Cooperation of BIMvision plugins

Cooperation of BIMvision plugins

BIMvision is a free platform that, apart from its standard functions – related to the basic browser function and options of dimensioning based on the geometry of models or operating with cutting planes – enables the installation of plugins extending its capabilities.

Each of the plugins has functionality associated with some specific scope of action. One is for merging files, another for extracting elements from individual models, yet another for improving communication through an open data exchange format .bcf. Others allow you to create a data set, check the potential environmental impact of an investment or check the Healthy Housing Index (HHI).

As you know, extensions to BIMvision are covered by two different licensing methods. By having access to several of them through subscription or perpetual licensing, you can use their different functionalities over a process.

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IFC Split+Merge Bundle

The bundle consists of 2 complementary plugins, which form together an excellent tool for working with IFC models. These are:…
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IFC MultiTool Bundle

This bundle includes three plugins creating a functional tool for multidirectional work on numerous IFC files simultaneously.
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MTS plugin

This BIMvision extension allows to group objects depending on items state or from data that comes from external CSV files….
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BIMserver.center

Integration of BIMvision with the BIMserver.center allows you to work with more than 50 different applications in an Open BIM…
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STL Exporter

This plugin enables export of model geometry into STL format (ie. for printing 3D).
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IFC Preview

Plugin installs in the system preview handler. When you select an IFC file, it displays its preview in Windows Explorer…
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Gallery

Using the additional plugin “Gallery” you can optimize and improve the process of exchange of information between all participants of…
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IFC Comments / BCF

The main idea of the plugin is to create a workflow communication capability related to IFC models and improving collaboration…
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Advanced Reports

The Advanced Reports plugin allows you to analyze the properties of objects of the selected model by developing summary reports.
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Objects Info

This BIMvision extension allows you to search, group, filter and choose objects by name, type or property. The plugin adds…
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Clash Detection

User-friendly, practical solution that allows you to detect quickly geometric collisions appearing between elements in one model or between elements…
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Module: Compare

The module is used for detailed comparison of objects’ geometry and properties. It allows you to compare any two objects…
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IFC Split

The plugin allows you to extract parts of a model to a separate IFC file. You can export selected (visible…
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glTF Exporter

The glTF Exporter plugin allows you to export a model geometry or part of it to a file in the…
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COBie Exporter

Export of reports from IFC, IFCZIP and BVF files to Excel spreadsheet in COBie standard.
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IFC Merge

Export of model elements loaded from several files into one common IFC file
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It is worth noting that the settings we make and the results of our operations, can be very often saved as template files or files of a specific format such as .bcf or .gallery file. In this way, such files can be easily reopened, used when working on another model or passed on to other colleagues. We can also save some of our work by storing data in individual plugins in the program’s native format – the BIMvision file (.bvf).

One of the most classic examples of using several plugins to achieve some intent is the combination of the Multifile module and IFC Merge. Since for simultaneous connection of more than just two models the Multifile module is also required, there have been specially created bundles in the BIMvision store, i.e. packages containing several plugins with a total lower purchase price, for using the functionality of the mentioned plugins in this way.

We can also list other, less obvious examples of plugin interaction (integration of action). Using several different plugins, we can, for example, create and then separate assembly sets from a model in order to more easily manage individual groups and process information related to the elements they contain.

Another example of functionality interoperability is the use of a filtering or search tool – the Objects Info plugin in combination with the capabilities of the External Documents plugin. So we can define very specifically a group of elements according to their properties, and then, selecting them at the same time, assign the indicated document to them. This tool will also be practical for assigning an external reference to only one specific object. The same plugin – which searches for components by the value of their defining data – can be used to quickly select and isolate or color a group of components. You can save your defined view display settings in the Gallery plugin. It is very easy to recall a saved view by changing the representation of the model in the BIMvision window according to the saved settings.

Many users will be familiar with exporting the results of the project’s Clash Detection plugin to the open .bcf data exchange format, allowing you to start exchanging collaborator comments and manage current topics.

These are just a few examples showing how plugins work together. Having them active in one BIMvision space, as our experience of using the platform increases, we can look for further correlations and common points that will allow us to increase the scale of the impact of tools through their interaction. Certainly, the awareness of the flexibility of such tools will make BIMvision an even more friendly work environment for you, open to new paths in your work process.