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From IFC to 3D Tiles: An Integrated Open-Source Solution for Visualising BIMs on Cesium

The Department Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(10), 393; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi7100393
Received: 31 August 2018 / Revised: 24 September 2018 / Accepted: 26 September 2018 / Published: 28 September 2018
The 3D Tiles specification, created by Cesium, is designed for streaming massive heterogeneous three-dimensional (3D) geospatial datasets online using WebGL technology. The program has prevailed in the WebGIS community due to its ability to visualise, interact, and style 3D objects for various scenarios, such as 3D cities, indoor environments, and point clouds. It offers a new opportunity to integrate Building Information Models (BIM) in the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data format with existing geospatial data in a 3D WebGIS platform with open-source implementation. As no open-source solution for converting IFC models into 3D Tiles for online visualization had yet been found, this paper explores feasible approaches and integrates a range of tools and libraries as an open-source solution for the community. View Full-Text
Keywords: BIM; IFC; 3D Tiles; Cesium; BIMServer; glTF; WebGL; 3D WebGIS BIM; IFC; 3D Tiles; Cesium; BIMServer; glTF; WebGL; 3D WebGIS
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Chen, Y.; Shooraj, E.; Rajabifard, A.; Sabri, S. From IFC to 3D Tiles: An Integrated Open-Source Solution for Visualising BIMs on Cesium. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 393.

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