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How to export your 360 renderings from Autodesk® Revit® to Location Markers in an existing HoloBuilder project
How to export your 360 renderings from Autodesk® Revit® to Location Markers in an existing HoloBuilder project

Learn how to generate and export 360 renderings from Autodesk® Revit® to existing Location Markers in your ongoing HoloBuilder project.

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Written by Anna-Azize Adami
Updated over a week ago

IMPORTANT: In order to complete the following steps, you will need to have at least a Project Editor role on the related HoloBuilder project and the project needs to have an active license.

In order to export your Autodesk® Revit® 360 renderings of your 3D model to your existing HoloBuilder project, make sure to have the latest HoloBuilder Add-In for Autodesk® Revit® installed correctly. To confirm the successful installation, check for the HoloBuilder toolset in the “Add-Ins” section in your Revit working environment.

  • Update a HoloBuilder project already containing the floorplans and Location Markers by uploading the 360 renderings of a 3D Revit model.

  • Label the 360 renderings to be uploaded to include them as progress documentation, e.g. with a date, or highlight different views from the model, e.g. 'above the ceiling', for a specific location.

  • Capture the on-site 360 photos related to the 360 renderings from Revit afterward in the JobWalk app.

HoloBuilder toolset section

Uploading only 360 renderings (no floorplans) of your 3D model from Autodesk® Revit® to the existing Location Markers of your HoloBuilder project

There are 3 steps to generate and upload 360 renderings to an existing HoloBuilder project (Location Markers) from Revit:

  1. Switch to the sheet view: Open the in Revit already available 2D Floor Plans of your 3D model to later link to the floor plan on HoloBuilder - jump to section.

  2. Link to HoloBuilder Sheet: Map the 2D floor plan from the Revit model to the floor plan in your HoloBuilder project to automatically generate the viewpoints in the 3D model - jump to section.

  3. Export to HoloBuilder: Upload the 360 renderings of the viewpoints to HoloBuilder to the existing Location Markers as initial 360 images on these locations (to capture the on-site photos on) - jump to section.

  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 - jump to section.

Sample project on HoloBuilder

Sample project to start with on HoloBuilder.

- Step1: Switch to the sheet view -

  1. Open the 3D model in Revit.

  2. In the model, open the 2D floor plan of a floor
    Note: These 2D floor plans will also be used to link to the floor plan in the HoloBuilder project as reference.

3D model in Revit

- Step 2: Link the floor plans -

The Revit viewpoints can be generated automatically for each existing Location Marker in your HoloBuilder project. For this, the floor plan in HoloBuilder and the floor plan in Revit need to be linked:

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

2. In the HoloBuilder section, click the button ‘Link to HoloBuilder sheet'.

3. A dialog box opens. Proceed with 'Continue'.

Link to HoloBuilder Sheet dialog box

4. Select the 2D floor plan in the ' FloorPlan' folder from your Revit model that you want to link to your HoloBuilder project.

Selecting floor from Revit model to link to HoloBuilder project

5. The HoloBuilder Uploader starts - On the lefthand side, choose the project you want to link the Revit sheet to.

Note: Make sure to log in to your account and that the project you want to link to has an active license. You can log in or switch your account in the upper right corner.

Choosing project to link the Revit sheet to

6. When the project was selected, the available sheets in the HoloBuilder project will show on the right side. Choose the floor plan the 2D Revit plan should get linked to.

Choosing floor plan 2D Revit plan should get linked to

7. Map the 2D Revit floor plan with the selected sheet of your HoloBuilder project.

  • Use the 2-point-alignment (recommended): Select one point on the first and then the second sheet, and then a second point on the first and then the second sheet to automatically map the floor plans. Proceed with 'NEXT' to use this option and follow the instructions.

  • Manually align the sheets: Alternatively, you can choose 'skip' to move to the manual alignment of the sheets where you can scale, rotate and move the 2 sheets until their outlines are mapped correctly.

Two point alignment

8. Confirm the mapping in the 'manual alignment' view - use the transparency scale to check on how the sheets are aligned. Drag and scale the top sheet to adjust.
Note: The sheet from HoloBuilder is usually on top being the one that gets scaled and adjusted.

Confirm the mapping in 'manual alignment' view

9. Optional: Check for the imported Location Marker viewpoints under '3D Views' in the 'Project Browser' tab.

Check imported Location Marker viewpoints under '3D Views'

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

  • Right-click a 360 viewpoint 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 viewpoints in the 3D model will be marked with a pink camera icon. Note: The marker icon for the camera might differ depending on your Revit version.

HoloBuilder upload settings

11. Optional: Edit viewpoints in Revit before uploading to HoloBuilder:


  • 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.

- Step 3: Export as HoloBuilder project -

Once you generated all viewpoints according to the Location Markers on the sheet in your HoloBuilder project, you can export the corresponding 360 renderings to HoloBuilder.
Note: The export will NOT include the 2D floor plans ONLY the 360 renderings for the imported viewpoints.

To export the 360 renderings to HoloBuilder:

1. In the HoloBuilder 'Add-In' menu, click the ‘Export to HoloBuilderbutton to trigger the upload.

2. Configure the "Upload settings".

  • "Export only the currently active plan view as a sheet (skip sheet selection)"
    Optional: If you only plan to export the currently selected floor plan with its renderings, tick this option.
    If you want to export all sheets of the model, untick it.

  • "Override visual style of all 360 views to 'Consistent colors' "
    Recommended: Get a consistent view of your 360 renderings by choosing this option - untick to have personal settings applied for the exported renderings in HoloBuilder.

  • "Export only Location Marker instead of the rendering of the 360 views"
    Must: Untick to also export the 360 renderings.

  • "Adjust visual style of active sheet to Hidden Line (Improved Performance)"
    Recommended: Get better performance for upload, loading, and visualization by using this setting for your exported floor plans.

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

Selecting which 360 views to export as Location Markers

4. Checkmark the 2D floor plans that you would like to export.
Note: This step gets skipped if you selected "Export only the currently active plan view as a sheet (skip sheet selection)" above.

5. Select which 360 views to export as Location Markers with your floor plan(s).
Choose either "Select all" or selective viewpoints.

Set new label to categorize 360 Revit renderings on HoloBuilder

6. Select "Next" to proceed to the next step for exporting your project.

7. The HoloBuilder Uploader opens. Choose whether you want to upload the 360 renderings as new images on your HoloBuilder project or replace previous 360 renderings.

Set a new label to categorize your 360 Revit renderings on HoloBuilder or use a previous label to replace a previously uploaded set of renderings.

Note: The labels will be used to identify your renderings later in the TimeTravel menu of your HoloBuilder project. You can use them to e.g. highlight different time iterations/progress captures of your renders, different views for the same position like 'above the ceiling', etc.

Set new label to categorize 360 Revit renderings on HoloBuilder

8. The project upload starts - The processing of the project for export might take a few minutes depending on the number of renderings and floorplans in your project.

Project upload starts

9. The finished HoloBuilder project will be opened in your browser after the upload is done. - "Close" the HoloBuilder Uploader or directly "Return to Revit".

Done uploading project

NOTE: Repeat the above steps for any additional sheets in your HoloBuilder project.

- Step 4: Optional - Edit the project -

A HoloBuilder project created from Autodesk Revit export 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 [COM or EU] to access the project on the web or download it to your mobile device to continue capturing progress with the JobWalk App.

Sample project with 360 renderings

The sample project with 360 renderings generated and uploaded for the previously set Location Markers (waypoints replaced the flags).

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

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