Powerproject BIM

4D Planning for Planners

Powerproject BIM is a fully-featured project planning tool, which is an integrated module for Powerproject (formerly Asta Powerproject) incorporating BIM (Building Information Modelling) features.

Powerproject BIM enables you to build detailed projects using information stored within 3D models, saved in IFC format (“IFC files”), which results in 4D project plans that include time and planning information as well as detailed 3D information about the building or facility you are working on.

By this way 4D planning is promoted with better collaboration using time and efficiency benefits in the deliver communication process.

Powerproject BIM empowers you to effortlessly connect the tasks in your project plan with 3D model components for 4D planning in one application, leading to perfecting it for tendering and progress checking.

Powerproject BIM enables you to share data with other stakeholders in a project and work in a BIM-compliant way.

Powerproject BIM is able to work with IFC files that are stored locally, or in the Elecosoft BIMCloud.
When you specify that an IFC file is to be used within a project in Powerproject BIM, an IFC model object is created for the IFC file in Library Explorer and the IFC file becomes known as an IFC model.
This allows users to connect project plans along with 3D models in a single application and share information between applications using the IFC4 data format.


Why Choose Powerproject BIM?

Powerproject BIM enables you to:

  • Combine 3D models with scheduling tools in a single application for effective 4D planning
  • See the impact of updating the Gantt chart in 3D view
  • Compare planned versus actual progress in 3D
  • Ideal for tendering and progress monitoring in 3D
  • Manage your 4D planning at an affordable cost
  • Quickly create your project plan directly from your IFC model file
  • Compare `planned’ and `actual’ schedule plans with full 3D visual impact
  • Identify problems that are usually hidden using traditional methods
  • Visually analyze each stage of a project
  • Run scenarios to assess feasibility of execution and find the best solutions
  • Study how the build process will appear at different project stages
  • Run scenarios to estimate the feasibility of planned execution
  • Integrate as-built information
  • Create better tenders, faster
  • Optimized decision-making to help decrease the possibility of a major setback
  • Create and play a time-line of your project linked to milestones and baselines to simulate subsections or whole projects
  • Manage large projects with the ability to save snapshot positions to enable quick navigation
  • Save images to standard graphical formats to use for reporting or site recording of project status
  • Use full property controls for visual impact and ability to hide and view objects
  • Import costs from estimating applications, including Bidcon

See Some of the Features in Powerproject BIM


Using Powerproject BIM, you can:

  • Specify which IFC files you are going to use within a project.
  • Link related IFC models together using IFC group models – this may be useful if you have a separate IFC model for each discipline in a project and you want to be able to work with all of the related IFC models together at the same time and overlay them on top of one another.
  • View and manipulate IFC models within Powerproject BIM, using the IFC Model pane.
  • Display a second, alternative view of an IFC model, using the IFC Comparison Model pane.
  • Add site objects, such as cranes, portacabins, security fences, scaffolding, parked cars, etc, to IFC models to give a better visual representation of how a site will appear at various stages of a project. Site objects exist as individual IFC files; you add them to an IFC model by creating an IFC group model and adding the site object to the IFC group model.
  • Split objects in an IFC model into a number of smaller objects that can then be associated with tasks individually.
  • Merge distinct objects in an IFC model into a single object that can then be associated with tasks.
  • Group together related objects in an IFC model into “IFC product searches”, for the purpose of associating IFC objects with tasks. For example, you could create one IFC product search to group together all of the objects in an IFC model that correspond to wooden beams; another to group together all of the objects in an IFC model that correspond to skirting boards; and so on.
  • Group together specific sets of otherwise unrelated objects in an IFC model into “IFC product selections” for the purpose of associating IFC objects with tasks. For example, you could create one IFC product selection to group together all of the objects in an IFC model that make up a particular wall; another to group together all of the objects in an IFC model that make up a particular ceiling; and so on.
  • Associate IFC product searches and IFC product selections with tasks in an Powerproject BIM project.
  • Build a project schedule from the objects in an IFC model.
  • Display one or two timeline simulations of an IFC model – for example, showing its construction or demolition. If you choose to run two timeline simulations, you can configure one to run using dates from the live data and the other to run using dates from a baseline, to show graphically how a project is progressing in comparison with the plans in the baseline.
  • Annotate objects in an IFC model with custom properties, by creating user-defined fields for each IFC model and entering information into them for each object.
  • Import cost information that has been recorded in Bidcon® against IFC files that are stored in the Elecosoft BIMCloud, to create costed allocations against tasks in an Powerproject project – and to create tasks corresponding to the costs, if they do not exist already.
  • Include the IFC model or IFC group model that is currently displayed in the IFC model pane in printouts.
  • Save Powerproject BIM projects in PPV format, a format that contains all of the information that is required to open a project and its IFC model in Project Viewer.