Category: References

How to Export a Revit Model to SketchUp?

A lot of beginners struggle a little with this question, and since we wish you guys a great journey learning Autodesk Revit, and since we would love to be a part of your journey, we would love to leave this small guide with you, till we provide you with way more, soon!

So, to export your Revit Model to SketchUP with proper model faces, we need to export it first to a dwg/dxf format,

Walk with me through the following steps:

  1. If your Revit file has topography in it, enable the section box in 3D view, and crop out any part you don’t want.
  2.  From the file menu, go to Export > Options > Exports Setups dwg/dxf.
  3. Click on the solids tab, and select ACIS solids.

4. Hit OK, and return to the Export Menu > CAD formats > DWG.

Make sure you are in the 3D orthographic view when you export the model.

5. Import the model into SketchUp Pro. 

Note: you can’t import dwg files in SketchUp Make.

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How to solve Room Placement & Selection Problem?

ISSUE: Inability of Room/Room Tag selection in the Floor Plan View.

Let’s look together at what might cause you that issue.

First, It could be a hide/unhide issue.

So before anything, on the View Control Bar, click  undefined (Reveal Hidden Elements).

The Reveal Hidden Elements icon and the drawing area display a color border to indicate that you are in Reveal Hidden Element mode. All hidden elements display in color, and visible elements display in half-tone.

Check if you can find the room displayed in color, if so, that means it has been hidden. Select it, and press ‘Unhide’.It could be a hide/reveal issue.

Second, It could be a phasing issue.

If you are working on a phased project, the room/room tag could have disappeared because it is phased. Let’s see if that is your case and how to fix it.

If that’s your case, you will be facing something close to the following:

Figure 1: Room Invisible
  • Inability to select room/room is invisible. (See Figure 1)
  • When you try to place a room in the same place, it lets you do it.
  • When you try to add a room tag, it shows the warning shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Warning

So in this case, what i would ask you to do is:

  1. To check if you are working in proper phases.
  2. Then check the phases filter.

Third, It could be a plan region issue.

Another good thing to do is to check if there’s any plan region near the room that is invisible.

If you found one in the area, then probably it shows like the one i’m showing in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Plan Region

I have a surprise for you, all you need to do about that is to minimize the plan region boundary and limit it to the area that needs it, and boom!!! The room shows properly and you could finally tag it!

Finally, I have some other things for you to check.

  1. If the room is present in the section, and therefore, its height. Adjust it!
  2. If Revit would let you copy the room and paste it from the previous phase. (Not Guaranteed!)

I hope that helps you out, i am looking forward to trying my best to help you more!

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Revit Project Base Point, Survey Point & Internal Origin, Get to know them!

Those three points usually leave people mazed and mixed-up, not sure of what they mean, which one is used for what purpose, and where to find them. But that’s okay, no worries, i told you; we’ve got you untangled in seconds.

Let’s look at each one of them in detail.

Project Base Point

  • Definition: It is a reference point that defines the origin of the project coordinate system (0,0,0).
  • Usage: It is used as a reference point for internal purposes such as:
    1. Placing internal dimension that are relative to the building.
    2. Setting the angle difference between True North & Project North.
    3. Referencing measurements across the site to it.

undefined Survey Point

  • Definition: It is a defining point for the origin of the survey coordinate system, that provides a real world context for the model.
  • Usage: It is used as an identification point to a real world location near the model, which helps in:
    1. Identifying a corner of the project site or property lines intersection.
    2. Creating a coordinate system that is shared across multiple linked Revit files.
    3. Setting a reference for the location that is very helpful when exporting and importing.


  • Definition: It is an internal, invisible and unmovable point that act as the basis of positioning all elements in the model.
  • Usage: It is used as an internal referencing point that is useful in:
    1. Aligning the imported or linked model, by setting the positioning option to Auto – Origin to Origin or Manual – Origin to Origin .
    2. Spotting coordinates, by modifying the spot coordinate type properties, and then changing the coordinate parameter to relative.

Looking forward to telling you more about those points in the upcoming post!

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