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BIM for Surveyors

The progressive introduction of BIM in construction is causing deep changes in working methods, the applications being used and the exchange of information between the agents involved in the projects.

While there is a reasonable level of interoperability between applications using the IFC format in building projects, the data commonly used in infrastructure projects are usually not well managed by the best-known BIM applications.

APLITOP guides its users so that they do not have to change their methods and tools, but only adapt them to integrate seamlessly into OpenBIM project workflows.

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Terrains
Terrains

TcpMDT allows to define and assign properties sets to the project, site and each of the elements, being able to export points, topographic surfaces and cut and fill earth movements to IFC. You can also import surfaces of different types and sources.

Roads
Roads

TcpMDT can export to IFC roadbed layers and urban road pavement, gutters and drainage elements and horizontal signaling. You can also export plan and elevation alignment in IFC 4.1 (IFC Alignment) and IFC 4.3 (IFC Road).

Pipe Networks
Pipe Networks

TcpMDT provides tools to draw in top and profile views of pipe networks for water, sanitation, rainwater and others. The pipelines and wells of these networks, with their respective properties, can be exported to IFC.

Tunnels
Tunnels

Our applications for control of tunnel works TcpTunnel CAD and TcpScancyr calculate cross-sections from data captured by motorized total station or laser scanner, respectively. With them, the model is generated with the as-built state of the tunnel, which is exported to IFC.

OpenBIM formats for infrastructures

buildingSmart International

APLITOP actively participates with buildingSMART International and developers from many countries in the development of the IFC format for infrastructure projects, mainly roads, railways, bridges and tunnels.

IFC Alignment

In 2017, MDT was the first commercial software in the world to implement the import and export of this format. From then on, MDT can import and export horizontal and vertical alignments in IFC 4x1 format.

At the congress held in Paris in 2018, we participated in the presentation of the final report on the implementation of the IFC Alignment format, as representatives of the Spanish working group, and shared our experience from the point of view of application development.

IFC Road

APLITOP also participated in the definition of the new standard for the exchange of BIM road data (IFC Road), initiated at the congress held in Barcelona in 2017.

Between 2017 and 2020 we collaborated on various tasks of phases 1 and 2, with greater dedication in the WP5 work package, for the implementation of prototypes for software developers, as can be read in the project reports.

IFC 4.3 Infrastructure Extension

In 2020, this project arose as a need to harmonize IFC projects for roads and railways, which were joined by bridges, ports and waterways. In addition, the Common Schema project emerged to manage common concepts such as special structure, geotechnics, earthworks, etc. There was unanimity that all infrastructure projects should share a harmonized extension of the IFC scheme.

We are currently actively participating in the working groups of experts and developers for the implementation and validation of the IFC 4.3 format, before its final approval.

IFC 4.3 Infrastructure Extension

R&D BIM Projects

ROADBIM
ROADBIM

The ROAD-BIM project had the general objective of achieving a more efficient development of road construction projects throughout their life cycle, through the application of BIM technology in the information management processes required for their implementation.

AUTOBIM
AUTOBIM

The main objective of the AUTO-BIM project was the creation and validation of a new methodology for the acquisition, processing and management of three-dimensional spatial data in interior spaces without GNSS coverage, using an autonomous mobile robot.

Training BIM

BIM
BIM

In this video we are going to see how to export data produced with Tcp PointCloud Editor to files in IFC format, to integrate them into a project developed with OpenBim methodology.

TCPTUNNEL CAD - Export to IFC
TCPTUNNEL CAD - Export to IFC

This video shows how to export the current as-built tunnel to an IFC file with TcpTunnel CAD, to integrate it into BIM workflows.

Implementation of BIM in Spain

APLITOP is a partner of buildingSMART Spain as a software developer and within the Technology Commission.

We also participate in projects such as the Manual for the Delivery of Information in Infrastructures and the OpenBIM Tour.

Implementation of BIM in Spain
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