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The BIM Navigator enables you to import both .rvt (Autodesk Revit(R) file format) and .ifc (IFC – Industry Foundation Classes) files. You can even combine BIM information from multiple files and visualize the result in 3D.
Use the BIM Navigator to explore the construction tree of your BIM projects with all the disciplines, classes, types, objects and more. You can visualize the BIM project in 3D and the BIM objects will appear highlighted when they are selected in the BIM navigator.
Extract the BIM data from a selection of objects. The data extracted can be inserted as a table inside the drawings or exported to a .csv file to further work in a spreadsheet.
Use cases include BOM (Bill of Materials), surveys, quantity take-offs, cost-estimation and more.
Build Layouts with multiple Sheets easily: Each BIM drawing represents a detailed view of the BIM model that can be placed at the right scale on a layout sheet. Each sheet then can be configured with multiple viewports.
Layouts are ready to print and behave exactly like in any other DWG file. If you share your DWG file with someone using another CAD software he will be able to read your DWG file and see the exact same layouts.
Still, the advantage in ARES Commander is that your layouts keep an associativity with the BIM model and can therefore be updated when a new version of the BIM is imported.
BIM and CAD are frequently two processes running side by side. But you certainly don’t want to miss any small update nor redo all your drawings again and again…
With ARES Commander you can reload the BIM projects you imported previously and update your drawings. The 2D geometry inside your BIM drawings will be updated and so will be also all the layouts you created before. Besides, all the CAD entities you added on top to annotate and draw details will remain unchanged.
Automate the style of 2D entities with the new materials mapper by configuring rules customizing and harmonizing the style of the entities in BIM drawings following your preferences. A “set-once / use for every drawing” name mapping interface will soon allow you to assign to materials a specific color, hatch or graphic style.
As the BIM drawings retain all the BIM information of the objects we can leverage this intelligence to automate more tedious tasks.
With BIM labels you can select one or more objects and automate the generation of labels containing specific information extracted from the BIM properties. Thus you may select all the windows and generate a label for each one showing dimensions, rise and type.
Most interestingly the BIM labels will automatically update when the BIM model is refreshed.
Just like for BIM labels, the intelligence of the BIM objects can be leveraged to create a smarter type of dimensions.
With BIM dimensions you can select multiple entities and generate very quickly aligned dimensions. For instance it could be all the entities of a specific wall. If the BIM model is updated, not only the geometry of your BIM drawing will be updated but also these BIM dimensions.