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Matterport BIM files FAQ's

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FAQ's

Answers to your questions

What is BIM & who can purchase it?

BIM stands for "Building Information Modelling" or "Building Information Management." It is both a process and a digital file format. The process of building information modeling includes various software tools to create a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of places or objects. The "building information model" is a digital file format that can visualize 3D, 4D, or 5D information of a given space or object.

BIM files can be purchased directly from the add-ons tab in your my.matterport account. Please note that only spaces captured with a Pro2 or BLK device are compatible with BIM files at this time.

How are the BIM files created?

Aspects of the BIM creation process are actively being partially or fully automated to increase the speed of delivery. However, to ensure a high level of quality and consistency, trained BIM Specialists are actively monitoring the final deliverable.

Quality & Scan Density

The basic rule of thumb is that the output is as good as the scan, or the base data we start with. Whilst in certain situations assumptions can be made to fill “gaps” this is on a project-by-project basis. It is recommended that areas, where it is understood BIM data is a critical factor, should be adequately scanned to avoid gaps.

A well scanned digital twin using the Leica BLK360 will result in wall-to-wall measurement accuracy of within 0.1%. Meaning if the perfectly accurate distance between two walls is 10m, the measurement between the same two walls in your digital twin would range anywhere between 9.99 - 10.01 meters.

Yes, please take a look at our Scanning a Job Site for Construction Documentation support page to learn about the best practice for scanning.

The BIM file is LOD 200. This means the file should be considered approximate in regards to location, geometry, and orientation. Additionally, we do not recommend that the BIM files serves as a replacement for field verification typically performed for a renovation project by a design, engineering, or construction professional.

No, schematic floor plans are used for illustrative purposes and are created with a short turnaround. BIM files are created from the accuracy of the scans provided and turn around is based on project size.

When using the Leica BLK the Matterport solution is utilizing the laser-scanned point cloud data.

Please follow the scanning best practices outlined here to most accurately capture your spaces.

To learn more take a look at our support page.

The BIM file is LOD 200. This means the file should be considered approximate in regards to location, geometry, and orientation. We recommend users minimize visual obstructions while scanning a space to minimize the likelihood of mechanical equipment being invisible or partly visible. We can ultimately 3D model what is clearly visible from three dimensions.

Correct, BIM files are typically modeled from Interior scans which means an assumption is made on the thickness of external walls. This is easily adjustable in the delivered BIM file if required.

It's been our experience that elements higher than 15 feet from the location of the Matterport Pro2 camera are not easily seen within the point cloud. This means elements such as pipes, HVAC ducts, and other elements typically located near high ceilings may not be visible.

Elements Identification

Door/window families are provided as part of the 'Architecture' base BIM files. Exterior materials are not included at this time.

For elements such as cabinetry, bathroom, and kitchen fixtures, 'out of the box' Revit families will be included to suitably represent these elements.

Capture & Device Requirements

BIM files can be ordered from spaces captured with the Matterport Pro2 and Leica BLK only at this time. data collected with a BLK lidar laser scanner will be more accurate than the infrared Pro2 camera.

Correct, BIM files are typically modeled from Interior scans which means an assumption is made on the thickness of external walls. This is easily adjustable in the delivered BIM files if required.

Yes if available. The BLK has a denser scan accuracy and is able to see directly above the camera at greater ranges. For these reasons, the BLK is most suitable.

Revit Families

Yes, the BIM files will typically contain 'out of the box' Revit Families.

Category definitions of Revit families and elements are as per the most suitable 'out of the box' Revit components utilized in the BIM files.

Revit Families in the BIM files are 'out of the box' and maintain default Revit categories. If there is no appropriate Revit Family in the default library, the elements are modeled as a simple Family to accurately depict the geometry of the element in its appropriate category.

SLAs

The order processing time is dependent on the square footage of the project. You can view SLAs in your Matterport account during the ordering process.

Exterior Scanning

At this time exterior or landscaping elements are not provided as part of the available output options.

Sample Files

Yes, BIM files examples can be found here.

Output Options

No, at this time the .DWG files are created from the BIM files.

The BIM files capture spaces "as-is" and can work for projects at any stage.

The output is an .RVT file, so Autodesk by “default”.

The BIM files are LOD200 and thus exterior elements captured with a Leica BLK360 will be modeled to satisfy this basic standard. Currently, no landscaping scope is included in the BIM files.

BIM files is now an available Add-On. We complete the file conversion and users can install the Revit Plugin for easy upload to your Revit project.

You can download the BIM file directly from Matterport once ordered, or you can use the Revit Plugin to upload directly to your Revit project.

Output Format & Accessibility & Compatibility

The Matterport Plugin is currently only available for Revit. In relation to workflows for utilizing Matterport data in Sketchup please refer to the following workflow video.

The Matterport Plugin is currently only available for Revit. In relation to workflows for utilizing Matterport data in Sketchup please refer to the following workflow video.

The BIM files are a .RVT model which can be read by other BIM design tools, as with all .RVT files.

Yes, the delivered .RVT files can be opened and viewed in the free Autodesk Viewer.

Our output format for BIM files at this time is .RVT (Revit) conversion of this deliverable file format can be made but should be at the discretion of the customer. Additional file formats are in consideration.

The Autodesk Viewer is a free tool to be able to view and navigate around the BIM files. Please note that this is only a viewer and files cannot be edited in this environment.

The Autodesk Viewer is a free tool to be able to view and navigate around the BIM files. Please note that this is only a viewer and files cannot be edited in this environment.

Imagery is not provided as part of the BIM file. If imagery is a requirement we would request the download of a Matterpak which includes the .OBJ file type and associated material texture images.

The BIM files add-on eliminates the need for ReCap clean-up. You upload the Matterpak point cloud data to Revit with the Plugin. The Revit Plugin allows for the upload of both file types.

If you have BIM files ordered from Matterport then no further design is needed in Revit. If you use XYZ point cloud (from Matterpak) then we convert the point cloud that you can design on top of within Revit.

The model is dropped into your project of choice with the Revit Plugin.

Our output format for BIM files at this time is .RVT (Revit). Conversion of this deliverable file format can be made but should be at the discretion of the customer. Additional file formats are in consideration.

The output is BIM files in .RVT format. The point cloud (.RCP) is imported for modeling purposes and can be reloaded in the deliverable file if required.

Yes, the output will be dependent on the scans you provide.

Yes, the BIM files use generic ducts, pipes, conduits with the appropriate fittings (elbows, tees, transitions) within the standard Revit Family library.

Please refer to the LOD Table for a full breakdown of elements and their categories.

  • Bathroom fixtures are included in the Architecture scope.
  • Kitchen Cabinets in Furniture scope.
  • All other plumbing fixtures/equipment in MEP scope.

Project-specific elements such as vaulted roofs may be included in the scanned data allows a reasonable assumption. Others will need to be reviewed on a project-by-project basis.

DWG elements for doors/windows etc are blocked. Please refer to the example BIM files provided which illustrate the .DWG output.

Category definitions of Revit families and elements are as per the most suitable 'out of the box' Revit components utilized in the BIM files.

Whilst the project includes Level/Elevation views it does not include any pre-defined 'Sheet Views' other than a Matterport 'Start Up' sheet which can be easily removed to suit your project requirements for drawing sheets and title blocks.

No, at this time realistic materials are not included on the BIM files.

All elements within the BIM file are placed within the "Existing Phase" workset.

Yes, the supplied Revit file can be integrated into Autodesk Forge. Please refer to Autodesk for a suitable workflow.

Security and Sensitive Data

We work with many clients (some government and laboratories) that are sensitive to their data being shared with some consultants. Matterport completely understands the security concerns of our clients and takes data security very seriously. Check out www.matterport.com/trust to better understand all the measures that have been taken to secure your model data. Matterport is Soc 2 Type II compliant and allows you and/or your clients to create a Whistic account (find the link at the bottom of our Trust Center page) in order to get our Trust Package containing all the security-related documents available.

Price

Pricing is based on the sq/ft or sq/m of the space being created. Before placing an order for BIM files the area is calculated and a price is quoted prior to order submission for your approval.

Architecture only, Architecture and Interior Furniture, Architecture and MEP, or Architecture, furniture, and MEP.

Not at this time.

Model Inputs

Because our Cortex Engine uses AI to simplify the alignment process that is not necessary.

Yes, you can provide sample data in the order process. However, the BIM file will always be as accurate as the Scan Data.

While not available today, this functionality is on the near-term roadmap.

While not available today, this functionality is on the near-term roadmap.

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