How to coordinate models with Survey points

How to coordinate models with Survey points

When using models with survey points, it's essential that all involved parties are aware of this and work in accordance with this survey point.

Since coordination of different models has been improved a lot in recent software versions, please make sure that you and your team members use the latest version of your BIM tool as wel as the latest version of available BCF Managers.

Some advice when coordinating models with survey points:
  1. Navisworks
    Use Shared Coordinates when opening a Revit file in Navisworks
    This can be set in Navisworks under Options > File Readers > Revit
  2. Revit
    Use Shared Coordinates when exporting a Revit file to IFC. 
    Include the IFCSITE elevation when exporting to IFC. This can be set in Revit in the 'Export IFC' dialog under Modify Setup > Advanced
  3. Archicad (24 and older)
    Archicad survey point object
    When importing IFC files into Archicad, a standard library object is placed when an (imported) IFC file contains a survey point. The default setting in this object is set to use the Project North. Turn this off before exporting the IFC file.
    Additionally, make sure there is only one survey point present in the Archicad file before creating issues from the BCF Manager in Archicad

    For recommendations about Archicad 25 and more recent versions, consult the article Use models from Archicad for model coordination
    For recommendations about coordinating models from Revit, consult the article Use models from Revit for model coordination



    • Related Articles

    • Use models from Revit for model coordination

      Revit contains three kinds of origins which are important for model coordination. A Project Base Point, which represents the origin of the project coordinate system around which the model should be setup. It is mostly used for measuring distances and ...
    • Use models from Archicad for model coordination

      Archicad contains two kinds of origins which are important for model coordination. A Project Origin, which represents the project's base point around which the model should be setup. A Survey Point, which represents a known topographical point in the ...
    • Why are viewpoint components missing after an import?

      When issues are imported, Solibri builds a new viewpoint internally. Any components referred to from the viewpoint which are not present in the currently loaded models will be discarded, and will not be visible in the viewpoint. This can be the case ...
    • Which file types are supported in the Autodesk Docs integration?

      The BIMcollab Autodesk Docs integration will allow you to view IFC as well as native Revit models and Navisworks .NWD fileformat. Other model types will not be shown.
    • Integrate Trimble Connect with a BIMcollab project

      The Trimble Connect integration allows users to view models stored on the Connect platform, create new issues and evaluate existing ones directly on the BIMcollab Cloud web application.  The integration is available for users with a Connected or ...