A few months ago I published a first version of 3DBI for SketchUp, which allowed you to export your SketchUp model geometry to Microsoft Power BI where you could then link in any kind of data, and use that to create interactive 3D dashboards.
However, what that version was missing, was a way to use the data that is already present in your SketchUp model. Things like: materials, volumes, tags, dc attributes, classification values, … you name it. The typical things you would like to get out of SketchUp to create part lists, quantity takeoffs, … using generate report for example.
Well, I have just uploaded a new version of 3DBI to the SketchUp Extension warehouse, waiting for approval, that does all this. It will allow you to bring your SketchUp model to Power BI and get all your SketchUp model data in Power BI (or Excel if you want). Additionally, it comes with all the goodies Power BI comes with, so you can still link in all kind of external data sources (pricing tables, product information, sensor data, scheduling data, …) and publish your model online (with an Power BI Pro subscription).
Here, for example, in a few clicks I was able to create a quantities takeoff interactive dashboard, using the 3D model and the volume, material an tag assigned to each component instance. Also, I was able to publish it online so that my partners and clients could also consult it:
Now, what I am looking for, is a few (around 5 to 10) people here on the forum that are willing to give it a try and share some feedback in return for free access during an extended (let’s say 4 - 6 months) time.
I strongly believe this has the potential to not only use your sketchup model and data during the design stage, but, with the additional extra data you can link to your SketchUp model, leverage the model for the entire period a building or machine exists.
For example, a hotel manager already has data about which rooms are rented what day. With this tool, you could sell him a SketchUp model and let him highlight all rooms that are currently occupied in a 3d dashboard. Or, with sensor data, show all rooms that are currently too hot/too cold/have too high co2 levels, …
There are a few demo’s showing a link with external data already on my webpage: https://kg-dev.be/project/3dbi-for-sketchup
But first, let’s make this the best report generator you have had in SketchUp, with your feedback.