ArcGIS Urban

Incorporating your Revit Models into ArcGIS Urban

Every year, building models are becoming more and more intricate. With programs like Revit, developers are able to create a highly detailed building information models, or BIMs, within minutes. Because of this, cities are starting to require developers to deliver a BIM model of the proposed development.

In this walk through, we will review the steps for exporting your Revit models, importing the model into ArcGIS Pro, sharing everything to ArcGIS Online, and finally adding the published model as a scenario to an ArcGIS Urban project. 

Part 1: Starting in Revit

First, let’s make sure your model is ready in Revit.

1. Open up your Revit Model
2. To Geolocate your model in Revit, go to the Manage tab, select Coordinates, and go to Specify Coordinates at Point. Input your Coordinates of your project site.

3. When you’re finished, go to File and Save as a Project. This will save your model as an .rvt file.

Part 2: Moving the model into ArcGIS Pro

Now, let’s import your Revit into Pro.

1. Open a new ArcGIS Pro Project and select a new Local Scene.

2. Go to Add Data, and browse to your Revit model.



Uploading to ArcGIS Online

1. Go to the Analysis tab, and select the Tools option. The Geoprocessing window will open on your left.
2. In the Search bar,  search for the Create Building Scene Layer Package tool.
3. In the tool,  add your model as the Input Dataset. Leave the Select the location of your Output dataset.
4. Leave the Output Coordinate System as is and press Run. 
5. Sign in to your ArcGIS Online Organization.
6. In your Contents tab, go to Add items, and select From your computer. Select the Scene Layer Package, give it a Name, Summary, and Tag. Press OK.

Part 3: Viewing your model in ArcGIS Online

With the model now hosted on ArcGIS Online as a Scene Layer, let’s view it.

1. Traverse to your uploaded Scene Layer under your Contents.
2. Click on the thumbnail to Open your Scene Layer in a Scene.
3. Because we uploaded a Revit Model, we are also able to view the model by floor. By going to the Building Explorer (button) tab, you’re able to filter the model by the floors.                  

Part 4: Adding your model into Urban

Finally, we’re now able to add the BIM model into ArcGIS Urban to view it with the surrounding context.

1. Open your ArcGIS Urban Model.
2. Press the Add Button and select Projects.
3. Draw in the new Project Polygon and press Add Project.
4. Fill out some information like the Name, Description, Status, etc. Press OK.
5. Select the new Project, go to the Options button and choose Configure.
6. Go to the Scenarios Tab and choose a Scenario.
7. Under Design Visualization, choose your uploaded Scene Layer and press OK.
8. Press OK again and go back into the Urban view.

Want to learn more how ArcGIS Urban can support your planning and design workflow? Schedule a meeting with the Urban team here:

About the author

Jason Karian is a Solution Engineer working on the Smart Cities team at Esri, making users successful in their implementation of ArcGIS Urban. With his B.A. in Geography from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, he focused on implementing 3D GIS into the urban planning environment to better understand future development scenarios so that planners, stakeholders and community members could get a better idea of whats being constructed.

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