BIM on an IPad – part 2

I think the ability to select objects in a 3d model and read what it is, is a very usefull functionality. 

Archicad – BIMx does not seem to support metadata in this format. The fileformat for BIMx is based upon IFC. You need Archicad 15 to be able to create this format. I think it’s has been a design decision of the app not to include it. This means that the designers of the app had a specific use of the app in mind. I would think it’s show, communicate and convince. 

Autodesk – Design review has quiet a few of metadata attached to objects. I think in later stages of a project this is very useful for communication. The dwf format is also used in quantity take off. It’s becoming a very versatile and powerfull format. Also many Autodesk programs can publish to this format.

Autodesk – Autocad WS
No metadata or properties what so ever.

Autodesk – Inventor IPM
Loads of metadata much more than design review. It’s a very impressive list. It makes it obvious that this app is intended for communication between technical people. I would have to try to get a Revit model into inventor and next to this app to see if this format retains more metadata than a dwf straight out of Revit.

Bentley – Navigator
The previews in the store indicate metadata

IMSI/Design – Turboview X
Doesn’t seem to have any properties or metadata

Only Autocad WS seems to have edit capabilities. Quiet spectaculair is ofcourse the capability to edit simultaneously online and offline.

The ability to create markups is one of the most important in a BIM process. It’s all about communication. 

So far only dwf and Navigator seems to be able to support markups. Autocad ws has the ability to write text ofcourse but that is not quiet the same as a markup. 

File handling
Archicad – BIMx only eats BIMx for which you need Archicad 15
DWF viewer eats only dwf  and dwfx files.
Autodesk – Autocad WS eats dwg 2D
Autodesk – Inventor IPM eats IPB and IPM files which only Inventor can create
Bentley – Navigator could be reading lot’s of formats but I can’t confirm it just yet.

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BIM on an IPad – part 2

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