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Thursday 19th October 2pm (BST)
Using Flex Flow to Automate BIM data checks, this webinar will cover some of the basics around creating rules to automate the checking of your BIM specs, uploading this detail to Flex Flow and reading, collaborating and reporting on the results.
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Within the construction industry, digital innovation has lagged behind in the adoption process. One of the reasons for this slow uptake is that the industry has a disjointed culture due to the number of disciplines, design to engineering, involved in the process of constructing a building. Numerous stakeholders being involved in the process, has made
BuildingSMART defines OpenBIM as: “a collaborative process that is inclusive of all participants, promoting interoperability to benefit projects and assets throughout their lifecycle… a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows“. However, xbim’s collective 70 years’ experience of working in the built environment means that we know that there are distinct barriers to collaboration and inclusiveness across projects’ and assets’
Information Delivery Specification
Information Delivery Specification has been developed as a standardised way to define requirements that focus on checking IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) files. The standard allows for the user to define advanced requirements, restrict values and specify relationships between objects. IDS utilizes the XML format (shown in the snippet below),as the method of validating
What is IDS?
The IDS (Information delivery specification) standard is a buildingSmart framework of procedures to make requirements machine-readable, improving the exchange of information across stakeholders within the building life cycle. In the construction industry where the exchange of data has been fraught with inefficiencies but relies upon exchange of information to complete projects, IDS is a
As part of Cobuilder’s Define Hackathon in November 2023, the team at xbim integrated the data held within Cobuilder’s Define product with already present BIM (Building Information Modelling) information to enrich the data set and provide useable carbon assessment information. We used our Flex Flow product to do this, let’s look at the Hackathon problem
In xbim Toolkit we use code generation for the early bound implementation of IFC schemas. Early bound implementation gives you compile time safety of your code, compared with some late bound or dynamic schema implementations. As IFC4.3 has been published for ISO review, we joined the buildingSMART implementers forum and started the regeneration process. The major
Stack Overflow's annual survey showed that Python is the fourth most popular technology used by developers. Many developers who are not using Python say that they would like to learn it, making it the most wanted technology for professional development.
As Python is a well-established programming language used by many people to create all kinds of applications
In the last few months we've been developing a new service to help to automate many common BIM processes that use either xbim Toolkit or xbim Flex. When working with BIM data it’s common for organisations to need to process, quality check, and manipulate model data, in order to deliver reliable and valuable output from
Introduction To IFC and Its Relevance To Open BIM
If you're interested in developing BIM functionality for a new or an existing software, it is important to understand the relevance of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) on open BIM.As IFC is a key component of our software, we have included a recording of our previous webinar. Our