Spanish technology company CYPE is developing the Open BIM COVID-19 software, which makes it possible to calculate and apply safety measures in buildings and outdoors, taking into account criteria such as safety distance, maximum capacity or furniture arrangement.

The software, which is free and available for download from, has implemented Open BIM technology, state-of-the-art technology used in architecture, engineering and construction sectors..

The Spanish technology company CYPE has developed the Open BIM COVID-19 software with the aim of facilitating the creation of a security plan to protect against the spread of COVID-19 in spaces used by employees or in places where there will be a larger number of people. As such, this new software, which is free and can be downloaded from, can be used in buildings and outdoors.

According to Carlos Fernández, CYPE’s technical director, the creation of this software is the result of new government measures around the world that limit population mobility and people – to – people contact, with the aim of reducing the spread of SARS – CoV – 2 virus that directly affects the configuration of architectural spaces.  

The requirement to maintain interpersonal distance, place trash cans, signs or the maximum number of people in closed spaces are some of the new requirements. Open BIM COVID-19 facilitates the adoption and approval of these and other preventive measures to reduce infections in accordance with regulatory criteria and allows furniture to be placed in the most appropriate way, space optimizing and hallways created to avoid contact between people.

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Shops, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, covered and outdoor terraces, etc. Any architectural space can be used in this new tool tailored to the Open BIM workflow to begin work on creating a security study in response to COVID-19, simulating the most appropriate security measures. Furthermore, and thanks to the, users can see the project in 2D, 3D, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

The software is available in six languages (Catalan, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) and is designed to be used in any country in the world thanks to security parameters that can be manually edited based on the requirements of each country.

Elements that the Open BIM COVID-19 program takes into account

The program offers users the ability to establish a range of requirements for the entire project that need to be met, such as maximum capacity, interpersonal safety distances, and separation between people in hallways. In addition, Open BIM COVID-19 has 10 different elements to create a security plan to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

These elements include people, groups of people (to identify people who live together and have different criteria),  hallways, trash cans, reception, hydroalchocolic gel, masks, gloves and signs. ”With all these elements, the software is able to carry out a study in advance, that simulates the most appropriate security measures based on the conditions in each space and optimizes them to the maximum by reducing the risk of infection”, emphasizes Benjamín González, Director of Corporate Development at CYPE.

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Once the calculation has been performed, Open BIM COVID-19 checks it and displays warnings and errors in the event that any of the requirements previously specified by the user are not met. Upon completion of the project, the program generates a report with a list of elements that make up the security plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which can be printed or exported in TXT, HTML, RTF, DOCX and PDF format, and also generates a detailed security plan.