BIM – Structured Data Lends Itself to Automation


When embarking on the BIM path many companies see the narrow definitions and structures as impediments rather than advantages. In this video, I use a small sample of how one might use these tight definitions to automate some task in Revit.

Clearly, if the BIM Execution Plan of the lead designer lays out the requirements then it would benefit the entire team if there were automation that could apply to all of them.

It would benefit the collaborators to contract Micrographics to program applications that can be used in this regard. Micrographics have dedicated programmers who are familiar with the Revit Application Programming Interface (API).

Failing that, consider taking on board a programmer who is well versed in algebra and trigonometry. These mathematical disciplines play quite a large role in Revit and might come in handy.

Dynamo is quite simple to learn, but you will probably soon find it inadequate to address all the challenges at hand (in some cases the downloadable packages may be of help): that is why we have Python nodes which can reference the Revit API. It also makes it easy to manage data in Excel.

Think carefully before saying “no” to protocols that try to standardise naming and file conventions, and if you think you might benefit from automation, please contact us here at Micrographics so we may be of assistance to you.