BFC Reader

I was talking on my previous post about creating a report from a Open BIM Collaboration Format. This format can be exported from Tekla BIMSight.

I am using the Open BIM Collaboration Format on a daily basis for taking notes during coordination meetings. I am using Tekla BIMSight to create these notes, but any model review solution could do the trick, as long as you can export BCF files from it.

These notes are quite useful for addressing coordination problems, but cannot be seen outside a model.

After the proof of concept I presented to you on my last post, I finally took the time to build a packaged application in order to create a Microsoft Word document from a BCF report.

BCF Reader

Aside from minor technical problems, I was most concerned by the possibilities to edit the style of the report before creating it, and avoid the tedious task to clean it up in Word after.

I finally selected a solution mixing Word template and styles. All you have to do after selecting you BCF report is to load a Word template. The application will automatically retrieve all styles in it, and you will be able to select them for each part of your report.
These parts are described in the picture below, where every information embedded in the BCF note is written down on the report.

Report

You can then save your report in a new word document.

The application can be downloaded here, under the MIT licence.

The entire source code is also available on Bitbucket, feel free to use it for your own project.

12 thoughts on “BFC Reader

  1. Really, really useful utility! Thanks a lot! Most of the people who migt want to use it is not programmers or IT pros. It would be nice if ypu could Write something about haw to install it, and use it.

  2. Hi Simon,

    Thanks for this great post, nice tool. What version is your word template .dotx ? I have 2007 and when i create a new dotx BCFreader crashes… Have you got an example ?

    • I am using Word 2010 for my test, and haven’t check the compatibility with previous versions. But it is in line for the next release.

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