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BIM Collaboration Format Improvements

BIM Collaboration Format Improvements

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BIM Collaboration Format Improvements

Pasi Paasiala, CTO Solibri, Inc.

Motivation
 Nutshell
 BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) is a way to communicate BIM-related issues between software.

 Version 1 (2010)
 Developed by Tekla and Solibri  good acceptance  Simple schemes: easy to implement

BCF Vocabulary
 Topic: an issue related to BIM design, for example a clash
 Markup: Collection of textual information related to topic
 Name  Comments  Status

 Viewpoint
 3D information related to topic
– Components – Camera position – Lines, sectioning

 Snapshot: A png snapshot of the topic

BCF File
 BCF file is a zip that contains one folder for each topic.  Folder contains the following files:
 markup.bcf
 An XML file following the markup.xsd schema that is described below.

 viewpoint.bcfv
 An XML file following the visinfo.xsd schema that is described below.

 snapshot.png
 A snapshot related to the topic.

Improvements to BCF
 Suggestions collected in ISG Jira  Suggested improvements:
 Support for multiple snapshots/viewpoints per topic
 Associate comments with snapshots

 Support for provision for voids  Associate additional payloads or links with topic  Better process support:
 Author identification  Clearer status of topic

Improvements to BCF, cont.
 Improved visualization:
 Control of component visibility and color  Support for bitmap (text)

 Misc:
 Maintain the order of topics

Development of Next Version
 Requirements discussed in telecons and in ISG Jira  Participants: Catenda, DDS, Iabi, ISG, Solibri, Tekla  Backward compatibility required with version 1  Schemas finalized by Klaus Linhard and Pasi Paasiala

Solutions
 Support for multiple snapshots/viewpoints
 A new element Viewpoint added:
 Refers to its own markup, viewpoint, and snapshot files in the topic folder

 Support for provision for voids  New element BimSnippet
 Refers to an IfcXml, Ifc2x3, Ifc4, ... File

 Associate additional payloads or links with topic
 New element DocumentReference
 Refers either to a file in topic folder or to a url

Solutions, Cont.
 Better process support:
 Author identification
 Added email to comment

 Clearer status of topic
 Added open/closed status to comment

 Improved visualization:
 Control of component visibility and color
 Added visibility, color, and selected information to Component

 Support for bitmap (text)
 Added Bitmap to viewpoint

 Misc:
 Maintain the order of topics
 Added index to topic

Status
 New schema available for comments  Improved documentation still pending

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