bimvie.ws collaboration

The BIMserver.org team is working in close collaboration with the bimvie.ws project. This is resulting in a massive improved user experience for BIMserver and a big step in performance for bimvie.ws. As soon as BIMserver 1.4 will be released, the bimvie.ws plugin will also be ready for users.

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Update april 2: additional screenshots

BIMserver 1.4: new core and database supporting both IFC2x3 and IFC4

Just a quick note that we are working hard on the release of BIMserver 1.4. This will be the version with ability to checkin IFC2x3 and IFC4 data in the same database, and even in the same (main)project. This enables project partners that don’t have the ability to tune their IFC versions to still be able to collaborate.

This means the core and database structure of BIMserver will change radically.

At this moment we do not have funding to create an automatic update script. Also the interface will chance. On some calls we had to add a field to define the schema. When you are building tools on top or inside BIMserver 1.3, you will have some work to update to 1.4. So please make yourself acquaintant with the new core and interface of BIMserver 1.4 to make sure updates will go as fluent as possible.

We are trying to create a script to transfer data from 1.3 servers to a 1.4 installation but this will not be incorporated in the release and there will be some manual work evolved. More on this later.

At this moment the biggest setback in releasing the 1.4 version is that we don’t have enough IFC4 models to test the stability of our implementation. We could really use the help of the community to provide IFC4 data to test reliability and stability of the BIMserver framework. Feel free to send your models to hello@bimserver.org. As we take much pride in the stability of the platform we don’t feel confident about releasing a product that is not tested thoroughly.

Keep track of the github page https://github.com/opensourceBIM/BIMserver for more info.

Visualize your BIM data with charts

It’s my pleasure to announce that BIMserver, in addition to all its managerial and model checking features, is extending the opportunity to you to further visualize your data models with charts.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a complex endeavor. In a technology-rich environment, there is the opportunity to further complicate the process by demanding the data in many different forms. This opportunity hopefully provides specific value to the process as a whole. Today, it is reasonable to expect the ability to display, toggle, and explore such models in detail without ever assembling anything physical. Seeing the model in this detail is both visually appealing and provides practical benefits.

Enter BIMserver’s new charting module.

Charts provide counter-points to the in-depth detail of three-dimensional representations. This is important because it empowers the process to communicate answers to intriguing questions. What is the model made up of? Why are these pieces related? How do the pieces stack up against each other? All of this is delivered in a way that simultaneously avoids sending the whole model while retaining its overall shape.

The charting module packages programming for charts of 16 different types. Provisional demonstration plugins released as part of this module expose a small portion of these new features. These plugins focus on organizing and laying out the tree structure of a standard IFC project:

Treeview

The charts are delivered as a web-technology known as Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). This means that these deliverables can be extended to be interactive or animated with existing tools that edit SVG files.

More pictures available on the README page on github or my twitter account. Contact me via github.