RIB Software SE

RIB Software SE

RIB Software SE is an innovator in construction business. The company creates, develops, and offers iTWO – new thinking, new working method and new technology - for construction projects across various industries worldwide. iTWO today is the world’s first Cloud / License based Big Data 5D BIM enterprise solution for construction companies, industrial companies, developers and investors. Since its inception in 1961, RIB Software SE has been the pioneer in construction innovation, exploring and bringing in new thinking, new working method and new technology to enhance construction productivity, and transforming the construction industry into the most advanced and digitalized industry in the 21st century.

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Vaihinger Straße 151 , Stuttgart , 70567 Germany
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Business Type:
Software vendor
Industry Type:
Construction & Construction Materials
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

RIB is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and listed in Prime Standard Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2011. With about 700 talents located in over 30 offices worldwide, RIB is serving 100,000 clients including construction contractors, sub-contractors, developers, owners, investors and governments, in the field of building construction, infrastructure, EPC sector and more. 

iTWO is used in more than 50 Billion USD worth of projects every year. The integration of virtual and physical construction process has enabled our clients to save up to 30% cost, shorten at least 20% project duration, minimize risks, and improve profitability.

RIB has a strong R&D team of over 200 experts across Germany, China, USA and Australia, which enables sustainable product investment and enhancements, keeping our clients at the forefront of engineering, infrastructure and construction technology.

RIB is running together with clients and partners in their journey to becoming 5D technology pioneers in the construction sector, and is aiming to bring the next software generation to support the next generation of living culture in the world.

Professors Hahn, Bornscheuer and Leonhardt laid the foundations for RIB Software SE in 1961

'Nobody I knew showed the faintest interest in my electronic computing office for the construction industry. Then I told Professor Leonhardt about my ideas and was actually able to win him over. He said I ought to approach Professor Bornscheuer - and that's how RIB came into being.'

These are the words of Professor Dr.-Ing. Volker Hahn, who founded the computing institute for the construction industry in 1961 together with Professors Leonhardt and Bornscheuer. Sponsored by the Ministry of Economics of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the then independent institute for technical and commercial data processing developed the first programme chains for electronic calculation of bridges and road design.

Renowned for its pioneering achievements in statics and as an all-round provider of AEC and EPC solutions, the name RIB has stood for efficient construction management ever since the early seventies. At the end of the sixties, the company began development of a first system for budget preparation and tender processing: the batch system IDEAL 1, designed for large data processing systems.

In 1970, the Gemeinsame Aussschuss für Elektronik im Bauwesen, GAEB (Joint Electronic Committee for Civil Engineering and Building Construction) started work on the Standardleistungsbuch (Standard Library of Descriptions of Building Works). With RIB software, this Standard Library could be processed according to the rules. IDEAL was already independent of the hardware used. Hardware independence is still a characteristic feature of RIB software today.

In 1974, the ISYBAU Group purchased the software for use at Federal and state level. After that, RIB software was used all over Germany. With punch card systems like IDEAL, the search for errors usually took a great deal of time.

This problem was remedied by the IDEALOG dialog system for processing the Standard Library of Descriptions of Building Works, which RIB developed from 1975 onwards and launched on the market in 1979.

IDEALOG was developed at the same time as the dialog-capable operating systems well known at the time for large computing systems, BS2000 and TSO. Soon afterwards, in 1976, a user association was established with the aim of identifying customer requirements and translating them into practical solutions.

Even in those days, customers of the data processing centre had an influence on program optimisation. Developing and optimising software solutions together with the customer is still the company's philosophy today.

RIB AEC and EPC: Developed from practical experience to suit practical requirements

In 1992 the BAR2 study group composed of the companies Strabag, Bilfinger Berger, Züblin, Heilit and Werner, Dyckerhoff & Widmann and Walter-Bau worked out the specifications for new software that had been considered for the development of the new RIB solution.

Like the user association in the seventies, this cooperation with practical experience yielded valuable results in the form of an integrated software solution for the engineering and execution sides of construction projects.

RIB CSuite was born: transparent software integrating all phases of a project. Because of the modular design, the software was at the same time a target-group oriented solution geared to the tasks of an internationally operating construction company while equally addressing the needs of an architectural firm. The RIB philosophy proved once again that the most innovative solutions are created by a lively exchange of information with customers and other companies.

Today, a large number of reputable construction companies rely on the RIB solution, using it for successful projects all around the globe. Apart from the classic construction companies such as Bilfinger Berger, Strabag or Max Bögl, RIB is also popular with the German automobile industry. The solution is used by several car manufacturers, including Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

In the last few years, the Stuttgart software company has been able to gain a foothold in another target market with RIB EPC. In 2006, RIB presented the integrated solution for national and international EPC and E&C projects.