Review on BIM Mobile Apps

As the building industry becomes more mobile software providers are forever trying to keep a pace with the latest technology in mobile BIM viewing and its various devices. Here we present some of the most well-known apps on the market today and their highlights.

Fuzor

Fuzor is BIM visual simulation software syncs with Revit 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 to simulate building design and function that can be edited in real-time.

Fuzor has been developed by Kalloc Studios, proprietary game engine technology and specifically tailored to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry.

Fuzor currently provides support for Revit, Archicad, Rhinoceros 3D, Navisworks, SketchUp, FBX and 3DS files.

One of the many features of fuzor is the PTS Point Cloud Support. Point cloud data supports the design process by providing a real-world context in which designers can recreate referenced objects or insert additional models.

You can also change the properties of existing materials, add texture and bump maps, or even create custom materials and with our dynamic lighting controls users can adjust a single light or an entire lighting family and see those changes update in real time. Combine these features with glass reflectivity controls, atmospheric effects and more to deliver added realism that is both beautiful and functional.

Fuzor’s family object placement feature makes designing and design concepting an immersive experience. Browse your project’s imported family objects library and freely place those objects directly into your project.

Cost: from 200 USD to 4000 USD per annum

BIMx

BIMx is a BIM project presentation app. Its Hyper-model technology allows you a smooth handling and outstanding performance even for projects with complex 3D models and extensive 2D documentation.

BIMx has been developed by Graphisoft.

BIMx is available in two versions in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Top features of BIMx:

3D Content. Walk or fly through a project in 3D.

Stereo Mode. Enhance the experience with 3D glasses.

Gravity. Walk around naturally, even up the stairs.

Egress Recognition. Tap a door to walk through. Tap an object to approach it.

Floor-plan Cutaway. Look at things from a new perspective.

Cloud Storage Access. Download and open BIMx projects from your file storage apps seamlessly in BIMx.

BIMx PRO

View your BIMx 2D and 3D models on your own devices. Thanks to BIMx’s revolutionary Hyper-model technology, all 2D documentation is interlinked with the 3D Model.

These are the additional features available in BIMx PRO:

2D Content. View all published layouts, drawings, schedules, and other documentation.

Hyperlinked 2D-3D. Thanks to intelligent markers, 2D layouts are linked to the Model like hyperlinks on the Web, enabling quick transitions.

Smooth Transitions. Switching between dimensions is more comprehensible for all stakeholders thanks to animated transitions.

All-round 3D Cutaways. Apart from Floor-plan Cutaways, cut through a section of the Model with a slider, giving total clarity in spacial relations for any viewer.

External link to Access Elements. Locate 3D Elements in the BIM from an external website, FM database, catalog. Swiftly check and mark-up on site.

2D in the Model Context. Present extra detail with overlayed drawings in Section, or on the Floor-plan.

Custom Per-Element Info Sets. Load up the Model Elements with information about – basically – anything. Control who sees what, specific to their needs.

Zone Info Display. Info Sets work for Zones as well. Provide building operators with room finishes or any other space-related details.

AirPrint Support. Replace lost or obsolete drawings on the go with BIMx, without even touching ARCHICAD. Seamlessly print your Hyper-model’s 3D or 2D content from iOS devices.

Cost: from FREE to 50 USD

Revitzo

Revistzo is a very user friendly BIM app. It allows you to share, showcase and collaborate your model as navigable 3D.

You can share the model with anyone in multiple different ways – either through the cloud-based Revizto Workspace or like a self-executable project file.

Also you can present your model in any device or even experience your project in a truly immersive virtual reality with Oculus Rift.

Another feature of Revitzo is its Issue Tracker, a simple yet powerful task tracking system, allows you to manage all your teamwork and project activities in one place everyone has access to.

Revizto can be integrated into Revit, Navisworks, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, SketchUp, ArchiCAD.

It supports FBX, IFC, BCF, PDF file formats.

Cost: From 5,000 USD to 15,000 USD a year