Revit plugin to import your models into SkyCiv S3D
SkyCiv’s Revit plugin allows users to import their existing Revit models into S3D for structural analysis. The plugin will handle all the necessary information needed for structural analysis (nodes, members, sections, materials etc…) with the only requirement being a user’s file location on the SkyCiv file manager and their API details.
There are two ways to go about this, users with access to a Revit application (2017-2020) will be able to use the local Revit plugin and those without, have the option of uploading their model to S3D through our cloud plugin where it will handle importing of the model.
This Revit plugin has been tested and optimized for Revit API 2019, but is fully functional for 2017 – 2020 versions. Depending on the changes made in Revit API 2019 in comparison to previous and future APIs, this plugin may not function as mentioned for other versions of Revit. However, this plugin is compatible with Revit models of any year as long as it remains readable by Revit 2019 and above. Uploading models of previous versions will take a longer time importing as the model has to first be upgraded to the current Revit version.
Revit models must also contain an Analytical Model. This is the model that will be imported as it contains the necessary structural information such as materials, nodes, boundary conditions, section properties and loads.
Local Plugin Setup
For users with access to Revit, they can download the plugin from the Revit Plugin store or using the button below
After downloading the file, double click the installer (.msi) file and open Revit.
A security question will be asked when Revit is opened together with plugin for the first time. This is normal, clicking “Always load” will always load the plugin every time Revit is opened.
If the plugin loaded successfully, the SkyCiv tab and settings should appear under “Add-Ins” like so
By clicking on the “settings” button, a form will appear allowing users to configure their settings, including entering their API details
Importing Revit models without Revit
For the users who do not have access to Revit, they are able to utilize the cloud plugin to export their Revit Model to a SkyCiv Model. The cloud plugin enables users to view their uploaded Revit model before exporting to S3D.
Having Issues importing a Revit Model?
SkyCiv is a structural analysis program which translates into a need for analytical data. To successfully import a full Revit model into the SkyCiv work space, the Revit model must have an attached analytical model within its full model. To check the presence of an analytical model within Revit, follow these steps.
Highlighted in blue is the button to reveal all analytical elements within the Revit model itself. However, some of the analytical elements maybe obstructed by the architectural model like so:
To solve this, the architectural model can be hidden from the view itself. This can be done under the “view” tab, on the “visibility / Graphics” ribbon tab which will trigger a modal.
Unchecking the “Show Modal categories in this view” will hide the architectural modal from this view, leaving only the analytical model in the current view. Creating a new view with the analytical model and the other with the architectural model allows for a thorough view of the entire model.