How to use the Measure tool in BIMx PRO (iOS)

by Brieuc Tassel · updated: 08.02.2016

The Measure tool will allow you to make precise measurements either in 2D or in 3D. It is available, exclusively, on the latest BIMx PRO for iOS.

Using the measure tool in 2D

Open any 2D layout you have in your BIMx Hyper-model, in the top right corner of your screen you will find the below icon.

BIMX Measure tool symbol

Pressing the measure tool icon will bring up the magnifier pointer, as below.

BIMx PRO Measure tool pointer

Once the measure tool is active the icon will be shown as below.

BIMx PRO measure tool icon

Simply go over the point you want to start the measure from, by dragging and dropping the pointer on that first point. Once on the first point, release the pointer then drag it to the second point, and so on. You may want to measure only the length of one wall, or measuring a closed area. The tool will be able to give you an area as soon as three points are placed.

Given measurements:

  • Length
  • Angle
  • Area

Also, the tool will always give you a real-time “Total length” of the points you selected, adding the distance between each points to each other. (It is located right next to the pointer)

BIMx PRO Measure tool - Area example

If you made any mistake with the points you wanted to select, you can very easily edit the shape of the area or the lengths. Tap one of the “snap point” (Dark blue), once tapped the magnifier pointer will be displayed and you will be able to update the shape of the selected area, if you want to delete this specific point, “Delete” will be displayed next to the pointer. If the point you tap is at an extremity of the shape then you will get two options “Delete” and “Add point“, so you can extend the measurement with a new point.

Tapping the Measure tool icon will deactivate the measurement.

Using the measure tool in 3D

Open any 3D view you have in your BIMx Hyper-model, in the top right corner of your screen you will find the below icon.

BIMX Measure tool symbol

Pressing the measure tool icon will bring up the pointer, as below. (No magnifier in 3D, but you can snap the points)

BIMx PRO - Measure tool - 3D cursor

Once the measure tool is active the icon will be shown as below.

BIMx PRO measure tool icon

Simply go over the point you want to start the measure from, by dragging and dropping the pointer on that first point. Once on the first point, release the pointer then drag it to the second point, and so on. You may want to measure only the length of one wall, or measuring a closed area. The tool will be able to give you an area as soon as three points are placed.

Given measurements:

  • Length
  • Angle
  • Area

Also, the tool will always give you a real-time “Total length” of the points you selected, adding the distance between each points to each other. (It is located right next to the pointer)

BIMx Measure tool-3D

If you made any mistake with the points you wanted to select, you can very easily edit the shape of the area or the lengths. Tap one of the “snap point” (Dark blue), once tapped the magnifier pointer will be displayed and you will be able to update the shape of the selected area, if you want to delete this specific point, “Delete” will be displayed next to the pointer. If the point you tap is at an extremity of the shape then you will get two options “Delete” and “Add point“, so you can extend the measurement with a new point if needed.

The measure tool in 3D will give you smart guides allowing you to make precise measurements (see below), you will have perpendicular guidelines to get straight vertical or horizontal measurements. The orange circle will allow you to know if your measurement point is being applied on a vertical surface (second screenshot from the left), or on a horizontal surface (first screenshot from the left). The dashed line (third screenshot from the left) will show you when your measurement point is aligned to an edge, either vertical or horizontal, while the orange point (fourth screenshot from the left) will appear when a point is snapped. All these smart guides are here to help you making quick, precise and very intuitive measurement.

BIMx-Smart Guides-Measure tool

Tapping the Measure tool icon will deactivate the measurement.

Changing the Units (Metric or Imperial)

If you wish to switch the Units, go to Settings – BIMx – Units

Units BIMx settings

Switching between scales on layouts

One layout may contain several drawings, and in some cases each drawing can have a different scale. To make sure that the measure tool correctly takes the scale into consideration do the following:

  • Activate the Measure tool
  • Place the first measurement point
  • On the top left corner a small popup will appear, press the drawing name, the list of scales & drawing present on the layout will be displayed
  • Select the appropriate scale (the selected scale will be marked with a blue checkered circle)

Scales_Measure tool

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