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TÜV SÜD BIM model check guide

Check the quality and maturity of your open BIM / IFC project against ISO 16739 or your custom BIM project specification


1. Upload your BIM models onto TÜV SÜD BIM portal (you can find a short guideline on IFC settings for all BIM models below)

2. An email will be sent to you. Choose and confirm the BIM model check package (from free check to extended rapid IFC check)

3. TÜV SÜD open BIM experts will begin with the project review or BIM model check that you have chosen

4. You will receive TÜV SÜD report and/or TÜV SÜD project certificate including risk assessment with Solibri coordination report/BCF report (depending on your selected BIM model check package) 

What can you expect from TÜV SÜD BIM model check?

TÜV SÜD combines visual benchmarks with plug-n-play digital items such as BCF and coordination reports to provide information for technical project members as well as easy-to-read reports for project owners and investors.

TÜV SÜD BIM model check by Solibri will deliver:

1. BIM model check: 60-100 most important “Dos & Don’ts” for optimal BIM structured in four checking categories that address bot technical and commercial aspects of your project.

2. Risk assessment based on ISO 31000: Neutral and independent TÜV SÜD report highlights the risk level of findings, quality issues, focus items and items that need immediate attention.

3. Solibri coordination report enables a plug-n-play takeover of all open BIM / IFC findings. The Solibri-based is the complete and extensive technical result roadmap for BIM authors, coordinators and managers. Based on your selected BIM model check package, TÜV SÜD BCF report will also be delivered.

4. BIM project review report and project certificate by TÜV SÜD: The extensive report summarises the status and optimisation aspects of your open BIM / IFC project. For ISO 16739, TÜV SÜD BIM project certificate is issued to endorse best-in-class BIM execution. 


1. Specify the world coordinate in X, Y and Z format which defines the project base point for all open BIM / IFC models of your BIM project.

2. Specify the rotation to the north in degree format. This is important to combine all the open BIM / IFC models in the TÜV SÜD Solibri dashboard.

3. If an EIR (Exchange Information Requirement) has been created, attach the list of required elements and parameters in Excel format. This is essential especially if you have chosen the extended TÜV SÜD BIM model check. EIR-based LOIs are relevant to benchmark your project against ISO 16739 and execute a BIM review against your BIM project requirements.



1. Clear and full trade name or abbreviation (e.g. SAN, ELT, STR, HVAC) in the IFC file name so that your trade models can be technically identified in TÜV SÜD Solibri dashboard.

2. Export the shared grid and make it visible in every open BIM model and IFC file.

3. Ensure that the 3D body is available at the common project base point of each IFC model. This ensures that all trade models can be federated as accurate Solibri project model.

4. Create all breakthroughs as openings (not as objects) in the host wall / ceiling of your open BIM / IFC model. Thus, all openings designed by the individual trades must only be modelled and delivered in the structural or architecture IFC models of your BIM project.

5. Export IFC file from the authoring software according to the relevant trade definition in the IFC export settings (e.g. sanitary, fire protection, structure, mechanical equipment, etc.). This is to ensure that a basic ISO 16739 setup is enabled.

6. Model all HVAC elements in 3D and assign them according to their mechanical system.

7. Model all pipes and ducts with their respective connections to each other.

8. Model the elements such as pipe and duct insulation, radiators, cable routes, suspended ceilings, sprinklers, smoke detectors and fire detectors in 3D, to enable TÜV SÜD model check to detect issues on them.

9. Identify walls and ceilings with component activation by their name or by a parameter to ensure that TÜV SÜD model check can identify all elements during the check.

10. Define the opening direction of emergency exit doors by a parameter so that the custom Solibri rulesets by TÜV SÜD can detect issues within these trades. 

Drop an email to [email protected] for more information. Tobias is the global manager for digital lifecycle solution in TÜV SÜD. 

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