iTWO costX® Consultant Series: Four BIM Measurement Techniques
For our latest Consultant blog series, we’ll be delving deeper into the topic of 5D Building Information Modelling to provide some handy tips and tricks for iTWO costX® users. Our second post is from our New Zealand based Consultant Johnathan Mudrovcic, who has provided an overview of four main BIM Measurement techniques used within iTWO costX®.
Our last Blog post in this series covered various BIM File Formats that are supported by iTWO costX®. Following on from this, once the models have been added into iTWO costX, it is important to understand the various measurement techniques available to ensure you utilise the correct technique for the corresponding circumstance.
3D Measure Mode
With this method dimensions are measured on screen into the currently selected Dimension Group by selecting vertex points (e.g. corners or ends of objects on the drawing): one for a count type of Dimension Group, two or more for a length, and three or more for an area. This method requires the Dimension Group to be created and selected prior to measuring the dimensions but does not require any mapping to the values contained in the data model because the dimensions are being measured from the drawing and not imported from the object properties.
With this method dimensions with associated values are imported from object property values contained within the drawing file into the currently selected Dimension Group. This method requires the Dimension Group to be created and selected prior to importing dimension values. When the Dimension Group is created it is necessary to specify (map) which of the available object properties are imported and which Dimension Group value field they are imported into. Once the Dimension Group has been established the user can then choose the objects for which dimensions are to be imported by either selecting them individually, by selecting an area in the drawing window or by selecting one or more common properties with which to match (select) objects.
Selecting individual objects
Selecting objects in an Area
Selecting objects with one or more common properties
Import Dimensions Using a BIM Template
With this method Dimension Group folders and Dimension Groups are created automatically and dimensions with associated values are imported from object properties contained within the data model based on a set of rules contained within a BIM Import Template. The BIM Import Template specifies (maps) which of the available parametric object property values are imported and which Dimension Group value field they are imported into. The user can choose the objects for which dimensions are to be imported by filtering or hiding the displayed objects or layers before commencing the import process.
The above method is great for a high level ‘sanity check’ of quantities. The automatically generated Dimension Group Folders and Dimension Groups rely on the Model Tree structure of the model (provided by the designer) to match the requirements of how a Quantity Surveyor (QS) would typically measure. The structure of this model tree is not always suitable and therefore requires a QS to build their own ‘template’, better known as a ‘Model Map’, to ensure the generated Dimension Groups are in accordance with a desired standard.
Import Dimensions Using a Model Map
With this method Dimension Group folders and Dimension Groups are created automatically and dimensions with associated values are imported from object properties contained within the data model based on a set of rules defined by the user in a Model Map. The Model Map allows the user to specify (map) for different groups of objects which of the available object properties are imported and which Dimension Group value field they are imported into. The user can choose the objects for which dimensions are to be imported by either selectively defining the Model Map, or by filtering or hiding the displayed objects or layers before commencing the import process.
Below is an example which shows a high-level explanation on how this functionality works.
These four methods each have their own use cases and can also be used in combination with one another. Every scenario might be different, and every model might be different. These different scenarios would determine which technique you might choose to use. Hopefully this provides a good introduction and a better understanding on the four different BIM measurement techniques in iTWO costX®. If you are an existing iTWO costX user and this overview has sparked your interest, please feel free to go ahead and refer to our “Drawing File Optimization Document” or “Advanced Manual” which can be downloaded from our TechWeb page.