Category Archives: IFC

Our next Top BIMmodel! Australia and New Zealand Tekla BIM Awards.


Voting closes 24th August, 2014

talkBIM supporter and sponsor Pacific Computing is pleased to announce that voting is now open for the ANZ Tekla BIM awards.

Make your contribution to ANZ BIM by voting for your favorite entry here.  Have your say on who you think should take home the trophies! The winners will be decided by your vote.



As always, Tekla has been used on a variety of projects from bridges to buildings and sheds to stadiums. Each project presents the versatility of Tekla software.

Use of Tekla BIM software affects landscapes around the world. We would like to express our appreciation towards your work and share your success stories worldwide. Participating in a Tekla BIM Awards is a great way to gain publicity for your company, especially if you win! The competition gains more media exposure and becomes more popular each year. The Tekla BIM Awards is held in four categories: steel, cast in place, precast and student. All winners will be automatically entered into the Tekla Global BIM Awards competition. The global winners will be decided by a jury consisting of leading BIM experts inside and outside Tekla.

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Tekla is Banging the DRUM for BIM


DRUM (Distributed Transactional BIM) research is part of Finnish RYM Oy’s PRE (Built Environment Process Re-engineering) program lead by Tekla with Aalto University providing the main research partnership. DRUM undertakings commenced in November 2010 and concluded in April of 2014.

“Although the creation of building information models has enormously developed and become more efficient in Finland and around the world, the utilization of the data contained in the models among the construction project parties is still largely in its infancy,” says Seppo Törmä of Aalto University.

“At the moment, retrieving information from a single model is toilsome. Handling a complete model is hard if you only need to pick out an individual object using, for example, a mobile device. Extra data is often in conflict with the most up-to-date information, which accumulates problems to the user of the model,” says Jukka Suomi of Tekla Corporation, participating company of the project.

The result of the DRUM research is an open concept that is based on linking, managing and sharing building information over the Internet as a way of working.

“Instead of locating the information on certain model servers, it can be easily found and shared on the Web. This makes utilizing the information natural to the different disciplines,” says Törmä.


The DRUM results are expected to proceed into practice in a few years. The new concept has been partially tested at Skanska.

“We expect the results to realize in the construction industry in 2 to 3 years as software houses start applying the concept that has been developed,” says a participant of DRUM, development director Ilkka Romo of Skanska.

The long-term objective of DRUM is to improve the overall productivity of construction projects through information management and the capability to share it. This is a way reduce errors, for example, so that no time is needed to settle them.

DRUM’s results have been noticed internationally: BuildingSMART has been interested in the results, among others, and they will be presented in the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) conference in Brussels in June. The results will also be presented in the European Conference on Product and Process Modeling (ECPPM) conference arranged in Vienna in September. Other participants include Skanska, Solibri, CGI, M.A.D. and Progman Oy. Some of the research was contracted to Georgia Tech and the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT. 

For more information, please contact:

Seppo Törmä, researcher, Aalto University, tel. +358 50 3160979, email
Jukka Suomi, product manager, Tekla Oy, tel. +358 40 510 3101, email
Ilkka Romo, development director, Skanska Oy, tel. +358 50 5201 596, email

Bargain Basement BIM. SketchUP 2014 now has native IFC.



Want more BIM for your bucks?? The democratization of BIM has begun with the announcement that Trimble SketchUP now supports and exports to IFC.

As just posted on the SketchUP UPdate blog, for $500US you can now inter-operate with the most sophisticated (and expensive) tools in the #BIMbusiness, with one of the cheapest and easiest to use.


“The most important thing about SketchUp’s information modeling is that it offers you an unrestricted way to represent not just what a design looks like but also more of what it actually is. And you can do it without giving up the fast, fluid and ‘free’ modeling behavior that you fell in love with about SketchUp in the first place.

To prove that this system works, we’ve built a special workflow around IFC— an open classification system for folks who are doing BIM in the construction industry. You can classify components in your models with IFC types, assign and edit relevant attributes to those components and then export the resulting models into the IFC format for use in other BIM tools.

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But don’t stop at IFC. In SketchUp 2014, you’re free to use any published schema to classify components in your models. Interested in COBie? Import the official COBie schema from BuildingSmart. Or maybe you’re more interested in something like gbxml for green building, or CityGML for urban simulation. Or, you might just want to make your own classification system. We’ve got you covered however you want to work.”

SketchUP 2104 Interoperability

IFC Export

Once you’ve classified the objects in your model, export an IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) file, wrapping up your project for use in another BIM application. Along with your model geometry, you’ll have access to all the valuable metadata you added in SketchUp Pro.


Enrich your model with important metadata and improve its compatibility with other building information modeling (BIM) tools. Our new Classifier tool tags geometry with industry-standard object types: walls, slabs, roofs, and hundreds more. Work with existing classification systems, or crack open a fresh TXT and create your own.

Ruby 2.0

The Ruby programming language is the syntax that makes an entire universe of SketchUp extensions possible. In this release, we’ve brought our API up to Ruby 2.0 standards, giving developers a shiny platform for creating new SketchUp tools. Our API now offers improved support for non-English characters, section plane plugins, text and dimensions tools, and more.

The Test

So to test the workflow, I sampled one of the millions* of free SketchUP models that are accessible from the SketchUP 3D Warehouse. A little known project from an equally unknown architect called Frank Ghery.


Opened in SketchUP Make 2014 (seamlessly) and then exported as is with the new IFC exporter.


As outlined above, at this stage SketchUp components and previously modeled elements do not contain a inherent AEC-centric classification system. Users who wish to export coherent IFC files will need to append the IFC classification data to the elements they are modelling (or in the case the sample project above) to any existing content.

That said, without any additional information, the geometry exports as default IFC geometry and opens without issue in Solibri Model Viewer (the gold standard for IFC viewers).


The geometry can be sliced and diced, but some of the more useful features of Solibri will not be available until the user classifies the content and elements, which is totally understandable.


How Much Would You Expect to Pay?

Unit Price: 1 – 4 @ US$495.00 + US$95.00
Unit Price: 5 – 15 @ US$470.00 + US$95.00
Unit Price: 16 – 25 @ US$445.00 + US$95.00
Unit Price: 26 – 50 @ US$430.00 + US$95.00
Unit Price: 51 – 75 @ US$415.00 + US$95.00
Unit Price: 76+ @ US$395.00 + US$95.00



BIM Without Borders: Videos posted (mostly)


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On January 15th the #BIMseason commenced with a joint presentation by Charmaine Ferguson, Matt Rumbelow and Jon Mirtschin present on the topic of Worldly BIM. The speakers share their experiences and work in locations including the USA, London, China, Vietnam, Denmark and South Africa.
BIM local Jon Mirtschin wrapped up the evening by outlining some of the features of the newly released IFC4 and various tools which utilise the standard for information and geometry exchange.

Charmaine Palmer gives an outline of her work in BIM to-date, including integrating BIM into the Deakin course structure.

Matt Rumbelow with on overview of OpenBIM. (NB. Due to technical difficulties we were unable to capture all the vision of this presentation. This will be added to this video shortly. Please check back again soon.

Jon Mirtschin talks about  IFC and geometry exchange from the BIM Day Out. Due to technical difficulties the presentation from BIM without Borders will be made available shortly.

Event Feedback:

“Hi Charmaine, 
I enjoyed the recent BIM presentation, I was pretty excited about Johns work. The Grasshopper/ Rhino BIM pipeline has always been a keen interest of mine. I do all my modelling in Rhino and doco in Revit and have been seeking a way to meaningfully exchange data between them. 
Please put me on a mailing list for similar events in the future 
I recently had a work experience kid in here and we gave them a concept job in Revit and it was amazing what they achieved in only a week
Mike Nowson, Director 3iD Studios, Geelong

Going through the Motions in Revit with Arup’s MassMotion

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Thanks to Ammar Berrou at Revitonic for this find. I have looked into pedestrian and exit simulation previously using IES VE and Solibri, but MassMotion 5.5 from Arup’s Oasys Software looks very good (but with a price tag to match!).

The software allows you to either construct the model in MassMotion or import a 3D model from AutoCAD, MicroStation, Sketch-Up, Rhino and Revit. And whats more it supports the OpenBIM standards in IFC so will recognise doors as portals, walls, slabs, stairs etc.

MassMotion is the next generation of advanced software for simulating pedestrians and analyzing crowds. MassMotion is the only tool that can predict the movement of tens of thousands of individual personalities in a complex 3D environment.


  • predict the movement of tens of thousands of people in complex 3D environments
  • calculate flow rates at doors, elevators, and escalators
  • how many people are waiting in line at a particular spot, how much time they’re waiting
  • output can be also as a render for those who don’t understand the numbers
  • it can flag out problematic areas i.e. where over crowding is likely

Technical Features:

  • the simulation is based on academic extensive research, testing to compare with real life surveys
  • people in simulator (agents as they call them) respond to changes in real time i.e. react to congestion at an elevator
  • 64-bit multi-threaded design which takes full advantage of multi-core processors and any available RAM

If you need any further information you can contact Rhys Lewis directly: +44 (0)7824 311 190

A shooting STAR? Or a falling STAR? Graphisoft re-releases EcoDesigner STAR



Pipped at the post to acquire the famed Ecotect platform way back in 2008, Graphisoft has not had a great success with occupying the “GreenBIM” mindset (as apposed to IES VE and other 3D tools).

However, GRAPHISOFT® announced today that they have partnered with StruSoft to re-release EcoDesigner as EcoDesiger STAR edition.  Teamed with the ArchiCAD START Edition this could get confusing, however anything that can save more dolphins should be supported.

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Jan. 21, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —   GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced the launch of EcoDesigner STAR, the first software that places standard-compliant energy analysis in the heart of the architect’s familiar BIM work environment.  EcoDesigner STAR enables architects to design the most energy-efficient buildings, by themselves or working together with engineers or specialist consultants.

Partnering with StruSoft three years ago, the single mission was to revolutionize how sustainable design is carried out in the Building Information Modeling environment. The result of their cooperation was the realization that while “energy” continues to be primarily a concern for engineers, the most important decisions influencing the energy performance of the completed building are made by the architect.

“The combination of the BIM model with hourly energy simulation based on weather conditions and operation profiles creates a virtual reality design environment that adds another dimension to the ArchiCAD Building Information Modeling experience,” said Miklos Sved, EcoDesigner Product Manager, GRAPHISOFT.


EcoDesigner STAR enables architects to use ArchiCAD’s building information model (BIM) right out of the box as a building energy model (BEM), resulting in the design of highly energy-efficient buildings. Furthermore, EcoDesigner STAR offers standard-compliant energy analysis on the BEM and produces a detailed building energy performance report, all within the familiar ArchiCAD design environment.


EcoDesigner STAR is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden and South Africa. Please contact your GRAPHISOFT Partner ( for further product information and purchase details.

EcoDesigner STAR for ArchiCAD 17 offers:

  • BIM Geometry and Thermal Property Data Export
  • Thermal Bridge Simulation
  • Expert Building Systems Settings
  • On-Site Renewables
  • Building Energy Simulation Using Standard-Compliant Analysis Engine
  • Energy Performance of Thermal Blocks
  • Building Energy Performance Rating

For more information about EcoDesigner STAR, please visit

About StruSoft
Structural Design Software in Europe AB ( StruSoft) is a Swedish innovative software development company with more than 30 years of experience in specialized software applications for the entire building industry. StruSoft’s main software packages FEM-Design, WIN-Statik, PRE-Stress, IMPACT and VIP-Energy have been applied in analysis and design, precast industry, detailing and energy modeling. The software applications have been developed into well proven products, and are now used by more than 10,000 users at more than 1,000 customers in more than 20 countries around the world.

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIM Server™, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Groupsince its acquisition in 2007.

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ThinkBIM™ & The BIM Day Out wish you a Merry BIMmas and a Happy BIMyear


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A quick note on behalf of ThinkBIM™ and the BIM Day Out 2013 Committee to wish all our friends, followers and family a very merry “BIMmas” and seasons greetings as we move into a new year.

Both ThinkBIM™ and the BIM Day Out are looking forward to some exciting announcements for 2014, so watch this space!!!

Also, we have slowly been editing the hours of footage from BDO1.0, some of which you can now see at the 2013 presentations page here.

Lastly, a big plug for the team at BIMobject who have posted this great OpenBIM Xmas tree object. Available in all the major flavours of BIM including IFC, its an ideal virtual stocking filler for that hard to please BIM manager or to hide inside your latest project for an unsuspecting QS to find.

And whats more, “for every download between now and Christmas (BIMobject) will donate 1 Euro to the organisation “Children of the World”. Now thats a very Xmas thing to do!

ChristmasTree Merry Christmas
Article number:   xmastree2012

Product family:Charity
Product group:Children of the World
Designed in:Sweden
Manufactured in:Sweden



Merry Xmas, and enjoy this fully parametric Xmas tree. Download is available in various formats. For every download between now and Christmas we will donate 1 Euro to the organisation “Children of the World”. We will not send any xmas cards or gifts instead we will think about the environment and the kids of this world. Merry Christmas /BIMobject® Team