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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Unlocking KMZ and KML data and converting to IFC for use in Revit

I have covered using FBX to access Navisworks data for downstream use. What about KMZ? This format contains lightweight geometry as well as some model structure. It is actually quite difficult to find an easy way to go from KMZ to IFC, or KML to IFC. But, it can be done!

Here's one method:
  1. Export desired view from Navisworks to KML with "collapse" set to None. This will bring the full model hierarchy with the KML file (see help for more info)
  2. Install ArchiCAD 16 and the Google Earth import / export plugin
  3. File Special - Merge, select the KMZ (this part could take a while)
  4. File Special - IFC 2x3 - Merge to IFC Model...
  5. Select an IFC file (maybe make an empty one to merge with first, like this one)
  6. You will get geometry and some basic data, but the main thing is that the object segregation is still present
  7. From here you can import the IFC file to Revit as usual
Note: you can use 7-zip to extract a KMZ and you will see the KML file inside.


Other ideas:

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Weekly builds:
Index of /downloads/weekly

Forum post:
Importing KMZ files into AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 - Autodesk Community

Addons for AutoCAD:
SL-King Download King.KML FDO provider

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  1. hey luke, ultimate insult!! install archicad to get a file into revit. I bet the autodesk boys wont like that one.

  2. Gosh! Hahahaha! First anonymous is right.