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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

Chapter 9: Using Dynamo to Place Family Instances

Hi there! In this chapter, we will leave Power BI aside for a moment and use the skills we gained in Chapter 8, Deep Dive into Dynamo Data Types, to create a new script that places families automatically inside our Revit model. Have you ever needed something like that?

I've needed it a lot of times. Here at La SIA, an Italian engineering and architecture firm, we complete several types of projects. We work in both the private and the public sector, and we provide design services for the architectural, MEP, and structural fields. Among all our projects, a big part of them is related to the telecommunications sector. We generally produce hundreds of Revit models per week. We often need new Dynamo scripts to automate model-checking and validation, as well as scripts to place families within the Revit model.

To give you a practical example, when we model communication devices, we need to connect them to the main steel structure...