Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Publishing for BIMx, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] We can publish our project into tablets and smartphones by using the BIMx app. BIMx is a free application from GraphicSoft that allow us to open BIMx files in both iOS and Android devices. I'm gonna click here on the BIMx and you will see that I already have exported our Groove House to BIMx. I'm gonna open it and here on the left, we have a list of all the layouts that we have saved in our projects so I can click here on Ground Floor.
And then on the right if I tap on the preview, we can open it and we can zoom in, zoom out, and use our finger to point around and navigate through the project. We can also go forward and backward here on the sheets, and if we click in one of those blue dots here, like if I click on a B section and press open, ArchiCAD is gonna take us to that section. And same thing if I click here on the blue marker for the first floor.
ArchiCAD takes us to the first floor. Also, if you click on this little icon here that looks like a house on the bottom left of the screen, ArchiCAD will combine the 2D with the 3D. It's a really comprehensive way to visualize and understand our plans. I'm going to rotate a little bit around here and you can see we have those blue markers on the 3D as well. If I click on this section here and then press open, ArchiCAD will open that section for us. I'm gonna click on the icon again to open the 3D, and we have both the 2D and 3D together.
You can also click on the layout, and then click on the blue target there, and choose to hide that layout so now we can select the cutting plane and move it back and forward to cut in a different place. We can also click on the blue target and choose flip or turn the section off. Now here in the 3D we can use our finger to orbit around the model, two fingers to pan, and we can also click on some elements. If I click on this window and then click on the blue target, we can get information about that element, ArchiCAD is saying this is actually a door, the D-12.
It has a certain height and a certain width. And the same happens if I click in a wall here, click on the info and we get all the information that we have put on our model about that wall. You can also click on a slab, click on the blue target and hit go to. And ArchiCAD will take us to that point. You can click indoors and then go through the door. And if you'll notice on the bottom right, we have the icon to explore the project.
If I click on that little guy, the joystick will appear and I can use it to steer around my project. And I can use the other fingers to look around the project. Let's take a look on how we export a BIMx file. I'm back here in ArchiCAD and to export a BIMx we have to open the 3D window, choose the view that you want to save as a thumbnail for your BIMx model, and then got to file, publish BIMx hyper-model.
ArchiCAD is gonna ask what's the name of the project, what is the 3D content, we're gonna keep it as in the 3D window, and then what layouts we want to include. We can click here and choose the entire layout book or we can choose a subset. I'm going to choose the Schematic Design subset and press okay, hit next. Now ArchiCAD is asking us where we want to save this file, and then we go ahead and press publish. And then ArchiCAD will save your BIMx file. I have already done that, so if I go to my desktop, I have a BIMx file here that I can put in my tablet or in my smartphone and use the BIMx to go around.
- Opening and navigating an ArchiCAD project
- Setting up working units and stories
- Importing drawings
- Modeling walls, slabs, doors, and windows
- Grouping and ungrouping objects
- Creating sections and elevations
- Working with dimensions
- Publishing drawings
- Modeling and documenting detailed designs
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 06/14/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: using the Stair tool and working with objects. In addition, new videos were added that cover what's new in ArchiCAD 21, stair settings, working with railings, railing settings, using the Multiply tool, and 3D styles.