June 27, 2018

ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Supports the Direct Reading of Revit Files

The recent release of ArcGIS Pro 2.2 introduces two new capabilities for CAD and BIM.   Direct reading of Revit (RVT) files as attributed 3D GIS Objects and georeferencing in 3D Scenes for BIM and CAD data.

Also included in this release is updated support for reading and exporting AutoCAD version 2018 format files which includes AutoCAD 2019 which has the same DWG format file.

When Revit models in the past were supported through conversion to IFC file and then a secondary conversion to a geodatabase using the ArcGIS data interoperability extension and this capability is still available.  New in ArcGIS Pro 2.2 however is the ability to open a Revit BIM models directly off disk (Revit 2011-2018 files).  Review my included YouTube video to  see some highlights of Revit files in ArcGIS Pro 2.2 .  

Within Autodesk's Revit, data is organized into categories, these Revit categories like Walls, Windows or Doors will be directly understood as ArcGIS 3D Multipatch feature classes within ArcGIS,  These Revit-sourced ArcGIS feature classes include many Revit properties and user defined parameters as ArcGIS feature attributes.  Revit data added to ArcGIS Pro behaves like any other 3D  GIS data within ArcGIS Pro and can be queried, measured analyzed used in geoprocessing models and tools, or simply copied to a geodatabase.   

Once saved as a geodatabase the Revit-sourced information can also be shared as scene layers to be included in web scenes or consumed back in other desktop applications like ArcGIS Pro or ArcGIS Earth.
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