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Leverage the filter capabilities on your building layer and building scene layer

Now that you have geolocated your BIM model and better understand the concept of a building layer, you can continue working toward your BIM-GIS integration goal. For the first part of this blog, I am going showcase the workflow of creating a filter to show only the emergency/safety elements of the building. For part two, I will demonstrate the workflow of displaying the building layer by floor using the filter. These two workflows together help you to better organize and display your BIM data and meet the needs of your end users. Understanding these concepts can open up the ability to build more complex workflows later on.

BL and BSL
Building Layer and Building Scene Layer

Part 1: BIM file workspace—Basic

Scenario: You received a request from the inspection team that they need to view the safety and security elements that are around the building, such as fire extinguishers, exit signs, and keypads, plus some reference elements (floors and doors).

Building Tab
Building Tab

This will create the statistics that the building layer needs to leverage the filter capabilities. The more complex the model, the longer it will take to calculate the statistics.

After doing an inspection of the building model, find all the elements that you want to highlight (safety and security elements) and those that you need to hide or not display.

Safety & Emergency Filter

This opens the Building Filter pane.

Name: Safety and Emergency

Description: This filter shows the location of the key safety and emergency elements

Building Layer Filter Pane S&E
Building Layer Filter Pane - safety and emergency

For your representation of the safety and emergency elements, choose the filter mode as solid.

Filter Mode - Solid
Filter Mode Solid

Now you’ll start creating the filter.

Building Layer Filter Settings S&E
Building Layer Filter Settings - safety and emergency

You are finished with your filter setup. The next step is to share your building layer with the filter. This can be done in two ways:

In this case, you will share it as a web scene.

Part 2: BIM file workspace—Advanced

Scenario: You received a request from the facility management team regarding the need to view the building by floor, so they can perform an inventory of the assets (absence or presence).

*A detailed workflow of the floor creation will be published as part of a separate blog.

Building Tab
Building Tab

This will create the statistics that the building layer needs to leverage the filter capabilities. The more complex the model, the longer it will take to calculate the statistics.

Filter Floors
Filter for Each Floor

This opens the Building Filter pane.

Name: Level vs Floor – Ground

Description: Filter shows only the Ground Floor elements

Floor Filter Pane
Building Layer Filter Pane - Floor

For your representation of the floor elements, choose the filter mode as solid.

Filter Mode - Solid
Filter Mode Solid

Start creating the filter.

BL Filter Setting - Floor
Building Layer Filter Settings - Floor

You are finished with your filter setup for the ground floor. Repeat the steps for each of the floors. After all six filters have been created, you will share the web scene.

 

Thank you to The Ohio State University Facilities Information Technology Services Team for sharing their BIM Data.

Resources

Make sense of your BIM data by leveraging the Building layer

Work with building filters

About the author

David Alvarez

David is a product engineer on the BIM/CAD team and have been with Esri since 2018.

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