custom BIM tools for revit
ADB3D has developed a suite of custom coded Revit™ plugins that automate repetitive tasks with high levels of accuracy when working with data collected on site. As a leader in the emerging laser scanning field, ADB3D have recognised a lack of simple to use tools available for the industry's foremost BIM software. These are not Dynamo based plugins, but custom designed applications that tackle a dedicated task at the click of a button.
At ADB3D, a lot of business revolves around taking detailed scans of existing building sites that are flagged for redevelopment and helping the surveyors, builders and property developers get this data from site into a highly accurate BIM file. Company founder Adam Bernard says
"There are certain elements, like complex floors, which contain really important data that were just a nightmare to build accurately in Revit™. I found that Dynamo had some decent work arounds, but they always felt a bit hacked together and some days the scripts would just not work. I always wanted the simplicity of a single click to get the job done, and now I have it"
The latest addition to the ADB3D plugin family is the Pointcloud to Surface Suite - which adds a dedicated tab to the Revit™ interface with 11 tools that streamline the BIM creation process by providing one click access to commonly used features and custom built modelling commands. The suite takes advantage of new developments around adaptive points and their ability to snap to point clouds in the software so scan data can be matched with a high degree of accuracy.
"Laser and Pointcloud has revolutionised the surveying industry. I spend a lot of time in that space, but I'm happy to share my experience and techniques as plugins - and I am really excited about this new suite - it's my whole workflow laid out in front of me - and it is a massive time saver!"
The ADB3D apps include the 3D lines to MEP collection (Make Pipes, Cable tray, Conduit or Duct from DWG imports) and the PointCloud to Surface Suite (which will supercede the original PointCloud to Surface). They are all available through the Autodesk app store for a one time fee that will cover you for life.