Introduction to Powerproject BIM

Powerproject BIM is a fully-featured project planning tool that enables you to build detailed projects using information that is stored within 3D models that have been saved in IFC format ("IFC files") - resulting in "4D" project plans that include time and planning information as well as detailed 3D information about the building or facility on which you are working. Powerproject BIM enables you to share data with other stakeholders in a project and work in a BIM-compliant way.

Powerproject BIM is able to work with IFC files that are stored locally, or in the Elecosoft BIMCloud.

When you specify that an IFC file is to be used within a project in Powerproject BIM, an IFC model object is created for the IFC file in Library Explorer and the IFC file becomes known as an IFC model.

Using Powerproject BIM, you can:

  • Specify which IFC files you are going to use within a project.
  • Link related IFC models together using IFC group models - this may be useful if you have a separate IFC model for each discipline in a project and you want to be able to work with all of the related IFC models together at the same time and overlay them on top of one another.
  • View and manipulate IFC models within Powerproject BIM, using the IFC Model pane.
  • Display a second, alternative view of an IFC model, using the IFC Comparison Model pane.
  • Add site objects, such as cranes, portacabins, security fences, scaffolding, parked cars, etc, to IFC models to give a better visual representation of how a site will appear at various stages of a project. Site objects exist as individual IFC files; you add them to an IFC model by creating an IFC group model and adding the site object to the IFC group model.
  • Split objects in an IFC model into a number of smaller objects that can then be associated with tasks individually.
  • Merge distinct objects in an IFC model into a single object that can then be associated with tasks.
  • Group together related objects in an IFC model into "IFC product searches", for the purpose of associating IFC objects with tasks. For example, you could create one IFC product search to group together all of the objects in an IFC model that correspond to wooden beams; another to group together all of the objects in an IFC model that correspond to skirting boards; and so on.
  • Group together specific sets of otherwise unrelated objects in an IFC model into "IFC product selections" for the purpose of associating IFC objects with tasks. For example, you could create one IFC product selection to group together all of the objects in an IFC model that make up a particular wall; another to group together all of the objects in an IFC model that make up a particular ceiling; and so on.
  • Associate IFC product searches and IFC product selections with tasks in an Powerproject BIM project.
  • Build a project schedule from the objects in an IFC model.
  • Display one or two timeline simulations of an IFC model - for example, showing its construction or demolition. If you choose to run two timeline simulations, you can configure one to run using dates from the live data and the other to run using dates from a baseline, to show graphically how a project is progressing in comparison with the plans in the baseline.
  • Annotate objects in an IFC model with custom properties, by creating user-defined fields for each IFC model and entering information into them for each object.
  • Import cost information that has been recorded in Bidcon® against IFC files that are stored in the Elecosoft BIMCloud, to create costed allocations against tasks in an Powerproject project - and to create tasks corresponding to the costs, if they do not exist already.
  • Include the IFC model or IFC group model that is currently displayed in the IFC model pane in printouts.
  • Save Powerproject BIM projects in PPV format, a format that contains all of the information that is required to open a project and its IFC model in Project Viewer.

This documentation provides information on how to use the BIM-related features of Powerproject BIM. For information on how to use the features of Powerproject that are not specifically BIM-related, refer to the main Powerproject Help.

Related Topics:

What is BIM?

Understanding "IFC files" and "IFC models"

Introduction to the Elecosoft BIMCloud

Functionality in Powerproject BIM that is absent from Powerproject

Overview of building a project schedule from an IFC model