Comsense BIM Tools is an add-in for Autodesk Revit. Revit is the leading tool for BIM building modeling. The Comsense BIM Tools allow a Revit user to import opening and product information provided by their Architectural Opening Consultant or Architectural Opening Distributor into their Revit building model in a non-destructive manner.
Creating the Comsense BIM File
Users of the Comsense Opening Suite generate a data file containing the current as-built opening and product information from any Specification, Estimate, or Detailed Project. To do this, click the Tools Menu in Advantage > Project Export Utility > Export Project to BIM System.
When prompted, search for the project you want to export and click the Export button. This will begin the creation of the data file and open a subfolder of the main project folder named after the logged in user. This data file will be named after the project, for example, 30792.comopen. You can then send this .comopen file to your partner by email or another transfer mechanism. They will then use the Comsense BIM Tools add-in for Revit to process the data file as outlined below.
Install Comsense BIM Tools
Visit the Autodesk App Store at http://apps.autodesk.com and search for Comsense Revit Tools. Follow the indicated steps in the app store to download and install the app.
Using the Comsense BIM Tools
Once installed, you will find a new tool group on the Add-ins ribbon in Revit. There are two tools in the group. The first tool is used to Import product information into your model, and the second is used to remove previously imported product information.
To import product information from your partner:
- Save the project .comopen file you've been provided to a convenient location on your computer.
- Open your Revit project.
- Click the Import button on the Add-ins ribbon.
- Once the Import Comsense Data window appears, click Browse to locate the .comopen file you saved to your computer earlier.
- Click Read Parameters to begin working with the selected file.
- You are presented with the name of the project that your partner included in their export file, as well as the name of the partner organization who created the file. Below this is a series of parameters with checkboxes. These parameters represent the various pieces of information about each door that can be imported. Check the box for each parameter you would like to import.
- For Schedule Name, you can optionally enter the name of a schedule to be created for you automatically using each of the selected parameters.
- If you would like to save your selected parameters for use on your next import, and avoid the effort of manually selecting specific parameters at each import, use the Save Global Defaults option. This will store the currently selected parameters for your user profile.
- To re-use your previously saved parameters, use the Select Global Defaults option to load your selections from your user profile.
- Once you have the desired properties selected, and Schedule Name set, click Import.
- The add-in will process the contents of the file and present a message once it is complete.
- With a door instance selected in your Revit model, you will now see the additional parameters added to the door.
- Additionally, if you specified a Schedule Name, you will find the new schedule listed under schedules in the Revit project browser.
Removing product information from your model
To remove any unwanted product information, simply click the Remove button in the Add-in ribbon.