CYPECAD´s structural models in Augmented Reality with “BIMserver.center AR”

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CYPE Software, developer of CYPECAD, has recently launched the 2020 version of its programs full of innovative resources and Open BIM tools. In this version, the possibilities of CYPECAD are extended thanks to the new synchronization feature with the BIMserver.center platform. With all the advantages of developing a structural project connected to the cloud, today we highlight the representation of structural models (and their calculation results) in Augmented Reality with “BIMserver.center AR”.

In this article we will briefly summarize two possible procedures to view a CYPECAD structure in Augmented Reality, including its calculation data and analytical model.

1. Automatic synchronization of a CYPECAD project with BIMserver.center

This will create a direct connection between CYPECAD and BIMserver.center, allowing the Augmented Reality model to update automatically in real time with the changes which are made to the structure.

Step 1 – Project creation

As of version 2020, any structure modeled in CYPECAD, regardless of its state in the analysis, can be synchronized with BIMserver.center.

To establish a connection between the project and the other disciplines in BIMserver.center, simply click on the “BIMserver.center” button, in the upper righthand corner, inside the “BIMserver.center¨ tab. By clicking on “Link” we can select a previously defined project in BIMserver.center. It is also possible to create a new one through the “Create new project” option.

If the CYPECAD project has Intergrated 3D Structures developed with CYPE 3D, these will also be exported to BIMserver.center in the IFC format.

Note: For versions prior to 2020.a you need to have created the project by selecting “Create a project through a BIM model” to enable the BIMserver.center button on the “Beam Definition” tab.

Step 2 – Visualization of the structure in Augmented Reality

And there you have it! The structure can now be seen in Augmented Reality with BIMserver.center AR – all models synchronized with BIMserver.center can also be viewed in the BIMserver.center AR application on your smartphone. (Apple Store and Google Play).

2. Upload the file using IFC Uploader

Another way to visualize a CYPECAD structure in Augmented Reality is through the combination of “CYPECADIFC UploaderBIMserver.center. As the name implies, IFC Uploader is a free application that can be used to upload any IFC file to the BIMserver.center platform – including IFCs exported from CYPECAD. In the case where modifications are present in the project, it would be necessary to eliminate the old IFC and upload the most updated version manually.

Step 1 – Creating a project

Initially, select the “Create new project” option from our personal BIMserver.center account. Once this project has been created we can start adding our IFC files and the rest of the members from the open BIM work team.

Step 2 – Local export of the structure to IFC

In this case we will export the structure calculated in CYPECAD to IFC using the “Export IFC” option in the “File” menu, click on “Export” and specify “IFC4”. In this method, we will do a “local export”, that is, in this method it is not necessary to select any BIMserver.center project.

Step 3 – Upload the structural model

Next, we open IFC Uploader, select the BIMserver.center project folder in the menu on the left, look for the IFC file generated by CYPECAD on our PC and click on “Upload”. The IFC of the structure will be uploaded to BIMserver.center.

Step 4 – Visualization of the structure in Augmented Reality

And we´re set! The structural model can now be displayed in Augmented Reality in BIMserver.center AR.

BIMserver.center Augmented Reality

The tool you can use to view the Augmented Reality model is called “BIMserver.center Augmented Reality” and can be downloaded directly from the Apple Store and Google Play. It is a free application that is able to automatically read the BIM models of your BIMserver.center account and represent them in Augmented Reality.

Interesting tools available in the application.

In addition to the representation of BIM models in Augmented Reality, the application features other interesting operations, such as measuring the real distance between two points of your model, accessing the information of each object with a touch of your finger or verifying the deformation of the structure through an animation of the deformed model. Learn more details of these features here.

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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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