GRAPHISOFT, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software developer for architects, has announced virtual reality (VR) functions to its multi award-winning BIM presentation and communication app, BIMx.
BIMx users worldwide have requested the addition of virtual reality capability to BIMx. This enhanced functionality provides architectural and interior design firms an immersive way to share their projects, the developer says.
New VR functionality added to BIMx with Google CardboardTM viewer (version 2.0) for Android and iOS smart phones allows users to navigate in the 3D space simply by turning their heads in the desired direction.
“Affordable equipment such as Google’s Cardboard viewer help spread Virtual Reality beyond gaming,” said Gyuri Nyitrai, BIMx product manager at GRAPHISOFT. “Architects’ models truly come alive during BIMx presentations using VR functionality, significantly raising BIMx’s already evident wow factor.”
For a full demonstration of the new VR capability added to BIMx, please watch the ‘Using Google Cardboard with BIMx on iPhone and Android’ video.
With this update, BIMx users on iPads and Android tablets can use the Multitasking and Split View features, using two apps side-by-side. URL-based data exchange between BIMx and other apps offers a smooth user experience.
The update also enables selection of more than one element from an inbound hyperlink, facilitating easy data access on construction sites and with Facilities Management. BIMx offers a feature for locating building components in the Virtual Building easily, which greatly helps with checking and marking up these elements on site. To access BIM elements in the 3D model quickly, insert these hyperlinks into any website, a Facilities Management database or into a product catalog application.