System requirements & EIR

System requirements

As part of an advanced technological construction site, a strong internet connection is essential.


Beyond this, these are the system requirements for BIMSearch to run as smoothly as possible:

  • Operating System: 64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM, 16 GB for large models
  • Video Display Resolutions: 1920 x 1080 with true color
  • Browser: Google Chrome is recommended
  • Connectivity: Stable Internet connection, download speed will affect model loading time

Exchange Information Requirements (EIR)

BIMSearch supports models with the following file extensions: *.*rvt (Revit), *.*nwc, *.*nwd (Navisworks), *.*iwm (Infoworks), *.*fbx (Filmbox), *.*ifc, *.*dwg, *.*dwf, *.*dwfx, *.*dwt, and more. 


The models must be stored on BIM 360 Cloud or Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC).


Revit models (*.*rvt file extension) stored on BIM 360 Cloud and Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC).


Important: BIMSearch can only present data that is visible in the selected model view.

BIM infrastructure

You will need to prepare the following before you use BIMSearch:


  • Create 2D\3D views of the model to use on BIMSearch; make sure all the elements you need are visible in those views
  • Check Revit Publish Settings and make sure all views needed on BIMSearch are included in the set and published on the cloud
  • Set Automatic Publishing to make sure your models stay up to date
  • To improve performance, especially on large models, it’s recommended to create views by discipline


The BIMSearch app is powered by Forge, so if there is an issue with the Forge, BIM360 or ACC platforms BIMSearch might not work properly. In this case, check the Autodesk services status on Autodesk Health Dashboard.


If your model is very large, it might not work smoothly on BIMSearch. In such a situation, it is mandatory to create views with the BIM model divided into smaller sections such as by level or by discipline, so that there will be fewer elements in the view and therefore less data for BIMSearch to handle. Don’t forget to make sure all the required views are published to the cloud.


Note: The order in which published views are shown on the BIMSearch Document Browser is set by the order in which they were created, with the oldest views at the top. The default view when opening a model is the oldest view in the set.

Learn more

For more information about BIM 360 views see this post.


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