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SteelVis User's Guide



Robert R. Lipman


This guide describes how to use SteelVis and its associated programs. SteelVis has two main functions: (1) to translate a CIS/2 (CIMsteel Integration Standards) file into an interactive 3D model in the form of a VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) file that can be displayed in a web browser VRML plugin or VRML viewer and (2) to translate a CIS/2 file into an IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) file that can be imported into many BIM (Building Information Modeling) applications. SteelVis also includes a utility that converts a CIS/2 file into a spreadsheet that can be used for inspecting and debugging the attributes, values, and relationships in the CIS/2 file.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7822
Report Number


CIS/2, IFC, BIM, VRML, visualization


Lipman, R. (2011), SteelVis User's Guide, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 22, 2024)


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Created October 3, 2011, Updated November 10, 2018