Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Hypermodel. What’s all the Hype… about a Model?  It’s everything BIM should be, that's what it is.

Rob Snyder has started a string of posts at Bentley Colleague Blogs dating all the way back to June 2010 (really? 2010? we’re not jumping up and down about this?) talking about the concept of “Hypermodeling.”
The concept (according to Rob)
“The 3D model is infused on demand, automatically and comprehensively, with the clarifying remarks and graphics of the project’s documentation, the very documentation with which the project team has exerted itself clarifying the project.”
In short, attach 2D annotations, callouts, text, dimensions, etc. etc. directly to the 3D model in context.  Completely documenting the project in one place. Reducing ambiguity in the Document set, and filling in the information missing from today’s 3D models.

Don’t stop there. Add specs, Finish and Material samples, photos, videos (installation instructions perhaps,) the sky’s the limit.

Check out Rob’s posts.
Watch the YouTube videos

Links to all YouTube videos here.

My favorite video here.

Yes, these examples are Bentley.  Personally, I don’t have much experience with Bentley at all.  I’ve heard good and bad (but I hear the same about Autodesk products.)

I could do the same with Autodesk products (I think) by Appending 2D CAD docs to a Revit model in Navisworks.

Here’s the kicker.  Bentley is testing technology that places these 2D references automatically!!!.

Sign me UP!!!!

Bentley. Marrying the Big Bad BIM and 2D CAD  in Hypermodeling bliss.


Robert Snyder said...

Thanks for noticing Hypermodeling. Please see my blog here:


and here:




Robert Snyder said...

Thank you for your interest in Hypermodeling http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Products/MicroStation/hypermodels.htm

Please see my blog here:


Robert Snyder said...

Please have a look at the linked blog post below that includes:

background discussion of visual media describing essential characteristics of drawings and models (as media)
an introduction of new forms of combinant environmental media that keep intact within them the provision for the authored directive visual statement
links to research developments extending the concept further

Any evaluation of modeling should now include an assessment of what modeling can do for the clarity of documentation. Abstraction is a significant problem. Construction firms often report that deciphering the meaning of abstract drawings represents a very large amount of time, and some even say it is their firm’s greatest challenge. Interpretation no longer need be as difficult:

A new kind of project documentation (please see the linked blog post) did not exist before 2012, and is only available from Bentley. It makes it easier for you to create documentation that is clear and understandable. It makes it easier for you to see what you are doing, understand what you are designing, and control the scope and completion status of your drawings and models. Likewise it makes those drawings and models more useful for construction firms. Now they can more easily, correctly, and thoroughly interpret and understand your visual communications. It saves you time and money, and it saves them time and money.

Deliver drawings in models instead of either one alone. If you were in the movie making business you would want to author and deliver movies with sound and picture integrated and synchronized. Do the same now with drawings and models, and enrich both media.

A frontier in visual communication

Robert Snyder said...

correcting that link: http://communities.bentley.com/other/old_site_member_blogs/bentley_employees/b/rob_snyders_blog/archive/2012/09/12/a-frontier-in-visual-communication.aspx