Access model elements in BIMx via hyperlinks

by Csaba Kézér and Brieuc Tassel · updated: 11.08.2016

Easy data access is essential on construction sites and with facility management. BIMx offers a feature for locating 3D elements in the Virtual Building easily which greatly helps with checking and marking up these elements on site. To be able to access BIM elements in the 3D model quickly or the hyper-model itself, insert these hyperlinks into any website, an FM database or into a Product catalog application.

Prerequisites

  1. BIMx application installed
  2. BIMx PRO functionality*
  3. Downloaded hyper-model on the mobile device

*Can be obtained either by:

  • purchasing BIMx PRO in the App Store (iOS)
  • purchasing the BIMx PRO license for the free BIMx app (AndroidiOS)
  • accessing a shared BIMx model (Android, iOS)
  • joining into a BIMcloud project (Android & iOS)

How to build up a hyperlink to reach a Hyper-model

You can define a URL which will open a BIMx Hyper-model without element selection. The template for hyperlinks looks like this:

bimxapplication://showHypermodelContents?hypermodel=hypermodel_name

Build up the hyperlink manually

  1. The first part contains GRAPHISOFT’s multi-platform ‘custom url scheme’ technique. This scheme is registered by the OS when you install the BIMx app on your mobile device. From that point on the OS will recognise that this URL is associated with BIMx, therefore it will Open the BIMx app when the link is tapped.
  2. The second part defines which BIMx Hyper-model to open from your available Models. The hypermodel_name part needs to be replaced with the name you defined for the BIMx Publisher Set. If the Publisher Set name contains any special characters it needs to be converted with the default URL encoding (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding)

How to build up a hyperlink to reach a specific element

An element access hyperlink consists of three individual parts. The template for hyperlinks looks like this:

bimxapplication://showElementIn3dContext?hypermodel=hypermodel_name&element=Unique_ID1,Unique_ID2,…,Unique_IDn

Build up the hyperlink manually

  1. The first part contains GRAPHISOFT’s multi-platform ‘custom url scheme’ technique. This scheme is registered by the OS when you install the BIMx app on your mobile device. From that point on the OS will recognise that this URL is associated with BIMx, therefore it will Open the BIMx app when the link is tapped.
  2. The second part defines which BIMx Hyper-model to open from your available Models. The hypermodel_name part needs to be replaced with the name you defined for the BIMx Publisher Set. If the Publisher Set name contains any special characters it needs to be converted with the default URL encoding (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding)
  3. The third part contains the Unique_ID of the element that you want to access with the hyperlink. This ID can be obtained in ARCHICAD, by listing the Unique ID field in the Interactive Schedule. The built-up hyperlink can contain multiple Unique_IDs, so BIMx will open the 3D model with all listed elements, highlighted.

Example:

BIMx custom hyperlink to 3D element

Get the complete link from BIMx

When a model is published to BIMx, the above link is automatically generated for each 3D element in the project. This link can be obtained by navigating to the element in the 3D view of the BIMx project and choosing the Copy Hyperlink command:

BIMx Copy Hyperlink

How to use the hyperlink

Open BIMx from external applications

If you launch this link from any application on your mobile device (Mail, browser, etc.) then it will bring up the BIMx app on your mobile device, open the requested hyper-model, select the linked model element and zoom to it in 3D. This way you can access any 3D model element easily without navigating manually in the model.

BIMx access hyperlink selection

Navigate to a 3D element from a BIMx schedule sheet:

BIMx recognises email addresses and website links in schedule sheets. It is also possible to add these custom access hyperlinks to any custom field of a schedule. This way elements can be browsed from a list and when tapping its link it will automatically appear selected in the 3D view of the model:

open 3D from schedule

 

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