The IFC model you export from Simplebim will be better than the IFC model you imported into Simplebim. The new exported IFC model will be smaller and work better. When you use validation, the exported model will also contain data that can be trusted.
You can import and export IFC2x3 and IFC4 models using the .ifc and .ifczip file formats. During IFC import and export some useful clean-up and compression is performed on the model. However, the main value of Simplebim comes from the ability to trim, edit and enrich the model, and from automating these tasks. You can also export the property data in your model into Excel.
You can merge any number of models, but unlike other solutions, Simplebim does a true merge. This means that you can, if you wish, merge the sites, building and building storeys such that the resulting model is just like it was all originally created using one application. Simplebim also merges type objects, systems, zones and other resources for an optimal result. If the partial models are not located correctly, they can be easily aligned using the Placement Editor. Finally, you can export the merged model into a new IFC file.
Unnecessary data causes unnecessary problems. With Simplebim you can trim the model and remove all objects and properties that are not needed for the intended use of the model. This makes the model lighter to operate, reduces file sizes and prevents many unnecessary technical problems.
In Simplebim you can edit property values, combine and split values and move values from one property to another. You can also edit the color and transparency of objects to create informative 3D views for yourself or to satisfy requirements set by others.
You can add new data to IFC models from external data sources and populate properties based on data you already have in the model, for example set the internal/external information of walls based on the wall type. Simplebim can even calculate quantities for objects based on their geometry. You can also organize the model by creating different kinds of groups, like systems and zones, add hierarchical classification systems and define rules for assigning classifications to objects.
With Simplebim you can validate that a model has all the data needed by the next step in the process, for example that architectural models are suitable as input into quantity take-off. This is very important to find out and concentrating on just input validation makes defining and using validation extremely simple for you.
In Simplebim the validation results are automatically updated as you edit, trim and enrich the model. You can validate that the model has required objects and properties and that properties have required values, for example from a list of allowed values. You can also validate targeted groups of objects, for example create a group with all exterior walls and define that objects in this group must have a U-value.
You often need to perform the same tasks for trimming, editing, enrichment and setting validation rules on different models and different versions of the same model. With templates you can easily automate these tasks. Simplebim comes with a set of pre-defined templates that you can use out-of-the-box. However, most often you create your own templates by starting from an empty template or by copying one of the pre-defined templates.
Tools can be used for performing a wide variety of tasks from finding duplicate objects to calculating quantities. Tools can be run from the user interface, from templates and as part of a batch process. Simplebim comes with a set of tools that we have created and you can even create your own tools using our application programming interface (API).
With batch processing you can start Simplebim with a minimal user interface and automate whole sequences, for example import an IFC file, apply a template and save the result as a new IFC file.
With Simplebim our goal is to make using BIM simple. You can efficiently create relevant, reliable and normalized models, but this is just the beginning. You can also easily adjust a workspace in Simplebim to contain just the functionality you need for performing a specific task. You then save the workspace to be re-used any time you are performing the same task again. With simple data in a simple user interface BIM finally becomes ultra simple!
Once you have made your model relevant, reliable and normalized our multi-tabbed Table palette gives you excellent tools for using the data. You can group, filter and sort rows, colorize objects based on their property values and display summary information. The layout, features and data of the table are saved as part of the workspace, which allows you to easily create highly customized views that you can re-use yourself or share with others.