From Revit to VR with The Wild

Clay Walsh
June 10, 2019

With The Wild's Revit Add-In, you can import your Revit model to The Wild with a single click, and experience it instantly with your team, in AR or VR, from anywhere in the world.

The Wild allows teams working in Autodesk® Revit® BIM software to collaboratively experience, prototype, and present ideas in augmented and virtual reality for AEC through our Revit Add-In.

Getting Your Work from Revit to VR with The Wild

Revit is widely used in architecture, commercial interior design, building design, and virtual design and construction. If you’re already using The Wild, you can start by downloading The Wild Revit Add-In.

With a single click, our Add-In creates a persistent connection between your Revit project and The Wild, so 3D views can easily be experienced in The Wild and updated as the project evolves.

Once installed, you’ll see a View in The Wild button in your Add-Ins menu. Click it and select which 3D View you'd like to view in VR. We’ll automatically import your model into The Wild where you can experience it with your team at scale.

If your team makes updates to the Revit file, you can simply select the same 3D View and click UPDATE in the Add-In to update your space in The Wild. You can also enter any 3D View that's already been linked to The Wild, right from the Add-In, by clicking OPEN.

Collaboration in VR

We built The Wild as a creative workspace for architects, designers, and other professionals to immersively prototype, collaborate, and communicate ideas in real time from anywhere. With your Revit model in The Wild, you can meet your teammates inside it from any device. You can also invite clients, contractors, and other outside collaborators to access specific spaces with editor or viewer access. With up to eight people in a space simultaneously, you can see and talk to each other as if you were in the same room together.

To be fully immersed in and interact with your model at scale, you’ll need a VR headset. The Wild runs on Oculus Quest, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Windows Mixed Reality virtual reality headsets.

If a teammate doesn’t have a VR headset, they can still view a space from their PC or Mac. Users joining in desktop mode can navigate the space easily with their keyboard, trackpad, or mouse.

Team members can also join from an iPad or iPhone to view a space in augmented reality. This is incredibly useful for seeing your model in the context of the physical world. As with the other platforms, you can see and talk to anyone inside of the space.

Best Practices

For the best experience in The Wild—and in VR in general—it's a good idea to keep your model lightweight, so content will stream quickly for all participants. Check out our article on best practices to learn more about preparing your 3D Views in Revit for optimal performance in The Wild.

From Visualizing to Experiencing

Streaming a Revit model into The Wild for presentation and review will fundamentally redefine expectations for the design process. A shift from merely visualizing ideas to experiencing them immersively can help architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) teams achieve new levels of comprehension and alignment, helping everyone focus on the best solutions in the earliest stages of design, all the way through construction.

We hope our Revit Add-In will help you and your team experience your work more dynamically and collaboratively. Get started to learn more about how to take your team’s Revit workflow to the next level.