Create a 360 walkthrough of a 3D model capturing automatically all rooms defined in the model as 360° renderings. The renderings will be created according to the 360 views that you manually place on the sheet view(s) in Revit. As a result, the renderings will be placed on a sheet according to their location with waypoints. 

In order to create and export your Revit 3D model as new 360 rendering tour on HoloBuilder, make sure to have the HoloBuilder Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® installed correctly. To confirm the successful installation, check the for the HoloBuilder tool set in the “Add-Ins” section in your Revit working environment.

Uploading a 360° rendering view of your 3D model from Autodesk® Revit® 

There are 3 steps to create and upload a 360 tour of your 3D model in Revit:

  1. Switch to the sheet view: Switch to the different view to better place the 360 views.
  2. Add 360 viewpoints: Set the locations on the sheet view to determine where you want to "capture" the 360 renderings in your 3D model.
  3. Export to HoloBuilder: Upload the sheets and 360 views to HoloBuilder as a new project.
  4. Optional - View/edit project in HoloBuilder: Edit, share and view your project in the web editor, web viewer or with the JobWalk app, e.g. to add on-site progress documentation.

- Switch to the sheet view -

  1. Open the 3D model in Revit.
  2. In the model, open the 2D floor plan you want to place 360 views on in the "Project Browser".
    Note: This will help you to place the waypoints for the 360° renderings of your 3D model more easily. These 2D floor plans will also be used in the HoloBuilder project as sheets.

- Manually place the 360 views -

Place the 360 views for all the locations you want 360 images to be generated of.
Note: If you already have 360 views in the project, they will be exported to HoloBuilder as well. 

This option is quite useful to add extra viewpoints as 360 views to the automatically created 360 views. Learn how to automatically generate 360 views for a model here

1. Select the tab ‘Add-Ins’ at the top.

2. In the HoloBuilder section, click the button ‘Place new 360 View’. 

3. A dialog box opens. Adjust the settings to fit your needs:

  • ‘Automatically resize crop-box of active view to include all rooms’All newly added 360 views will be listed in the Project Browser side panel under 3D Views of the selected plan. (Recommended)
  • ‘Adjust visual style of active sheet to Hidden Line (Improved Performance)’Render your selected sheet to a more basic Wireframe view only displaying the lines on white background. The floor view will be only a basic representation of the walls etc. (Recommended)
  • Set the camera heightDetermine the camera height for all newly created 360 views. The height is defined in meters. By default, the height is set to 1.60 m as this is the average eye level. (Optional)
    Note: The camera height might be of interest for you if you plan on using the Wall Measurement tool in HoloBuilder. Learn more here.

4. Select ‘Start manual placement (Press ESC to exit)’

  • Select this option to determine each location for each individual 360 view manually. 
  • On the sheet, click each location you want to be captured as 360 view. No visible marker will be placed on the sheet. You can check the locations afterwards if you are unsure about them.
  • Each newly captured 360 view will be listed directly in the Project Browser panel below the selected sheet under 3D Views (if the option ‘Automatically resize crop-box of active view to include all rooms’ is selected). 
  • When all 360 views have been placed for this sheet, leave the editing mode by hitting ‘ESC’.

5. Repeat steps 1-4 for any further floor plans you want to manually place 360 images on.

6. Optional: Check the locations for your 360 views by enabling the the camera marker on the sheet. 

  • Right-click the image in the Project Browser panel to view the location of the camera on the floor plan. 
  • Select ‘Show camera’ from the menu. 
  • The location of the 360 view in the 3D model will be marked with a pink camera icon.

7. Optional: Edit views.

  • Rename views by right-clicking the image in the Project Browser panel and selecting ‘Rename…’.
  • Remove 360 views so that they won’t be exported to the HoloBuilder project.

- Export as HoloBuilder project -

Once you have placed all 360 views in your 3D model, you can export it as 360° tour to HoloBuilder. 

1. Click the ‘Upload to HoloBuilder’ button to trigger the upload.

2. Configure the "Upload settings".

3. In the settings pop-up, proceed with "Select Views to export".

4. Check mark the sheets that you would like to export.

5. Select which 360 views to export with your sheets.

6. The HoloBuilder Uploader starts

  • Enter the project details.
  • Select "UPLOAD" to start the export.

7. The processing of the project for export might take a few minutes depending on the size of your project.
Please note that any updates or changes in the Revit project will not be transferred to your just created HoloBuilder project. If you click again on ‘Start Holo Generation’ for this project, a new HoloBuilder project will be created. No updates will be transferred to the previous HoloBuilder project.

 8. When the project was successfully exported, a popup appears to sign into your HoloBuilder account. 

9. When logged in, the project will be uploaded to your HoloBuilder account. The upload might take a few minutes depending on the size of your project.

10. The finished HoloBuilder project will be opened in your browser after the upload is done.

3 Edit the project

A Revit export project can be edited as any other project in HoloBuilder with both, the web editor as well as the JobWalk app. Simply log into your HoloBuilder account to access the project on the web or download it to your mobile device to continue capturing progress with the JobWalk app.

 

4 View the HoloBuilder project

Once the upload of the exported Revit project was completed, the project will automatically open in a new browser tab. View and navigate the project through the waypoints on the sheets or the Project Panel on the left side of the screen.

Once you have added TimeTravel scene, you can also use SplitScreen to compare your 360° rendering from Revit with the real-life captures of the site.

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