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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


In this chapter, we covered quite a lot of things. We learned how to use Autodesk Dynamo to create a script that opens multiple Revit models in the background. By the way, I made a similar script last year, and I've used it to gather data from more than 1,000 Revit models simultaneously. I was so proud of that!

We learned how to retrieve all we wanted from our BIM models during script development by collecting models, rooms, levels, and sheets information. We can query any of the families contained within the model, whether they are family instances or loaded families that haven't been placed yet. Then, we learned how to add the filenames to each list to see where a model's data stops and where the next one begins. Then, we understood how to organize those datasets for Microsoft Excel, exporting different datasets into different sheets.

Also, as the icing on the cake, we learned how to add a simple user interface to our script, allowing colleagues who...