GRAPHISOFT recently released an innovative, interactive BIM communication tool for architects. The add-on for ArchiCAD 15, BIMx, is an easy-to-use mobile design demonstration tool for exploring, communicating and sharing building concepts.
Through BIMx, ArchiCAD 15 users gain unprecedented ability to share entire BIM models with anyone through an interactive community on Facebook or through iOS devices. BIMx demonstrations can be executed on a desktop computer or laptop as well. More information and some images after the break.
BIMx uses building models created in GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD and allows them to be viewed in a 3D environment. Move through the design in real-time 3D navigation – using familiar game navigation concepts to show clients, developers and public interest groups how the design concepts work in the building model. With the BIMx add-on for ArchiCAD these models can be explored as standalone applications (only on desktop computers), or using the BIMx Viewer on both desktop and mobile devices, available for free. BIMx Viewer allows users to download models from other sources or from the BIMx community site through iTunes to the iPad.
GRAPHISOFT is promoting the BIMx application with a contest taking place at the BIMx community on Facebook. The online community serves as a central hub for sharing interactive 3D building models. It doubles as a meeting place for Architects holding a BIMx license – commercial or educational – and a place to publish models through an already familiar Facebook interface.
The BIMx community, which looks like a Facebook page – but actually is a cloud based service, is where many ArchiCAD users are receiving peer evaluation and feedback on their designs, from fellow ArchiCAD users. Professionals and students alike find that participating in the group offers inspiration as well. The Facebook integration is a cloud service with free access, search, filter or browse functionality. Models can be uploaded and downloaded without needing a Facebook account on the BIMx community website.
Now until October 31st, all uploads to the BIMx community are automatically entered to win an iPad. Three iPads will be awarded – one in each of three categories, “PRO”, “EDU” and “OVERALL”. One winner will be named for each of the BIMx model entries with the most likes in the “PRO” and “EDU” categories and the editorial team will choose a third winner for the “OVERALL” category. Uploaded models are placed into either the professional or educational category automatically – based upon which ArchiCAD/BIMx version was used to create them. All uploaded models will be considered for category ArchiCAD Facebook page (all architects by profession) for winning the 3rd iPad.