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Revit Plugin

The 3D Repo for Autodesk® Revit® plugin provides a convenient way of accessing and managing project issues and risks. Issues & Risks created in 3D Repo can be accessed inside Autodesk Revit with the Revit Plug-in. View messages, resources, screenshots, and even add new issues & risks and comments all from within the Revit environment.
For an overview on how to access and manage project Issues and Risks, head over to the Revit section of the Issues viewer and SafetiBase Plugin articles.

This article is meant to guide you through:

  • The initial setup
  • Publishing models to 3D Repo from Revit
  • Exporting .BIM files locally

Currently Supported Versions: Revit 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021

Download Plugin

Initial Setup

  1. Sign up on 3drepo.io for a free account
  2. Create a new project
  3. Create a model container to which you want to upload your file
  4. Download and install the Revit Plugin
  5. Open Autodesk Revit desktop application
  6. In Revit, load a 3D Model (.RVT)
  7. Click on the 3D Repo tab located in the main ribbon menu
  8. Ensure that you have created a 3D view for coordination and renamed it to ‘3D Repo
  9. To view different model colours in 3drepo.io, ensure that the visual style of this view is set to Shaded rather than Hidden Lines in the model display settings

Publish Model to 3D Repo

You can upload your models to directly 3D Repo using the Publish button.
Prior to uploading, we advise you to take measurements and check that your model matches the model units in 3D Repo

  1. Provide the following login details in the 3D Repo Model Uploader dialog:
    • Username
    • Password
      Note: Ensure that 3drepo.io is chosen as the domain in Server
  2. Hit Login
  3. Within the available list, choose your:
    • Teamspace Select a teamspace
    • Project in Select a project
    • Model in Select a model
  4. In Upload New Revision, provide a new revision name
  5. You can add an optional text description
  6. Pick the Level of Detail from the drop-down options:
    • Very Low
    • Low
    • Medium
    • High
    • Very High
    • Maximum
  7. Hit Upload when ready
    – Ensure that ‘Model information’ and ‘Last Revision’ contain the correct information prior to uploading
    – A progress bar will appear indicating processing elements


  8. Upon successful upload, the messages Uploading the model then Done will appear
  9. Close the window

Export .BIM Files locally

  1. Choose Export below the 3D Repo tab
  2. In 3D Repo .BIM File Exporter dialog, specify your model units from the Units drop-down options
  3. Specify the Location to save your file by clicking on Browse
  4. Provide a name to your file next to File Name
  5. Pick the Level of Detail from the drop-down options:
    • Very Low
    • Low
    • Medium
    • High
    • Very High
    • Maximum
  6. Hit Export to start the process
    A progress bar will appear to track export
  7. Once the model is successfully exported, the message Done will appear
  8. Close the window
  9. Head over to 3DRepo.io:
    • upload the model directly in the model container from the Teamspace panel
    • the last revision contains all information about the current model revision
      Note: The placeholder model created will display Processing or a timestamp for the upload time of the previous model revision until the new one is processed
    • the new model revision available can be accessed by clicking on Revisions

1. Upload Specific Model Selection

When you open a large model, you may wish to select and only upload specific elements to 3D Repo. You can do so by either hiding elements you don’t want to see or by highlighting elements with different colour appearances.

Using Temporary Hide/Isolate
  1. In the Revit model, click on an element you wish to hide or isolate (Ctrl + click for multiple selections)
  2. Or click + drag to select all objects included in the rectangular area
  3. Use Filter button from Modify Multi-Select tab
  4. In the Filter window that appears, select the wanted elements and click Apply to view the selection then OK to confirm
  5. Click on Temporary Hide/Isolate and choose Hide Element to hide this selection
  6. Or choose Isolate Element to hide all objects outside the selection
  7. Select Apply Hide/Isolate to View if you wish to save the view with these modifications
    You don’t need to do it as you can export/publish the model to 3D Repo even with the Temporary Hide/Isolate option

  8. Export/Publish the model to 3D Repo with the current selection in the 3D view
Using Hide in View
  1. Select the elements you wish to hide/isolate like shown above
  2. Or go to the Project Browser window and use the tree
  3. Right click on any family you wish to select
  4. Choose Select All Instances then either Visible in View or In Entire Project
    Elements to be hidden are highlighted in blue
  5. In the model, right click and select Hide in View then Elements

2. Colour Overriding Elements

Using Visibility/Graphics Overrides
  1. Type VV or VG on your keyboard to open the Visibility/Graphics Overrides for 3D View window
  2. Go to Model Categories Tab
  3. Scroll down to the desired category and click on Override for each of the Lines, Patterns, and Transparency columns under Projection/Surface
  4. Have a play by choosing the desired colour and transparency
  5. Click on Apply to view the changes then on OK to confirm and close the dialog
  6. To undo and reset appearance to default, click again on each cell and select Clear overrides then OK
Using Model Right-click
  1. Select specific model elements (hold Ctrl + click for multiple selections)
  2. Right-click and choose Override Graphics in View then:
    • By Element should you wish apply changes for the specific selection only
    • By Category should you wish to apply changes for all elements of the same category in the project
  3. In View Specific Element Graphics, pick the desired pattern and colour in Surface Patterns and/or Cut Patterns
  4. Have a play with Surface Transparency too if you wish to modify the opacity
  5. Choose Reset in order to reset appearance to default
  6. Click on Apply to view the changes then on OK to confirm and close
  7. Export/Publish the model to 3D Repo with the current overrides in the 3D view
  8. You can also save the file as .RVT to show the corresponding colour changes on 3DRepo.io

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