Mind-mapping [WED 26 JUL 2017]

NOTE: Pros + Cons for Precedents

Note: 0002 — Wednesday 26 July 2017

Below are a series of notes on existing Cloud based web applications and plugins:

BIM Assure — http://bimassure.com/


  • Cloud-based collaborative model checker
  • Has rules embedded in the application that goes through your uploaded BIM model and highlights data issues that you search for
  • Automates model checking (saves time)
  • Receive complete and accurate BIM Model
  • Provide access to anyone on project team
  • Unlocks BIM data
  • Steps: 
    1. Publish model onto web application
    2. Analyse the model. Find problems through set up rules. Fixes the model.
    3. Syncs back into source model.


  • Can it pick up 2D elements?
  • Model only — not drawings

dRofus — http://www.drofus.no/en/


  • Planning, Data management and BIM collaboration tool
  • Provides all stakeholders comprehensive workflow support and access to building information throughout the life cycle of the build
  • Plan, manage and maintain data for departments, rooms, room templates, finishes, items, systems and components in one single cloud based platform
  • Is an SQL server database that can handle any sized project
  • Data Centric Approach to BIM, Design integration (architects, engineers, contractors)
  • Bi-directional synchronization between dRofus and project models

Kinship — https://kinship.io/


  • Cloud based web application that speaks with Revit (as an add-in) to manage your Revit content library (families)
  • Syncs with central Revit file
  • Stores families, system families and groups in a library, project changes
  • Manage, analyse and search through your Revit model about the families used in your BIM model
  • Available from any browser on any web device. No Revit required!

UNIFI — http://unifilabs.com/


  • Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing can use UNIFI as the single source cloud platform to create, manage and analyse their digital content
  • Instant search in cloud content
  • Inserts directly into BIM model
  • Accessible anywhere
  • Unlimited storage (multiformat — Revit, AutoCAD, Sketchup, jpg, pdf, xls, doc files, etc.)
  • Built on Amazon Cloud Infrastructure
  • Generate schedules
  • Overwhelming large database of BIM content on a corporate server that lacks organisation and naming conventions make it difficult to search content. Saved searches, tags, favourites save time.


  • Connects building data through the cloud
  • Multiple programs are able to speak to each other through their custom plugins
  • Uses J-SON programming language to recreate the geometry and store it within the cloud
  • Shares data and not files
  • Has an environment to extrapolate and manipulate the data streamed into the platform called “Flow”
  • Provides tools and infrastructure to build your own applications


  • A web framework that is built for users to be able to build their own virtual reality experiences — WebVR
  • Supports most VR headsets for immersive experiences (Vive, Rift, Daydream, GearVR, Cardboard, augmented reality applications
  • A compacted library built from three.js
  • Runs with full project set-up and only HTML
  • Object driven and since it uses DOM elements, accessing and manipulating the architecture underneath can be annoying and tricky


  • You have more control in ThreeJS than A-Frame
  • Much more code is needed compared to A-Frame
  • Create and display animated 3D computer graphics in a web browser that uses WebGL

Unreal Engine on the Web

  • Allows game developers to publish their work onto a native web browser platform to be accessed anywhere via the web
  • Visualisation and interaction purposes — not so much for documentation

There are plenty more tools available in the realm of the industry in order to create links of communication between Clients / Architects / Engineers / Contractors / Manufacturers / etc.

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