BIM software such as Revit and Archicad have been designed to generate a 3D building model, to then produce 2D [paper] drawings.

Once printed, the sections displayed in 2 dimensions might not entail all of the detail necessary to understand the building. DOC-QR is a tool that aims to visuals those sections, shown in 2D architectural drawings, as trimmed sections of the 3D Revit model, in a web browser.

The project was proposed by Jonatan Schumacher here - check out the sketch below for the rough idea. alt tag

What it does

This tool currently consists of two parts:

  • node.js web application
  • Revit Plugin

web app:

The web application allows users to create an account, and to create 'Projects'.

Revit plugin:

The Revit plugin, which communicates with the web app, prompts the user to log in. Once logged in, one can select one of the user's projects for which to create 3D section views. The tool then goes through all Revit drawings, and creates and publish 3D sections of all drawings in the Revit model, using the Spectacles json model exporter for Revit.

In the same process, the Revit app also places QR codes next to all views on the sheets, and uploads the 3D models to the webapp, where they can be retreived at the URLs stored in the QR code.

Try it with this drawing!:


What's next for DOCQR

Next steps include integrating an alternative viewer to the Spectacles viewer. We plan on using the Autodesk Large Model Viewer (LMV) in order to better support large models, and in order to use the viewer's ability to create 3D sections of a larger model, rather trhan having to export many partial models from Revit, as we currently do.

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