Why is highlighting valid data so important to owners?
Because owners can now unlock data in their building models that they may not have access to – now owners have access to the data and can validate that data seamlessly.
In BIM Assure we have the 3D model for you to view and rotate, with all the building elements in it. But looking at all your elements at one time can be overwhelming, especially if you’re only worried about something like walls at the time. BIM Assure allows you to create a slice definition in the 3D view, and the model will update to show you what is in your slice definition.
Can you tell us about the process of creating a slice grid?
Users begin by creating a slice with all elements in building. Let’s say that the user is only interested in second-story walls for this example. The user will alert the system that they are interested in isolating the walls, and the 3D model updates to show you only walls. If the user wants a more in-depth view, they can then go into the scope properties (which are like a filter) and specify parameter values, like, “of these walls I only want to see the ones with a property level of two,” and then BIM Assure scopes the view down to second floor walls exclusively. This instant feedback shows the user in real-time which elements meet the definition.
How do the new features support the IFC BIM Data Standard?
Since its inception in 1994, IFC has become a neutral format for collaboration amongst the various tools project teams are using. As an intermediate communication format, all project collaborators understand IFC format and can read files in that way.
With BIM Assure 1.3, we introduced the IFC Explorer so users can open and federate multiple IFC files and publish in BIM Assure. Owners can access data from a wide range of BIM and CAD tools in BIM Assure, run rules, create slices, use slice grids, and perform other relevant tasks.