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CYPE Architecture

Introduction

CYPE Architecture is a BIM tool for the architectural modelling of buildings.

Its design was based on two fundamental phases in the digital development of a project: the architectural design phase and the 3D/BIM modelling phase. Thus, it was designed to adopt both traditional modelling tools (surface areas, edges, intersections, extrusions, curves, etc.) and the new BIM modelling tools (walls, floor slabs, roofs, columns, etc.), which when combined allow users to move from sketches to architecture effortlessly.

Work environment

The CYPE Architecture work environment follows the style of several CYPE modelling tools and features a system of dockable windows that can be customised to adapt the workspace to the project's needs.

There are three separate tabs at the top left of the screen: "Sketch", "Architecture" and "Furniture".

The modelling area is located on the right-hand side of the start screen and is used to enter, edit and view all the project elements in 3D.

The main toolbar contains different features, depending on the tab selected.

On the left-hand side are the main tools for defining the project views, and for managing the visibility of the elements read and the own elements.

Working with the Sketch, Architecture and Furniture tabs

The CYPE Architecture program is divided into 3 main groups: "Sketch", "Architecture" and "Furniture".
CYPE Architecture has been developed on a dual sketch-architecture basis, which allows users to design the initial conception of the building via the "Sketch" feature. Then, it is given an architectural entity by means of the building elements in the "Architecture" tab. Finally, CYPE Architecture offers the possibility of furnishing the building using the "Furniture" tab.

  • Sketch
    Various features and tools found in traditional modelling programs are included in this tab. These include options for lines, arcs, quadrilaterals, circles, polygons, extrusion, intersection, offset or scaling, among others.
    This tab aims to allow users to freely design the idea of the project, covering both the volumetric conception of the form and uses, as well as the drawing of floor plan layout diagrams.
  • Furniture
    Within this tab, there are several alternatives of furniture, home appliances, sanitary appliances and garden elements that can be incorporated into the BIM model.
    In the architectural design process, it is essential to make a rough layout of the furniture that will allow the end clients to understand it.
    Furthermore, the furniture entered in the BIM model can share information with other programs in the Open BIM workflow.

Creating a new job and linking it to a project

When launching the application and clicking on "New", users are given the option of creating a "New job", which can then be integrated into an existing project in BIMserver.center.

There is also the option to "Create a new project". In this case, the created project will be visible from BIMserver.center from that moment on.

Once the new job has been created, users then access the interface, in which the graphic window showing the model or models that have been imported is displayed.

Users also have the option of starting the project without being linked to the BIMserver.center platform. To do this, simply uncheck the "Link to a BIMserver.center project" box in the top left-hand corner.

Files can be shared or imported at any time while the project is in progress via the BIMserver.center tab located at the top right of every program.

Importing BIM models

When creating a new job and selecting a project hosted on the BIMserver.center platform via "Select project", the "Import of BIM models" window appears, which shows the files contained in the project in IFC format.

The application offers users the option of including one or more of the existing models in the project. To do this, check the "Import" box and accept it.

When accessing the interface, the graphical window will display the imported models.

Importing DXF, DWG, PDF and JPG drawings

Clicking on the first tool, "DXF-DWG templates", will open a pop-up window called "Template views manager" in which templates can be managed and imported to the job in DXF, DWG, PDF or JPG formats, among others.

When clicking on the "Add" option, another window called "Available files" will appear. Here, a new file is added from "Add" and the type of format to be displayed is changed ("DXF-DWG files" appears by default). Select the file and accept the window. If the document consists of several pages, the "Page number" to be imported must be specified.

Once the templates have been imported to the job, select the tool located on the right, "DXF-DWG Templates (F4)", to proceed with the selection of views. Once the desired view has been selected, the window is accepted and it will appear in the graphic window of the current view.

In order to snap entities or elements from the previously imported DXF or DWG file, the third tool, "Template object snaps (F3)", must be activated. From the pop-up window, the "Activate object snaps" checkbox and/or the "Activate object snap tracking" checkbox can be marked, along with the references that will be active.

Reference elements: grids, lines and arcs

The reference tools allow users to generate grids and enter lines and arcs. These reference options support the development of models and diagrams and are drawn as dashed lines in the program. By default, these lines are shown in pink.

Grids and reference lines make structured geometric modelling easier. During the design phase, they can be used to draw any element in the "Architecture" or "Sketch" tabs.

Best practice:

These features are particularly useful for the layout of columns or for creating a module on which to support any of the design elements.

Sketch design tools

CYPE Architecture's sketching tools guarantee that the program is highly flexible and versatile. Modelling started in the "Sketch" tab can later be transformed into "Building elements" in the "Architecture" tab.

For sketch-type elements, the geometry consists of the following:

  • Lines that can be created with different tools (arcs, circles, polygons, etc.).
  • Surfaces consisting of two faces, which can be coloured independently, and also created using different tools (arcs, circles, lines, polygons, etc.). The surface areas are automatically generated each time a set of lines forming a closed polygon is drawn.

As well as a general layer, which contains all the information created with the sketch tools, both lines and surface areas can be associated with separate visibility layers. See more on this topic in the "Managing the visibility section of the project elements" section.

The main tools for designing sketch elements are as follows:

LineEntering general lines.
ArcEntering arcs. The accuracy can be determined using the "Number of segments" field.
QuadrilateralEntering quadrilaterals. They can be entered using 3 points, diagonally or by selecting a point.
CircleEntering circles. The accuracy can be determined using the "Number of segments" field.
EllipseEntering ellipses. The accuracy can be determined using the "Number of segments" field.
Inscribed polygonEntering inscribed polygons. The accuracy can be determined using the "Number of segments" field.

Furthermore, all elements drawn with the aforementioned tools can also be edited using the "Edit sketch elements" tools.

Grouping sketch elements

These features can be accessed from the "Drawing" group, in the "Sketch" tab.

Sketch groups allow lines and surface areas to be grouped and isolated from other elements to make it easier to manage sets of drawing elements (move, copy, rotate, symmetry, etc.).

Furthermore, the groups isolate the elements they contain from the rest of the drawing, preventing them from overlapping with each other.

The drawing editing tools will act on the groups as follows:

  • "Move group of elements", "Copy", "Rotate", "Scale" and "Symmetry" will act on the whole group.
  • "Extrude" will act on the surface areas, adding the extruded elements to the group.
  • "Invert", "Edit", "Assign colour" and "Assign tag" will act on the surface areas, adding the properties to the group.
  • "Offset" will act on the surface areas, but will not add the new offset elements to the group.
Note:

Each generated group is unique and changing an element in a group does not affect copies of the same group. To learn how to create homologous groups, see the "Creating objects from sketch elements" section.

Colours and labels of sketch elements

The main tools for assigning colours and labels are the following:

  • Colours

They are managed in the colour library, which is specifically for colouring elements created in the "Sketch" tab.

Two colours will be associated with each element in the list, referring to the two sides of the same surface area that can be coloured in the sketch. Users can also define the opacity of each of these colours, as well as enter them.

There is also the possibility to save the set of colours in a colour library on the computer.

  • Assign colour

Se colorea cada superficie seleccionada. Funciona tanto seleccionando las superficies una a una como seleccionando varias superficies a la vez.

  • Assign label

A text is assigned to each selected surface. The text size and font colour to be displayed on each surface specifying this concept can be modified.

Surfaces created with the tools in the "Sketch" tab can be coloured on both sides using the colours present in the colour library previously created by the user.

Surfaces can also be labelled, which allows users to enter any concept that makes it easier to classify the elements of the model.

Creating objects from sketch elements

In the "Sketch" tab, the program includes features for creating objects from drawing elements. These functions are accessed from the "Objects" group.

Drawing objects allow users to combine lines, surface areas and groups, isolating them from the rest of the elements in order to make it easier to manage sets of drawing elements ("Move a group of elements", "Copy", "Rotate", "Symmetry", etc.). Furthermore, objects isolate the elements they contain from the rest of the drawing, preventing them from overlapping each other.

When an object is created it is added to a local library, unlike drawing groups, which do not have a library. The library allows objects to be exported and imported for reuse. Furthermore, sketch objects are related to each other, so changing an object affects any copies of that object.

To modify an object, click on "Explode", make the necessary changes and then re-create the object with the same reference as the object to be changed. This will overwrite the object in the library and therefore all its copies.

The following features can be found in the "Objects" group of the "Sketch" tab:

  • Library: allows users to import and export objects and access their colours.
  • New: allows users to create a new object from lines, surface areas and groups.
  • Insert: allows users to insert an object from the library into the project.
  • Explode: allows users to break down an object into lines, surface areas and groups.
  • Isolate: allows users to create a new object from an existing object that is no longer related to the source object.
  • Add: allows users to add lines, surface areas or groups to an existing object. The drawing elements will be added to all copied objects.
Note:

Objects interact with the "Move element group", "Copy", "Delete", "Rotate", "Symmetry" and "Scale" tools, but surface area properties cannot be changed or extruded. For this, the object must be exploded and recreated.

Editing sketch elements

The editing tools for sketch elements can be applied to lines, surface areas and groups of elements. These tools shall be used when editing elements previously drawn with the tools described in the "Drawing" group.

The tools for editing sketch elements are the following:

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is editar.pngEditAllows users to select an element and edit its parametric properties.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is borrar.pngDeleteWorks in the same way as the "Delete" key.
CopyAllows users to copy elements including the same parametric properties.
Move a group of elementsAllows users to move the selected elements from a reference point.
RotateAllows users to rotate the selected elements.
Rotate about an axis defined by two pointsAllows users to rotate around an axis defined by two points.
Symmetry (copy)Allows users to mirror the selected object without deleting it.
Symmetry (move)Allows users to mirror the selected object by deleting it.
IntersectApplied to two surfaces, it generates a new surface area resulting from the intersection.
ScaleAllows users to change the size of the selected elements.
ExtrudeAllows users to obtain volumes delimited by sketch surface areas from the extrusion of surfaces.
InvertModifies the assigned colour and the direction of growth.
OffsetWhen applied to a surface area, it allows users to obtain a new equidistant contour, either inside or outside.

Project levels

The "Levels" tool allows BIM levels to be created. Levels are particularly important when modelling building elements as, by default, each level must be associated with a dimension. When a level is created, the program also allows an associated view to be created.

When entering building elements and spaces, an association will automatically be established with the corresponding level that has been entered. Besides this, users can always manually associate a level when entering these elements.

  • Level management: This tool allows users to view the existing levels in the project and to add or delete any levels.
  • Create a level at the elevation of a point: With this feature, users can create a new level at a specific height in the model by selecting it directly from a perspective, elevation or section view.
  • Assign level: Allows building elements and spaces to be assigned a different level from the current one.
  • Copy from another level: This tool allows users to copy elements from one reference level to another. Once the objects belonging to a given category have been copied, the new elements created will be assigned to the target level and will have adopted a new individual reference, while retaining the common characteristics.

Types library

From "Types", users can create a library of modelling elements and building spaces to be used during modelling.

Creating types makes it easier to enter data into the BIM model and is useful for establishing classifications. The definition of types is especially important for developing other building projects, either for generating thermal and acoustic analyses, for measurements in the model or for other design tools.

When entering building elements, users can select a previously created type from the type library. The types created in the project can also be exported in order to be reused in future projects. Using types appropriately will save modelling time.

Tags

Tags make it easier to classify building elements and spaces and are particularly useful when developing projects in other disciplines.

Tags allow users to associate specific characteristics of the elements and to associate normative parameters, as well as to establish other types of classifications such as, for example, "Walls to be demolished" in renovation projects.

The program also allows users to export and import sets of tags locally in order to use them in other CYPE Architecture projects.

BIM model data

As CYPE Architecture is a BIM modelling tool, it stores all the data of the different building elements, spaces and objects created in data tables.

These tables can be consulted via the "BIM Model" option in the bottom right-hand corner of the group with the same name.

The tables are sorted into categories, which are grouped into four main sets: "Building elements", "Openings", "Connections" and "Spaces".

Modelling the building elements

The "Architecture" tab includes all the tools for entering and editing the building elements that make up the architectural BIM model.

Once the sketch drawing has been created using grids, lines or surface areas, the building elements are entered, taking the sketch elements as a reference. Please note that sketch elements do not need to be included in order to create the building elements.

Vertical elements

The program provides the option of inserting vertical elements such as walls, curtain walls, louvres, railings and columns.

After activating one of these options, a floating menu is displayed which allows the characteristics of the element to be created to be defined.

In this menu, several features can be managed, such as typing the reference, activating or deactivating the automatic level detection, selecting the specific entry mode for each element, setting the height, or adjusting or setting the insertion point, depending on the element selected.

Each of the elements can be entered in different ways:

  • Wall: can be entered by polyline, by points or by surface area.
  • Curtain wall: can be entered by segment and height, by points or by surface area.
  • Louvre: can be entered by segment and height, by points or by surface area.
  • Railing: can be entered by points or by sketch line.
  • Column: can be entered by points or by sketch line.

Horizontal elements

The program provides the option of entering horizontal elements such as floor slabs, suspended ceilings, slope formation, roof tiles and beams.

After activating one of these options, a floating menu is displayed which allows users to define the characteristics of the element to be created.

In this menu, several features can be managed, such as writing the reference, activating or deactivating the automatic level detection, selecting the entry mode that is specific to each element and adjusting it to suit the element in question.

Each of the elements has different ways of being entered:

  • Floor slab: can be entered by points or by surface area.
  • Suspended ceiling: can be entered by points, by surface area or by outlines on plan.
  • Slope formation: can only be entered by reference points. The elevation difference and the height of the drain can also be set.
  • Beam: can be entered using two points and using sketch lines.
  • Roof tiles: this section offers two options, "Roof tiles" and "Special roof element". Roof tiles can be entered by points or by surface area.
Note:

To display the roof tiles in the work area, the "Show/Hide roof tiles" option, located in the "Own elements" section, must be enabled.

Openings

The program allows users to enter openings with the following options: "Opening", "Door", "Window", "Skylight", "Glazed surface", "Position", "Update openings" and "Change opening direction".

After activating one of these options, a floating menu is displayed which allows users to define the characteristics of the element to be created.

In this menu, various features can be managed, such as entering the reference, activating or deactivating the automatic level detection, selecting the specific entry mode for each element, and adjusting and setting the insertion point, depending on the element in question.

Each of the building elements has a different entry mode:

  • Opening: can be entered by geometry or by points.
  • Door: can only be entered by reference points.
  • Window: can only be entered by reference points.
  • Skylight: can only be entered by reference points.
  • Glazed surface: can be entered by points or by surface area.
  • Position, Update openings or Change opening direction: unlike the other options, a pop-up menu does not appear when selecting these options. In this case, the element to be modified must be selected.

Connections

The program allows users to enter connections via the following options: "Staircase span", "Ramp span", "Curved ramp span", "Elevator/Lift", "Landing" and "Railing".

After activating one of these options, a floating menu is displayed which allows users to define the characteristics of the element to be created.

In this menu, several features can be managed, such as entering the reference, activating or deactivating the automatic level detection and adjusting to suit the element in question.

Each of the elements has different options:

  • Staircase span: allows users to create staircase spans, staircases defined by three points, stair cores and spiral staircase spans.
  • Ramp span: allows users to create ramp spans, ramp spans defined by three points and ramp cores.
  • Curved ramp span: allows users to create curved ramp sections given the height and width, curved ramp sections given the centre and two points, as well as to extend the radius and move the centre.
  • Lift/Elevator: allows users to enter lifts by reference points and defined by three points.
  • Landing: allows users to enter stair or ramp landings by geometry, by points or by surface area.
  • Railing: allows users to enter the railings by reference points.
Best practice:

The "Load the typology of the architectural elements" option allows previously created types to be used. By using this option, any modification made to the building element will be reflected in all the elements entered with the same type.

Therefore, users are recommended to create all the necessary types for the BIM model before entering the building elements. This way, users can make the most of the functionality of the types and ensure coherence in the construction project.

More information:

Detailed examples of how each operation works can be found in the CYPE Architecture Quickstart Guide videos.

Entering and adjusting spaces

Spaces are elements used to identify volumes, both indoor and outdoor, in the project.

Defining spaces is particularly important for the development of projects in other disciplines, either to generate an analytical model for thermal and acoustic analyses, to make measurements in the model, or for other design tools.

The basic characteristics of the spaces are: "Reference", "Level", "Category", "Colour", "Type", "Height" and "Text height".

Should there be a space with a trapezoidal section, the "Adjust space" tool should be used to automatically trim the space following the inclined planes defining the roof or possible inclined walls.

More information:

The "Adjust space" feature is explained in greater detail in this video from the CYPE Architecture Quickstart Guide.

The program allows you to generate reports of the space table, which can be displayed on the screen by selecting the "Reports" tool from the top bar in the program.

The reports can be part of the project's technical specifications and are exported to the BIM model. Even the space tables can be exported to Open BIM Layout so that they can be inserted into the project's panels. Any changes to the space table due to modifications made to the CYPE Architecture model will be reflected in Open BIM Layout.

Creating and editing groups

The set of tools in the "Groups" section allows the grouping of both fixed and movable architectural elements.

Changes made to any group will also have an impact on groups of the same type, which makes it easier to model the building and make subsequent corrections.

Groups are particularly useful in buildings with repetitive elements, such as apartments or office buildings.

To create a group, the "New group" button must be selected, which will result in the appearance of a tab where a reference must be assigned to the group. Next, users select the elements of the group and right-click to confirm the selection of the elements of the group.

Several functions are available for modifying existing groups. A new group can be created from an existing group, elements can be added to previously created groups, and elements can be unlinked from a group.

Furthermore, in the "Edit groups" section, there are a number of specific tools aimed at group management, including the following: "Explode group", "Edit group", "Delete group", "Move group", "Rotate group" and "Copy group".

Note:

In the "Element group table" option, a dynamic table is generated with the first column showing the complete list of the groups that have been created.

When selecting a specific group, the second column shows the copies linked to that group.

The third column shows the elements included in each of the examples.

Colours and textures library

The "Colours" group allows users to create a colours and textures library that will be used to generate a building with a specific aesthetic, giving it a more realistic appearance.

The texture library contains a variety of textures classified by groups (concrete, stone, timber, ceramic, grass, marble, stoneware, brick, steel, carpet and glass).

The scale factor of the textures can be changed and the desired level of opacity can be applied.

Furthermore, from the "Own elements" section, textures can be shown or hidden during modelling.

If the BIM model is exported to the BIMserver.center platform, the textured model can be displayed both on the online platform and in other programs that can be used.

Intersection solutions

When modelling walls and floor slabs in CYPE Architecture, the intersections are not solved as soon as they are entered. It is later, when the building model has been inserted, that these intersections can be solved, either automatically or manually.

Solve automatically

Allows users to automatically solve all the intersections in the model. If this is the first time resolving the intersections of a given project, choose the "All" option. If some intersections have already been solved before, and to avoid losing those intersections, select the "Pending" option.

Furthermore, the solution between the most frequent types of intersections can be activated or deactivated.

Solve manually

The manual intersection solution tools allow users to solve intersections that have not been solved automatically. Each of the functions that can be performed is described below:

DeleteAllows users to remove an element.
RegenerateAllows users to restore the original geometry of the object (i.e. undo all changes made by the other tools in the group).
Cut by planeAllows users to remove the part of an object that lies on one side of the selected plane (unlike "Slice by surface" the cutting plane can be defined by surfaces of other objects).
Slice with surfaceAllows users to remove the part of an object that lies on one side of the plane defined by one of its surfaces.
SubtractAllows users to remove the intersection between two elements. The intersection is removed from the first selected element.
Extend faceAllows users to select the surface of an object and stretch it to a reference plane.

Solution of selected elements

This tool allows users to solve intersections between walls and between walls and floor slabs, by previously selecting the elements where the intersections are to be solved.

This tool is very useful when a specific intersection needs to be solved.

Entering furniture, appliances and other elements

Furniture is fundamental to the design of the building and allows end clients to understand the layout and function of each of the spaces. The "Furniture" tab contains the "Furniture", "Home appliances", "Sanitary appliances" and "Garden" groups.

Each group has different options such as: stools, chairs, beds, sofas, tables, worktops, kitchens, microwaves, refrigerators, computers, televisions, washing machines, dishwashers, sinks, washbasins, bathtubs, bidets, toilets, trees, playground equipment and a variety of sports fields and courts.

These options contain different types that can be customised according to the user's preferences, allowing the dimensions, colour and transparency to be modified.

The position of the furniture to be entered can be adjusted using the arrows in the blue bar in the work area.

More information:

The furniture entered into the BIM model via CYPE Architecture can share information with other programs within the Open BIM workflow, which facilitates work and collaboration between disciplines.

Home appliances, for example, pass on the outlet requirements to electrical sockets in CYPELEC. Sanitary appliances transfer the requirements for cold water points and drains to CYPEPLUMBING Sanitary Systems and CYPEPLUMBING Water Systems.

Editing tools for building elements

The "Architecture" tab includes a set of general editing tools:

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is editar.pngEditAllows users to select an element and edit its parametric properties.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is borrar.pngDeleteIt works in the same way as pressing the "Delete" key.
CopyAllows users to copy elements including the same parametric properties.
Move element groupAllows users to select multiple elements. Right-clicking will end the selection.
RotateAllows users to rotate the selected elements.
Symmetry (copy)Allows users to mirror the selected object without deleting it.
Symmetry (move)Allows users to mirror the selected object by deleting it.
Copy the propertiesAllows users to transfer the following properties between elements: level, description, category, height, thickness and colour.
Search by referenceAllows users to search for elements by reference.
Edit geometryAllows users to edit the vertices of an existing architectural element.
Divide wall or floor slabAllows users to divide the selected wall or floor slab.

Managing the visibility of project elements

The visibility of the different elements needed to model the project can be managed through three sections on the right-hand side of the main interface of the program:

  • Views: using this option, users can create, edit, save the start scene and return to the start scene.
  • Elements read: these are the elements exported from other disciplines.
  • Own elements: these are the elements created in this particular program.

Managing views

Like other CYPE 3D modelling programs, CYPE Architecture allows users to create different views to make the navigation and architectural modelling processes easier. The following types of views can be created:

  • Floor
  • Reflected ceiling
  • Elevation
  • Section
  • Generic
  • 3D View
More information:

The view management system is common to several CYPE tools. You can find some examples of creating and entering views in this video from the CYPE Architecture Quickstart Guide.

Managing the elements read

The different models that make up an Open BIM project developed on the BIMserver.center platform can also be imported into CYPE Architecture so that they can be viewed and used as a reference for the modelling of the architecture itself.

Through the visibility management options, users can carry out the following:

  • Isolate selected elements.
  • Hide or show the elements read.
  • Choose the appearance of the elements read between normal or monochrome drawing.
  • Activate or deactivate the visibility of models or categories.
  • Toggle the display mode of the elements read between "Normal view", "Transparent view" or "Wired view".
  • Lock elements so that they cannot be captured or selected.

Managing the visibility of these models can be done in two ways:

  • Via the "Models" filter, which is applied to the different imported models: terrain model, concrete structure, plumbing system, etc.
  • Via the "Categories" filter, which is applied to the different categories found in the imported models, following the classification of the IFC scheme.

Managing own elements

Viewing and snapping the elements modelled in CYPE Architecture can be managed through the "Own elements" section.

In this section, the elements are divided into layers that can be created, deleted, edited and sorted according to the user's preferences. Within each layer, the elements are grouped by category (walls, windows, doors, etc.) and can be viewed via the drop-down arrow.

The "Assign layer" option allows users to change the element from one layer to another.

In the top bar of this section, users can control the visibility of each of the elements by clicking on the "Hide elements" button. To undo the action, simply select the "Show elements" option. Users can also isolate a selection of elements using the "Isolate selection" option.

More specific tools such as "Show/Hide symbols", "Show/Hide sketch", "Show/Hide textures" and "Show/Hide tiles", and "Shadows" are also available.

Visibility monitoring tools to support the modelling

In the top right corner of the 3D viewing area is a toolbar that allows users to control the visibility of the model during the modelling process.

This bar offers various options to make it easier to manage and visualise the project. Some of the options are shown in the following image.

The first section covers the options for controlling the display modes of the model:

  • Projection: opens a window that allows users to select predefined projections, such as top view, front view, isometric view, orthogonal view, etc.
  • Projection type: modifies the type of projection from axonometric to conic and vice versa.
  • Rotation around a point: activates or deactivates the rotation of the scene around a point of an object located under the cursor.
  • Rotation around the camera: activates or deactivates the rotation of the scene around the vertical axis of the camera.

The following 5 options allow users to create sections for viewing the BIM model from different perspectives and to create customised views.

  • Section perpendicular to the global "X" axis: allows users to define a section of the model perpendicular to the global "X" axis.
  • Section perpendicular to the global "Y" axis: allows users to define a section of the model perpendicular to the global "Y" axis.
  • Section perpendicular to the global "Z" axis: allows users to define a section of the model perpendicular to the global "Z" axis.
  • Clip volume: allows users to define a display volume using 6 cutting planes that is formed from the geometric envelope of the scene content.
  • Show/Hide section planes: allows users to manage the visibility of the lines and symbols of the sections created.

Shadow display

CYPE Architecture allows users to view the model's own shadows and those cast by adjacent buildings.

To do this, the location of the job must be specified by entering the latitude and north with the "Shadows" option in the "Own elements" panel. Furthermore, the "Options" icon is located in the top right bar of the work area, which allows users to choose the solar hour and the day of the year for which they want to reproduce the shadows, as well as to show the position of the sun and its trajectory.

With this feature, users can add a greater degree of realism to the project, allowing them to visualise which parts of the project will be affected by the shadows.

More information:

This video shows a more detailed example of shadow entry in a CYPE Architecture project.

Results output

Architectural model in IFC format

Before exporting, users can configure whether the file content will be limited to the elements visible at the time of export or whether it will include all modelled elements.

The export of the architectural model in IFC format is carried out via the "Share" option, in the "BIMserver.center" group.

Generating and exporting DWG templates in floor plans

When exporting an IFC file to the BIMserver.center platform, users can carry out the following:

  • Choose to include, together with the IFC file, the DWG/DXF files used as a reference for the modelling associated with the views created in CYPE Architecture.
  • Choose to automatically generate new DWG templates from the BIM model in each plan view. This feature is especially useful for making modelling work easier in other CYPE tools.

glTF file compatible with BIMserver.center

When exporting a project to the BIMserver.center platform, a 3D model in glTF format will be automatically exported to integrate the structure model into the Open BIM project, thus enabling the following:

  • Viewing the model on the online platform.
  • Viewing the model in the BIMserver.center application for iOS and Android.
  • Viewing the model in virtual reality and augmented reality.
  • Viewing the model in other CYPE tools.

Exporting the 3D model in FBX format for rendering programs

The models generated in CYPE Architecture can be used to obtain photorealistic images through renderings. Several CYPE programs export to FBX format via the "Print" option, which will be available whenever the program has modelling or 3D viewing options. This format is one of the most widely used in rendering programs.

The colours and textures included in the architectural model in CYPE Architecture will be exported to FBX format in separate layers. These colours and textures can be used directly in the rendering programs, or they can be used to classify the different parts of the elements and then replaced by new textures from the rendering programs.

Exporting the model in other formats

The model can be exported in other formats, in addition to the exports mentioned above, both 2D and 3D:

  • DXF 2D
  • DWG 2D
  • DXF 3D
  • DWG 3D
  • Windows Enhanced Metafile (EMF)
  • Windows bitmap (BMP)
  • JPG
  • PNG
  • glTF

Reports in PDF

CYPE Architecture exports information to the BIM project that it is connected to via the "Reports" option. By means of this feature, the program can interpret and transfer relevant data such as the "Building envelope", "Partitioning system" and "Surface area table". This integration makes it easier to synchronise and exchange important data between CYPE Architecture and other BIM programs.

  • Descriptive report. Building envelope: this function creates a PDF report of all the building elements that make up the project's envelope, classifying them into: façades, roofs, screeds, exterior doors and exterior windows.
  • Descriptive report. Partitioning system: this option generates a PDF report of all the building elements that are not part of the project envelope, grouping them into: partitions, intermediate floor slabs, interior doors and interior windows.
  • Descriptive report. Surface area table: this option creates a PDF document that includes a surface area table for each space created from CYPE Architecture, indicating the type, group and level.

Integration into the BIMserver.center platform

Many of CYPE's programs are connected to the BIMserver.center platform and allow collaborative work to be carried out via the exchange of files in formats based on open standards.

In order to work on BIMserver.center, users can register on the platform free of charge and create a profile. Together with the installation and running of each program connected to the platform, users will install and run BIMserver.center Sync, which is in charge of keeping the files of the projects developed collaboratively in BIMserver.center up to date.

More information:

For further details related to using CYPE software via the BIMserver.center platform, please click on this link.

Options available in CYPE Architecture

In the top right corner of the main toolbar are the tools needed to use CYPE Architecture along with other BIMserver.center tools.

Importing and updating BIM models

The "Update" button can be used to update the information contained in the models previously imported into the project or to import new models if desired.

In the "Update BIM model" window, using the "Project selection" button, users can choose which project will be connected to the CYPE Architecture BIM model from the user's list of projects in BIMserver.center.

Via the "Geographical location and reference system" option, users can set the geographical location data and the reference system of the model.

Sharing the BIM model with other users

The "Share" button can be used to export the information contained in the model developed in CYPE Architecture to the BIMserver.center platform.

During the export process, different details related to the identification of the files to be exported and the types of files to be generated can be defined.

When exporting, the program offers users the option of including DWG templates entered by the user. It also allows them to generate DWG templates from the BIM model. Furthermore, users can export only the visible elements, so that hidden elements will not be included in the export.

Direct connection to other programs

Like other CYPE tools connected to the BIMserver.center platform, CYPE Architecture offers direct connection options with other Open BIM tools consisting of the following steps in most workflows.

Via the BIMserver.center menu, in addition to updating and sharing files, the BIM model from CYPE Architecture can be sent to:

  • Open BIM Layout, for creating "Drawing layouts".
  • Open BIM Construction Systems, for characterising "Construction systems".
  • Open BIM Carpentry, for specifying "Carpentry".
  • Open BIM Quantities, for carrying out "Bills of quantities".
  • Open BIM Electrical Mechanisms, for entering "Electrical Mechanisms".
  • CYPEURBAN, for verifying "Urban planning" parameters.
  • CYPECAD, for carrying out the "Structural analysis".

Supported licenses, versions and modules

Good news! CYPE Architecture is completely free of charge. Simply download the program and start using it.

The direct download is available at BIMserver.center.

CYPE Architecture