IFC and Point cloud sharing in BIMcollab ZOOM using BIMcollab Cloud (Advised)

IFC and Point cloud sharing in BIMcollab ZOOM using BIMcollab Cloud (Advised)

In BIMcollab ZOOM it is possible to link IFC files and point clouds stored in a shared folder to the project on BIMcollab Cloud. The files in this folder will be automatically opened in BIMcollab ZOOM when you connect to the project. This way it is ensured that all team members of the BIMcollab Cloud project, always have access to the most recent files in ZOOM. The sharing of the project folder can only be done by a Project Leader or an Editor with ZOOM editing rights.
To know how to access the shared folder as a team member, consult the article Load the files from a shared project folder in BIMcollab ZOOM by connecting to BIMcollab Cloud.

Setup a project folder

To keep your project files up to date and available for everyone, setup a project folder on a shared location like a server or a file sharing application (like Dropbox, OneDrive etc.). This folder should be accessible to all team members of the project. 

Open ZOOM and connect to BIMcollab Cloud

To be able to connect a shared folder to a project on BIMcollab Cloud, you first need to connect to the correct project from BIMcollab ZOOM.
  1. Open BIMcollab ZOOM 
  2. Click on the 'Connect to BIMcollab' button 
    Consult the article Connect to BIMcollab Cloud from BCF managers (or BIMcollab ZOOM) for more information.
  3. Connect to the preferred space and project
  1. Go to File > Project folder...

If you are not connected to a project, the option 'Project folder...' will be greyed out.
  1. Click the [...] button, navigate to the correct folder and click 'Select'
If '(Read only)' is displayed behind 'Shared project folders', please check if you have editing rights for ZOOM



If you have no editing rights in the project, any changes you make in this window will not be saved.
  1. Select the subfolders from which the files should be linked
  2. Click on 'Share'



    The first time you connect to the folder, the name of the models will be displayed in grey in the 'Navigation' tab, and the models will not be loaded in the 3D view.
    Right-click on the models you want to show and choose 'Load model'. Whether a model is loaded or not is a personal choice for a user, and does not affect the load status for other users in the project.
    The models will be loaded and the cloud symbol will turn yellow. The model tree will be visible. 

  1. Click on the 'Synchronize Project' button to synchronize it with BIMcollab 
    The other team members will see the models in the 'Navigation' tab when they connect to the project in BIMcollab ZOOM.
To change the shared project folder go to File > Project folder..., navigate to and select the new folder. The models which were linked to the project before will turn red. Right-click on them and choose 'Remove from project'. 

Open a shared project folder to your BIMcollab ZOOM

Once the Project folder has been set up by the Project leader, all team members will be able to access the model automatically when they connect to the project from BIMcollab ZOOM. If you are a team member and you want to use the models from the Project folder, consult the article: Load the files from a shared project folder in BIMcollab ZOOM by connecting to BIMcollab Cloud.
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