Measure in 3D with Revit
Autodesk® Revit® is a very complex and complete BIM software that allows you to do many things in many ways. But if there’s one feature that has always been missing for this software that’s precisely the ability to measure in 3D. This seemingly trivial task for some reason has not been integrated yet as of 2021 release, so the dev team at Camilion decided to create the 3DMeasure tool.
What is 3DMeasure
The 3DMeasure tool is a plugin for Autodesk® Revit® which allows you to measure an existing edge or to select 2 arbitrary points in space. A dialog box shows you the distance between these 2 points as well as their Delta values and Coordinates. Let´s take a closer look at the 3DMeasure dialog box:
After clicking on the 3DMeasure icon located in the
Camilion tab, a dialog box will be displayed.
(a), you can choose between the 3 buttons:
Select Edge or
Measure by Points.
Let’s explore in detail each button.
Select Point will prompt the user to click twice: the first click is needed to select a planar face to define a temporary workplane; the second click defines the actual point. When the second click is performed, the
(e) is updated to reflect the coordinates of the chosen point (works for links as well).
Simply prompts the user to select an existing edge in the model (links included). Once the selection is performed, both the
Dimensions section and the
Coordinates section are populated with data.
Measure by Points
This command prompts the user to select 2 points in the same manner
Select Point works: first, a surface must be selected and then a point on the surface defines the actual point. These 2 clicks must be repeated to define the second point.
After the 4 clicks have been performed, the
Coordinates sections will be updated with the data relative to the chosen points (works for links as well).
Tip: if any command is active, Revit’s® user prompt, located in the lower left corner of the UI, displays a message regarding the expected operation to be performed by the user to complete the command.
Temp lines and Coordinates
If you with to visualize a temporary line, you can activate the
Display Line checkbox.
This line will be deleted automatically on the next measurement taken or after the 3DMeasure app is closed, so there is no need to delete it manually.
If you wish to keep this line, just tick the
Keep Line checkbox.
Note that in any moment you can change the coordinate base from
Project Base Point or
Survey Point. The coordinates will be updated automatically upon changing the coordinate base.
The units used and the rounding applied will be defined by your project settings. To change the units or rounding simply go to
Project Units. A text will appear under the
Units section to indicate the units that are currently being used.