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Open BIM Carpentry

Discontinued program (Open BIM Carpentry)

As of version 2024.e of CYPE's programs, the Open BIM Carpentry app will no longer be updated. However, the features of Open BIM Carpentry are largely surpassed by CYPE Architecture and, in particular, its new "Carpentry drawings" in this 2024.e version.

Carpentry drawings

Integrating the Open BIM Layout features in CYPE Architecture includes specific options for generating carpentry drawings (windows, doors and skylights) in an extremely quick and easy way.

The steps to be followed to generate the carpentry drawings based on the types that exist in the job are as follows:

  • Access the carpentry drawings
    Access the carpentry drawings for doors, windows and skylights from the "Types" button. Each type of window, door or skylight will have its own dimensioned view that can later be joined together in a single carpentry drawing. Select the type for which you want to create the carpentry drawing and the "Carpentry drawings" option, this will open the sheet editing.

  • Automatically generate the dimensioned view and individual description of each window
    In the sheet editing select the "3D scenes" option and choose "Insert predefined views". Choose your preferences from the various options available for inserting the predefined view and accept the window. This will automatically create a dimensioned view together with the description of the window (reference, size, opening type and scale). Please note that from this sheet editing screen, any modifications can be made to the sheet. Save the sheet and repeat the same process with all the types of doors, windows and skylights to be included in the carpentry drawing.

  • Assemble the carpentry drawing including all the previously generated sheets
    Finally, proceed to join all the individually generated sheets into a single carpentry drawing. To do this, open "Drawings" and create a new sheet. Please make sure that no model is selected when creating a new sheet. Once the sheet has been created, use the "Sheet composition" feature to add all the carpentry views you wish to insert. The program will automatically distribute the carpentry views on the sheet.

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.

Long access paths

In previous versions, file paths used by applications were limited to a maximum length of 256 characters. This restriction is not specific to CYPE tools but is set by default in the Windows file system. As of version 2024.b, CYPE applications can bypass the restriction and allow the use of an extended path length for a maximum total path length of 10,000 characters. This eliminates the problems caused by the default limit and allows users to work with long access paths.

This improvement is particularly useful when working on projects with a complex directory structure or with long file names. By allowing longer paths, CYPE applications offer greater flexibility in file organisation.

Organisation of the element panel (windows, doors and skylights)

The side panel containing the elements that are entered in the program (windows, doors and skylights) has been organised. Now, they are grouped by type and subtype in dropdown menus.

Reading and editing of doors and skylights

As of the 2020.a version, the "Open BIM Carpentry" application imports doors and skylights, which allows users to completely define the carpentry of the building in the BIM model.

Opaque sections in windows

The panel to edit the types of windows has been improved: the elements a introduced more easily and users can select opaque sections.