Easy classification and structuring

Working with multiple BIM models from different authors can be a challenge. Combining models that use different terminology can dramatically limit the flow of information and hinder model validation. With BIMcollab Zoom’s Smart Properties, you can solve this problem easily. Classify and restructure BIM data without the need of asking authors to change their models. 

Smart Properties improve and speed up your workflow. As Smart Properties structure BIM data centrally, they can be used everywhere. For example, use them to drive Smart Views, Clash rules and Lists. Data only needs to be structured once and not for every model check again. 

Smart Properties

Simplify your BIM protocol

It is impossible to include every detail in your BIM protocol to prevent modelers from unknowingly making mistakes. When adding data to a BIM model, different languages, abbreviations, and typos are inevitable. To smooth out these differences, you can define Smart Properties to achieve a predictable outcome for consistent model validation. 

Another problem is that values can be found in different attributes for different elements. For example, for one element. volume is defined in base quantities, whereas for another element it is located under dimensions. With Smart Properties you can create a common value for each element, making it easier to extract data with Lists. 

Smart Properties
Smart Properties

Create your own classification system

In cases where object properties describe a subset of your model, you can use Smart Properties to create a classification system. For instance, you can set criteria such as ‘walls that are both load bearing and internal, get a new value in your Smart Property of ’22.2x core structure’. 

Enrich received BIM data

In some cases, it’s convenient to sort or collect components based on a set of values. With Smart Properties you can create a ‘collection’ based on certain conditions. For example, beams shorter than 5 meters are put in a collection called ‘short’ and beams longer than 5 meters in a collection called ‘long’. This allows you to enrich received BIM data according to your needs. 

Note that Smart Properties are highly dynamic: if a value changes and no longer meets the conditions, the Smart Property changes as well. 

“Smart Properties really fill the gap when you receive a model which is not perfect, but you must go on. Great advance for OpenBIM!”

– Daniel García, BIM Manager at GCA Architects