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6 tools to combine with CYPE Architecture to enhance your workflow

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The recent release of CYPE’s 2021 version incorporates many new features and greatly expands the possibilities for designers looking for a 100% Open BIMworkflow. The new CYPE 2021 offers new tools forproduct design, manufacture and specification and among the main new features is CYPE Architecture, the new architectural modelling tool by CYPE.

Discover CYPE Architecture

CYPE Architecture has been developed to be the “first BIM workflow tool”, an area in which CYPE has been heavily investing and developing over the last few years. The tool, which has different utilities that make the architectural modelling process in BIM more flexible, is available for free to any user of the BIMserver.center platform.

Connection to BIMserver.center

Just like other CYPE tools, CYPE Architecture has an exclusive menu that establishes a link with the BIMserver.center platform, and which is used to send and receive information using files in open formats such as IFCs, GLTFs, BC3s and DXFs. An architectural model created in CYPE Architecture can be exported to BIMserver.center to be later interpreted by other CYPE tools (and other software developers) in the development of the Open BIM project.

We will list six tools, that when used together with CYPE Architecture, can enrich the Open BIM project:

Creating prescriptive and performance specification reports

Announced in CYPE’s 2020.f update, Open BIM Construction Systems is a tool designed for defining the technical characteristics corresponding to the construction systems that make up the building’s interior system and facade.

Using this tool, we can add more data to the construction elements of the BIM model created in CYPE Architecture, including:

  • General description of the types and properties of the construction elements.
  • Definition of the layers that make up the construction system, indicating the thickness, materials and their properties.
  • Establish a relationship between the construction systems and the elements of the BIM architectural model, so that the prescriptive and performance specification reports of the project can be developed from this information.

Generating analytical models

In 2020 CYPE presented Open BIM Analytical Model, a tool that is able to interpret IFC BIM models generated in different architectural modelling programs and, once some simple parameters have been included (basic characterisation of the construction elements and definition of the environments), generate a refined analytical model adjusted to the needs of the different simulations.

The architectural modelling carried out with CYPE Architecture is compatible with Open BIM Analytical Model and is an intermediate step for those professionals who want to perform thermal analysis using tools from the CYPETHERM Suite or acoustic analysis using Acoubat by CYPE.

Architectural model
Analytical model

Clash detection and project coordination

Another great advantage of BIM technology is the possibility of performing a clash detection analysis to identify inconsistencies, duplications and interferences, and thereby consolidate BIM projects. Open BIM Model Checker is a very interesting tool that is compatible with the applications available on the BIMserver.center platform and allows different analyses to be performed by combining two or more IFC files.

The IFCs generated through CYPE Architecture can be sent to the BIMserver.center platform, and from there, can be included in the clash detection analysis in Open BIM Model Checker, along with other IFCs from other project disciplines.

Generation of plans from the BIM model

Although CYPE Architecture includes a complete view creation system, where it is possible to create floor plan, section, elevation and 3D views, these resources are designed to facilitate and increase the accuracy of modelling, and not for the creation of final project drawings.

By connecting CYPE Architecture with BIMserver.center, the architectural model can synchronise with Open BIM Layout, a free tool for creating the project graphic documentation from one or more IFC files.

Bill of quantities generated from BIM models

Another great advantage that technology has contributed to our workflows is the possibility of creating bills of quantities based on the geometry and the information previously defined in the BIM model. The most suitable tool to create a bill of quantities from a BIM model developed with CYPE Architecture is Open BIM Quantities.

Open BIM Quantities is a tool capable of interpreting the models in IFC for the extraction of the quantities of the different elements modelled using the sets of measurement rules from the regulations themselves (BaseQuantities for example). The quantities in the BIM model can be correlated with the elements from the cost database (which can also be created in the program) so that the bill of quantities is created from these correlations.

Viewing the models in augmented reality and virtual reality

Another interesting feature made possible thanks to the implementation of BIM technology in architecture and engineering firms is the possibility of representing these models in augmented and/or virtual reality.

In the case of CYPE Architecture, regardless of the stage of project development, we can view its geometry in AR or VR at any time using the BIMserver.center AR and BIMserver.center VR tools. For this to be possible, simply keep the project synchronised with the BIMserver.center platform.

Viewing sketches in augmented reality

One of the main features of CYPE Architecture is its “sketch-architecture” duality, which makes the architectural modelling process very flexible. At an early stage of the project, when we are still trying to define the architectural shapes and layout of the building (using the sketch tool for this purpose), it could be interesting to export this sketch to BIMserver.center to view it full scale in AR/VR in the place where it is intended to be built.

Viewing a full scale sketch in AR considering the different possible shapes and geometries of a building, at an early stage of the project, could help quite a lot in the decision making process and possibly provide the designer with more data before proceeding with a more detailed modelling of the building.

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Afonso Solak

Afonso Solak is PhD-candidate in Civil Engineer, BIM enthusiast and dedicates his free time to explore "off the beaten track" destinations with a backpack and a camera.

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