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 or Autodesk Construction Cloud 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 projects that apply to a specific ArcGIS GeoBIM project. An account provides application authorization so that ArcGIS GeoBIM can access or Autodesk Construction Cloud 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.

Learn more about setting up GeoBIM

ArcGIS GeoBIM Accounts page

Tools page

The Tools has been designed to offer a schematic interaction with the synchronization operations that can be performed by simply selecting the needed process and choosing the right settings for it. You can get the latest feedback on the operations by refreshing and checking the layers added to the page table.

ArcGIS GeoBIM Tools page Tools tab

The panel on the left side allows you to select what tools to run, to apply custom properties for each tool or to perform special GIS analysis for the synchronized data. Each tool card has a setting icon Settings on the lower-right side that will open custom properties and settings that you can apply to the tool.

The Locate Engineering DocumentsLocate Engineering Documents tool allows you to locate CAD and BIM documents on a map and create polygons that show the extent of these models. The settings button Settings allows you to enable force synchronization and to add a default WKID to be used inside the tool; without a default WKID the tool can automatically detect the coordinates by WKID, should the documents in BIM 360 or Autodesk Construction Cloud have a saved .prj file. This tool also gives you the opportunity to perform and apply an outlier analysis to the synchronized documents. Given the tool complexity and the possibility of having the documents in BIM 360 or Autodesk Construction Cloud with an incorrect defined WKID, an invalid one or none, this GIS analysis provides better understanding of the data by flagging the outliers in the map.

Note:

The address outlier analysis allows you to input a desired address, a buffer distance and a distance unit (meters, kilometers, miles or feet). The connected address is mapped and a buffer holding those properties is created around it.

The WKID outlier analysis allows the same principle as Analysis Outlier Analysis, with the difference being that the bounding box of the connected WKID is used for the intersection with the synchronized documents and for marking those that are outliers.

The cluster outlier analysis is the default selected type and uses another type of GIS analysis; instead of classical spatial analysis (buffering, proximity, intersection), this analysis uses unsupervised machine learning clustering algorithms to detect patterns of point features based purely on spatial location and, optionally, the distance to a specified number of features.

The Locate IssuesLocate Issues tool allows you to locate design, engineering, and construction Issues on a map based on engineering document locations and project addresses. Similar to the Locate Engineering Documents tool, the settings button Settings allows you to use the project address, to force synchronization and to add a default WKID to be used inside the tool.

The Create BIM Project Boundaries Create BIM Project Boundaries tool allows you to create BIM project boundaries on a map based on document and issue locations. This tool requires engineering documents data to be already available, so even if this tool is executed in isolation, the engineering documents are synchronized or updated as a prerequisite. Synchronizing the Issues data is optional for this tool to run but recommended and preferred because the output will supply a general view of the geographical context of the entire BIM project and the number of engineering documents and issues belonging to it. The settings button Settings for this tool offers you the possibility to select one or more output shapes for the boundary of the BIM project.

Links page

The Links page allows you to add data (web map or web scene) and link BIM 360 or Autodesk Construction Cloud 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 Autodesk Construction Cloud 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.