It gives me great pleasure to announce to our readers, that a new version of the BIM 360 Glue mobile app is now available on the iTunes AppStore!
Providing large-project BIM viewing on the iPad, whether you're a BIM 360 Glue or Navisworks user, you can now benefit from visibility controls (hide and isolate), and enhanced measurement tools. Read on for more details of this exciting release…
Hide and reveal models and model objects
Visibility controls have been a major focus for this release. Whilst the app is powerful enough to load multi-discipline projects, it's really useful to be able to hide models from individual disciplines; or hide objects such as walls and ceilings to see and inspect the services behind them.
You can additionally isolate objects - making it easier to examine them within context of their surroundings.
And when reviewing the properties of an object, you can now select its parent object, for example the object type, family or category; with hide and isolate applying to the entire selection.
Powerful measurement tools optimized for BIM and field use
The Point-to-Point measure tool has been enhanced to provide a magnifying glass, providing a view of what's under your finger, and therefore making it easier to position your measure points.
An important benefit of using this app in the field is to be able to compare the model with installed components and equipment – planned 'vs' actual. As such, it's not always the point-to-point distance that is required; the vertical and horizontal differences between the points can help inform you whether something has been installed too high/low, or too far from a specific reference point. To provide this additional context, the app will also calculate and display the XYZ differences.
The app is used by a wide range of users, some of which will not necessarily benefit from this feature, so XYZ Differences can be disabled in the App Settings.
Measure shortest distance
The Measure Shortest Distance tool makes it easy to find the direct distance between two objects. If you want to know the width of a corridor for example, to see if you can get a piece of equipment along it, you can select the walls on either side of the corridor and the narrowest point will be identified.
Get the app now!
View the App in the iTunes AppStore
Please give us feedback
Prioritization of new features is certainly influenced by user feedback, so thank you for the feedback we've received to date, but don't stop now – why not share with us the work site scenarios where you are currently using the app; how you could use the app more effectively if only it did 'x'; or any other ideas, suggestions, or features you'd like to see in future releases.
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