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Using Tekla BIMsight on a SMART Board for visual collaboration on construction projects

Aimed squarely at the construction industry, Tekla BIMsight is a professional quality programme for creating BIM models for construction projects. Tekla BIMsight is free to download ( , easy to use and now integrates with SMART Boards for unrivalled visual collaboration. By using a SMART device with both Tekla BIMsight and Freestorm Visual Collaboration software, you can flip between your BIM models and unrestricted  white board space at the touch of an icon – and there are many more benefits of using Tekla BIMsight on a SMART Board too.

Gesture navigation
Tekla BIMsight models are easy to navigate on a SMART Board simply by using intuitive hand gestures. For example, you can rotate your model with just one finger. You can also “pinch and zoom” or pan around your model using two fingers.

Write directly on your BIM models
When you open a BIM project on your SMART Board you can write and draw directly on the image using SMART Ink and any notes you make will be embedded into the Tekla BIMsight software in their exact position. This means you can highlight issues and write notes that will remain with the model wherever you view it.

BIMsight notetaking
As well as writing on the model itself, you may need to include additional notes. Using your SMART Board you can select the area of the model you need to review and then write in the notes area. The notes will be imported directly into the Notes field in the BIMsight software, along with an image of the relevant part of the model.

Review and amend notes
Any notes you create can be opened, reviewed and amended at any time. Simply double tap the image that represents the note you need, tap again and start writing. Notes will be added to the original text, or you can amend your existing notes. This means you are always working from the most up to date information.

Remote access to Tekla BIMsight
When you use Tekla BIMsight on a SMART Board with the Freestorm Visual Collaboration software you can share your BIM models remotely, perhaps with your on site team, or an architect based in another office. You can invite anyone to join your meeting via another SMART device, their laptop or iPad and they will also be able to manipulate, draw and write directly on the model or add notes.

Create screen captures and notes to share outside Tekla BIMsight
You might want to create a series of screen captures to share with people who don’t have the Tekla BIMsight software. With a SMART Board that’s easy. Simply drag your finger across the area of the model you want to capture and open the SMART Meeting Pro software. The image will be automatically pasted onto the white board and you can add notes, diagrams and drawings alongside it. You can create as many screen captures, with accompanying notes, as you require and then save them all to a PDF file, which can be distributed quickly by email.

To find out more about the benefits of using Tekla BIMsight on a  SMART Board or to discuss the options available, call us today on 0118 336 0010. You can also watch the video below for a practical demonstration.

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