The BIM Surfer project is, just like BIMserver.org, part of the open source BIM collective. It is developing an open source WebGL viewer for BIM models based on open standards (for now only IFC). The project was an initiative from our team, but created by Rehno Lindeque. Due to several reasons there was not a lot of progress at BIM Surfer, until some guys from Vienna picked it up. During the Google Summer of Code students worked on improving BIM Surfer with cool new features. The most visual ones are the two sliders. You can see all about it in de youtube movie below. There are also numerous other improvements. Read all about it on github.
The BIMserver.org team, in close collaboration with MOST and TUWien, is working hard on the integration of this new viewer with BIMserver. We are using the new JSON interface to interact with BIM Surfer and load the objecttypes one by one to speed up the loading time. More info will be available in our new beta release which is coming up in a couple of weeks.
UPDATE November 13: Integration with BIMserver platform.
The BIMserver.org team has intensified the communication between the open source BIM Surfer viewer and the BIMserver.org platform. The ‘get model from server’ now works, and there is much more user feedback with progress bars and partial loading of models. Have a look at the video above.