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March 22, 2011

Revit to accept point clouds in 2012 release

Really quickly, since the SPAR keynotes are about to start: Revit 2012 is going to be able to deal with point clouds. Yes, it’s true, you’ll no longer have that to complain about if you’re working in the BIM world. 

According to a press release that came out at 7 a.m. this morning, “The Autodesk Building Design Suite features the 2012 Revit products, which offer new collaboration and construction modeling tools and support for point clouds to connect laser scanning directly into the BIM modeling process.”

Now, nevermind that “BIM modeling” is like saying “ATM machine,” this is good news! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people working in BIM opine for a day when point clouds could be used directly in Revit (just check out the action in the Autodesk discussion space) – and now you can. 

It is, of course, somewhat bad news for IMAGINiT, which has a Scan to BIM product that allows you to use point clouds in a Revit environment. Doesn’t seem like there would be much of a need for that going forward. But, of course, it may be a better solution for those who don’t want to spend the dosh to upgrade to Revit 2012, and IMAGINiT are a big Autodesk reseller anyway, so they’ll just be happy to sell more Revit. 

Hopefully, I’ll get some good quotes from the Autodesk people later today and have a proper story about this shortly. 

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