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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 1: Introducing Units of Digital Information

Welcome to the world of BIM data and digitalization!

Before we start digging into the core of digitalization in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) industry, BIM data visualization, or management with Autodesk Dynamo and its business intelligence tools, I would like you to know why every business on earth is becoming a data-driven business. If you look around, every type of company, small or large, non-profit or governmental, is walking through a digital transformation, implementing and applying ones and zeros to every process they can. However, in the end, all that matters for company owners is that their company has to adapt to the new business model. It will take time for all of us to go fully digital, but we all will, whether it takes 10 months or 10 years; we are all already in that queue.

Even though this book's aim is to give you some knowledge on BIM data visualization and management, in the first chapter, we will start talking about data. Though we will set BIM aside for now, we will return to it later on, once we get more comfortable with digitalization and basic computer science concepts. We are going to learn about the events that started our digital era, and how modern devices use binary code to represent things such as pictures and videos. Then we will talk about types of digital data and about all of the data that surrounds us, all the time, everywhere (that's why they call it big data, right?!). Finally, we will explore so-called hybrid jobs.

But don't worry, I won't go too much into technical details, although we will cover some technical notions when it comes to Dynamo, data manipulation, and databases. So, get a cup of coffee and if you can, get an Italian one (even better if it's Neapolitan), and meet me in the first chapter!

Figure 1.1 – Say "big data" one more time meme!

Figure 1.1 – Say "big data" one more time meme!

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Exploring the beginning of the digitization era
  • Learning how simple digital data is
  • Getting to know types of digital data
  • Understanding how much data we produce
  • Learning about hybrid jobs