Development of a Geo to BIM Converter: CityJSON Importer Plugin for Autodesk Revit

Amir Hakim*, Jasper van der Vaart, Ken Arroyo Ohori, Jantien Stoter

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The integration of 3D city models and Building Information Models (BIM) in the context of GeoBIM has gained significant attention from both academia and industry. Harmonizing the distinct characteristics and goals of these models is crucial for successful integration. In this paper, we present the development of a plugin for Autodesk Revit, a popular BIM platform, which allows for the incorporation of 3D Geo-data encoded in CityJSON. The plugin, published as open source, enables the generation of individual geometries with associated city model attributes as parameters, facilitating analysing the impact of new or changed buildings (modelled in BIM) on the environment (captured in geo-data). Challenges addressed during development include georeferencing, data format import, handling different geometry approaches, hierarchy of attributes, code optimization, user-friendliness, and enhanced visualization. The plugin contributes to the seamless integration of geo- and BIM data, enhancing interoperability and supporting informed decision-making in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction and urban domains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in 3D Geoinformation Science
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 18th 3D GeoInfo Conference
EditorsThomas H. Kolbe, Andreas Donaubauer, Christof Beil
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-43699-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-43698-7, 978-3-031-43701-4
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event18th 3D Geoinfo Conference - Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Duration: 12 Sept 202314 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
ISSN (Print)1863-2246
ISSN (Electronic)1863-2351


Conference18th 3D Geoinfo Conference
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  • Building information modelling
  • Georeferencing
  • Interoperability
  • CityJSON
  • 3D city models


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