About BIMporter

Our intention is to create the most usable database of BIM objects (called BPO Database), which can be consumed by Architects, Interior Designers and MEP Engineers. Two BIM Software, Revit or Archicad is supported currently, but we plan to support other BIM software in the future.

BPO files

To achieve our goal, we have invented a new file format, the BPO files (BPO stands for BIMporter Object). This new file format can store all data (3D, 2D, MEP Connectors, Material Definitions, Texture Files, Product Data, LOD 200, LOD 300, LOD 350) of the product independently from the BIM software Revit or Archicad.

Creating BPO files

Brands can create and deliver their products as BPO files for Architects, Interior Designers and MEP Engineers. They can create BPO files using our BIMporter Publisher Software. Publisher makes easy and trivial to create BIM files, Brands don't have to be familiar with the complexities of Revit or Archicad, they can import and simplify the geometry of the product, add MEP connectors if applicable, add material definitions, add product parameters having units and other unitless texts. They can also manage different LODs, of course. Last but not least they can handle translation files making the BPO file localizable to any language in a separate process.

Importing BPO files

Architects, Interior Designers and MEP Engineers can import BPO files into Revit and Archicad using our Revit Addin and Archicad Add-on. Revit Families and Archicad .gsm files created by our Importers will have perfect geometries (and MEP connectors) and material definitions with LODs specified. Beside these, importing BPO files instead of using static Revit Families or Archicad .gsm files has lot of benefits due to the flexibility of the import process:

  • - Which data is used is configurable.
  • - How data is used is configurable.
  • - Units automatically converted.
  • - Data can be automatically translated using Brand provided translation files resulting localized Revit Family or Archicad .gsm.
  • - Architect can create translation file easily to support any language not supported by the Brand.
  • - Architect can overwrite material definitions if he/she is not satisfied with those provided by the Brand.
  • - Revit Family can be lightweight and can contain just those types of the products the Architect really needs.

Reusing BPO files

BIMporter plans to support more software in the future, not only Revit and Archicad. The already uploaded BPO files can be used without any further actions required.