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Set up BIM

Set up BIM

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SiteView lets you compare as-built digital twins with BIM models, as well as overlay BIM objects on top of panos. This allows your team to better manage a project, follow plans more closely, and reduce rework.

To enable viewing BIM models and overlay 3D objects on panos, you will need to set up the BIM in the project.


Accepted File Types

CupixWorks supports the following Building Information Modeling (BIM) file types:

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


Add BIM Files

When you add BIM files to a project, we HIGHLY recommend uploading the entire construction document set. This makes it easier to manage the data across the various levels that are captured for the project.

There are two ways to add a BIM file to a project:


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

  1. In Project Center, click on  BIM.
  2. Click Import from BIM 360.
  3. In the Import from BIM 360 window, select the correct version of the BIM file, then click Import to link it to your CupixWorks project.
  4. After the BIM file is imported to CupixWorks, double-click on its name to open it in the BIM editor.

Upload BIM File from Computer

If the BIM file is stored on your device:

  1. In Project Center, click on  BIM.
  2. Click Upload BIM.
  3. Navigate to the computer folder with the BIM file, select it, then click on Open to upload it.
  4. After the BIM file has finished processing in CupixWorks, double-click on its name to open it in the BIM editor.


Set Origin Point

Similar to a reference plan, the BIM file will need to have its origin point defined. This will sync the positions of the BIM and digital twin together in SiteView. 

Open the BIM Editor and set the origin point by selecting the intersecting X, Y, and Z planes.

(Note: 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. In the BIM editor, if not already on, click on the Info about the selected item icon  .
  2. Click the Origin tab.
  3. Click on  Set X, Y by intersecting two vertical planes.
  4. Click on two vertical walls perpendicular to each other to set the X (red) axis and Y (green) axis.
  5. The X, Y origin is automatically set at the intersection of the X and Y axes.


Set Z Axis

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

  1. Click on  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. Click the Save button at the top right.


Publish BIM

Once you are finished setting up the BIM, it is ready to be used in a SiteView. 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.

M
Matt is the author of this solution article.

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