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IFC Builder

Thermal breaks

In IFC Builder version 2024.e, the "Thermal breaks" option has been added to the "Architecture" group in the toolbar. By clicking on it, a menu with the following buttons is displayed:

  • New. Allows a new thermal break to be entered into the work area.
  • Edit. Allows users to edit the properties of a thermal break.
  • Move. Allows users to change the position of a thermal break. They can be moved parallel to their position or one of their ends can be moved.
  • Adjust. Allows users to change the position of the thermal break with respect to the reference line.
  • Copy. Allows users to copy the type and description of one thermal break to another.
  • Delete. Allows users to delete thermal breaks.

The thermal breaks used in the model can be shared in a project on the BIMserver.center platform using the standard IFC file generated by IFC Builder.

Defining construction systems

As of version 2024.e, IFC Builder includes the definition of construction systems for the components of the geometric model.

To manage the construction systems of the IFC Builder project, the "Construction systems" option has been added to the "Project" group in the program's toolbar. Construction systems can be defined the same way as in the Open BIM Construction Systems program.

Therefore, systems can be shared between the two programs via the options for "importing" and "exporting" elements on disk.

By entering a new type for the elements in the "Architecture" group in the toolbar, users can now choose between a "simplified definition" or a "construction system". This way, the dimensions of the geometrical elements will be determined from the properties of the selected system.

It is important to note that the characteristics of the construction systems and their link to the components of the model can be shared in a project on the BIMserver.center platform. Thermal and acoustic simulation tools can read it and incorporate it into their analysis models, provided that the version of these tools used is version 2024.e or later.

"Libraries" menu

The "Libraries" option has been added to the "Project" group in the toolbar.

This button displays a window which allows users to access the types defined for the components of the IFC Builder model.

Shortcuts for all applications

CYPE apps have keyboard shortcuts common to all programs. In versions before 2024.e, each program displayed the keyboard shortcuts for each app via the "Search and activation of commands and options" in the top left-hand corner of the programs.

As of version 2024.e, the "Shortcuts for all applications" tab has been implemented in the dialogue box displayed when selecting this option and it shows all the keyboard shortcuts common to CYPE apps.

Toolbar changes

The following changes have been made to the layout of the application toolbar buttons:

  • The toolbar tabs have been grouped into a single menu.

  • The options for "Point cloud", "Walls and partitions", "Floor slabs", "Openings" and "Columns" are now drop-down menus.

  • The option to import an IFC file has been added to the toolbar via the "Import IFC" option. This way, importing is not needed during the process of creating a new job.

Dockable windows

As of version 2024.c, IFC Builder includes the new dockable window system (implemented in other programs in version 2023.e) which replaces the main screen user interface. The interface is now composed of the "Work area", "Options" and "3D View" windows. These can be moved and resized. These windows can be floating windows, pinned to a location within the main application dialogue box, dragged out of the main application dialogue box, or even moved to another monitor.

Installation modes (professional, campus, evaluation, temporary license)

All CYPE programs can be installed in their different versions (Professional Version, Evaluation Version, Campus Version, Temporary License). In previous versions, users could only choose the type of version to be installed from the classic CYPE menu.

As of version 2024.a, the selection of version types has been implemented in all CYPE programs on the BIMserver.center platform.

As of version 2024.d, this selection can be made during the installation of all CYPE programs, regardless of where they are downloaded.

Improvements in the connection to BIMserver.center

Version 2024.b includes the following improvements and corrections to the connection of applications to the BIMserver.center platform:

  • After sharing a contribution, there is a delay before it becomes available in the BIMserver.center project. This could result in another application not having immediate access, even if the export was made from the same computer. Now applications can read contributions from the "File directory stored in local cache" before they are accessible in BIMserver.center.

  • It is now possible to export a contribution without an internet connection. When this occurs, a confirmation dialogue box will appear to inform users that if the contribution is exported, it cannot be shared in the BIMserver.center project. The contribution can be read in another application as long as it is on the same computer and linked to the same project. However, for the contribution to be available on the platform, users will need to "Share" it again with an internet connection.

  • The uploading process has been improved to allow larger files to be included.

  • An error that did not allow users to connect to the platform when the "AppData" system folder was not accessible has been fixed.

  • An error that showed the user as logged in when the session had already expired has been fixed.

  • The warning messages displayed when there is a problem in the communication with BIMserver.center have been improved.

  • Now, when creating a new project, the same default fields are used as in the BIMserver.center website.

Links to the BIMserver.center platform

From the BIMserver.center project information window (displayed by clicking on the project name shown in the project information bar - upper right part of the application window) you can access the project page of the BIMserver.center platform via a link that has been inserted in the text indicating the project name.

Likewise, from the information window about the project contributions ("Contributions" option in the project information window), users can access the page of each contribution in the BIMserver.center platform. These links are inserted in the texts indicating the name of each contribution.

Notifications on the project status

The status information bar of the BIMserver.center project is located at the top right of the window of the programs included in the Open BIM workflow. This bar has been available in the applications since version 2022.e and shows a warning icon when there is a problem with the connection to the project, as well as other things. Now, in version 2024.b, users can obtain more information about the warning by hovering the mouse cursor over the icon.

Creating BIMserver.center Corporate projects

As of version 2024.b, users can create projects associated with a "BIMserver.center Corporate" account from all CYPE applications included in the Open BIM workflow. To do this, the "Owner" field has been added to the window for creating a new project. This is a drop-down menu that includes, as one of the available options, the logged-in BIMserver.center user name along with the "BIMserver.center Corporate" accounts to which it has access. When selecting the user name as the owner, the project will be associated with this personal account, as was the case in previous versions. On the other hand, if a BIMserver.center Corporate account is selected, the project will be associated with that account.

Clear cache

The "Clear cache" button has been added to the CYPE applications included in the Open BIM workflow in the "Configuration" dialogue box that opens with the following sequence of commands: Select any of the options in the "BIMserver.center" tool group > "Configuration" option in the dialogue box that appears. When clicking on "Clear cache", the following options are displayed:

  • Projects
    Deletes projects, contributions and documents downloaded from the platform that are in the "File directory stored in local cache".

  • Sessions
    Deletes the data of any active sessions. This action will require applications to be re-authorised to access BIMserver.center.

  • Log files
    Deletes transaction logging from applications with BIMserver.center.