RTV Tools

Friday, March 24, 2017

RTV Xporter Pro Updated to Support C4R, and How to Batch Upgrade Any Revit File Type

RTV Xporter Pro is one of those addins that I can safely recommend to every Revit user. If you ever need to print more than one sheet, or export a model multiple times, or to multiple formats, this tool is going to save you time. In fact, I think a large percentage of Revit users probably already have it! So, what's the latest?

As you probably realise, Collaboration for Revit (C4R), Autodesk's 'Revit Server in the Cloud' solution, is gaining popularity globally. It is genuinely a good way to get a team of people in different places to work together in real-time on a Revit project... provided you have good internet that is! So, it is great to see that RTV have now supported batch exporting from C4R projects using the local desktop application. Nice work!

Another interesting feature is that you can now reference additional Revit projects to the current Document Issue / Transmittal record, which is pretty cool.

The latest build for Revit 2017 is 1.0.740.

Oh, and one final thought... if you haven't tried RTV Xporter in a while (perhaps you recall the days of working with SQL Server and so on), I recommend you give the latest version a try. On almost every project I do, we do not need to use a SQL server because the addin just integrates so well with the information you already have in you Revit model.


How to Batch Upgrade Any Revit File Type
A while back, I posted about an admittedly circuitous method to upgrade Revit files for free using eTransmit.

However, this is a much quicker and easier way, and its pretty affordable too... using RTV Xporter Pro. It supports batch upgrading of every Revit file type: rvt, rte, rfa, rft

To use it, just click the File Upgrader button and fill out the dialog. Easy!

Screenshot:


Other related post:
What Revit Wants: Various methods to upgrade your office RFT files to 2013

Heads-up:
RevitworX: Upgrading Files to 2016


Here is the full list of the latest updates, from the newsletter:

We have been busy working hard to integrate Collaborate for Revit (C4R) with our RTV Xporter PRO App for Revit. It is our pleasure that we are now able to provide C4R access via the desktop application (only). At this time our Remote Processing (Server) doesn't support C4R but we are working hard to get this functionality added as soon as possible.

The updates are now available for download from our website and can be found here:
RTV Xporter Pro 2016 (Build 709)
http://www.rtvtools.com/downloads/2016_RTVXporterPro_64B.zip ;and
RTV Xporter Pro 2017 (Build 740)
http://www.rtvtools.com/downloads/2017_RTVXporterPro_64B.zip


The following is a list of new features, updates and fixes included in the above software updates.

Updates:

1. Scanning for PDF printers will only be performed on Export start up, if no registry printer or xml printer list is empty;
2. Multi-line parameter used for the export filename, New Line replaced with a Space;
3. Separate group for Title block Revision schedules in Views list;

Resolved:
1. Fixed DWG layer mapping file selection dialog displaying twice and multiple mapping files added to drop-down list;
2. Fixed Remote GUI when the root shared folder is defined as the watch folder;


New Features:


Export
1. Checkbox option to Reset Adobe PDF print queue prior to export;
2. Delete button added to Export Folder and Export Filename template drop-down lists;

Issue
3. Issue, Reference Projects option now added. Users now have the option to reference additional Revit projects to the current Document Issue/Transmittal record. User can browse to select the project or used an existing (loaded) linked Revit project;

Note: Issue Reference Projects support linked models including C4R and Revit Server.



Web Update
4. New registry key added to disable check for updates by the users (restricted to system administrators);

C4R
5. C4R Support added - limited to current model, not available with the Remote (Server) function;


Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Best New Features in Enscape 1.9, and a Sneak Peak at Enscape for Sketchup

Enscape is continuing to develop new and amazing ways to quickly visualise and present your Revit model... and now, your Sketchup models too. I will cover both of these below...

1) A quick look at the Enscape Sketchup Extension
Sketchup is still a solid workhorse in a lot of firms, as it is almost too easy to use. Some architects immediately feel comfortable using Sketchup, where Revit has a bit of a steeper learning curve. Personally, I hope to see more designers moving into Revit for early concept design with massing or adaptive components or Dynamo, but in the meantime there are plenty of people out there building really nice models in Sketchup. Which is why Enscape is releasing this Extension, I suppose!

After installing the Enscape extension for Sketchup (you can see some tips on how to do this at the end of the post), you will probably want to immediately start tweaking settings. As with Revit, you can have the Sketchup window, Enscape window, and Enscape settings all open and 'live' at the same time. For some reason, Enscape started with maximum bloom and extremely warm colour temperature, but after tweaking that a bit it started to look really nice as usual:

As Sketchup models are quite light compared to Revit, I was able to run on Ultra settings and the experience was smooth (helps to have a Metabox in this situation of course). Overall, the Experience of using the Extension for Sketchup is almost identical to the Revit plugin implementation, which is great.

You can achieve a really interesting result just by playing with the time of day and the sky orb brightness:

Which leads me to the new features..

2) Enscape 1.9 Platform Updates and Updates for Revit
One of the biggest updates in this latest version is that now Revit Decals are supported. As you probably know, a Revit Decal is basically a flat item that gets stuck onto a flat surface like a Wall. From there, you can pick an image and set the size. Now that Enscape supports this, it is much easier to do things like customised signage, and it can be done very quickly and photorealistically. Previously, I had a challenging workaround through custom RPC, but the support of Decals should make this process much easier for flat elements.

Enscape now also has Oculus Touch support, along with a handy heads-up display when you look at the controls in VR:

Further, more support for Glass and Glazing materials has been added. Essentially, Enscape is working to support every applicable material property from Revit, which is great.

A couple of other things:

  • you can set the frames per second on exported video
  • you can 'move' the clouds to really get your scene looking just right
  • you can modify the brightness of Sun, Moon and Stars. It is seriously impressive to set the time to night, and then boost the stars right up. It is quite beautiful :)

More details on the 1.9 release:
https://enscape3d.com/version-1-9/

Preview releases for Revit and Sketchup addins are available at:
https://enscape3d.com/preview

You can download Enscape at:
https://enscape3d.com/downloads/

The extensions page is at:
https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/enscape-rendering-sketchup

Here is a video that summarises the updates in 1.9:


Check out this video of the Sketchup plugin in action:


Sketchup Installation 
Here is how you can manually the install Enscape Plugin for Sketchup:
1) Download the .rbz file (currently from the Preview / Alpha page). I'm currently using
enscape-1.9.0.403-g355786d.rbz

2) Go to the Extension Manager in Sketchup


3) Choose Install Extension and pick the rbz file


4) Accept the prompts


5) You might have to restart Sketchup. Then you should be able to start Enscape from the Extensions menu:


You can read my previous detailed review of Enscape here:
Learn How To Completely Revolutionize Your Revit Presentation Capability In This Enscape Review

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Autodesk 2018 Direct Download Links

No Revit links... yet! But they are imminent.

As usual, these will be trial links. You will need appropriate serial numbers to activate, obtained from Autodesk.



Navisworks 2018 Products

Navisworks Manage 2018
Part 1
Part 2

Navisworks Simulate 2018
Part 1
Part 2




Revit 2018 Products

Revit Live 2018 (formerly Autodesk Live, Autodesk landing page here)
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET18SWDLD/2018/LIVE/DLM/Autodesk_LIVE_V1_EN_Win_64bit_dlm.sfx.exe

Revit 2018
Links not live yet...eg.
http://trial2.autodesk.com/NET18SWDLD/2018/RVT/DLM/Autodesk_Revit_2018_English_Win_64bit_dlm_001_002.sfx.exe



AutoCAD 2018 Products

AutoCAD 2018 Release Preview Guide
PDF download

AutoCAD 2018
English 32 bit

English 64 bit - Part 1
English 64 bit - Part 2

Offline Help

AutoCAD LT 2018
English 32 bit

English 64 bit

Offline Help

DWG TrueView 2018
64 bit
32 bit

AutoCAD 2018 Czech Version
Part 1
Part 2



Inventor 2018 Products

Inventor Professional 2018 x64
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Inventor View 2018
Standalone

Revit 2018 New Advance Steel Features - Better Steel Connections

A few revealing hints from a recent BIM and Beam post:
  • the forthcoming Advance Steel 2018 release next month will now offer seamless consumption of LOD 350* Revit models
  • Autodesk’s Steel Connections for Revit 2018 release will include several major updates including over 130 parametric steel connections
  • Autodesk Steel Connections for Revit 2018 is expected to be available starting April 14, 2017


via this post:
http://blogs.autodesk.com/bim-and-beam/2017/03/21/advance-steel-and-steel-connections-for-revit-at-nascc-2017/

at
BIM and Beam

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

RevitLookup - March 2017 Update

Updated source code for RevitLookup available at:
https://github.com/jeremytammik/RevitLookup/releases/tag/2017.0.0.19

Notes from The Building Coder:
In the last few weeks, it was significantly restructured to use Reflection and reduce code duplication:
via
http://thebuildingcoder.typepad.com/blog/2017/03/q4r4-tbc-import-and-revitlookup.html

Autodesk Product Discontinuations for 2018

Bye, bye Showcase! Here are a few notes on Autodesk 2018 product discontinuations. I will add to these as more information becomes available..

Autodesk® Advance Concrete software has been discontinued.
Now is the time transition to Autodesk® Revit® software :) ... it hopefully now includes the robust reinforcement detailing and shop drawing tools of Advance Concrete. For more information, review FAQs.
(source about Advance Concrete discontinuation)

AutoCAD® Utility Design (AUD) software has been discontinued.
You will no longer be able to download a newer version of AUD. See FAQs for more information.
(source about Utility Design discontinuation)

Mental ray® Standalone 3D rendering software is no longer available to download from the Autodesk Education Community site. Your existing installed software can still be used.
(source about Maya and Mental Ray plugin)

Effective ​March 21​, 2017​, Autodesk will discontinue Autodesk® Showcase® software. We will no longer sell new or additional subscriptions of Showcase. We recommend that our customers transition to Autodesk® 3ds Max® software for their visualization solution. For more information, review FAQs.
(source)



ArtCAM Discontinuations (actually occurred 2017)
ArtCAM Express is not part of the ArtCAM 2017 product range; ArtCAM Express 2015 R2 (Boxed) and ArtCAM Express 2015 R2 (Download Only) are discontinued.
No. ArtCAM Insignia is not part of the ArtCAM 2017 product range; ArtCAM Insignia 2015 R2 (Boxed) and ArtCAM Insignia 2015 R2 (Download Only) are discontinued.
ArtCAM Pro is not part of the ArtCAM 2017 product range; ArtCAM Pro 2015 R2 is discontinued.
(source)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Driving the Visibility of a Nested, Nested Shared Family where Hosted in a Curtain Wall Panel Door

Now that is a very Revit blog title, for sure :)

So I had a nice old Curtain Wall Panel Door family, which had a nested 'container' Generic Model family...


... in which I arrayed a shared, nested Door Panel Generic Model Family. Basically, it allowed for automatic stacking and sliding doors of varying numbers of panels living inside a Curtain Wall Panel Door, all working automatically. You could tag and edit the Comments and Mark of the nested Panel, but couldn't change its visibility.

This means that things like slide direction arrows were a problem. I previously had some messy approach to arrows and offsets, but there were tied to the array so they were not flexible enough. As the only parameters that I could access for the shared, doubly-nested panel were Comments and Mark and Image, I couldn't really use these in visibility parameters or formulas. I wanted to be able to turn off and on arrow annotation (for slide direction), and also set a Keynote or taggable text parameter for 'FG' (fixed glass)  or 'SL' (sliding) and so forth.

What's the answer?

For one thing, I'm sorry but you probably have to ditch the array. It is simply too difficult to link through parameters to the elements inside an array, plus you probably really don't want to.

So, save a backup of your 'array' family and rebuild it to use individually placed family instances with visibility parameters based on the 'Array number' you had before. You will have 2 panels that have their visibility set to a parameter with a formula like "Array number = 2". You will have to duplicate all of your elements for each set, and constrain them all individually. This is a pain, but if you want to get the sub-element visibility control, you may think it is worth it. You will have to do this for as many array conditions as you want to cover (like 2, 3, 4 etc).

With this new 'non array' family, how do we set up the parameters?

We are going to drive all of it with a single integer value instance parameter in the shared panel family. Then we will tie that to element visibility parameters.

We will link that integer instance parameter through each level like so:

... until we get to our 'container' that used to hold an array, but now holds individual family instances that we turn on and off with the array number. From here, we make a new instance parameter for each placed family instance, so we can drive the nested family. So for a three panel sliding family, we might have 3 instance parameters in the 'container', like:
  • Left Panel vis type (used for 2 and 3 panels)
  • Centre Panel vis type (used in the 3 panel type only)
  • Right Panel vis type (used for 2 and 3 panels)
Link these three parameters through to the Curtain Wall Door family (they can be instance or type here at the parent family). They are now accessible in the project. Essentially, we can select our Curtain Wall Door family, modify the 3 integers, which drives through all the way to our most deeply nested Panel family.

In the deeply nested Panel family, we use the integer to drive other things, like:
  • turn Plan and Elevation arrows on and off, 
  • set a Shared text parameter to a certain value (with a nested IF statement). Note: Add the Shared text parameter to a Generic Model tag and you can tag and schedule it in the project. 
  •  show / hide model geometry

Note: You can't use Keynote here because we are not allowed to drive a Type Parameter with our instance parameter.

Unfortunately, we can't drive a Material parameter directly with the integer value. But, we can have multiple copies of geometry with different materials, and drive the Material visibility with the above process.

Finally, you can do this structure as many times as you like, but obviously the amount of integers you have to keep track of is going to get more and more difficult. You will also need some way of explaining to users what each integer actually does - like if I set the Left Panel to integer 1, what will show up and what will the tag value be? You will probably need some kind of explanatory schedule or document for this...

But there you have it, a framework for driving deeply nested shared family visibility. Congratulations if you made it to the end of the post :)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

AutoCAD Now Available For Free on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile

AutoCAD 360 that is...

It has now been released as a UWP app for all Windows 10 devices.


Check it out at:
https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9wzdncrfjctk

Learn How to Do Lighting Calculations in Revit from Dan Stine

Getting lighting to work in Revit can seem like one of those things that are 'possible', but 'too hard for now...' 

We are all busy, so it can be challenging to really dig down into some of these deeper Revit topics and develop a workflow that is both predictable and efficient. However, Revit Wants you to make the most of the information that you have embedded in your model. If you can see any usefulness in performing lighting calcs directly in Revit, you should check out the online training courses that Dan Stine is running with ElumTools (Lighting Analysts).

Daniel Stine is an incredibly knowledgeable and highly experienced Revit professional. It is incredible how many books he has authored and co-authored :) Suffice to say that he definitely knows what he is talking about! See the outlines as linked below, and you can Register for the courses here.

Basic ElumTools for Interiors
March 9, 2017, noon-2pm CST

Basic ElumTools for Exteriors
March 16, 2017, noon-2pm CST

Main page:
ElumTools Software - Lighting Calculations in Revit by Lighting Analysts, Inc.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Import Sketchup 2016-2017 SKP files to Revit

Revit natively supports importing Sketchup up to version 8. If you want to import 'new' Trimble Sketchup files, like some nice content you have download from 3D Warehouse, you have at least 2 different options:
  1. Open the file in a new version of Sketchup and save down to version 8, then import to Revit
  2. Import to AutoCAD first (IMPORTSKP), then save as DWG, and then bring it into Revit. You may need to install the Sketchup Import addin for AutoCAD to import 2016 and newer versions of Sketchup.
Based on some preliminary testing, I think option 1 is probably the better / easier way to go at the current time.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Free Comprehensive Help Manual For Revizto With Embedded Videos and Step-by-Step Guides

Revizto completely transformed the way we manage and coordinate BIM projects, and I have posted about it several times before. I'm really pleased to share a very comprehensive PDF help document put together by the team at Revizto.

It goes through all the steps needed to get up and running with Revizto, including setting up your environment, creating and sharing projects, navigating your model, and collaborating in the Issue Tracker.


You can download the full manual using the link below:
Download Revizto User Guide

I've been using Revizto for years, but even I learned some things... like this tip about using FBX to get models from Revit LT into Revizto:
Revizto supports all versions of Revit starting from 2014 except Revit LT. For Revit LT you can
load models into Revizto via FBX format.


Throughout the document you can click on links to immediately watch videos:
It has fully detailed descriptions of the various control schemes, including controllers for VR, and the general hotkeys:

If you are interested you can download and try out Revizto here.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

How to Access Your Local Backups of A360 Collaboration for Revit Projects

The internet is bleeding hard today due to the well-publicized Amazon S3 outages. Autodesk services are also severely affected.

Collaboration for Revit (C4R) users may be wondering how to get access to their files when the service is down. Your best bet is to find the most recent local copy and possibly use that for the day.

You can find it by going to Windows Explorer and copying this address:
%localappdata%\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit 2016\CollaborationCache

or for Revit 2017:
%localappdata%\Autodesk\Revit\Autodesk Revit 2017CollaborationCache



Then, go looking for your RVT files. They will have a long name with letters and numbers.

I recommend you open this file 'detached', and be fully aware that your project will not sync to C4R after you do that. You could isolate your work to part of the project only, and then possibly copy / paste back to the C4R project when it comes back.

Alternatively, save it as a new Central to your local file server, and then overwrite the C4R project later when it comes back online.

None of this is ideal of course, but if you want to get any work done today, you may have to try the above workarounds.

Related forum link:
Where are A360 Collaboration for Revit local files stored?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Autodesk Revit Live 1.7 Released

Autodesk's answer to realtime rendering from Revit is continuing its steady development. Now known as Autodesk Revit Live (formerly Autodesk LIVE), the new features include being able to choose visual styles for RPC, and support for Revit LT.


Direct download:
http://up.autodesk.com/2017/LIVE/Autodesk_LIVE_V1_EN_Win_64bit_dlm.sfx.exe

Help page

Online release notes:
https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/live/downloads/caas/downloads/content/autodesk-live-10-release-notes.html

New features:
Feature

Description
LIVE Service
  • Level of Details geometry generation and material instancing have been added to the LIVE Service to enhance performance when working with large models and/or virtual reality.
Virtual Reality
  • The handle used to move and rotate the Minimap has been replaced by using the Controller Grip buttons. This provides a more natural and instinctive way to move, rotate, and scale your Minimap model.
People Styles and Animation
  • You can choose between three visual styles for the RPC characters imported from Revit as part of your scene.
  • Characters have subtle animation that can be turned on or off.
  • Characters can be hidden or made visible.
Header
  • The view name is part of the default header.
  • The scene’s header is editable.
Textures
  • Texture orientation and offsets are consistent with what is set in Revit.
  • Customer texture files placed in C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\Materials\Textures folder are used in LIVE service to generate the LIVE models.
Publishing
  • Presentations published from scenes prepared from the same Revit file but different 3D views no longer overwrite each other.
Revit LT support
  • LIVE is available for Revit LT.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Goodbye Autodesk Suites, Hello Industry Collections

In case you missed it: Autodesk Suites are gone, you can't buy them officially anymore. Instead, you can buy into an Industry Collection. Here are products in each Collection, from the FAQ:

And here is some information on renewals and floating license provisioning:

You can get an idea on pricing from the Autodesk UK Store.

Main page:
Industry Collections | Autodesk

Friday, February 17, 2017

How Can You Integrate Manufacturer Content with Your Company BIM Library?

I'm wondering if 2017 will be the year that BIM content management stopped being hard :) Maybe that's going a bit far, but the fact is that there are some great content management tools out in the market now. In fact, I have spent the last few months doing some detailed analysis and comparison of these.  But more on that later...

In the meantime, how do you go about integrating Manufacturer content into your Company BIM / Revit library? Its an interesting question because usually your company content may be high quality, audited, approved, and regularly updated. But the manufacturer content can sometimes leave a lot to be desired. With those thoughts in mind, the upcoming webinar about UNIFI Connect could prove to be quite helpful. Unifi are looking at ways to share manufacturer content through their already awesome platform.

You can register for the UNIFI Connect webinar here.

This all plays into a larger conversation about BPM. Think about the recent merge of the Autodesk Seek content over to BIMobject. It is one thing to collect a lot of manufacturer content, but quite another to ensure its quality and applicability to a given user. How are you going about solving this problem? Do you use BPM at all, or do you use generic in-house content?

Feel free to reply in the comments.

Read more:
Connect Hosting - UNIFI

Microsoft Print to PDF Driver Does Not Play Nice with Revit

Have you experienced a blank and somewhat non-responsive Print dialog in Revit? Pressing Setup does nothing in this situation:

What's going on here? Well, there is something in the Microsoft Print to PDF driver that Revit doesn't like, possibly to do with paper sizes or something. How do we fix it?

Just set your default printer to something else, like Bluebeam or CutePDF. Then, Close and re-open the Print dialog in Revit:

As you can see, now the dialog is happier and you can proceed to setup your sheet print settings.

Check Cloud Service Status At a Glance with the Autodesk Health Dashboard

As we move more and more information and services to the cloud, 100% uptime becomes more and more necessary. In our BIM world, if you are running a project on C4R (Collaboration for Revit), and that cloud service goes down, the project could be severely affected.

If uptime is important, so is monitoring and reporting. You can now view the latest "health" status and history of Autodesk Cloud products using the Autodesk Health Dashboard.
Status
History
Check it out here:
https://health.autodesk.com/

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Free Tool to Compare Revit Models And Visualize The Differences

This is a very useful addin coded by Matt Mason during a recent Hackathon. Basically, it lets you take a Snapshot of a Revit file at a point in time and save that info to a small database file. It is not saving pure geometry, but a lightweight set of all the useful information about the model, including parameters. Then, when you get a new file, you run the Compare function to compare that snapshot against the current model. Very cool.

Installing Metamorphosis
  1. Clone or download from the Github page
  2. Copy the files to your ProgramData Revit addins folder
  3. Restart Revit

You should get this on your Addins ribbon:

Using Metamorphosis - Taking a Snapshot
  1. Open a Revit model
  2. Click the Snapshot button
  3. Choose a location for the snapshot SDB file
  4. Click Start

Using Metamorphosis - Comparing with an Updated Model
  1. Open an updated Revit model
  2. Click the Compare button
  3. Browse for the snapshot file you created
  4. Tick all of the Categories you are interested in
  5. Click Start
  6. On the resulting dialog, you can browse through the Categories
  7. Select a line item to take you to that Revit element
  8. Re-group the list by different criteria like "By Change Type"
  9. Click Color Elements to apply a colour to all changes
  10. Click Remove Color to remove the colour
This is a great little addin, it works quickly and it has a definite application in the real world. Full credit to all those involved in building it.

And judging by the Github updates, it may be developing further in the future...

Video:


Original post:
AEC Technology Hackathon 2016 — Kyle C Martin

Github:
https://github.com/mattmas/Metamorphosis

Devpost:
Metamorphosis | Devpost

Revit Wants The Whole Team On The Exact Same Revit Version

This has been a 'best practice' rule for a while now, but it still applies, even in 2017. You should not mix Revit 2017.1 and 2017.2 on a single Central File.

This was flagged by pepar in the BIM Experts Slack Group.

This Bakery node or the Revit Properties extension may assist you in checking Revit build.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How To Use A Temporary Point Cloud Transformation To Maintain Accuracy in Revit

Revit doesn't like big numbers. There, I said it.

So when dealing with 'world' coordinates in a point cloud, sometimes things just don't work too well. I thought I had this all solved recently by using the DXF, Center-to-Center, Acquire Coordinates workflow. However, I discovered that somewhere along the line, Revit still does break down with the large coordinates. I think this is happening in between Recap and the Revit point cloud rendering engine. I was getting something that looked like this:

As you can see, the shared coordinate system is very large. In this situation, you can't even move the point cloud into the correct location in Revit, it jumps in large increments when moving. Interestingly, Navisworks and AutoCAD both handle these large coordinates ok - appending the same data does not have the error shown above. So...

How do we fix this and make Revit happy?

Basically, we do a temporary truncation of the source data, get it into Revit, and then reinstate the appropriate coordinate system.

To truncate the data, have a look at your source point cloud information. In my case, I could identify 4 leading digits for the X and Y coordinates that were not significant:

Using EmEditor (which handles large text files very well), and its Vertical Selection feature, I was able to delete the 2781 and 6181 digits from my source data.

In effect, this transformed everything by 278100m and 6121000m. Keep these numbers in mind for future reference...





Ok, with the simplified source data in hand, I followed these steps:

  1. Index a new RCP in Recap using the simplified data
  2. Open surveyor DXF file in AutoCAD and manually Move all the geometry. Move the objects by the values above (278100, 6121000) towards the origin. Save As - a new DWG file with modified coordinates.
  3. Link this modified DWG into Revit, Center-to-Center
  4. Acquire Coordinates from it
  5. Link the Point Cloud RCP By Shared Coordinates
  6. Everything lines up now that the large coordinate shift error has been avoided!
  7. Link in the original DXF and align it with the modified temporary DWG we were using
  8. You may need to temporarily neutralize coordinates (here or here), and...
  9. Now you can Acquire Coordinates from the original DXF and you will have reinstated the 'world coordinates', but the Revit point cloud rendering engine is now much happier.
Hope this helps you if you face a similar problem :)

Previous post:
What Revit Wants: Using a DXF to Locate a Point Cloud in Revit with Very Large Coordinates