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Remote Installation and Setup for BuildIT Projector



Basic inspection and measurement workflows can now be controlled via a web browser on a mobile device with a new BuildIT remote control interface. Use the application to open measurement and inspection commands, select geometry for inspection, and trigger and accept measurements while working away from the computer running BuildIT 2019.5 and later.

Depending on your version, installation and setup vary. Please proceed to the appropriate section for your version:

Installation and Setup (BuildIT 2021 and later)

Follow the procedure below for version 2021 and later installations.

  1. Open BuildIT. From the menu bar navigate to File > Settings > Interface. In the HTTP Server section, click the checkbox next to External Access, and then click OK.

    Please note that connection to the server is not encrypted and does not require authentication, so anyone in your internal network can connect and control your BuildIT session. This makes it very easy to set-up, but be aware of the security implications.

  2. Next click on the Project menu and select Connect to Remote > Connect to Mobile Remote.
  3. The BuildIT Remote window will open displaying a QR code. Scan the QR code with your mobile device and proceed to the URL. You may also manually enter in the IP address and Port number listed under the QR code.

Note: If you are unable to connect, try the following.

  • Ensure you are connected to the same network as the computer running BuildIT. In some cases, the IP address shown in the remote control server's window may not be the same if connected to a shared network. In this case, you will need to use the IP address for the BuildIT computer as it's listed on the shared network interface.
  • Restarting the PC can also solve certain network issues.   


Projector User Interface and Operation

The remote user interface consists of 4 main pages accessible via the page selector icon (4 small squares). The interface is user intuitive, but a brief layout overview is provided below. In addition, the video below illustrates the functionality and common tasks.

User Interface

  1. BuildIT Icon - Menu
    • Disconnect: Disconnects the current remote browser.
    • Profiles - Metrology, Projector, Construction: Profiles are provided for each of the BuildIT products, each have there own set of pages and controls.
  2. question-mark-in-circle.png Icon: Onscreen help, specific to each page.
  3. Squares Icon - Page Selector
    • Plan: Displays the current projection plan.
    • Projector: Scans and displays the current field of view with camera and image controls. Allows control of the position/size of the scanbox and the ability to scan and measure targets.
    • View: 3D view of the current cad model. The model can be manipulated, (rotate, pan, zoom) from the remote device
    • Messages: Displays the current program messages as displayed in the main application on the bottom of the screen.


Operation Overview Video

Cannot view the video? Click here to download this video.


Installation and Setup (BuildIT 2020.5 - 2020.8)

Follow the procedure below for version 2020.5 - 2020.8 installations.

Enable the HTTP (Web) Server in BuildIT

In the Settings: Interface page, under the HTTP Server section, check the "Enabled" checkbox to enable the server. Please note that connection to the server is not encrypted and does not require authentication, so anyone in your internal network can connect and control your BuildIT session. This makes it very easy to set-up, but be aware of the security implications.

After starting BuildIT and enabling the HTTP server, you will see a message in the message bar with the address you can connect to, see Connect to the Remote Control Server.

BuildITRemote-Message Bar.png


Connect to the Remote Control Server

Using your mobile device's browser, enter the specified URL noted in the previous section above. The BuildIT Remote homepage should be displayed.

Note: If you are unable to connect, ensure you are connected to the same network as the computer running BuildIT Metrology. In some cases, the IP address shown in the remote control server's window may not be the same if connected to a shared network. In this case, you will need to use the IP address for the BuildIT computer as it's listed on the shared network interface.


Tip: If you add the page to your home screen and access it from there, it will appear full screen.


Installation and Setup (BuildIT 2019.5 - 2020.2)

Follow the procedure below for version 2019.5 - 2020.2 installations.

  1. If not already installed, follow the standard installation procedure for BuildIT Metrology software on your computer. The current version of BuildIT Remote Control has been adapted to work with BuildIT 2019.5 and later.
  2. Download the BuildIT Remote Control process files. Once downloaded, extract the contents of the zip file to a folder on your computer.

BuildIT Remote Control

Register the Installation of BuildIT as the Metrology Server

  1. From the BuildIT installation directory (typically C:\Program Files\BuildIT\BuildIT Metrology 20xx), go to the data\profiles folder and double-click on the ProfileChooser.bat batch file.
  2. In the window that appears (your window may have different options than the one shown), click on the "Setup Remote" button at the bottom.
  3. This will automatically register this installation of BuildIT as the metrology server to be used and will also add a firewall exception to allow incoming connection to BuildIT from the remote control application. The result will be show in a text window:
    Note: If any of the following errors are displayed, "Removing old firewall rule..." or "Removing previous COM registration..." stages, these can be safely ignored as they simply indicate that previous versions of these items did not exist.

Start the Remote Control Server

  1. Make sure that the currently installed BuildIT Metrology application has been run at least once (started and stopped).
  2. Run the "Start Remote Control Server.process" file (contained in the BuildIT Remote Control download) by double-clicking on it.
    • You may also start the process within BuildIT by clicking on the "Play Process" button, then browse and open the "Start Remote Control Server.process" file.
  3. Note the URL (IP address and port) that the web service is listening on.
Note: Both the main BuildIT application and the BuildIT Remote terminal screen must remain running (windows can be minimized) during a remote connection. If either are closed, the connection to your mobile device will be lost.