Introduction to ArcGIS GeoBIM

ArcGIS GeoBIM is a solution for exploring building information modeling (BIM) models, engineering documents, and project management issues in a geographic context to analyze risks, costs, and timelines. GeoBIM allows you to integrate and visualize GIS data with engineering documents to make coordinated decisions across project teams.

Key features

With ArcGIS GeoBIM, you can do the following:

  • Manage data by automatically georeferencing BIM documents, issues, and projects into hosted feature layers.
  • Link Autodesk BIM 360 data to features in ArcGIS Web Maps and Web Scenes to help you find detailed BIM and engineering information after locating it in a geographic context.
  • Create apps using configurable templates that you can use to query, visualize, locate, and view the location of engineering documents, issues, and projects and to view complete, up-to-date engineering details for one or more projects.
  • Collaborate on design coordination, planning across time, and issue management.
  • Visualize geographic features and BIM objects side by side to show relative context of the projects.
  • Manage issues with dashboards to visualize risk, safety, and performance of issues in one or more BIM projects.

The ArcGIS GeoBIM user experience consists of two components: the GeoBIM Project Manager and one or more GeoBIM apps.

Projects page

The Projects page is the first page that appears when you access ArcGIS GeoBIM. This is the first step in creating a GeoBIM project. On this page, you can view, create, share, edit, and delete GeoBIM projects.

ArcGIS GeoBIM Projects page

GeoBIM Project Manager

The GeoBIM Project Manager allows you to create GeoBIM apps. This is the page that appears after you click the project on the landing page. There are five components (pages) that you need to create a project in the Composer: the Accounts page, the Links page, the Apps page, and the Tools page.

Accounts page

The Accounts page can only be accessed if you have ArcGIS Online Creator account access. You can create an account using your BIM 360 account information on this page. The account identifies the BIM 360 or Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC) projects that apply to a specific ArcGIS GeoBIM project. An account provides application authorization so that ArcGIS GeoBIM can access BIM 360 or ACC data in a secure manner. The Accounts page allows the creator to create an account connection that includes the name, type (Autodesk BIM 360), and Autodesk Forge Client ID.

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ArcGIS GeoBIM Accounts page

Tools page

The Tools page allows creators to view feature georeferenced issues and documents on a map. The purpose of the Tools page is to accurately georeference BIM 360 projects, documents, and their issues.

Links page

The Links page allows you to add data (web map or web scene) and link BIM 360 projects to layers and features in the map. The Links page can be accessed by all users but can only be modified by a user with an ArcGIS Online Creator account.

ArcGIS GeoBIM Links page

Apps page

The Apps page displays and stores all the apps that you create. Creators can view, edit, and delete apps on this page. ArcGIS GeoBIM has two types of apps: the viewer app and the issues dashboard app.

ArcGIS GeoBIM apps page

GeoBIM app

A GeoBIM app connects web maps, web scenes, and georeferenced BIM 360 project data. The GeoBIM app consists of four elements: the Map widget, the Link Explorer, the Table widget, and the Details group.

The Map widget is located at the top of the project. It is where your project’s web map or web scene will appear. The Link Explorer and Table widget are located below the Map widget.

The Links Explorer allows you to link more documents to the features in the Map widget.

The Table widget has four elements: the Documents table, Issues table, Schedules table, and BIM Projects table. The Documents table contains the list of documents (models) in the web map or web scene. The Issues table contains the list of issues in the web map or web scene. The BIM Projects table contains the list of BIM 360 or ACC projects in the web map or web scene. The Schedules table contains all time-aware activities for the project.

The Details group appears on the right when you click the launch button for a specific issue, document, BIM project, or schedule in the Table widget. The Details group provides information on a specific issue, document, BIM project, or schedule in the Table widget. The Details group has four elements: Forge Viewer, Issue Details, BIM Project Details, and Forge Explorer.