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Visual Building Information Modeling (VBIM):

Description:

The goal of VBIM is to support sustainability of built environments by informing and enhancing architectural design and building commissioning using real-time game and visualization technologies. With VBIM, Revit BIM models can be evaluated interactively in real-time, first and third person viewing modes.

System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2 or higher) or Microsoft Windows Vista

  • Intel Pentium 4 or higher, AMD Athlon 64 or higher, or AMD Opteron processor

  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)

  • 1 GB swap space (2 GB recommended)

  • Graphics card with at least DirectX 9, Shader Model 2.0, 128 MB

  • Three-button mouse with mouse driver software

  • 2 GB hard disk space

  • DVD-ROM drive

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher

  • DirectX 9.0c (required), OpenGL (optional)

Download:

Note: VBIM is built on top of Autodesk Revit and Microsoft XNA Game Studio. As both software applications have been actively upgraded, we are also in the upgrading process. For this reason, you are suggested to contact us through email (wyan 'at' tamu.edu) before downloading and trying out the existing VBIM.

To request to copy of the software please send an email to cculp@arch.tamu.edu or wyan@arch.tamu.edu, with your name, contact information, and purpose for downloading the software.

Get Door Openings for Revit Architecture:  Openings.zip (Icon 184.2 KB) .

Documentation:

Please refer to the installation guide included in the VBIM downloadable ZIP file as well as the general software documentation located under the Windows Start Menu > TAMU > VBIM. A recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view the documentation.

Help and Support:

The software is provided free-of-charge and is distributed to the public on an as-is basis with no warranties of functionality or support. Please refer to the End User License Agreement included in the installer application for detailed information. Also, consult the included documentation in the VBIM installation (located under the Windows Start Menu) and the demonstration videos on this web site.