Monthly Archives: February 2013

Solibri Australia Business Update

As posted on 22 February 2013 (

From October last year Cadimage contracted Matt Rumbelow through his BIM consultancy REVITALL to provide Solibri Business Development Services in Australia.

Matt has worked closely with our partners Solibri, Inc, Graphisoft NZ and BuildingSMART Australasia to promote the role of IFC in an OpenBIM workflow.

Many of you may have attended our National series of IFC Information evenings run by Matt, culminating with the recent presentation from Dr Thomas Liebich, Leader of the Development Team for the new IFC4.

Matt will be returning to his REVITALL consultancy full-time from March, and will be continuing his work and support of Open BIM initiatives worldwide. Matt will also be helping to run the inaugural BIMDayOut, to be held in Perth in July.

Matt has a wealth of knowledge and experience across a range of BIM products including Solibri. Should you require consultancy support with BIM in your organisation we would encourage you to utilise his skills and experience which are complimentary to the Cadimage team.

Please feel free to keep in touch with Matt and REVITALL via the website or follow him on twitter @revitall


5D BIM (in Australia) – What it Means to Quantity Surveying & Estimating

“The reality is that BIM is going to be applied differently for different projects and particularly in Australia where there is no standard or mandate to use BIM in comparison to the UK.”

David Mitchell is Director and 5D Quantity Surveyor for Mitchell Brandtman. He is a passionate ambassador for open leadership, collaboration and technological advancements that support positive industry change. David speaks regularly on BIM and 5D quantity surveying in Australia and internationally.

This article is based upon a presentation from 2012 outlining his experiences with 5D cost planning. Written from the unique perspective of the QS, it forms the basis to the discussion about what 5D BIM and how it can be included within a BIM execution plan for a project.

Access the entire article here (February 2013 Edition, page 4)

RMIT SIAL to host OpenBIM event : Monday, 18th February 2013

SIAL is pleased to host an OpenBIM event on the evening of Monday, 18th February 2013.

Jonathan Mirtschin will present on OpenBIM workflows and the research/development that he has done in the past 3 years. This will include insights to project application of generative BIM workflows form Grasshopper to Revit and Tekla.

Jon will be joined by Dr Thomas Liebich, team leader of of the IFC Development for Building Smart International and also a director of AEC3 based in Germany.

Jon Mirtschin
Jon Mirtschin a structural engineer who completed a double degree in Structural Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Melbourne. He worked as a graduate at Aurecon on projects such as Eureka Tower, Melbourne Cricket Ground Redevelopment before moving to London. There he was introduced to Rhino3D which was successfully used on projects including the Infinity Bridge and Olympics Velodrome.

This work formed the basis of his company Geometry Gym specializing in Computational Geometry and BIM Software tools including Rhino to Revit IFC connector, Rhino3D Structural Analysis Plugin to convert structural models to Rhino.

Dr Thomas Liebich
Leader, IFC Development Team
Director, AEC3 GmbH
Dr Thomas Liebich graduated from Architecture from the Bauhaus, Weimar in 1994. Since 1999 he has lead the IFC development team (Model Support Group) of buildingSMART International. In 2001 he was instrumental in the development of ePlanCheck in Singapore, the world’s first automatic test system of the building permit. In 2006, Thomas formed AEC3 GmbH, completing several major projects including the first German BIM policy, and the first BIM report for the public sector in Germany.

Please rsvp to attend or for more details on the event to
Registrations commence at 5:30 pm with presentations from 6pm.
Venue: Design Hub (Building 100, Level 1 Multipurpose Room). The Design Hub is at the corner of Swanston & Victoria Street.

Another Evening with IFC: The Shape of Things to Come

Geometry, Collaboration, & OpenBIM Model Exchange


With the success of our first IFC Evening Event, Cadimage is holding a follow-up presentation featuring a “sneak peak” of IFC4 and its extended geometrical capabilities. Special guest speaker Jon Mirtschin, blogger, engineer and software developer will present his observations, research and tools which utilise the IFC standard for BIM and geometry exchange.

Jon will also demonstrate some of the improvements in the new revision IFC4 (pre-ratification) and will open up discussion on is can be done to motivate software vendors to embrace and utilize this technology, opening up more collaborative and powerful workflows. The presentation will also demonstrate some exchange improvements Jon has developed with BIM software including Revit, Archicad, Tekla and Solibri and some of the projects that have benefited from it.

IFC Melbourne Event: Wednesday February 20th, 2013
05:30 PM – 06:00 PM  Arrival and Registration
06:00 PM – 06:15 PM  Welcome and introduction: Matt Rumbelow, Cadimage
06:15 PM – 06:30 PM  Guest presentation: Recent Arup BIM Projects
06:30 PM – 07:30 PM  Guest presentation: Jon Mirtschin, Geometry Gym
07:30 PM – 08:00 PM  Guest presentation: Matt Rumbelow, Cadimage

CPD Points: Registered attendees will receive 2 CPD points as accredited by the Australian Institute of Architects Continuing Professional Development Program.

Where: Where: Arup Melbourne (street access closed after 6pm) Level 5, 215 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
RSVP:  Friday, November 15th, 2013
Register : Click here to register online
Ph: 1800 172 893  

XML Marks the Spot! Cadimage announces BCF (BIM Collaboration Format) plugins for Solibri users

ArchiCAD and Revit BCF tools coming soon!


Cadimage will be supplying our Solibri Maintenance customers with Beta versions of their BCF plugins for both ArchiCAD & Revit during February. The official release is planned for March and we’ll keep you informed of progress in regards to both these milestones.

The BCF schema, originally developed by Solibri, Tekla and DDS, allows for an intelligent communication workflow between BIM authoring tools and the Solibri Model Checker. Currently it is transitioning as an industry standard to be managed by buildingSMART as a key part of the OpenBIM initiative. Watch this space…

Are you keeping up? Autodesk releases Revit IFC exporter v2.7.0

Hot on the heals of their December update, Autodesk’s IFC Guardian Angel has released v2.7.0 of the Revit IFC exporter. Improvements include localisation options (language) and a “FM Handover” option in the enhanced UI version.

Thanks again to Angel Velez Senior Principal Engineer Autodesk, Inc.

Download IFC Exporter for Revit 2013 v2.7.0.msi
Download IFC Export UI for Autodesk Revit 2013 v1.7.0.msi

(2.7.0) IFC Exporter for Revit 2013 v2.7.0.msi, IFC Exporter for Revit 2013 Source

New Functionality:

  • Consistent support across elements of Name, Description, and ObjectType overrides.  Added a Tag override and some entity specific parameter support (e.g. CapacityByWeight, CapacityByNumber, LandTitleNumber, SpaceElevationWithFlooring).
  • Consistent usage across element types of ApplicableOccurence and ElementType overrides.
  • IFC property names can now be localized, based on the language of the Revit project file.  See PSet_WallCommon as an example.
  • Support better interface for inputing IFC File Header and Postal Address data.  This is in conjunction with v1.7.0 of the UI.
  • Added new “FMHandOver” view configuration. (UI Exporter)
  • Added UI for specifying FILE_HEADER and IfcPostalAddress information. (UI Exporter)

Bug Fixes:

  • Fix issue for some slabs that had their inner and outer boundaries reversed.
  • Include IfcSite boundary information when there is only one Revit Site element.

Collaborating and sharing data (with Autodesk) in the AEC Industry [via BIM Toolbox]


This article was written by Autodesk’s Sander Lijbers, and first appeared in a Dutch CAD Magazine in October 2012. As it provides a useful viewpoint on interoperability across Autodesk AEC technologies, it has been re-published (in English) for a wider audience.

“Autodesk understands that sharing data among project team members is of critical importance for quality execution on projects. Government agencies around the world are increasingly mandating the IFC (Industry Foundation Class) standard file format. At the same time, Autodesk continues to work on the quality of IFC data exchange. Examples of our support for the Industry Foundation Class (IFC) include 2×3 coordination model view, the U.S General Services Administration (GSA) IFC model view, The Building Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) IFC model view, as well as work on IFC 2×4 certification and by releasing IFC Export for Revit (currently available for Autodesk® Revit® 2012 and 2013 products) as an Autodesk-sponsored open source project.”

For the entire blog article, you can follow the link below:

For those that are interested in further reading, the article also makes mention of a research paper titled “Collaborative engineering with IFC: new insights and technology”. I have tracked that down and also made this available below:

pdf_icon  ECPPM2012-Collaborative-engineering-with-IFC-new-insights-and-technology.doc_