Helix is an interoperability tool that synchronizes SketchUp ⇌ Revit bidirectionally and AutoCAD ⥤ Revit. Unstructured geometry from both SketchUp and AutoCAD are converted to native Revit families. Helix can also convert meshes to Revit meshes with clean edges and textured materials.
SketchUp versions supported: 2020, 2021, 2022
Revit versions supported: 2021, 2022, 2023
SketchUp to Revit
- Native Categories : Walls, Curtain Walls, Floors, Roofs, Ceilings, Pipes, Doors, Windows, Topography
- Additional Mesh Categories : Generic Model, Casework, Entourage, Furniture, Furniture Systems, Railings, Site, Light Fixtures, Planting, Specialty Equipment, Mechanical Equipment, Plumbing Fixtures, Columns
- Clean meshes in Revit without additional triangulation, allowing geometry to be used for documentation and visualization
- Create Revit materials with textures
- SketchUp materials can be mapped to Revit materials
- Model health warnings
- Map content by tag or material
- Helix starter families with instance parameter calculation for door & window heights and widths
- Smart mesh based family instancing, preserving components and groups in Revit families
- Model update tracking, where Revit model only updates if geometry changed in SketchUp when re-syncing
Revit to SketchUp
- Revit geometry optimized for workable (push/pull-able) output
- Revit geometry mesh count optimized for performance while retaining original form
- Materials converted from Revit
- Revit materials can be mapped to SketchUp materials
- Convert Revit levels to SketchUp planes tagged as levels
AutoCAD to Revit
- Revit categories: Walls, Railings, Room Separation Lines, Space Separation Lines, and Pipes
- Detect centerlines from AutoCAD double lines for all Revit categories
We are constantly updating Helix, and want our users to be aware of what’s in the works. The feature roadmap is public, and open to suggestions. We will cross out completed features with every new release.
We have a quick start guide that shows how to convert SketchUp walls, floors, roofs, doors and windows to native elements.
Let us know if you have any feedback on the features, roadmap, or other comments below. Check out the posts in the Helix Forums for more. We’re eager to hear your thoughts and how we can improve this solution for your interoperability needs.