Building information modeling is a state-of-the-art technique for optimizing project work in the construction industry across the entire building lifecycle – from design, planning, construction and management right through to demolition. Architects and engineers with different specialties work together in highly connected teams to create a central, digital building model. This model, which is also known as the “digital twin,” can also be used in future lifecycle phases – for example, construction scheduling or maintenance – and so helps to avoid errors and cut costs.


OBERMEYER – the corporate group to which we belong – is a founding member of buildingSMART and has been actively supporting the development of neutral BIM standards since 1995. We are currently helping with ongoing development of the international IFC standard for infrastructure.
In our software, we had already internalized the concept of BIM when it was still called a “building data model” – the design of parametric, three-dimensional route models has always been at the heart of ProVI.

A Central Database Solution

Back in 2006, we became one of the first developers of route design software to launch a database system for the central storage of all project data and its various mutual dependencies. This also allows cross-site work in project teams and ensures that all the people involved have access to the very latest data at all times.


In addition to transportation routes, you can also create designs in other disciplines such as surveying, subsoil, drainage, supply lines, noise protection walls, platforms and catenaries directly in ProVI. You can also import a whole range of other construction models such as bridges, tunnels and buildings from other CAD systems via the IFC or CityGML interface as external models. As a result, the ProVI database is the ideal data pool for your overall model.


Building models created in ProVI can be analyzed at any time. Quantities and volumes can be extracted. Data can be imported and exported via numerous standardized interfaces.
For example, you can export your design in CPIXML format as attributed solids to the iTWO AVA software, where it can be used for the tender process, or export it via the IFC interface to Autodesk Navisworks or ceapoint DESITE for 5D simulation. When doing so, you can decide for yourself which component attributes you want to export. In addition to automatically generated information such as stationing, material and layer thicknesses, you can also attach various user-defined attributes.

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