Set up BIM

The Cupix SiteView allows users to view as-built digital twins side by side with BIM models in addition to overlaying 3D BIM objects over panos. This allows AEC teams to better manage projects, follow plans more accurately, and reduce rework. To enable viewing BIM models and overlaying 3D objects on panos, you will need to add and set up the BIM in the project.

Video: To see this process in action, check out our video on Setting the BIM Origin Point.


Accepted File Types

CupixWorks supports the following BIM file types:

  • Industry Foundation Classes (.ifc)
  • Navisworks (.nwc, .nwd)
  • Revit (.rvt)
  • SketchUp (.skp)

Add BIM File

Add as many BIM files as you need to a project.  There are two ways to add a BIM to a project:

Add BIM from BIM 360

If the current CupixWorks project is linked to a BIM 360 project:

  1. In the Project Center, click BIM under Setup.
  2. Click Import from BIM 360 to add a BIM directly from BIM 360.
  3. In the Import from BIM 360 window, select the correct version of the BIM file and click Import to import it into CupixWorks.
    Note: Navigate through the folder structure as you would for the linked BIM 360 project.

Upload BIM from Computer

If the BIM file is stored on your device:

  1. In the Project Center, click BIM under Setup.
  2. Click New BIM to browse and select a BIM to upload from your computer.
  3. After the BIM has finished processing, double click the name to open the BIM Editor.

Set Origin Point

Similar to the reference plan, the BIM will need to have its origin point defined. This will sync the positions of the BIM and digital twin together when users view them next to each other in SiteView. Open the BIM Editor and set the origin point by selecting the intersecting X, Y, and Z planes.

Tip: Need help using the BIM Editor? Refer to Navigating the BIM Editor.

Set X and Y axis

Begin setting the origin point by selecting the X and Y planes on the 3D model from the BIM Editor. They will be used to set the X and Y axis.

  1. From BIM Setup click the Custom Origin tab > Set X, Y by intersecting two vertical planes.
  2. Click on two vertical walls perpendicular to each other to set the X (red) axis and Y (green) axis.
  3. The X,Y origin is automatically set at the intersection of the X and Y axis.

Set Z axis

Finish setting the origin point by selecting the Z plane to set the Z axis:

  1. From BIM Setup click the Custom Origin tab > Set Z=0 plane.
  2. Click on the floor or a horizontal plane to set the Z (blue) axis.
    Note: This plane must be perpendicular to both the X and Y planes selected in the previous step. Do not use ramps or sloping surfaces to define the Z plane.
  3. The origin point of the BIM is automatically set at the intersection of the X, Y, and Z axis.
  4. In the Custom Origin tab, click Save.

Publish BIM

Once you are finished setting up the BIM, it is ready to be used with your jobsite captures. To view and compare BIM and digital twins side by side, or to transport 3D objects from BIM to the as-built twin for measurements and analysis, make sure to publish any BIM files you want available in SiteView.