BIM Navigator

The IES BIM Navigator brings all information and import settings into one step-by-step workflow, facilitating import from a variety of modelling tools.

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Overview

  • Step-by-step process for importing models via gbXML and IFC
  • Integrated best practice and modelling guidance
  • Visual model check and automated error identification & healing options
  • Choose which data you bring in with geometry
  • gbXML model merge functions to make updating models easier
  • gbXML export of IESVE calculated CIBSE/ASHRAE Loads back into BIM model

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BIM Navigator

Quarantine Zone

Technical Details

Easily create, exchange and update your models as the design evolves. The smooth and robust two-way information exchange between IESVE and BIM platforms speeds up the design process and facilitates digital design.

The IES BIM Navigator brings all import settings into one step-by-step workflow, facilitating import from a variety of modelling tools. Free to existing customers, the Navigator encompasses features related to healing geometry on import including a Quarantine zone where issues can be visualised and guidance provided on how best to address them.

VE 2018 brings new features to the Navigator, including a smooth and robust two-way information exchange between IESVE and BIM platforms to speed up the design process and facilitate digital design.

Benefits at a Glance

  • All Information & Settings in one place
  • Guidance to check off
  • Customise what data is imported and how it is assigned in the VE
  • Export heating and cooling loads for assignment in the model to close the loop
  • Update geometry & Data as the design evolves without having to re-build geometry or re-assign existing data
  • Best practice modelling information
  • New Quarantine Zone
  • Add Clarity to the Process
  • Visibly see the import process
  • Improved success rates in existing geometry fixing tools (shell correction)
  • View geometry errors in tree view
  • View surface orientation in viewer
  • View inner volumes in viewer
  • Choice of gbXML, veXML or IFC import
  • Interoperability with BIM platforms enables two-way information exchange to speed up the design process

Key Features

Shell Correction (room geometry healing) has been improved and goes through a second correction phase that has an improved success rate at fixing geometry imported from other packages.

Geometry Errors can be viewed in the new ‘Quarantine Zone’ from the model tree and the model viewer. The model viewer also allows for the visible checking of surface orientations that were previously only listed in a report, which remains available.

Capping counters the issue when the source model file is not available. The capping functionality will allow multiple zones that have parts of their volume geometry escaping past the levels they should be stopping at.

Gap Filling
One of the most common issues of importing models are gaps in the geometry where rooms in the originating source models have not been accounted for, for example ceiling voids, risers and stair access areas. Gap Filling will add in a volume to the model removing the requirement of going back to the originating model.

Improved BIM Import Functionality
Steps to import modelling data into the VE have been simplified and enhanced in response to industry needs and customer feedback. Users can now also export modelling data.

  • 4 step import process
  • New & smarter model ‘healing’ options improve the import
  • More flexible import options allow users to choose what comes into the software

New Export functions
User can now also export modelling data

  • gbXML export of IESVE calculated CIBSE/ASHRAE Loads back into BIM model
  • Export options make file storage simpler

New model merge functions
The ‘Import Wizard’ allows the comparison of an existing model that has been imported and simulated to a newly imported model geometry and data.