Hi everyone - Just would like to check if I’m using the best workflow for importing models from Revit to Sketchup.
The client sends either 3D CAD dwg format files or Sketchup Export files using the Revit Sketchup plugin from Slimlab to export the files.
The files are normally between 100-700Mb in size when I open in Sketchup.
When I import the CAD file I get a list of layers that helps me to separate(delete) the model content I do not need( M&E, terrain or steel structure) depending on what I need to show in my visuals. Applying materials is a little faster because most of the geometry has a color assign to it form Revit. However some geometry for example walls and glass share the same color then the process starts to separate the two and apply new materials.
When I get Skecthup export file from Revit there is no layers with geometry grouped separately and I can delete what is not required. But when it comes to apply textures all the geometry is white(default) color material. Then begins the task of separating geometry and opening up each grouped elements and apply materials.
On a small job this is acceptable but when working on large projects this is very time consuming. So much so that almost more then half the time is spend in preparing and cleaning the models before I can start rendering views.
I do use Cleanup and Material Tools plugins but this can take up to 30-50mins to process sometimes.
Is there perhaps a faster workflow or more productive way to approach this? I would be very interested to get some replies on other users experience on this topic.
Perhaps there is some better work flow methods?