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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

Getting started with Power BI

Before we start, I would like to answer the following questions for you:

  • What is Power BI?
  • Where can you find datasets to start practicing yourself?

To put it simply, Power BI stands for Power Business Intelligence, and it's software that provides users that have no programming skills with a set of tools for visualizing, reporting, and sharing data. The user interface is pretty intuitive for users who already have a little bit of experience with Excel. Power BI is often used to find insights within our organization's data. It can help us to connect different datasets and create engaging visuals and graphs. One of the most exciting ways to use the software, in my opinion, is to tell a story using charts by examining the what-if scenarios.

Important Note

In the following chapters, we will mainly use Power BI as our data visualization tool because it is well known in the AEC community. However, I would like to make it clear...