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BIM 360 Glue – New 2D Map Feature for Intuitive Location Navigation

17th February 2015
Posted by Paul Walker
As we know, the data that BIM encompasses is massive. It is an overwhelming and comprehensive assortment of finite details—that when backed by a process, are invaluable to the success of a project. And while this information is undeniably important across all phases of construction, at times, visually interpreting that information can be a bit cumbersome. Especially if you are in the field, purposely focused on a single aspect—a single scope of detail that needs your immediate attention. Up until now, if you were in the field on your iPad navigating in a BIM 360 Glue model–trying to quickly and efficiently tap and swipe your way to a specific component or location, you had to spend a bit of time getting there. And yes, you could certainly create a specific view for that location enabling one-tap access, but as we all know, construction isn’t always linear. You set out to do one thing, and then get pulled to look at something completely different. Today, we are excited to announce the new 2D map feature in the BIM 360 Glue iPad app which provides quick and intuitive location navigation. 1 2 Now instead of taking the time to tap and swipe your way through the model to find the component or location you are looking for, simply click the new icon in the BIM 360 Glue tray (see above) to enable the 2D (plan view) mode based on your current location in the model. 3 4 From there you can select the specific floor you were looking for to quickly jump to that level (see screenshot above). Once you have found the specific floor location or elevation, you simply tap into the 2D plan in the spot where you would like to be taken to in the 3D model. Now you can quickly jump floor to floor, location to location outside of the 3D model—and then interact with the 3D model when you have to (or when you need to). The good news is that we have made the process of tying the 2D view to the 3D model extremely easy. The key? Autodesk Revit. Your VDC/BIM team in the office can simply create a Revit project model with levels and grids, and this model can be easily merged with other project models in BIM 360 Glue to create an easy to navigate, multi-disciplinary model. You will need a Revit model with Grids and Levels and need to upload via NWC which was introduced in a BIM 360 Glue update last month. The new feature is currently available for download within the BIM 360 Glue app on the Apple App Store. Click here to download today.  
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2 comments on “BIM 360 Glue – New 2D Map Feature for Intuitive Location Navigation”

  1. Rob Wiedermane says:

    The map tool is greyed out on my screen, why is that?

  2. Julie Jacobson says:

    Hi Rob, if the map tool is greyed out, create levels in your source model before glueing. Once levels are established, the option to view those in the 2D quick navigation feature will be available.

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