SketchUp 2023 Revit Import

Thank you so much for the clarity on how the importer chooses which 3D view to utilize when doing the import. This makes a lot more sense, and doesn’t require deleting all of the 3D views from the Revit model. I pretty exclusively work with detached models, so I’ll just change the Starting View, easy enough. For other team members I’ll let them know this process.

In a lot of models in our office, we will have a dozen views that start with {3D… unfortunately. People simply do not rename views diligently. Something we need to remedy on our end.

And your explanation of working with phases in Revit is exactly one thing I want teams to be able to take advantage of. You are saying exactly what I was thinking.

Thanks for all the help on this one! Excited to use the importer and keep SketchUp as a key part of our office workflow moving forward.

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So is the way you have organised the browser in the current save also has influence?
One can organise on different choises (discipline, phase, view type, etc)
Or is there a standard of some kind?

HI Thomas, I am the product manager for SketchUp Studio which includes the Revit Importer. I’d like to invite you to a customer research call with my team on your workflows and suggestions for future improvements. I have sent you a private message so you can book the call with us. I hope to connect with you soon!

That’s a good thought to use the browser organization to change it but as far as I can tell this does not have any influence on the view selected and I’m not sure how it is choosing from all of the {3d… views or if none of those exist then from the other 3D views


I was using the Sample model that comes with Revit and went through and Imported and then deleted each of the views as the next one became the default that was imported and this was the order I got: {3d}, {3d - tom joyce, From Yard, Living Room, Approach, Section Perspective, Solar Analysis.

I tried reorganizing the browser, duplicating and creating new views and those did not seem to affect the order. My best guess is that it is going by the the rules I had mentioned in the previous post and then it is going by which view was created first when choosing from all 3D views or all views with {3D

I was excited to try the Revit importer with SketchUp 2023 but just realized it can only import .rvt files…Do you think it will ever be a possibility to import .rfa files? Windows & doors, plumbing fixtures, etc are only offered as .rfa downloads from some manufacturers, and I was hoping the importer would be the answer to this problem. Too good to be true?

You can also convert the phases into dynamic components there you could add an on click attribute to toggle the existing, demolished and new, it would be nice also the sketchup makes it automatically for you, I’m mot sure if that is possible but would be a time saving feature.

The problem with RFA files is that they are not model files, but more like a set of instructions for Revit to generate a model based on parameters set by the user. To import them the importer would have to include almost the whole Revit application, and an UI for the user to set the perameters.

What do phases have to do with Revit families?
The rfa files are families with parameters that are inserted in the models.
It makes no sense to open them in SketchUp . You would have to insert them in a Revit model and save it as a Revit file to be able to import it.

Hi DomDom,
We do not support officially .rfa at the moment. We are aware it is an important feature for many of you. As Anssi mentioned, rfa files do not always contain geometries and are more like a set of instructions. Supporting all Family types and parameters is tricky.

Feel free to share sample files you would like to convert, here or privately. This could help us.


We are thinking about converting some Revit built-in properties to SketchUp attributes. This would cover Phasing properties. Feel free to comment.

I’m not talking about families, I’m talking about the elements on Revit that can be assigned as an existing element on the construction that will stay as it is, an element that will be demolished and the new elements that will be constructed, I don’t use Revit but on Archicad these atribules given to walls, columns, floors, roofs or any object are there to be shown on different documents, so if on sketchup these elements can be imported as a dynamic componente containing the three kind of elements you could add an onclick attribute to toggle between them depending on the floor plan that will be worked on.

You don’t need to import anything. With SketchUp you can set them up if you assign an IFC classification. It is part of the Status parameters of most categories if you use Ifc Manager.

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If (Revit) phasing would be implemented, it would be nice to map it to the status in the advanced attributes.
(The next step would be to make those status’s somehow visible in the model (color by status))

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Here are a couple of examples of the .rfa files I was hoping to open with the Revit importer:

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That makes sense. I wasn’t sure what a Revit family was, so that clarifies things. Thanks!

Did the designation of view to import in Revit get successfully resolved?

I’m not sure if I should:

  1. set a starting view or
  2. name a specific 3D as the “first 3D view”, or
  3. try to redefine my default 3D view.

I’ve not been successful the last two. In any case these each require access to Revit. (which I happen to have, but not the necessary skills)

Hi f24nk,

you can change the starting view in Revit here:


Continuing the discussion from SketchUp 2023 Revit Import:

Agreed thanks for the clarity on the importer view selection behaviour - seeing this on the help docs now too.

This works as a stopgap for our use case but is a major difficulty for workshared models (most firms have the “starting view” setup as a 2d informational sheet as the working standard) and opening the files in revit to mess with them is not ideal for items received from consultants or collaborators.

If there was a way to select the desired import view in a dialogue in sketchup or otherwise select the desired elements without opening Revit that would be ideal.

Just my two cents - think this has the potential to be a super useful tool and just trying to get used to the quirks.

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