the BIM process supports the entire life-cycle of a building: from preliminary planning and construction to maintenance and, ultimately, demolition.

The BIM Process

Building Information Modeling is a collaborative process for the planning, design, construction and management of a building. It’s the Idea of Exchanging Data using Standards. Ideally, the BIM process utilizes a centralized digital 3D model of the building (BIM model) as its core resource. Each construction participant contributes data to the model and has access to data created by others. At this stage, the BIM model consists of smaller components (BIM objects) such as doors, walls, equipment etc.

Often considered as simple 3D CAD drawings, BIM objects are much more complex in their application and offer greater flexibility and operational use. Created as individual objects, each BIM component acts as a distinct element within the building, and when loaded into the project model, allows the user to see the interrelationship of that component with other elements of the build; for instance, a DORMA revolving door object would have its individual measurements loaded into the model.  The software will then alert the user if the object is bigger than its structural opening or exceeds/breaches other constraints.

Prototyping a project in BIM will help to increase efficiency at the planning stage as potential clashes on the building site are prevented. BIM objects make it quicker and easier for architects and designers to understand and implement door controls, automatics and other DORMA products. After completion of the building, the information can serve the ultimate building owner or maintenance provider, as all products are clearly identifiable and indicate when service is required.


The use of BIM is highly beneficial to end users – and not just in a building’s initial creation; for example, it also ensures generation of a valid data sheet for maintenance.  Another benefit of BIM is that it can ensure that large quantities of materials can be readily managed and easily uploaded into an appropriate dimensioned drawing. So a door hardware schedule for a hospital blueprint could potentially take minutes rather than weeks to create.

A few benefits at a glance:

  • Fewer errors – Problems are identified at a very early stage of design. At the end, this will reduce costs and expenses for supplements.
  • Higher efficiency – Standards for data exchange enable seamless processes and reduced time for adaptations and planning modifications.
  • Better design – By using high-resolution visualizations owners can see their building at an very early stage and better judge designs
  • Reduced risks – asset managers can enhance operational safety. All information readily available across the entire life cycle

The biggest impact has BIM on the overall construction costs. Following the BIM process leads to a shift in decision making during the planning process. Creating a 3D Building model in advance of the detailed planning process enables the planner to simulate the design and construction process before any action is performed on the site. Any error, any design flaw identified at this stage is much cheaper to eliminate that later in the process.