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Buro Happold develops iPad BIM app

Ian Keough, senior technical designer at the international multidisciplinary engineering firm Buro Happold’s New York office has launched the goBIM app.

goBIM enables Building Information Modeling (BIM) to be viewed on iPhones and therefore in any location, including construction sites. BIM generates and manages building data by using three-dimensional, real time, dynamic building modeling software.

The launch of the iPad, available in the US since April 3, is expected to increase the power of the app, since designers will be able to view models on a much larger scale.

Several apps allow users to view three-dimensional models, but goBIM is the first iPad-compatible app to enable users to navigate models and review data tagged to model elements, such as materials, manufacturer information and volumetric information. Keough said: “The majority of building designers still use two-dimensional drawings to communicate design ideas and this can result in confusion and the waste of manpower and materials.”

“While the new app is designed to increase the accessibility of three-dimensional BIM, the launch of the iPad will unlock the potential of the app and help drive productivity in building design and construction.”

Keough is inviting building designers to try the app and provide feedback to help guide development of the tool and new functionality.

He has also released an ‘application programming interface,’ which allows developers to create their own exporters for any platform.

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