Zoom-to and section box

Zoom-to and section box

Get to issues faster: quick zoom and section box

One of the biggest drawbacks of traditional 2D designing methods was that it was extremely difficult to pinpoint and visualize issues using rolls of papers and red pencil markups.

In BIM it is possible to not only provide the area in a model where a clash or issue has been found but also identify the actual objects within the model which are suspect.

BCF has the ability to store viewpoints along with issues which contain not only the camera position but also a selection of components. Now using the BCF Manager’s zoom to feature you can quickly find that specific viewpoint in your model.

Quick Zoom

When you have viewpoints that are very heavy to load because they were created with a very large number of components, you can enable 'Quick Zoom' mode. This function will only use the camera position but not the component information, so allows you to quickly jump to the correct viewpoint.


When selected, the BCF Manager will instruct your BIM application to create the viewpoint only using the provided camera position and clipping planes, greatly decreasing the rendering time.

Section Box

Issues and Clashes are often found between components in different models. For instance a pipe in a MEP model may go through a wall found in the structural model. Although most BIM applications will allow you to visualize the federated model, the BCF Manager can sometimes, such as in Revit, only access those components which reside in the native model. The result is that after zooming to an issue, only the components in the native model can be seen.

In these cases you can use the Section Box feature. This will instruct BIMcollab to automatically place a section box around the affected components, providing a much better view of the issue allowing you to quickly get to the root of the problem.


1. without section box

 
2. with section box

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