Google™ SketchUp® is
a general purpose modeling and visualization tool. Revit Architecture uses
building information modeling (BIM), in which building elements
understand their relationship to each other. When working on a design
project, you can use both products to leverage the unique strengths
of each. For example:
- If you want to model an initial design
pass or quickly model a single element, start with SketchUp. Later,
use Revit Architecture to refine the design.
- If you want to design entire building
masses and then associate real building elements to them, use SketchUp
for the design phase. Later use Revit Architecture for the detailed planning phase.
To use a SketchUp design
in Revit Architecture, import a SKP file from SketchUp directly into Revit Architecture.
As an alternative, you can use SketchUp to export a DWG file, and
then import that DWG file into Revit Architecture.
To incorporate a SketchUp
design into a Revit project, use the following general process:
- Use Revit Architecture to create a family outside
the project or an in-place family within the project.
- Import the SketchUp file into the family.
- If you created the family outside the
project, load the family into the project.
NoteRevit Architecture does
not support linking of SketchUp files. As a result, if you import
a SketchUp file into a Revit project and later make changes to the
SketchUp file, you cannot easily update the Revit project to reflect
the changes. Therefore, complete as much of the design in SketchUp
as possible before importing it into Revit Architecture.