The BricsCAD BIM Module automatically generates
user defined plans, sections, elevations and a detailed
quantity-take-off from the 3D BIM models in the project. Generated
drawings are 100% .dwg files.
Building Information Management software
The beta version of the BricsCAD BIM Module allows you to take
advantage of advanced 3D modeling in your 2D environment. It's easy to
quickly create complex 3D buildings and structures - just add and
subtract volumes. Need to make changes to the BIM model? No problem -
all relationships between walls, windows, slabs, roofs and openings are
maintained automatically, and scale-dependent 2D drawings, quantities
and cost estimates are instantly updated after a change. The BricsCAD
BIM Module is based on industry-standard technology such as XML and .dwg
and can be accessed and customized via its COM API.
Intelligent Parametric Modeling
Connectivity and parameters allow you to make quick changes to the BIM model.
Open and Extensible
All information can be read and modified by external applications.
Based on Industry Standards
Uses .dwg for geometry and XML for attribute data.
Native .dwg support
The BricsCAD BIM Module offers native support for the industry-standard .dwg file format.
The BricsCAD BIM Module uses the ACIS solid modeling engine to
model the most complex building components, including those with doubly
curved surfaces and extrusion profiles. Exact volume and surface
quantities are instantly calculated, and accurate 2D sections and
elevations are easily generated.
In the BricsCAD BIM Module rooms are 3D forms that hold additional
information such as room areas and volumes, room types and the
measurement of floor, ceiling and wall surfaces. This information is
particularly useful to quantify room finishes. Whereas normal forms
typically describe building elements, a room can be thought of as a
special form, which describes the space that is left over by its
bounding forms. As with any form in the BIM Module, connectivity is
maintained. This means that moving any one of the boundary forms will
also force the room to update, hence dynamically modifying its
measurements and parameters.
All materials, styles and other settings can be imported from a
template project and further specified at the project level to be shared
by all members of a design team. This enables you to make changes in
all files of a project simultaneously and facilitates archiving and
transferring project information.
Library Project database
The Library Project database is delivered in Imperial and Metrics units.
All building elements such as walls, windows and slabs are defined
through a style that specifies their appearance, materials, cost and
shape. This offers a top-down design approach, where all walls in the
entire project are changed from simple to multiple walls by modifying
the style definition.
Control surfaces are complex 3D shapes that specify the position
of walls, slabs, roofs and openings. Change a single control surface,
and all building elements linked to it are updated automatically.
Complex doors and windows with inner and outer sills, bearings and
panes can be created graphically. You can change the definition of the
opening at any time - all doors or windows of that type update
Quickly create complex roofs with multiple slope angles, eaves
and profiles. Once the roof has been created, its definition is saved
for later use and can be modified at any time during the design process.
The built-in stair builder creates stairs from a walkline form,
which defines the position, shape and height of the stair. All
properties of the stair, such as the geometry, winders, stringers and
materials, can be defined through a dialog box. If the height of the
walkline form changes, the stairheight is adjusted accordingly when the
3D model is recalculated.
All parts of the model are accessible to other applications via
the Microsoft Component Object Model (COM) interface--information such
as geometry, position and attributes can be read and modified via
All styles, materials and other attributes are now specified using
XML (eXtensible Markup Language). This facilitates integration with
other systems such as e-commerce applications and allows experienced
users to make changes using a XML editor instead of a CAD program.
User Defined Tags
Tags are user-definable pieces of information that can be
attached to building elements. They identify a particular subset of the
model or interface with other systems for cost estimation, construction
scheduling and the like.
Buildings and Storeys
In the BricsCAD BIM Module a project consists of one or more
buildings; in turn each building consists of one or more storeys. Every
entity in the 3D model belongs to one specific storey in a specific
building. A storey defines a set of parameters such as thickness of the
structural slab, thickness of the floor finishing layers, sill height,
lintel height, ceiling height and the overall floor to floor height.
Since the storey parameters are project-wide, forms can share the same
style throughout the project, but still take on different heights
depending on the storey and building to which they belong. The storey
notion also allows you to move or copy existing forms from one storey to
You can create complex buildings by combining different models
into an assembly. Alternatively, you can define sub-assemblies, where
parts of a building are excluded to simplify the representation or
evaluate alternative configurations.
Representation scripts are rules that define the appearance of
layers, materials and styles in 2D engineering drawings, depending on
scale or target audience. If you make a change to the 3D model, the
entire set of drawings is automatically updated.
Door and Window Schedules
You can attach tags to doors and windows that specify basic
information such as left- or right-hanging door, dimensions and place in
the building. A table that lists all the door and window properties can
be generated and placed in the drawing or imported into other systems.
Cost Items and Cost Groups
The BricsCAD BIM Module makes it easy to define cost-item unit
prices, measurement units and pricing rules. By combining cost items
into cost groups, you can automatically calculate prices of compound
elements, such as a wall with two layers of brick, insulation and plaster.
The BricsCAD BIM Module creates reports that list all building
elements and their position, size, volume, surface area, perimeter,
center of gravity and cost group. This list can be imported into a
procurement application, a spreadsheet or database for further grouping
(Most of the text above taken from the Bricsys web-site)