The BIM Track Web Viewer allows you to view models and see issues in-context, display and navigate around models and sheets from different BIM/CAD authoring software programs to create a federated model. It is the ideal platform for recording issues, monitoring progress of models, and communicating directly on issues with your contributors.
This tutorial teaches project managers, site team, and clients/representatives how to make their first steps with the Web Viewer.
Before you follow this tutorial, we invite you to register for our Web Viewer live training session.
What you'll need
- A BIM Track account (see Create an Account).
- Access to a hub, and a project inside of that hub.
- Georeferenced models (see Set up Revit Shared Coordinates).
Step 1 - Access the Web Viewer
To access the Web Viewer, click a project and then in the main menu, under Project menu, select Viewer.
Step 2 - Import or publish IFC models and PDF sheets to the Web Viewer
When you’re in the Web Viewer, you’ll find yourself in the Project Tree where you can add ICF files. There are two ways of doing that either by adding them manually or from Revit.
- Export a Revit Model to IFC / Import an IFC Model to the Web Viewer
- Publish Revit Models Directly to the Web Viewer (Premium plan feature)
Sheets can be added from the Sheets tab.
- Import a PDF Sheet to the Web Viewer (Premium plan feature)
- Publish Revit Sheets Directly to the Web Viewer (Premium plan feature)
For this tutorial, we recommend using the export/import method. You'll need to use your shared coordinates from Revit when exporting your IFCs. If you need any help getting everything set up be sure to check out our troubleshooting articles or reach out to us via chat.
Step 3 - Display IFC models
When at least one model is uploaded, you can hover over the model and turn it on. When a model is turned, the selection tree is accessible. By expanding the tree, you can see all the elements and objects of the project.
The following articles contain basic info and procedures you can perform in the Project Tree.
Please note models cannot be modified from the Web Viewer.
Once we’ve turned on the models we need to see from the Project Tree, you have the ability to turn off unneeded and unwanted categories from the Categories tab. You can hide unneeded and unwanted categories or apply color overrides.
Once those categories are switched off, it’s highly recommended to save your view in the Views tab so you don’t need to keep switching off any pesky categories (see Create a Saved View).
If the model you are viewing was exported with spaces/rooms you can search and access them quickly in the Web Viewer. The tool adjusts the section box to display the model to the extents of the room when clicking on the space/room in the list (see Navigation by Spaces).
Step 4 - Display PDF sheets (Premium plan feature)
BIM Track’s hypermodeling feature allows you to import PDF sheets (such as 2D plans and drawings) in the Web Viewer to overlay 2D sheets and 3D models for maximum issue context.
In the Sheets tab, hover over the sheet and turn it on.
- Add a Sheet Folder
- Navigate Between Different Sheet Views
- Manage Sheet Revisions
- Sheets and Hypermodeling Overview
Step 5 - Retrieve and edit issues
In the Issues tab, the issue list displays all the issues within the project. Here are a few actions you might want to try, along with relevant documentation links:
- Manage Clash and View Pinpoints
- View in Model
- Edit an Issue
- Restore View State
- Isolate Elements
- Filter Issues
- Add Attachments
Step 6 - Create issues
You also have the ability to create issues if you come across something you have noticed or want to bring to someone's attention. There are two options available to you:
- Localize issue allows to create an issue from a specific location in your 3D models and 2D sheets (see Localize an Issue - Web Viewer).
- Create issue allows to create an issue from a camera position or from a selection of elements in a 3D view (see Create an Issue - Web Viewer).
Congratulations! Now that you know how to get started with the Web Viewer, let's learn about navigation tools and controls.
- Read our blog posts Lean and mean: streamlining BIM Track’s web viewer performance and 7 unexpected ways our free IFC viewer can give you better results.
- Watch our webinar on Leveraging the Web Viewer to learn how to manipulate your models from mobile devices or a web browser.