|3-D CAD Model Import (gbXML)|
Import BIM models from Revit, Sketchup and gbXML
DesignBuilder provides interoperability with BIM models through its gbXML import capability. This allows you to import 3-D architectural models created in Revit, ArchiCAD or Microstation (and other 3-D drawing systems that support gbXML data exchange) to provide heating and cooling system sizes and environmental performance data in the most efficient way possible.
Revit users can access DesignBuilder while working on their BIM models through the DesignBuilder Revit Plugin. This allows the model to be checked and analysed without leaving Revit.
An important feature of DesignBuilder gbXML import is the removal and repair of gaps between zone inner volumes, which means that models lose very little geometric information in the transfer from CAD to DesignBuilder. In fact, the imported and rendered DesignBuilder model may look more realistic than it did in the CAD software! An example of a rendered image imported from ArchiCAD is shown below.
Import from SketchUp
Greenspace Reseach offer the gModeller plugin for SketchUp that allows 3-D models created in SketchUp to exported as gbXML and imported into DesignBuilder.