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    Simplebim comes with tools that help you perform specific tasks easier and with better quality. Tools don't typically have a user interface other than for configuring the tool. In addition to the documentation for each tool you should read the generic documentation for Run Tools

    Tool Description
    Add Geometry Tags Adds a new Geometry Tag property (text) to all objects that have a 3D geometry. If two objects have a identical geometry they will get the same tag.

    Add Min and Max Elevation and Center Point

    Add properties to all objects with geometry with information about the vertical location of the objects.

    Add Space Access

    Finds the relating space object for doors, windows and empty openings and creates Space Access objects.
    Assemblies: Remove Removes the assembly and assigns it's parts to the container of the assembly. For example if an assembly contains beams, then the assembly is removed and the beams are assigned to the building storey that contained the removed assembly.
    Assemblies: Simplify Removes all parts and moves their geometry to the assembly. For example if an assembly contains beams, then the beams are removed and the geometry of the removed beams is moved to the assembly. The geometry of excluded parts is dropped, which allows you to choose which part geometries to keep.
    Auto-Assign Containment: Building Storeys Assigns objects to the building storey in which their geometry is located.
    Auto-Assign Containment: Spaces Assigns objects to the spaces in which their geometry is located.

    Brep Converter

    Converts the parametric geometry of objects to brep geometry.

    Calculate Basic Quantities

    Calculates a basic set of quantities for objects with 3D geometry.
    Create Space Covering Objects

    This tool creates new space covering objects based on the geometry of the space objects in the model. These covering objects are useful for quantity take-off, 4D simulations and many other use cases.

    Delete Empty Containers

    Deletes all containers that don't contain any objects.
    Delete Selected Objects Permanently deletes all objects currently selected in the 3D window
    Edit GUIDs: Create New GUIDs Creates new Globally Unique IDs (GUID) for all objects that have a GUID

    Edit GUIDs: Repair Duplicate and Invalid GUIDs

    Creates new Globally Unique IDs (GUID) for all objects that have either have a GUID that is already used by another object in the same model or has a GUID with a invalid format.

    Exclude Duplicates

    Automatically excludes all duplicate objects, i.e. objects that are on top of each other and have identical geometry.
    Exclude Far Away Objects Scans the model for objects that are located far away from the main model and automatically excludes these objects.
    Export Data Table (beta) Export consistent data in tabular format to be used in Power BI, Excel or any data analysis tool
    Export to Excel Exports included objects and properties into a Microsoft Excel file. Microsoft Excel does not have to be installed.
    Find Building Elements with Parts Scans the model for building elements that contain building element parts. Adds the 'Has Parts' property to the applicable object classes.

    Find Overlapping Objects

    Finds the overlaps for space-space, space-wall and wall-wall, creates a new Clash object for each overlap and groups the overlaps into clusters.

    Find Standalone Doors and Windows

    Scans the model for doors/windows that are not connected to a wall/slab. Adds an 'Is Standalone' property to doors and windows.

    Find Wall Assemblies

    Scans the model for walls that contains wall parts. Adds the 'Is Assembly' property to walls.

    Flatten Contained Geometries

    Redirects the geometries of contained objects to the containing object.
    Helmert Transformation

    Transforms building element placements using Helmert Transformation

    Reset Colors

    Resets the color of all objects back to the color that were assigned when the model was imported
    Move and Rotate

    Moves and rotates building elements.

    Split Geometries This tool makes it possible to apply the Location Tools functionality to models from a script or template

    Unlock Simplebim Properties

    Unlocks properties added by Simplebim and maps them to IFC.


    Add-ons are installed on top of standard Simplebim to add new functionality to it. Add-ons can be created by Datacubist and 3rd party developers. If you know programming (any .NET language) you can even create your own add-ons to Simplebim.


    Template Guide

    Templates are the key for using Simplebim effectively. With templates you can automate for example trimming and extending the model, editing model data, setting validation rules, grouping and enriching the model. This guide covers the idea and structure of Simplebim templates. It also contains a detailed reference of all the sections found in templates.

    Templates always work in the context of the model that is currently loaded into Simplebim.

    Simplebim Command Line API The command line API can be used for basic automation of Simplebim operations. You can easily import IFC, apply a template and export a new IFC file by starting Simplebim with the appropriate startup parameters.
    Simplebim Scripts Simplebim scripts can be used for advanced automation of Simplebim operations. You can use scripts for importing IFC, merging models, applying templates, running tools and exporting IFC with a minimal user interface
     Simplebim Releases

    The most recent version of Simplebim is 9.1 SR6 (15.7.2022)

    The most recent version of Naviate Simple BIM is 2022.5