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Keeping openBIM® truly open

As a founding member and for 20 years now, Autodesk supports buildingSMART International, the organization that develops and maintains the IFC standard, the leading interoperability standard, for sharing and exchanging BIM data across different software.

Open collaboration requires interoperability

Multiple open file formats

Reliable data exchange is critical to project collaboration. Autodesk is the leader in supporting the .ifc open file format and other openBIM data formats, including Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) for BIM data, gbXML, LandXML, and more.

BIM’s open file format

The .ifc data model contains both geometry and properties of ‘intelligent’ building elements and their relationships within a building model, to support multidisciplinary, integrated, open BIM workflows, both desktop and cloud-based, throughout the entire project lifecycle.   

Our API is open

There are 4,000 developers in the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN), working to build software and plug-ins that support openBIM. And Autodesk AEC partners offer world-class technical expertise in software support and training, to help you work more efficiently and gain a competitive advantage.

Resources and news

Learn more about the interoperability of Autodesk and BIM software with these resources. 

Autodesk and Trimble Sign Agreement to Increase Interoperability

AEC Customers will Gain Greater Flexibility Throughout the BIM Project Lifecycle

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Interoperability: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn all about Interoperability, openBIM®, IFC, and more.

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Interoperability: Glossary of terms

Learn definitions of key industry terms to help you on your way to a connected BIM experience.

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How Autodesk Supports Open Data Exchange Standards to Improve Project Collaboration

A technical white paper on Autodesk’s support for data exchange standards like .ifc and other data exchanges.

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