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ALLPLAN’s new BIM virtual reality solution

July 6, 2017

Take a virtual tour –  before the first groundbreaking.

BIMALLPLAN, a European provider of solutions for building information modeling (BIM), has announced its latest innovations including a three-dimensional presentation of the building model using virtual reality.

The VR solution AX 3000 Virtual Reality in combination with its cloud-based BIM platform Allplan Bimplus improves communication between planners, clients and other people involved in construction.

Users simply upload the building model in Allplan Bimplus and use the VR goggles OCULUS Rift to take a virtual tour –  before the first groundbreaking even takes place. Since the BIM platform is system-independent, it does not matter what software was used to create the building model.

According to ALLPLAN, with AX 3000 Virtual Reality users are able to offer their clients a realistic spatial and design representation of the building project and the surroundings.

The solution helps to clarify detailed questions such as room dimensions, window size, materials or lighting conditions, for example using simulated movements of the sun.

The software helps to identify and correct planning errors at an early stage. With this type of project presentation, the communication is brought to a new level and thus planners gain a clear competitive advantage.

Structural analysis software SCIA Engineer

Another new feature in the company’s platform is the connection of the Allplan Bimplus Task Board to the structural analysis software SCIA Engineer. The Task Board can be used to coordinate defined tasks among all those involved in planning. It is important that the individual specialist planners always have full control over their own sub-model in the process. Thus structural engineers who work with SCIA Engineer can now avail of the advantages of the open BIM platform and cooperate smoothly across disciplines.

Flexibility by connecting to MS Excel

Allplan Bimplus is now also connected to MS Excel for the first time, which makes editing component properties easier. All desired alphanumeric information, such as materials, fire protection classes, weights, prices, etc., are transferred directly to MS Excel from the BIM coordination model and can be further processed with the well-known Excel functions.


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