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Getting Started

This article will go over how to create a Heat Map export from Rithm to various applications. Applications covered in this article will be Navisworks and Revit. To learn how to create a heatmap, visit this link.

Heat Map Export XYZ

Follow these steps if you wish to export your heatmap as an XYZ file type. XYZ is a basic point cloud file type that can be brought into Recap and saved as an RCP file.

Once you have your heatmap created, click the export button in the Builder Toolbar. An export menu will appear.

Heat Map XYZ Export
Fig 1: Heat Map XYZ Export

Make sure the Type is set to Heatmap-XYZ. Choose a file path for the file to be saved to by selecting the Browse button. Lastly, make sure Export Units are set to the desired units. When all options are set, click Export.


Turning Heat Map-XYZ Export into RCP

Once you have the XYZ file exported, open up Recap. Inside of Recap, click New Project and then Import point cloud.

Open XYZ in Recap
Fig 2: Open XYZ in Recap

Next, name the project and choose a save location. Choose Select Files to Import and then choose the XYZ file that was exported from Rithm.

Open XYZ in Recap cont.
Fig 3: Open XYZ in Recap cont.

Once the selected file is selected, imported and indexed inside of Recap, you can then save the file and import the now RCP into a number of different applications.


Importing Heat Map RCP into Navisworks

Once the RCP is created, open up your Navisworks project. With the project open, click the Home tab and then Append.

Append Heat Map RCP in Navisworks
Fig:4 Append Heat Map RCP in Navisworks

Select the RCP that was converted from XYZ. The Heatmap that was created in Rithm should now be superimposed on top of your point cloud in Navisworks.

Navisworks and Rithm Comparison
Fig 5: Navisworks and Rithm Comparison

Importing Heatmap RCP into Revit

With your Revit project open, select the Insert tab and then select Point Cloud.

Revit Heat Map RCP Import
Fig 6: Revit Heat Map RCP Import

A File Explorer should open. Select the RCP of your Heatmap, but also make sure to specify the proper positioning with the positioning drop down menu. Next, select the RCP file and click Open.

Revit Import Heat Map RCP cont.
Fig 7: Revit Import Heat Map RCP cont.

Heat Map DXF Export

Once you have your heatmap created, click the Export button in the Builder Toolbar. An export menu will appear.

Rithm Heat Map DXF Export
Fig 11: Rithm Heat Map DXF Export

Make sure the Type is set to DXF. Choose a file path for the file to be saved to by selecting the Browse button. Lastly, make sure Export Units are set to the desired units. When all options are set, click Export.


Importing Heat Map DXF to Navisworks

Once the DXF is created, open up your Navisworks project. Make sure the DXF file reader options match the expected units for the DXF that was exported from Rithm.

Navisworks DXF File Reader Options
Fig 12: Navisworks DXF File Reader Options

With the project open, click the Home tab and then Append. Select the DXF file that was exported from Rithm.

Navisworks Append Heat Map DXF
Fig 13: Navisworks Append Heat Map DXF

The DXF that exported from Rithm should now be superimposed on top of your point cloud in Navisworks.

Navisworks Rithm Heat Map DXF comparison
Fig 14: Navisworks Rithm Heat Map DXF comparison

Importing Heat Map DXF to Revit

With your Revit project open, Select the Insert tab, then Link CAD.

Revit Heat Map DXF Import
Fig 15: Revit Heat Map DXF Import

A File Explorer should appear. Make sure that the import units match the expected units for the DXF that was exported from Rithm. Also, make sure to specify the proper positioning with the positioning drop down menu. Select the DXF and click Open.

Fig 16: Revit Heat Map DXF Import cont.
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