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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

Building the Power BI report

Our data stream connector is now ready. Furthermore, we have a working Revit plugin that pushes data from the model to our Power BI workspace. In this section, we will take advantage of the data bridge to build fantastic charts and share them with colleagues and peers. We want to create simple charts that are able to deliver some project insights using real-time data. We can monitor specific aspects of the project files, for example, and collect information from the users who work and interact with those models. We will explore all the required steps to finalize the connection between the Revit plugin and Power BI in the following sections.

Visualizing the data in Power BI

As for the Visual Studio project file, you'll find the Power BI file too. Just go back to the downloaded GitHub folder and open the Revit to PowerBI.pbix file. This time, we want to use the Power BI Desktop application. If you haven't downloaded Power BI Desktop yet, you...