We are specialized in using existing 3D models in different formats for the creation of BIM libraries. This has required an in-depth study of the different file formats to be able to develop programmatic solutions for efficient utilization of 3D models and automation of operations.

Impact of source material on the outcome

There are mainly two types of 3D models: solids and surfaces. Solids are closed models defined as watertight object with volume. Surfaces, on the other hand, are plain surface models that doesn’t contain actual volume or mass. Solids are easily converted into surfaces, but the other way around it is really challenging and in some cases almost impossible.

Although certain solid models should be compatible, for example, with Revit platform, each model should be tested first. Surface models can be used as a measurement and format reference for modeling and as a source file for converting to specific formats.

Before the conversion process for 3D models, we will study the models available from the customer and their usefulness as source material for BIM libraries.

Smart functions to help design

Additional smart functions can be added to objects for the benefit of the designers, depending on the design software used. Static 3D models do not have any functionality in themselves, so they need to be added while creating BIM content. ArchiCAD and GDL technology allow almost unlimited possibilities for smart operations. Revit software can also create many additional functions to improve designing process. During the years of development, SketchUp has also improved its development tools to implement the functionality of objects. AutoCAD can also provide functional parameters for objects to some extent.

After getting acquainted with the customer’s products and their practical applications, we are able to design and create practical and efficient BIM libraries. The smarter the tools offered to designers, the greater the likelihood that they will also be used. Offering the company’s products to designers in the form of BIM libraries strengthens the company’s project sales in the planning stages. Read more about the design phase marketing.

Automated processes for big BIM data and large product assortments

Designers are demanding high quality BIM objects with multiple features to get the work done as required by their customers and employers. Designing includes several stages of developement and for that reason BIM objects should contain at least two or more detail levels called as LODs (Level Of Developement). LOD 100 is the most basic level, which is done mostly by tools included in design software, but LODs 200, 300 and 400 are more comprehensive and adding requirements for more detailing at every level. We have automated the downgrading of the detail levels from manufacturer’s 3D source model (usually highly detailed / LOD 400) to more lighter and simplified LOD 300 and LOD 200. Take a look at how our automated software solution handles the conversion on the short video clip below.

Video: Static 3D model conversion to Smart BIM object – Part I