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Graphisoft BIMcloud: Integrated Team Messaging from BIMx Mobile

Csaba_Kezer
Graphisoft Alumni
Graphisoft Alumni

Building-related communication between the designer/builder team can be fragmented. Using email or phone to make comments is cumbersome and separates the information from the model. That is why Graphisoft developed a solution to involve the builder team directly in the BIM project collaboration by making communication possible from BIMx with sending direct feedback in the context of the model.

Important: BIMx on iPhones and iPads has a newer function called Issue creation which is based on the global standard .BCF file format. This enables compatibility with other software and importing issues directly to Archicad's Issue Organizer for further processing them in a trackable way.

 
This article describes an older functionality for sending simple messages from BIMx to Archicad via BIMcloud. Messaging from BIMx requires an up-to-date Archicad Teamwork project running on Graphisoft's BIMcloud solution and an Android/iOS/iPadOS/visionOS device with the latest BIMx:

 

Join into the BIMcloud project to get BIMx Pro functions

 
After the BIMcloud project has been published to BIMx builders or other project stakeholders will see an option where they can join into the project as team members from their Android/iOS device.

  • The same username & password can be used as from Archicad.
  • Joining in with the same user in BIMx will not log you out from the Archicad project.
  • Using Archicad and BIMx with the same user account requires only one BCU (BIMcloud User license) from the BIMcloud

Send messages and photos from BIMx

After logging in, a mail icon appears at the top right corner in the 2D and 3D views. By tapping it the messages panel comes up where you can send text messages to other team members through BIMcloud's messaging interface. With using the attachment button you can include a 2D/3D view of the model or you can shoot a photo e.g. on the construction site that you want to directly send back to the Archicad team:

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Archicad users will see these messages the same way as if an other Archicad team member would have sent them. If a 3D view of the model was attached to the message its view can be applied at the receiver's end; this helps specifying the area in the virtual model you would like to comment on and therefore it makes communication within the project clear, easy and fast for both parties. On the Teamwork messaging panel it's also visible whether somebody is joined into the project from mobile or from Archicad.

Mark up screen captures and camera images in the message


Attached 2D/3D views of the BIMx file and camera photos can also be marked up for better understanding. Use the free hand redlining tool to annotate these images:

 

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From Archicad to BIMx / BIMcloud collaboration

The below demo video goes through the Archicad, BIMx, BIMcloud workflow, from the BIMx publication in Archicad to the collaboration using BIMcloud.

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