Convert SketchUp Point Cloud Mesh to Revit 3d Object for Documentation

1 | Convert the Point Cloud to a Mesh

Alternates: can use other point cloud to meshing tools, then bring the generated mesh into SketchUp
MeshLab: open source and free
Cloud Compare: free

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2 | Place Mesh Geometry on Specific Tag (Layer)

  • Select the point cloud geometry, and place it on the appropriate tag

TIP: It might be best to create a new tag to ensure that the only geometry present on the tag is the point cloud mesh

TIP: Can set the color by tag option to visually see what geometry is set to a tag

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3 | Map Tag in Helix

  • Open the the Helix UI by clicking the Helix Icon in SketchUp
  • Select the component
  • In the SELECTED ELEMENTS section change the selected Layer “LIDAR3” (newly created tag) to DXF in the dropdown

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4 | Sync with Revit

  • Click the Sync SketchUp button in the Helix UI
  • With Revit open, click the Load Model button in the EvolveLAB Revit Ribbon Tab

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5 | Continue Process for the Entire Model

  • Continue and add the other tag to sync with Revit so that all the desired geometry is translated.
  • Can also set all the desired geometry to the same tag used in the second step

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6 | Create Views in Revit

  • Create section, plan, or rcp views in Revit

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7 | Document the Revit Views

  • Use the imported point cloud mesh as a background along with other BIM geometry
  • Can also add dimensions to the imported mesh geometry:
    – dimensions to self
    – dimensions to other BIM content

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