Tutorial: Getting started with aurivus for Autodesk® Revit

Uploading and downloading data in the aurivus app

To let the aurivus AI process your point cloud, simply log in to the aurivus app (https://app.aurivus.com/) and create a new job by uploading the point cloud files. After uploading, you will be notified via e-mail when a preview and price was calculated for your point cloud.

Currently, please save all scans in a single E57. The point cloud format (unified, sturctured, unstructured, …) doesn’t matter. You can only upload a single E57 file and the upload limit is 20 GB. That limitation will be removed in the next weeks. Our AI can read points from a variety of different scanner types, e.g., terrestrial, handheld or mobile devices. It doesn’t matter if the point cloud contains multiple scans, a single scan, unified or structured data. We tested our AI on data from NavVis, Faro, Leica, GeoSLAM, Dotscene, iPad Pro 12 and others.

When the preview of the AI results is ready, you can buy and download your data. The cost is calulated in “credits” which represent the effort for our AI to process the point cloud. Clicking “buy and download” creates an invoice. You can buy credit packs in advance or, in case that not enough credits are available when the download is requested, you can buy the credits in the amount of the current job when clicking on “buy and download”.

Your download will be prepared and you will be notified per e-mail when you can download your aurivus Smart Point Cloud.

Install aurivus for Autodesk® Revit

aurivus Smart Point Clouds can be used in Autodesk® Revit using our free Revit Plug-In. You find the Plug-In installer in the Download section under https://app.aurivus.com/. The following is a short introduction into using aurivus for Autodesk® Revit.

More detailed Revit tutorials can be found at
Tutorials | Revit Products 2020 | Autodesk Knowledge Network

Create a new revit project via template and load the point cloud

Open Revit and create a new project with the Metric Architectural Template. If you have installed the aurivus plug-in, you will find a tab “aurivus”. Open the 3D-View by clicking on the 3D-House symbol in the top of the Revit window. You can load an aurivus Smart Point Cloud file (.PLY) by clicking the load point cloud button in the aurivus tab.

If you don’t see the point cloud or the Revit levels, you might have large georeferenced coordinates in the point cloud. In this case, you can either move the project base point or simply delete the levels in the 3D-view, as shown in the video above, to quickly have a look at your point cloud.

Revit Section Box

When you are in the 3D view, you have the option to activate the Section Box in the menu bar on the left. The 3D-cube (the little cube in the top right in the 3D view) serves for easy handling of the different views in Revit. It is a good idea to click on the “TOP” side of the 3D-cube to get a top-view of your point cloud and the section box. You can select the scan regions by moving the blue arrows of the section box.

Selecting individual classes also makes it easier to view individual components of the point cloud, e.g., only the floors, walls, and the roof in the beginning. All inner parts aren’t shown, then.

Now, for example, if you only want to view the roof and trusses, simply go to the side view by clicking on the “LEFT” side of the 3D-cube, and adjust the height of the Section Box to the size you need for this view. Activate “Structural Framing”, “Structural Columns”, “Walls” and deactivate all other classes including “Roofs” to see only trusses, columns and walls.

Setting Revit levels

First select an elevation view, e.g., the North view, in the menu bar on the left. In the aurivus window, deselect all classes except for the floors. Via main menu > Architecture > Level, the level options are loaded. You can now draw the levels along the floor and ceiling. Press the “Esc”-key on the keyboard several times to leave the level drawing mode.

You can now switch to the 3D view, adjust the section box to the previously set levels, and start drawing in 3D.

Draw Revit Walls in 3D-View

You can draw exterior and interior walls which start at the selected start level and reach up to the selected top level.

Drawing the exterior walls:

  • In the 3D view, select “Top” in the 3D-cube to start in the top view.
  • In the Architecture tab select Walls. Now a specific menu opens for the walls, in which you can change the Location Line to Core Face: Interior.
  • To let a wall start on level 3 and go up to level 4 use the menu on the left and select Base Constraint: Level 3 and the Top Constraint: Up to Level 4.
  • Select the wall thickness you would like to draw.
  • Now draw the walls along the point cloud.
  • The transparency function makes it easier for you to compare the drawn objects.

Drawing the interior walls:

  • Select Location Line > Finish Face: Interior.
  • Then you can select the wall thickness from the menu bar on the left.
  • Draw the walls as you did with the exterior walls.

Place Revit windows

  • In the aurivus menu, select “Windows” and “Walls” in the classes on the right-hand side.
  • Toggle object transparency to make the previously drawn outer walls transparent and thus see the windows much better.
  • (optional) You have the possibility to view only the selected windows by pressing isolation button at the bottom right next to the aurivus logo. Select single or multiple objects at once. For example, you can select the window point clouds you would like to draw, window by window.
  • Then select Architecture > Windows from the main menu.
  • Here, you can select different window sizes and designs in the menu bar on the left.
  • Place the window you chose on the wall.

Place Revit doors

  • In the aurivus menu, select “Doors” and “Walls” in the classes on the right-hand side.
  • Toggle object transparency to make the previously drawn walls transparent and thus see the walls much better.
  • Under Main Menu > Architecture > Doors you get the options for the doors. Once you have selected a suitable door, simply place it in the walls where you see door point clouds.
  • Note: The walls have been made transparent here to make the doors easier to see.

Correcting the door leaves

  • Go to the menu bar on the left > Floor Plans > Level 3.
  • Now you will see the exact direction of the door leaves in the Top-View.
  • By clicking on the doors and using the direction arrows, the door leaves can be corrected.


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