Copyright 2014, Bimsurfer.org Bimsurfer is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, version 3.0.
New version 2014-03
A new version of BIMSurfer is developed to make BIM Surfer a module that can be integrated in 3rd party applications.
There are two example implementations though: Have a look at example1.html in the repository, or at the way the BCF Forum project used BIM Surfer: https://github.com/opensourceBIM/BimConsiderationForum-BcfServer/blob/master/consideration-forum/js/bimsurfer.js
There are not a lot of new features. The most important change is that BIM Surfer can now be used as a module. This enhances integration with your own applications.
BIM Surfer installation
To deploy BIM Surfer locally on your machine:
- Download a release and extract it into a folder somewhere.
- Open one of the examples using a WebGL compatible web browser.
To deploy BIM Surfer on a web server (e.g. apache):
BIM Surfer is a client-side application. Thus, it is very easy to deploy on a web server.
- Simply place the code into a statically accessible directory on your server.
- Point a compatible web browser (see below) to the url.
One advantage of deploying BIM Surfer on a web server is that it obviates the need to circumvent certain cross-domain security policies that crop up when running the application locally.
In order to load IFC models into BIM Surfer you will first need to connect to a running BIMserver. For now it is recommended to use the latest version of BIMserver in development.
Running BIMsurfer locally on your computer
Modern web browsers have security measures built in to prevent applications from accessing your computer. Google for some answers.
Embedding BIMsurfer into another web page
BIM Surfer now has an API to embed a viewer for your needs in one of your applications. When you are a developer it should be easy to read the source and find our how it works.
Third party libraries and licenses
Third party libraries used in this project:
- jQuery UI
Licenses: See the inline license in