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Managing and Visualizing Your BIM Data

By : Ernesto Pellegrino, Manuel André Bottiglieri, Gavin Crump, Luisa Cypriano Pieper, Dounia Touil
Book Image

Managing and Visualizing Your BIM Data

By: Ernesto Pellegrino, Manuel André Bottiglieri, Gavin Crump, Luisa Cypriano Pieper, Dounia Touil

Overview of this book

Business intelligence software has rapidly spread its roots in the AEC industry during the last few years. This has happened due to the presence of rich digital data in BIM models whose datasets can be gathered, organized, and visualized through software such as Autodesk Dynamo BIM and Power BI. Managing and Visualizing Your BIM Data helps you understand and implement computer science fundamentals to better absorb the process of creating Dynamo scripts and visualizing the collected data on powerful dashboards. This book provides a hands-on approach and associated methodologies that will have you productive and up and running in no time. After understanding the theoretical aspects of computer science and related topics, you will focus on Autodesk Dynamo to develop scripts to manage data. Later, the book demonstrates four case studies from AEC experts across the world. In this section, you’ll learn how to get started with Autodesk Dynamo to gather data from a Revit model and create a simple C# plugin for Revit to stream data on Power BI directly. As you progress, you’ll explore how to create dynamic Power BI dashboards using Revit floor plans and make a Power BI dashboard to track model issues. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned how to develop a script to gather a model’s data and visualize datasets in Power BI easily.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: Overview of Digitalization and BIM Data
Section 2: Examples and Case Studies from Experts around the World
Section 3: Deep Dive into Autodesk Dynamo

Introducing lists and indexes

In this section, we are going to learn everything about lists and indexes. And to do that, we are going to use my favorite snack – chips! So, let's start by implementing a practical example. Let's say that we have a Revit model containing 100 chairs, and those chairs are placed on different levels. Now, let's compare that to chips.

Imagine we take a chip bag and grab one chip. We can do the same with Dynamo, but instead of grabbing, we are selecting one element, a chair, in this case, from the 100 available. Take a look at the following diagram:

Figure 8.2 – Comparison between Dynamo and chips for selecting one element

As you can see, when we select one chair from the Revit model, we end up with a list containing exactly one element.

Next, instead of selecting only one element, we could select a bunch of them, let's say 20 chairs. The following diagram shows the comparison with chips: