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InBookMode – IFC Storytelling

An Interactive BIM Notebook


Visualynk asked us to develop a notebook plugin for  Inbookmode. Inbookmode, builds functionality on top of ifcopenshell to enable the creation of an interactive notebook environment for users. Thanks to the toolsets and widgets developed, users are able to create narratives alongside interactive, filterable, animated building information models. 

Collaborative notebooks can use Inbookmode to more intuitively link with bim models to extract, explore and anlyse ifc data. 


Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools have become a knowledge resource in the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector. While effective BIM use requires knowledge and skills with the tools, BIM tools can also become a good source of learning about the core domain area e.g. architecture, engineering, etc. However, effective teaching and learning of BIM and core domain knowledge is challenging, especially when BIM tools are becoming specialized and complex. To address this challenge, a learning platform called InBookMode (Interactive Book and Model Environment) has been proposed. The main objectives of this approach are to implement and test the efficacy of an interactive learning platform that integrates the BIM tools with the information encoded in textbooks, combine the interactivity and usability of ebooks with BIM applications to enhance wider adoption and learning, and create the basis for a long-term goal of a digital repository of interactive BIM case studies.

InBookMode has a book interface with standard book elements such as table of contents, bookmarks, ability of tagging and taking notes, etc. InBookMode platform also allows embedding and linking processed BIM models into the book interface.

Singh, V. (2018). InBookModE : An interactive book and model environment to link BIM and AEC education. teoksessa J. Ríos, F. Noël, P. Chiabert, & A. Bouras (Toimittajat), Product Lifecycle Management to Support Industry 4.0 - 15th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference, PLM 2018, Proceedings (Sivut 93-103). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vuosikerta 540). SPRINGER.