Helix Roadmap | SketchUp ⇌ Revit

Features & Ideas

We’d like to share with everyone the more common feature requests that are now logged in our backlog. Please let us know if there are features you’d like to see in this outline. Also, if you see a feature you feel strongly about, let us know so we can prioritize it more.

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feature name [2x.x] feature completed and deployed with version number

SketchUp ➔ Revit

Helix - Skp to Rvt

BIM Elements

  • Map to point based, level hosted families: generic models, furniture, casework, specialty equipment, entourage, electrical fixtures, and light fixtures
  • Curtain Wall Location Offset to easily use curtain walls instead of windows
  • Sloped: Walls, Curtain Walls, Ceilings and Floors
  • Tapered Walls
  • Revit Railing Family Mapping Support
  • Mesh based fallback for BIM error elements
  • Map to Building Pad
  • Parameter Mapper: Map the width and height of SketchUp elements to Revit Instance or Type parameters
  • Host Mesh Families to Level for certain Categories
  • Structural Framing: Beams & Columns
  • Structural Grids
  • Better Updates for System families: adjust the element makeup instead of deleting and re-creating
  • Auto Generated Adaptive Families for flat and curved surfaces
  • Curtain Wall V2 Mapping
  • Curtain Wall V3 Mapping
  • Plumbing Pipes with Connectors
  • Complex Sloped Roofs
  • Topography Regions Per Materials
  • Walls, Roofs, Doors, Windows [2.0.0]
  • Curtain Walls [2.0.6]
  • Levels [2.1.3]
  • Plumbing Pipes (alpha) [2.2.4]
  • Topography [2.2.4]
  • Floors, Ceilings (R2022) [2.2.5]
  • Sloped Roofs (simple) [2.2.5]

Meshes

  • Improve speed and memory usage when sending large model meshes to Revit
  • DXF processing speed improvements [2.6.0]
  • DXF meshes to have separate fields for each material from SketchUp so they can be set in Revit individually (currently the entire object is one material) [2.6.0]
  • DXF mesh Family Rotation Based Instancing [2.6.0]
  • Direct Shape Mesh based importer to Revit [2.0.0]
  • DXF Mesh based importer to Revit with hidden mesh polygon edges [2.2.3]
  • Support nested components and groups [2.3.0]
  • Support edges that are not hidden for DXF conversion to Revit [2.3.0]
  • DXF mesh to be wrapped into a Revit family [2.3.0]

Materials

  • DXF mesh UV mapping settings :white_check_mark:
  • Get the parent group material when face material is unpainted :white_check_mark:
  • Add custom material texture path for SketchUp to Revit materials :white_check_mark:
  • Apply clip map textures for SketchUp to Revit materials
  • DXF import Material Editor
  • Import selected materials to Revit without materials being part of a SketchUp component (this can be an simple way to auto generate many materials in Revit)
  • Direct Shape Material Support
  • Direct Shape Material Editor
  • Support Material Mapping for BIM Elements: Walls, Ceilings, etc…
  • Wall, Ceiling, Floor and Roof finish painted materials from SketchUp using Revit split face
  • Map SketchUp Materials to Revit Materials [2.6.0]
  • Create Revit Materials from SketchUp Materials with Textures [2.6.0]

User Interface

  • Improve warnings for “line is too short” in SketchUp 3d view by highlighting general area
  • Add Outer Loop Wire Crossing Warning
  • Add Heavy Mesh Warning for Mesh Mapping
  • New Version Update Notifications in SketchUp and Revit
  • Simplified Send to and Receive from tab in SketchUp without needing to map elements
  • Sync Selected Elements Only per Mapping
  • Camera sync
  • Revit Progress Bar for large mesh object imports
  • Realtime lightweight model display before loading model to Revit
  • SketchUp Model Health - Super Short Lines Reporter [2.4.0]
  • Revit Status Report [2.2.5]
  • SketchUp Model Health Check [2.3.0]
  • Save and Load Mapping [2.3.0]

Multiple Projects

  • Add projects to hub so that settings can be auto saved and loaded from the project
  • Ability to bake the helix mapped geometry in Revit (disconnect from updating per changes)
  • Enable multiple projects in the same SketchUp model (ex: only syncing landscape and not architectural)
  • Improve CRUD to recognize source SketchUp project and run CRUD only when originating from same source project [2.6.0]

Revit ➔ SketchUp

Helix - Rvt to Skp

  • Component Instances from Revit families :white_check_mark:
  • Creating SketchUp Materials with Textures from Revit Materials :white_check_mark:
  • Fast Mode Setting for importing Revit model to SketchUp :white_check_mark:
  • CRUD: ability to update the SketchUp model import selectively by only modifying elements that changed. Delete and Add elements if they were deleted or added in Revit. Keep unmodified elements in SketchUp intact. :white_check_mark:
  • Send Thin Shell Faces Back to SketchUp
  • Update Thin Shell in SketchUp via PushPull
  • Poly Reduce Setting for larger meshes
  • Map Revit Materials to SketchUp Materials [2.6.0]

Platform Support

  • SketchUp 2019 :white_check_mark:
  • SketchUp Mac Support: 2022,2021,2020
  • Revit 2023 [2.4.0]

It would be great if it was possible to subdivide the curtain wall or storefront plane with lines and then Revit places a mullions on the lines on. Maybe this exists already and I am just missing it? I’m also a big fan of being able to add railings.

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Welcome to the forum!!

The current curtain wall mapping (V1) is simple as it does not capture any of the mullion information from SketchUp. It takes the boundary of the curtain wall and then uses the Revit type based mullion arrangement, if one is specified in the Revit type. We do have many ideas on how to expand this functionality and groups those ideas into version 2 and version 3 of curtain walls. The diagram below expands on these possible updates. I’ve also updated the main roadmap post to include V2 and V3.


V1 Curtain Walls (complete)

  • simple face based wall with wall boundary
  • component based with wall profile extraction

V2 Curtain Walls

  • place curtain wall gridlines per SketchUp location for vertical and horizontal mullions
  • detect parallel majority of gridlines so that verticals and horizontals can use various angles beyond 0 and 90
  • map curtain panels by material or tag to Revit elements: doors and other curtain wall panel types
  • handler for mullions that cannot be natively built at the designed angle in Revit within the same curtain wall element, by creating adaptive components

V3 Curtain Walls

  • extract the centerline geometry of the mullion geometry so that curtain walls modeled with actual thickness can be transferred to Revit (until now, the geometry had to be schematic lines)
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