DiRoots releases latest free Revit plug-in

Digital technology company DiRoots has developed its sixth Autodesk Revit plug-in/add-in for the AEC industry, SheetGen, which it claims offers time savings of approximately 90% in comparison with the traditional workflow using the standard functionality of Revit.

SheetGen allows users to create multiple drawings sheets, place views based on a pre-defined template, and easily manage drawing sheet revisions.

Other apps include SheetLink, a plug-in that allows users to synchronise the model data back and forth between Revit and Excel, and FamilyReviser, which is focused on the management of Revit families within a Revit project.

The free app is the latest from London-based DiRoots, which began in October 2017 and has grown to 15 staff.

Founder Jose Oliveira said: “We have now developed six apps that cover the most basic needs for several fields by offering solutions that automate several time-consuming tasks for Revit users, like data management, drawing production and so forth.

“Since the coronavirus crisis, we’ve noticed an exponential growth in interest in our products as businesses are now looking to cut down expenses and are looking for low cost or free solutions.”

Oliveira said DiRoots’s policy is to keep Revit apps free to use. “We are not adopting the typical strategy of some companies that offer free solutions, and then at some point, they will start to charge, causing a lot of issues. What is free now will always be free.”

DiRoots is currently working on the automation of point cloud to Revit. Oliveira said: “Our target is to fully automate this task, which is very time consuming and very boring to do. In this project, we are defining new AI algorithms based on machine learning, deep learning and neural networks to improve the detection and accuracy of objects from a point could/laser scan.”

The company is also starting to look at design automation for first-phase steelwork design for structural engineers.

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