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New point cloud import

The new point cloud import offers a multitude of highlights, including multiprocessing, block sampling at various resolutions, insertion according to the Archicad survey point, automatic placement of scans on floors, and a reduction in project sizes by up to 90%.

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New point cloud import

By utilizing all processors of your computer, the import is now up to 50% faster than before. The block sampling of the point clouds allows for significantly faster processing of the point cloud in all subsequent calculations. The calculation of orthophotos now takes only a few seconds, which previously took several minutes.

Previously, point clouds were divided into different resolutions on a percentage basis. Now, however, they are generated with different point distances to be able to vary the representation of the point clouds in the Archicad windows – floor plan, section/view as well as 3D window.

During the import process, all scans selected in a browser window are first listed in tabular form in the import menu. The BIMmTool recognizes whether these are unstructured or structured scans, even if several individual scans are stored in one E57 file. An icon indicates what type of scans these are and how many million scan points they contain.

In the clear table form you can select further import options such as preview, floor splitting for unstructured scans, offset of the splitting plane to floor height, block sizes and the level on which the point clouds should be placed.

You have the option to decide with which maximum resolution you want to work in Archicad (2, 5 or 10 mm). The BIMmTool then homogenizes the point cloud to uniform point distances. This can reduce the project size by up to 90% (50% smaller than the PointCab Origins file of the same project).

Our recommendation

Our recommendation is as follows: A resolution of 10 mm is completely sufficient for modeling up to LOD 300. At this resolution, details in the navigator are still clearly visible. For more detailed projects, such as technical building equipment (TBE), a resolution of 5 mm is recommended. If there is a need for fine stucco profiles, orthophotos of organic ornaments or colored orthophotos, the highest resolution of 2 mm can be used, bearing in mind that the project size increases fivefold compared to a resolution of 10 mm.

It should be emphasized that the resolution has nothing to do with accuracy, but merely changes the number and distance of points on a surface. With structured scans, the point density is already higher due to overlapping scan areas.

It should be emphasized that the resolution has nothing to do with accuracy, but merely changes the number and distance of points on a surface. With structured scans, the point density is already higher due to overlapping scan areas. Furthermore, it should be noted that orthophotos with lower resolution are more contrast-rich and can be calculated faster. In addition to inserting the point cloud according to scan project coordinates, there is now also the possibility to do this relative to the Archicad survey point, which significantly simplifies the workflow for georeferenced projects.

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Idealizer

Laser scanners capture buildings with millimeter precision, which in most cases is excessively accurate. If no deformation-accurate measurement is required, the inventory recording should be precise, but also suitable for further processing. The idealizer assists you in finding and standardizing components with almost identical dimensions, without exceeding the specified deviation tolerance.

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Idealizer

Laser scanners capture buildings with millimeter precision. In doing so, they map out plaster irregularities and any component deformations that are not desired in this level of detail in a plan or 3D model. With the adjustable rounding function, measurements and coordinates from the point cloud can be rounded to, for example, whole or half centimeters.

Nevertheless, standardized components such as windows, doors, beams and columns may differ slightly after modeling. This is where the idealizer comes into play. Components that are almost identical in dimensions are combined into groups within a tolerance specified by you. Individual parameters can then be reset on the basis of the automatically calculated mean value, or a manual entry, e.g. of a DIN value. The BIMmTool automatically modifies the components accordingly.

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Project sizes

Homogenizing the point clouds during import to a resolution of max. 2, 5 or 10 millimeters has an enormous influence on the file size. For our example project, which was taken with a Faro scanner with resolutions of 44 and 28 million points per scan, this results in the following file sizes of the point clouds:

Source file:79 GBE57-Format
BIMmTool until now:56,2 GBGSPC-Format
BIMmTool new 2 mm:28,6 GBGSPC-Format
BIMmTool new 5 mm:11,9 GBGSPC-Format
BIMmTool new 10 mm:5,6 GBGSPC-Format
PointCab Origins:10,4 GBLSE-Format

With unstructured point clouds, the effect is not as great, since the point density is lower from the beginning with mobile scanners.

Source file:11,9 GBE57-Format
BIMmTool new 10 mm:5,2 GBGSPC-Format
(GSPC = Graphi Soft Point Cloud)
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Pointcloud Switcher

Capture a point cloud for the BIMmNavigator, select scans and toggle them on and off in floor plan, sections/views or 3D. Change the resolution via a slider, select the type of point cloud and unhide hidden points – all this on a clear palette. The PointCloud Switcher is your control center for point clouds in Archicad. Until now, settings for point clouds could only be made via the model view options. Now, you can select the panorama to be displayed in the BIMmTool Navigator using the “Capture Location” function on the tool palette of the PointCloud Switcher.

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Pointcloud Switcher

The scan selection allows you to select the scans needed for modeling individually, by floor or by clusters. The “use active scans” function is particularly helpful as it only includes the activated point clouds in the scan selection.

You can toggle point clouds in all views collectively or individually for floor plans, sections/views, and 3D windows. The point cloud objects always remain visible unless they are turned off in the model view options.

With a slider, you can adjust the resolution in four stages. Through the icons “Show Original Point Cloud”, “Show Delta Analyses” and “Show Model Comparisons”, you can switch between these types of point clouds. With the last icon on the palette, you can re-display the points that were hidden via the Clipping Box.

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Job Manager and Job Shortcuts

In the Job Manager, all created jobs for orthophotos, delta analyses, clipping boxes, and deviation analyses are clearly listed in table form under the respective category. All relevant settings can be made directly in the table for individual or all jobs at the same time. On the Job Shortcuts Palette, you can find all icons for creating jobs. Select the desired function, click in the floor plan and drag, preferably from the bottom right to the top left, the respective object. You will be prompted for a name for the job.

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Job Manager and Job Shortcuts

This then appears immediately in the Job Manager and can be edited there in table form. Assign the upper and lower elevation, the floor, the resolution for the orthophotos, the scans to be used for the calculation, the target type, such as floor plan, section or new worksheet, and the layer for filing to the objects for the jobs. With “Calculate & Place” you trigger the calculation and the automatic placement in the specified destination.

The deviation analysis is located on the last tab. Here, you can choose between model comparison and delta analysis. In the model comparison, all points within the specified threshold are colored green and all points outside are colored red. This function is particularly suitable for comparing planning models with point clouds from the construction site in order to detect construction defects early on and take countermeasures.

The delta analysis provides more detailed insights into the match between the model and point cloud, as the points within the threshold are colored in a gradient from red to green to blue, depending on their distance to the surface. This makes it particularly easy to identify deformations of components, such as a sagging ceiling. This function is also excellent for quality control of as-built models.

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Easy2Model Update

The “old” BIMmTool palette has now become the Easy2Model palette. This now contains exclusively the functions necessary for modeling from the BIMmNavigator. The “Shot 3D” function has received a new icon “2D/3D” and allows all Easy2Model functions to be used in the floor plan and in the 3D window.

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Orthogonal snap

The new feature “Orthogonal Snap” replaces the previous function “Angle Snap”. It allows for orthogonal modeling without exceeding a maximum deviation to the point cloud set in the settings. In this process, the components are placed centrally and the worksheet orientation is taken into account.

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Cloud Tools

Behind the Cloud Tools is the interface to the IVION platform from NavVis. The IVION integration is now available free of charge to all BIMmTool Pro license holders. Through this, the panoramas on the platform can be directly accessed in Archicad and modeled into Archicad using the Easy2Model functions as in the BIMmNavigator. Further interfaces, such as to the Nemetschek Cloud or to Matterport, will follow.

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Connect

The Connect icon opens the interface to PointCab’s Origin and Lupo Scan. Through the dialog, orthophotos and delta analyses can be placed in Archicad.

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Orthophotos

The new Orthophoto function generates horizontal and vertical orthophotos from the imported point clouds directly in Archicad. It does not matter whether the point clouds are structured or unstructured, and the calculation time is three times shorter than earlier. It adapts the workflow to the regular Archicad working methods, making the modeling work extremely easy and transparent. In addition to displaying in color or grayscale, you can also generate high-resolution orthophoto representations, e.g., for monument protection. The calculation always uses the scans or point clouds placed on visible layers. Arrange your layers to create views using only the exterior scans. Once ready, you can import the orthophotos into the desired Archicad window using the Connect menu or create a new worksheet or section/elevation window.

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Delta Analysis

A delta analysis is the colored representation of deviations of the point cloud to a given plane, horizontally or vertically. It is an excellent new tool for inspecting existing buildings for deformations and drawing conclusions for modeling. Structural engineers, architects, and craftsmen can use it to assess the condition of the load-bearing structure visually and, for example, floor irregularities very quickly. It is also ideal for comparing the actual state of a construction site with the designed model. The generation and calculation of the delta analysis are identical to orthophotos and can also be stored at the desired location in Archicad via the Connect menu.

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Point Cloud Clipping Box

Use the new clipping box to cut and trim point clouds imported via the BIMmTool in Archicad: drag the clipping box onto the desired area of the point cloud that you want to cut out or trim. You can now hide or delete the point cloud inside or outside the box. Use it to remove scatter or mirror effects from the point cloud, remove a building in a house row, hide the furnishings in a room, etc. The clipping box also facilitates the creation of a new point cloud, like that of a doorway, a historical window, or statue. You may also consider using it to show the surroundings of your project. The new point cloud objects are always calculated in full resolution and can contain further data or parameters. Consequently, you can display these details in a higher resolution, even combine them with the original point cloud.

Versions and prices

As part of our internationalization, there will be only one version of the BIMmTool in the future. Since the “new” BIMmTool includes all functions and interfaces and there is no longer a slimmed-down version, we will dispense with the addition “Pro” in the future. The Connect version and updates for it will be discontinued with Archicad 27. However, the connection to third-party software still works in the “new” BIMmTool. All existing Connect customers will soon receive an attractive transfer offer.

With the new BIMmTool, you as an existing customer will virtually receive a new software, with many new functions, a completely new user interface and everything faster, better and easier. With this release, we are confident that we have achieved our goal of improving and, above all, accelerating your workflows. Therefore we allow ourselves to raise the maintenance for the previous BIMmTool Pro by 50,- € net per year and license.