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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Portable BIM app for iPhone - Cool Technology

Hi Kids. Any of you out there have an iPhone? Ok, if you use Revit, keep your hand up. Ok, if you'd like to see BIM models on your iPhone keep your hand up. What are you doing. Get back to work. You need both hands for the Revit shorcut keys and the mouse for the ribbon. If we associate the iPhone with Revit and BIM, do we use AutoCAD with a rotary phone or morse code? Thoughts?

This is very cool. Portable BIM.

There are two parts to the installation process. You must install the goBIM Revit Exporter and the goBIM iPhone Application. This installation requires Autodesk Revit 2010 and an Apple iPhone.

Installing goBIM Revit:

  • Copy the “goBIM” folder provided to your C:\Program Files\ folder.
  • Using your favorite text editor, edit the C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Structure* 2010\Program\Revit.ini file to include the following:
    EAAssembly1=C:\Program Files\goBIM\goBIM_menu.dll
  • If you have any other external applications already installed, then add this text after the other external application calls and increment the number “1″ appropriately. When you start Revit, you should now have a tool called “Export to goBIM,” in your “Add-ins” menu.

Using goBIM:

We’ve tried to make goBIM as simple to use as possible. Everything you need to get your geometry onto your iPhone should be available in just a few clicks. Currently, the goBIM exporter is only available for Revit. Exporters are under way for Rhino and Digital Project, so please keep checking back.

goBIM for Revit:

  • goBim for Revit will appear as a button in Revit 2010’s “Add-Ins” menu. When you click on the “Export to goBIM” button a dialogue will appear asking for a file address. This is the location where your goBIM file will be saved.
  • When you click export, the selected Revit geometry will be exported. It’s up to you to put it in a location on your server where the goBIM iPhone application will have access to it.*

goBIM for iPhone:

  • When you start goBIM iPhone for the first time, you’ll be pointed to a default model. To see your models, you’ll need to enter your model URL and model name. These settings can be accessed in the application by pressing the gear icon at the top of the screen. Enter the location of your goBIM file, which will be something like “http://www.myDomain.com/models/”. Then enter the name of the model like : “myAwesomeModel.gbm”.
  • Click the “Load Model” icon. The task bar in the app should show the percentage of the model that has loaded. Depending on the speed of your data connection and the size of your model file, this could take up to a minute. We recommend not attempting to load large goBIM models using the Edge network, because it’s pokey. Wi-Fi and 3G work great though.
  • Your last loaded model location will be saved in your user preferences, so if you need to answer the phone, when you come back the model will already be cached.
* Unfortunately, the goBIM application still can’t access secure server locations using FTP, so you’ll need to put your files somewhere with “public” access. We recognize that this isn’t great for people who don’t want any Tom, Dick, or Harry to access their models, but without setting a complex server which we would have to host (and you would have to pay for), this was the most efficient way to handle model sharing. Future versions of goBIM will undoubtedly include security features, and we welcome our early-adopters’ input as to how to make this work best with their work-flow.


cad drafting January 29, 2010 at 4:10 AM  

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