Surf that model!


I’ve been following the project for some years now, and I’m a big fan of the idea of a simple open source model server, which enables the whole team to work with the same model.

But one thing I’ve been missing (a lot) is a online method for visualising the model, moving and manipulating it – and I know I’m not the only one with this feature request.

Introducing BIM surfer, made by Rehno Lindeque.

An open source online (webGL for those this makes sense to) IFC viewer for viewing IFC files from either your harddrive or directly from a model server.

The webviewer runs smooth, has some great basic features and generally looks nice.

That said the project is still very beta, and although there is a demo site – and some sample model – I still haven’t been able to connect it to a BIMserver yet, and test it with large models.

So thumbs up for the initiative – It’s impressive to see this being done by one person with some initiative and expertise. We’re looking forward to seeing more, and if we can help in any way (testing etc.) we’ll be happy to.

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Hi Tore,

Thanks for the blogpost.
We know BIM-surfer has some problems in the communication with BIMserver. This was due to crossdomain issues. Both teams worked hard on this and I’m feeling confident that this is going to work out very soon.
Nice to see so much enthusiasm in this blogpost. That makes our effort worth while. Thank you for that!


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