earthIES recently held our annual BIM4Analysis Faculty webinar. There were two main areas for discussion:

  1. Our new BIM Interoperability Navigator
  2. An overview of Bi-Directional workflow between Revit and IESVE

The world around us is changing; the world’s population is growing exponentially set to reach 10 Billion by 2030. Urbanisation is rising rapidly with more of us wanting to live in cities. This growth is fuelling the need for more building stock; it’s not just homes that are needed but schools, places of work, transportation and everything in between.

At the same time, we have a crisis with the health of the planet, global warming is marching forward. In 2015 leaders from around the world met in Paris for COP21. There was for the first time a full day given to the Built Environment, after all buildings account for over 1/3 of the total carbon emissions. The talks culminated in the signing of an agreement of 196 countries to tackle climate change.

Looking at our own industry, we continue drive to Digitalisation. PAS:1192 is soon to be the ISO standard to which all will conform to. Technology is rapidly evolving that we see its impact in all areas of the construction industry, Smart whiteboards connected to BIM for immediate design changes, Augmented Reality being used to super impose Design drawings on to site, the Internet of Things allowing more monitoring than ever before. It used to be the case that we just didn’t have any data about our buildings. Today the challenge is how we make best use of it all.

There is no denying we face challenges more suited to a Marvel Comic but here at IES we believe we are at the very centre of all of this. As leaders in digitalisation of construction through Analysis and Performance optimisation of buildings, it’s our mission to make our buildings better, and our cities smarter. By doing so, IES are creating cleaner, more sustainable environments playing our part in reducing the impact of the exponential growth of our population and its impact on our planet. IES see our VE users as superheroes; we’re in support as your sidekick.

When I meet with clients, they ask me, ‘What’s the best way to get my model in IESVE?’

To deliver on any given project, you will have to run multiple platforms, for example, Revit for your drawing, IESVE for your analysis, however, there are many different routes to sharing data and figuring out the best way can be challenging. This was confirmed at the poll that was undertaken ahead of our Faculty. As a side note: a surprising outcome from our poll was just how many of you are using the likes of Python Scripting to enhance your own workflows.

We understand this and that’s why we are delighted to announce our new Interoperability Navigator will be included in the upcoming VE2017 release FREE. The navigator brings all import setting, modelling guidance and functionality into one single place, guiding you through a step-by-step process to import your model from whichever drawing tool you are using into IESVE ready for analysis. This new Navigator doesn’t just bring all existing capability into one place, but adds new features:


Shell Correction (room geometry healing) has been improved and goes through a second correction phase that has an improved success rate at fixing geometry imported from other packages.

Geometry Errors can be viewed in the new ‘Quarantine Zone’ from the model tree and the model viewer. The model viewer also allows for the visible checking of surface orientations that were previously only listed in a report, which remains available.

Capping counters the issue when the source model file is not available. The capping functionality will allow multiple zones that have parts of their volume geometry escaping past the levels they should be stopping at.

One of the most common issues of importing models are gaps in the geometry where rooms in the originating source models have not been accounted for, for example ceiling voids, risers and stair access areas. Gap Filling will add in a volume to the model removing the requirement of going back to the originating model.

Data Import has been expanded to include new options, including:

  • Room Data only
  • Geometry only
  • Geometry & Assigned Data
  • Geometry & All Data
  • Import Wizard

Finally, ‘Import Wizard’ allows the comparison of an existing model that has been imported and simulated to a newly imported model geometry and data.

The new Interoperability Navigator will form the standard Model import workflow for all users, from beginner to advanced users, but it’s only the start. Users can build on this and during our Faculty, we showed an overview of the steps to achieve Bi-Directional interoperability between Revit and IES. This Syncs data between the two platforms, as you update in one, it automatically updates in the other.

So now that IES has resolved the challenge of importing your model into IESVE, you can focus on using the VE for creating better buildings and smarter cities. Time to be a superhero!

View video highlights from our BIM4Analysis 2017 update webinar on our You Tube channel.

Interested in Training?

IES is hosting 1-day face-to-face BIM import workshops. To discuss your requirements email
Bi-Directional Data Exchange Workflow – free BIM intro course. Sign up here
BIM Management for Energy Modelling Online Course – advanced hands-on BIM training. Sign up here.

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