A Hypermodel infuses the project’s documentation into the 3D model, automatically.
This invention makes the medium of drawing (construction documentation) better than it has been before, and also makes the medium of modeling better than it has been (ever) before.
3D models infused by construction documentation will have substantial positive effect on Architecture, Engineering, and Construction in several industries (Building, Plant, Civil, Utilities, Geospatial) both for individual projects, and for assemblages of many projects in campuses and cities.
Applicability extends beyond these industries though too, into every place that people want to see and understand – things, in the design professions, and in science, for example.
We deliver this fusion automatically with zero user effort or time required to produce it. If Dynamic Views tools are used to create drawings/views (documents) from 3D models, using callout tools, then the rest is automatic. And we’ve done this in a way that takes full advantage of the ability to directly reference multiple file formats into the composite 3D. Make a change in Rhino, for example, and see the geometry updated automatically in the documents, and of course also in 3D infused by the documents.
The idea was motivated by my own use for 10 years of 3D modeling tools that are designed to automate the creation of conventional documentation graphics from 3D models – I concluded that this aims far too low, accomplishes far too little, and I decided to do something about it.
These features become part of a number of Bentley software products in the V8i SELECT Series 3 timeframe, Q4 2011.
Another benefit – Hypermodeling gives teams the freedom to decide, with clarity, and individually at each callout – How to complete the necessary graphics, using a combination of sheet graphics embellishments, and 3D element articulations. Since these will now be fully and mutually combined – the choice of how much to put into each bucket (2D or 3D) at each location is clear; any decision along such a drawing<>model gradient is likely to be valid.
ftp://ftp.bentley.com/pub/outgoing/ras/infused design media.pptx (powerpoint)
An early access program is currently available providing access to beta software now, targeted for commercial release in 2011. Please e-mail me at email@example.com if you would like to participate in the early access program.
I add that all of this (live documentation and live Model Documentation) works even when your project model is comprised of a hybrid of live linked models from all of these formats:
Plus, plug-in connections to many more formats..
When using Bentley V8i SELECTseries3 design, review, construction, and operation applications, Model Documentation infuses the project’s documentation into the 3D model, automatically.
How is this different from Navisworks, or Solibri? Bentley have a habit of making earth shattering announcements that turn out to be hollow marketing of functionality already available in other products.
Ant: Building Information Models without drawing documents IN them are speechless and ambiguous like movies without sound. In other words, prior to Bentley Hypermodeling, BIM is like silent film.
No other product anywhere automatically and comprehensively displays construction document drawings IN 3D models.
You should identify yourself, Ant. Particularly when issuing challenges.