Multidisciplinary collaborations in Revit result in files being linked into each other. How does Lumion compare to Revit Live for visualization in this regard? Shown below is the architectural file with the Structural and Mechanical files linked in.
Bringing only the Revit architectural model into Lumion using the Lumion to Revit live link results in the following (everything came across into Lumion).
However, when the Structural and MEP models are linked in then the live link does not update Lumion. Starting the live link function results in the following error:
Nevertheless the model is written into Lumion. Shown below is that the linked structural file is visible in Revit on the right, but not in Lumion on the left.
One would have to bind the links before they would port to Lumion. While one could manage this workflow, it is not ideal. Also, depending on the file, the link may refuse to be bound, in which case one has to troubleshoot the structural model.
Looking for an answer on the Lumion forum I came across a post in which Lumion stated the following: “ Until find out why (given it was working) and fixed, it’s going to restrict LiveSync to single models . ” The topic may be found on the Lumion support forums:
When the file is exported to a DAE file then the links do show in the Lumion model.
The conclusion? Lumion can be used to good effect for visualization if Revit models containing links are exported to DAE files and imported to Lumion, but the LiveSynch technology is not yet ready to process these links.