March 22, 2011

Revit 2012 New Feature: Linked Point Cloud Data

My name is Cesar Escalante, Application Specialist for Ideate Inc. Ideate has looked into these features, and I would like to highlight some of the interesting features that Revit 2012 has introduced.

The Revit 2012 Suite of products includes now a direct way to link and visualize Point Cloud data. A point cloud is a set of vertices with three-dimensional coordinates created by 3D scanners. The new feature allows Revit to read .PCG files to visualize volumetric data of existing buildings or manufactured parts.

To administer the linked data, a new ‘Point Clouds’ tab is now part of the Manage Link dialog box. Here one can reload, unload the data, and display the link status and saved path.

Workplane Viewer

This new feature creates a temporary view to visualize and orient the model to the active workplane. The view pops up as a floating window and has no scale or view control tools, and is not saved in under the Project Browser. The purpose is to quickly visualize the active workplane and edit Revit elements along the active workplane.

A navigation box is included in the view orient the model to a different viewpoint and zooming is enabled via mouse wheel scrolling.

Stay tuned for more information on how each of these two features will be beneficial to your firm.

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2012 releases for Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, Civil 3D, Navisworks and more:

Cesar Escalante, AIA, LEED AP, CCCA
AEC Solutions Application Specialist

Cesar has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Central America in El Salvador, a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas, and is a CCCA (Certified Construction Contract Administrator). His experience includes roles as Project Manager and Project Captain at architecture firms in Oakland, California. As a member of the Ideate Tech Expert team, Cesar teaches Revit Architecture Fundamentals and provides client support and consulting. Cesar’s interest in the built environment includes his work as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

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