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Sunlight and Shadows - Revit in ArcGIS Online

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In the last blog, we looked at how we can go to different areas within a building and explore how the view would look like. In this post, we take the same file online and see how we may do a daylight analysis, for different times of the day, different days of the year, not just outside the building, but within each room as well.

This can be done with a simple workflow, which is easily shareable.

Open a new Global Scene by clicking on Insert -> New Global Scene

2. Add the original Revit file by clicking on Map-> Add Data and navigating to the file’s location. We can now publish this scene to the ArcGIS Online portal.

3. Go to Share -> Web Scene. The pane for Share As Web Scene settings opens.

5. After the Scene is done publishing, you will receive a successful sharing message. You can click on Manage the web scene to view it online.

6. You are navigated to the ArcGIS Online portal. Enter your credentials to login if necessary. The description page for the web scene opens. Click on Open in Scene Viewer.

7. Click on the Building Explorer icon

8. Select the Building

9. Building Explorer will show the Disciplines and Categories

Check Architectural Discipline
Check Structural Discipline



  1. Unselect the Windows in the Architectural group in the Building Explorer.
    Note: Unchecking the windows is necessary because the Scene viewer treats the windows as opaque if checked.

2. Click on the Daylight tool.

3. Use the slider to examine how the sunlight will fall inside the building for different times of the day, different months of the year.


Next, we move on the Slice tool on the Web, which lets you explore the interior plan of the Building model.

  1. Go to Analyze tool

2. Select “Slice Objects”.  You can now explore the interior of the building’s cross-section interactively using the handles on the scene

Hope you found this two-part tutorial blog worthy of the time and effort! Please leave your feedback below! If you have questions or comments, please email at

Now you are ready, to quickly import, georeference, conduct exploratory analysis on your data, share it online and analyze some more!

About the author

Neeti is a Designer and Engineer working at the Environmental Systems Research Institute. She has a dual portfolio of work at ESRI - developing software products for three-dimensional GIS data including Revit and multidimensional data, and directing the solutions initiative for GIS for Equality and Social Justice. She has a degree in Masters in Design Engineering, both from Harvard Graduate School of Design as well as the Harvard John A. Paulson School Of Engineering And Applied Sciences. Her past experience has been in subjects of urban informality, craft forms in India, politics of technology and design, performing arts and missile systems engineering.


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