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3D model visualization

Hello,

 

I would like to know if there is any way to import a 3D model (in revit) into PowerBi being able to move around it.

I would really appreciate any help in this issue.

 

Thanks,

CO

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201648rider
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I don't think there's a way to do this directly but theres some interesting methods for simulating 3d. The beta "shape map" would be the key...In theory you could mesh your revit elements and kick them to topoJSON files, then create custom shape maps adding some algorithms and buttons for controling points based on perspective....basically squishing the 2d mesh to simulate 3d, I think this is how early "3D" games worked.

 

I've had success viewing isolated pointcloud meshes in PBI....basically taking pointclouds through meshlab, to Revit, then used dynamo to flatten them meshes to planes formatted as topoJSON files. Then import that to powerBI custom shapemap. Colorizing by the preserved distance (using CloudCompare) agains revit phsical model mesh....so the end result is an interactive mesh in PBI colorized by distance to BIM model

 

All of this is likely too complicated for a full building, perhaps a better solution is to use PBI to stream data to a disparate viewer. A crude example is would be streaming the PBI data realtime to .csv and running Dynamo in "Automatic" mode to live filter/orient Revit.

@201648rider 

How do you convert it to topoJSON in Dynamo? Any help would be appriciated.

Have you had any succes doing the same for floorplans?

Anonymous
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Hi, 

 

In case someone interested, there is a solution to see the 3D model and be able to move around it:

 

Having the model published in sketchfab, you can have the corresponding embeded code that can be used with the "html viewer" Power Bi visualization addin (https://appsource.microsoft.com/en-us/product/power-bi-visuals/WA104381214).

 

*Note: the model will not be seen with Power Bi Desktop but once it is published in the web server, it will appear perfectly.

 

Thanks

Thanks for the workaround. I've never worked with sketchfab. It would be nice to have a solution that ties the data model to the visual, allowing certain parts of the 3D model to be highlighted based on user selections. It's a great start to simply show it though.

Hello @deldersveld ,

 

Today surfing in the gallery I found this link:

https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Data-Stories-Gallery/PowerBi-and-Bim-model-data/m-p/696837

 

It's exactly what you looking for. Power BI never stops to amazing me.

Indeed, unfortunatelly I am undable to find a way to download it or understand how to make it..

 

Any ideas?

Hello, @Angeliq !

 

Visit https://www.bimservices.it/powerbi-en/

There you can take more information, but basically.

You need to plot your 3d model in Bim/vCad format.

From there you can input a permalink from your model into Power BI.

You can send a mail to bimservices@bimservices.it

they provide help in their model.

 

Cheers,

Currently no. You might look into creating a series of 2D snapshots of the model and work with the Synoptic Panel custom visual in the meantime.

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