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Autodesk BIM Compare

How to set up Autodesk BIM Compare

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Written by Nate Anderson
Updated over a week ago

Our BIM comparison tool will allow you to link your BIM model in your Autodesk account directly to your drawings in StructionSite. Once your model is linked and aligned to your drawing, you’ll be able to do a split-view comparison between any photo in StructionSite and your live BIM model.

Since our integration is pulling in your model, you’ll always be getting the latest version, and with our integration built on the Forge Viewer, you’re getting a bunch of tools out of the box including the model tree and measurement tool.

Before you get started, make sure you've installed the StructionSite integration app for your Org from the App Gallery.

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Autodesk BIM Compare setup

  1. Link your model in your Autodesk project to your drawing in your StructionSite project.

    1. Under your project Settings page, click the BIM compare Setup button.

    2. Select your BIM model and the corresponding drawing(s) and link them.

    If you do not see one of your folders/projects in the picker, make sure you've installed the StructionSite app for the Org owner of the project you're looking for.
    It likely that the StructionSite integration is not added to the account.

  2. Using the StructionSite Navisworks plugin, align your BIM model to your drawing.

    1. With the StructionSite plugin installed, open your model and sign into your StructionSite account via the StructionSite plugin. Choose the correct project and drawing you're aligning your model to.

    2. Following the instructions on the plugin's wizard, select your first alignment point (top left) on the drawing and the same point on the model

    3. Repeat the same process for the second alignment point (bottom right)

      Note: If you change tools to navigate around the BIM model prior to selecting the alignment point, you may notice that you cannot click on the model to set alignment. In this case, choose the "Select point in model" icon, then select the alignment point on the model.

    4. Set your capture height by clicking on the correct floor of the model. Once selected, a yellow hemisphere will appear. Adjust the camera height offset if necessary and select next and your alignment is now complete!

  3. Use BIM compare in StructionSite.

    With your model linked and aligned to your drawing, you can now use the BIM compare tool to split-view your model with your photos by clicking the BIM compare button either below your photo preview or on the toolbar when in a full view of a photo.

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