How to manage projects with BIM efficiently

Building information modeling (BIM) process gains huge popularity among the architecture and construction industry. Since, BIM is extensively used by several architectural and engineering firms into their practice, it becomes difficult for the project managers to control the project teams employing BIM.

Given below, some vital tips to manage project with BIM in an efficient manner.

Recognize the method

BIM stands for a collaborative method of generating coordinated, internally logical and quantifiable information concerning a building with a central system of 3d models in spite of a separate set of 2d drawings. It is a new way of working that simplifies the workflow with an unified approach.

Know the competencies of the tool

A Revit model is much more than a 3d model, it contains a database of information which can be used for constructability analysis, quantity take-offs, performance analysis, facilities management and so on. Working in a model based framework makes sure greater precision; as components change in the plan, they proceed in elevations and sections. When the windows are provided in the exterior wall, window schedules are updated. Prompt 3d visualization facilitates taking decisions in advance. As a minimum, find out how to open, close and navigate through a model, cut sections and print drawings.

Follow the 60/40 rule

BIM workflow generally comprises of two steps: modeling and documentation. Accept about 60% of the time for modeling, rest for generating and annotating drawings. Set up design and documentation benchmarks and decide on the level of detailing for different elements before starting modeling. Should the model be applied for construction documentation or fabrication and assembly? Prior to add a wall, ascertain its width, make and fire rating. Fix the rules at the beginning.

Have a clash detection competition

A Revit model can easily determine the spatial clashes among different systems in the building, like ducts moving through beams or lights hitting sprinklers. It facilitates saving time and cost because of less errors all through the construction. While Revit facilitates fundamental diagnostics, software like Navisworks can recognize and document conflicts comprehensively. Arrange every other coordination meeting to be virtual, discuss with the model.

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Details about Level of development (LOD) in BIM

Level of development (LOD) means a supposition with different definitions and executions. The level of development characterizes the content and reliability of BIM components at various phases or milestones. The “content” signifies geometric information, structured data and linked documentation.

The reliability signifies what has been utilized and to what extent the downstream users of the information can rely on the precision and quality of that content.

LOD is categorized as follow :-

LOD 100 – Concept Design

3D model of the building is formed to demonstrate the information on basic level. As a result only conceptual model can be produced in this phase. Several parameters ranging from area, height, volume, location and orientation are characterized.

LOD 200 – Schematic Design

General model where components are modeled with guess quantities, size, shape, location and orientation. Non-geometric information can also be added to the components of the model.

LOD 300 – Detailed Design

Exact modeling and shop drawing where components are characterized with certain assemblies, proper quantity, size, shape, location and orientation. Here, non-geometric information can also be added to the components of the model.

LOD 350 – Construction Document

It comprises of model detail and component which demonstrate how building components interacts with several systems as well as other building components with graphics and written definitions.

LOD 400 – Fabrication & Assembly

The components of the model are modeled according to certain assemblies with complete fabrication, assembly, and detailing information other than exact quantity, size, shape, location and orientation. Non-geometric information to the model components should also be added.

LOD 500 – As-built

The components are modeled similar to constructed assemblies for maintenance and operation. Other than actual and accurate in size, shape, location, quantity and orientation, non-geometric information is also added to the components of the model.

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How Twinmotion 2018 is synchronized with Revit

This Revit video provides brief demonstration on Twinmotion 2018 that will launched very soon by Abvent. The newest version will be very useful for architectural visualization via 3D immersion with some simple clicks of the mouse.

Twinmotion 2018 is supported with Unreal Engine. It is very user-friendly and powerful for architects and designers to generate images, videos, panoramas and executable files.

Twinmotion 2018 offers real-time collaboration with ArchiCAD and Autodesk Revit. Given below, some exclusive features of the software :-

It produces photorealistic visualisations of buildings as well as imports models in a standard range of 3D file formats, together with FBX, DWG and DAE.

The Users will be able to develop background environments out of a library of stock models and textures, and attribute lights.

There are various types of atmospheric properties which range from clouds, rain and snow, as well as ambient lighting on the basis of geographical location and time of day. These are modified through slider-based controls.

There also exist brush-based systems for editing topography or inserting animatiable vegetation to a scene, and a Bezier-based system for pathing animated crowds or traffic.

The software also comprises of a basic camera editor and a set of standard post-process effects.

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3D Repo introduced 3D Diff to detect clashes instantly among different types of models

3D Repo, the leading solution provider in Digital Construction technology, has recently introduced a software called 3D Diff solution that recognizes clashes in construction plans by examining the 3D models which were submitted by project partners and contractors.

3D Diff is considered as the first ever web based, real-time change detection software for 3D models which are frequently utilized in Building Information Modeling (BIM).

The improved 3D Diff solution with Clash Detection automatically detects and highlights intersections, and consequently prospective conflicts, among various types of models. From the inception phase of the architect’s plans, a range of disciplines, along with structural; environmental; mechanical, electrical and plumbing, and feasibly various others, will generate their own models. Each such model comprises of a range of 3D files with elementary metadata. Because, in several cases, each discipline functions with their own silos prior to occurrence of design review on a federation, clashes like pipework cutting via a solid steel structure may simply happen.

The cloud-based 3D Clash Detection offers a quick and consistent way to compare and contrast 3D models, from various disciplines, devoid of the file format or the software applied to form them. The 3D Diff with Clash Detection can function on different types of models in real time through an encrypted web browser.

The 3D Repo solution is also useful for the users to allocate visualizations, along with focusing on clashes, with project partners and stakeholders regardless of location or time-zone. These can then be exported as BCF (Building Collaboration Format) files to be distributed with authoring tools. The 3D Repo solution identifies and visualizes perfect intersection points wherever the clashes are found.

With the use of online 3D Clash Detection in combination with 3D Diff Change Detection technology, the models of any type and from any source are compared with the original designs, and with each other, making sure the clashes are identified at the initial state.

At the backend of the 3D Diff digital solution, there is 3D Repo’s award winning cloud based BIM platform that facilitates the users to access the latest 3D models through the web, and make real time modifications and informed decisions.

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CADbro 2018 SP, A Powerful 3D Viewer for super fast data collaboration

ZWSOFT, the leading solution provider in CAD/CAM series, recently launched a full-featured and cost-effective 3D CAD viewer, CADbro 2018 SP, that facilitates speedy data collaboration with the use of its view, annotation and analysis functions.

Intuitive and Powerful 3D Viewer: By applying it’s superior viewing, and advanced analysis, CADbro delivers robust 3D viewer for a wide array of 3D and 2D formats.

This software is compatible with HTML file output, and it facilitates the users to distribute light-weight 3D data from inside and outside as well as view, explore, and section 3D models devoid of requiring any complicated 3D software. Alternatively, the users will be able to allocate complex 3D data securely and at a superior speed through the browser.

Upgrades contain the followings:

Import most up-to-date 3D formats: e.g. SolidWorks 2018, Catia V4/V5/V6, NX 11, SolidEdge ST10, Inventor 2018Import 2D formats: Catia & SolidWorks 2D drawing, DWG/DXF 2018Output HTML and PDF files with PMI (product manufacturing information).

Smart and Vivid 3D Annotation: With CADbro’s 3D annotation features, it becomes easier for the clients to evaluate 3D models, add remarks and suggestions or any other useful information helpful for departmental communication, which minimize rework and make decision-making process better.

Upgrade: Dimension data can be viewed transparently at any angle. The Bounding Command is shifted from PMI tab to Tools tab.

Advanced Analysis: CADbro combines a strong set of analysis tools for examining the parts and assemblies during the product development lifecycle. It allows determining errors at the initial phase with the purpose of saving cost and time.

Prime features: Mass Properties, e.g. volume, area, massDraft Angle, Wall Thickness, Dynamic SectionInterference Check, Exploded View, Assembly Animation.

With the capacity to open files devoid of complex conversion processes, CADbro becomes the ideal solution for teams who deal with several file types and/or CAD systems.

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WorkXplore 2018 R2 is launched to view & analyze CAD models with workXplore

Vero Software has introduced the most updated version of WorkXplore, a CAD file viewer and analyzer enriched with some advanced features like updated online help, new viewing options, updated format support, and more.

WorkXplore 2018 R2 is compatible with the following major formats:
• DXF/DWG 2018 files
• Solid Edge ST10
• Siemens NX 12

Besides, WorkXplore can import different formats which range from CATIA V4-V6, Creo, Inventor, Parasolid, IGES, STEP, OBJ, STL, PLY, and more. The formats like STEP, IGES, STL, PLY, OBJ, MEG, JT, 3DPDF, WorkNC CAM geometry, DXF, and DWG are supported for export.

In WorkXplore 2018 R2, the online help has been completely modified to add dialog, screenshots, and new icons to better help the user.

In the new version, users will be able to view the RBG code for surface colors in the Face Information dialog box.

Given below, other significant features of WorkXplore 2018 R2:

• In the Change Entity Display menu, there is a new ‘Triangles’ option to illustrate or conceal tessellation.
• In view management, the users can identify rotation with vector rather than by two points.
• The STEP Export function now saves the model concerning the active coordinate system.

If the existing system axis is dissimilar from the absolute one, this important development signifies that the components can be translated relative to the co-ordinate system of the workplane.

To get more information on WorkXplore, visit the WorkXplore website

WorkXplore 2018 R2 is launched to view & analyze CAD models with workXplore

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ – The newest free program for BIM professionals

The iluac software, a company from France, recently launched a new program called, to deal with the barriers which BIM delivers to designers by facilitating them to produce BIM models with software they are well versed.

The program can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. The software facilitates the users to develop a BIM model and database from almost any CAD or 3D source model. As the designers will be able to utilize their CAD or 3D design software according to their choice, they don’t need to focus on BIM considerations throughout the design and drawing phase of building projects. facilitates the users to import a 3D model as per their choice of CAD software. As soon as the model is imported, the user will be able to develop a BIM database by allotting the BIM hierarchies with in-built templates and standard IFC property data. Presently, permits 3D models for being imported from the formats given below:

• SKP and SKB file formats (SketchUp)
• 3Dxx file format (3DTurbo)
• DXF file format (AutoCAD)
• FBX file format (Autodesk)
• OBJ and MTL file formats (Wavefront)
• 3DS file format (3D Studio)
• STL file format (3D Systems)
• DAE file format (COLLADA)
• ABC file format (Alembic)

After importing the model into, users can simply generate BIM data hierarchy, and set up connections among its components and the imported geometry with predefined templates and user-friendly, drag-and-drop features. The users will be able to produce their own property and quantity dictionaries. The software is also applied to explore BIM data and navigate through a model, as well as render it, transforming it a robust 3D visualization tool. is free, but with the use of the software’s Premium Pack (in-App purchase), it is possible to export a final BIM project with the IFC 2×3 format. IFC is a base language that can be employed to deliver information among BIM applications whereas retaining the definitions of various types of information in the transfer. It arranges for BIM interoperability. offers the following exclusive features:

• An easy to use Mac interface
• Include different types of data to elements in a 3D model
• Generate and compose BIM hierarchy and visualization
• Drag-and-drop BIM entity to geometric components
• History of operations on any individual model components
• Find out components in the BIM by clicking on a map
• Intuitive and powerful hierarchical selection
• Apple Metal API-based rendering with anti-aliasing and Retina display support
• Perfect per-pixel transparency with fresnel term
• Cut-Planes
• X-Ray
• Textures and transparency

For more information, go through the following link – The newest free program for BIM professionals

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