There are a myriad of ways to link spreadsheet data into Revit, including numerous addins to import and export data to Excel. There is also the Google Sheets connection. Recently, the BIM Troublemaker posted about using Dynamo because, as he puts it, “this was the tool that could give me an on the fly, bi-directional excel link…”

I enjoyed reading the post, because it explains Dynamo use starting from a basic level, and yet shows a practical example of something that can be built on and adapted to suit your needs.

Excel out dyn

The working example uses Dynamo commands to extract data from Revit family instances into Excel, and then push data from Excel back into Revit. Nice job!

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We use Google Drive a lot now, particularly Google Sheets.  The power of a shared spreadsheet cannot be underestimated in the AEC world.

Now, imagine if you could directly export data from Revit to a Google Sheet, edit it, and then import the changes directly back to Revit.  Imagine if you could share that spreadsheet to other team members who may not know anything about Revit, but who can modify and update schedules with ease?  Yep, this just happened with Bimframe Connect… screenshots below.

Export from Revit to Google Drive



View and Edit on Google Sheets

Click import to bring the changes back

Changes are highlighted to show you what will be updated

Viewing the updated model in a Revit schedule

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