This platform allows users to create and manage BIM projects and download over 100 Open BIM applications. Flexibility and communication between the different programs are two Open BIM technology standards, so workflow possibilities on the platform are increasing every day.
There are several ways to start a new project on BIMserver.center. In this article we mention some of them:
- Creating an architectural model with CYPE Architecture
- Creating an architectural and analytical model with IFC Builder
- Creating an architectural model with Autodesk Revit
- Creating a structural model with CYPECAD
- Creating an architectural and analytical model with CYPECAD MEP
- Using any IFC model through IFC Uploader
- Generating analytical models with Open BIM Analytical Model
It is worth remembering that to work on BIMserver.center, users can register for free on the platform and create a profile. They should also install BIMserver.center Sync, a free desktop application that keeps the project files developed in BIMserver.center up-to-date.
Creating an architectural model with CYPE Architecture
CYPE Architecture is a free BIM modeller developed for creating and maintaining architectural models.
Its advantages include the ability to solve complex geometry, as well as allowing the user to work in a completely 3D environment.
When opening a new file in CYPE Architecture, the user will be able to create a new BIMserver.center project and link to it. After finishing the design, the architectural model information will be incorporated into the project by selecting “Export” in the top right corner.
Creating an architectural and analytical model with IFC Builder
IFC Builder is the most downloaded application from the BIMserver.center Store. It is a free and ultra-light BIM modeller developed for creating and maintaining architectural models.
The advantage that IFC Builder has over other modellers, in addition to its simplicity, is its ability to generate analytical models.
By selecting “Export” in the top right corner, the user can create a new BIMserver.center project. After clicking accept, the architectural model information developed in IFC Builder will be incorporated into the BIMserver.center project.
Creating an architectural model with Autodesk Revit
To start a project through Autodesk Revit, the best option is to use the Open BIM Plug-in for AutoDesk Revit©. This add-in optimises the exchange of information and establishes a two-way connection with the other programs that operate through the BIMserver.center platform.
The Open BIM Plug-in for AutoDesk Revit© is a free application and can be downloaded directly from the BIMserver.center store.
Using it is as simple as clicking on “Collaborate on Open BIM project“, within the specific menu of the plug-in, to link the file to a project in BIMserver.center and export the model information to it.
Creating a structural model with CYPECAD
In some projects, architecture and structure are closely linked from the moment the building is conceived. In these cases, it can be interesting to elaborate the structural model beforehand, serving as a reference for the subsequent architectural development.
CYPECAD, one of CYPE’s main structural design programs, can also be the one to start an Open BIM project, where architecture and other disciplines can be added later in their respective applications.
From CYPECAD, users can export to IFC by clicking on the “Export in IFC format” button in the top right corner of the “BIMserver.center” menu. In this same menu, the user has options to create or select a BIMserver.center project and incorporate the structural model information into it.
Creating an architectural and analytical model with CYPECAD MEP
CYPECAD MEP is a powerful integrated BIM software for the calculation of building installations.
This program can carry out analysis and verification of technical standards associated with air conditioning, sanitation, fire, electrical and lighting installations, among others. Furthermore, in the data entry process, CYPECAD MEP provides tools to define the architectural envelope, including its technical details and thermal, acoustic, fire protection and cost-related parameters.
This same envelope developed in CYPECAD MEP can be used as an architectural model, which can be exported to BIMserver.centre by selecting “Export in IFC format” from the “BIMserver.centre” menu in the top right corner.
Using any IFC model through IFC Uploader
With the IFC Uploader application, users can start a new project in BIMserver.center with any IFC model. The IFC model may have been developed and subsequently exported from applications such as ARCHICAD, Allplan or Bentley. IFC Uploader is a free application and can be downloaded directly from the BIMserver.center store.
First, we create a new project on the BIMserver.center website by clicking the “Create new project” button.
Then, with the IFC Uploader application, select the project from the list of available projects and click on “Add IFC to the selected project” to incorporate the desired IFC file.
Generating analytical models with Open BIM Analytical Model
In the case of using CYPE Architecture, Autodesk Revit and IFC Uploader architectural models, the user may be interested in generating analytical models if they want to perform advanced analyses such as thermal and acoustic studies.
To do this, it would be convenient to use Open BIM Analytical Model. This is a free program that imports the architectural models from the previous step and then automatically generates an analytical model that can be reviewed and completed with the tools provided by the program.
Afterwards, the analytical model is exported to BIMserver.centre by using the “Export” option in the top right corner. The model will serve as a basis for carrying out various analyses.
When using IFC Builder and CYPECAD MEP models, this step is not required, as these two programs are able to generate the analytical model together with the architectural model.
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