Revit 2023 introduces a new data management and automation capability to Autodesk AEC Collection subscribers.
The Revit to Microsoft Power Automate workflow connects Revit data to the ecosystem of Microsoft workplace and productivity apps. In this post, we introduce the workflow, posit some of its intended uses and benefits for AEC project teams, and point to some resources for getting started building your own custom automations.
What is Power Automate?
Power Automate is a low-code process automation platform that connects and streamlines workflows between apps and services you likely already use everyday. You can use it to automate your everyday tasks, such as file synchronization, collecting and sharing data, or sending email updates and notifications. Many industries leverage Power Automate to connect and automate business processes, and now, its power to connect data to developer ecosystems is coming to Revit and the AEC industry.
“We’re excited to partner with Autodesk to help AEC project teams connect their design data to business processes. There’s a huge opportunity for customers to not only automate mundane tasks, but also share data more easily, so more time is spent on the creative work giving shape to our environments.”
– Per Mikkelsen, Principal Group Program Manager, Microsoft
What will you automate?
There are many ways you can use Power Automate to put your design data to work. For example, you can build a flow in Power Automate to update an Excel spreadsheet when a change to a door element occurs on a Level in your Revit model. Or send an automated weekly reporting via Outlook, Teams, or Slack, capturing changes in the ceiling cavity across a floor or an entire building. You can build triggers to refresh Power BI project health and performance dashboards, allowing you to securely share data with business stakeholders.
With hundreds of apps and thousands of developers, not to mention an estimated billion Microsoft users worldwide: the Revit to Power Automate workflow empowers Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) managers, BIM managers, and project teams to construct data flows, triggers, and transactions that improve how teams, projects, and businesses operate.
What you need to create a Data Exchange
To get started connecting Revit data to Power Automate, you will need:
- Autodesk Docs subscription, available in the AEC Collection or with the Autodesk Construction Cloud.
- Microsoft Power Automate account or trial license.
What to know about the workflow
- For an overview, check out this article on the Autodesk Knowledge Network: Data Exchange with Revit and Autodesk Docs.
- You can find documentation and regional availability for the Autodesk Forge Data Exchange connector on the Microsoft Docs site.
- Developers, the Data Exchange API is now available on Forge! Read more about it on the Autodesk Forge Community blog.
Stay tuned to the Revit blog for more updates!
More on Revit 2023
Public Roadmap Updates
AUTODESK RESEARCH COMMUNITY
Revit 2023 Release Notes.
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Revit Public Roadmap.
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