Get the data before it gets you !
The last few months I have been asked a lot of questions about Revit data and the link to ERP systems, mainly in the quantification part of the supply chain, and specifically for structural elements. It’s not that difficult to get the right data from your Revit model. There are several methods that can be chosen from to get the data out of Revit:
– The Autodesk RevitDBLink tool (SQL or ODBC link)
– A custom application working straight from your ERP system
– Extract data from Revit to Excel (i.e. with Dynamo)
– Through IFC Export
Probably I will forget to mention other and maybe better methods. But that is not the case I want to make here.
Raise your Revit model – Super Nanny Guide
No matter which method you use, people often forget that the data in Revit doesn’t comes there by itself. You have to give some decent input in the model. The model needs to get as intelligent and readable as possible. I call it “Raise the Model”. What I mean is that you need to treat your Revit model as your own child: you have to raise it and learn it to behave in some way.
Of course, every parent has his own norms and values. So is the case with Revit models too. I’ve been working on a document that can help you to decide which modelling method is the best for you, depending on the behavior you want to give to your model.
It’s a first version of the document, and I will try to adjust it where needed.
Dutch Revit Standard
This document is also intended to be used as part of the DRS (Dutch Revit Standards) guide for the Structure Discipline.
Please feel free to give your remarks, opinions, suggestions, … This document is only a framework for now.