Interface overview


The BIMSearch interface consists of four sections: the viewer, the search window, the selection sets window, and the report.

The viewer

The BIMSearch viewer has all of the  popular Autodesk BIM 360 viewer functionality. The viewer tools are, from left to right: Show all objects; Orbit; Pan; Zoom; First person; Camera interactions; Measure; Section analysis; Document browser; Form clusters by category; Explode model; Model browser; Properties; Settings; Full screen.


For information on how each function works, please refer to this article.

The search window

The search window lets BIMSearch users extract data reports from the model. These data reports can be helpful with various daily engineering tasks such as calculating quantities, estimating, billing, ordering material and much more. The reports consist of the results of a search.


In order to search the model, you can use one of our pre-defined search templates, edit a template, or customize an entirely new search.


For more information on the search window, see “Searching your model”

The selection sets window

The selection sets window allows you to create, edit and manage your saved selections – be they search results or manual selections.

The report

The BIMSearch report is the result of the search. It will appear in the bottom half of the browser automatically once you load a search template, or when you click “create report” after selecting your own search settings.


For more information about the report, see “Understanding the report”

Display configurations

Each display window can be minimized or expanded

Manual mode

Manual mode enables you to search the model by clicking on elements in the viewer. If you are in manual mode, no report will be generated, but an instant widget will appear in the top left corner of the viewer that keeps track of the selection.

Selection details

For more information about your manual selection, click on “selection details” in the instant widget:

Double click

Double-clicking on an element will select and highlight all the elements with the same type name, and the instant widget will appear with the relevant information.

Save selection set - manual mode

If you have made a selection in manual mode, you can save that selection as a set, or add it to an existing set. To do this, simply make your selection, right click, and select “save as selection set” or “copy to new selection set”.