RVT Revit to Excel Converter
15 December 2023
The birth of the data era in construction
18 February 2024
RVT Revit to Excel Converter
15 December 2023
The birth of the data era in construction
18 February 2024

FREE TOOL  for extracting  

DATA FROM IFC

DataDrivenConstruction converter allows you to access your IFC projects and translate this data into popular and open format XLSX. Using the converter, without running openBIM® tools and without using the Internet (without third-party libraries and plugins), we extract project data from IFC files and present the IFC database as a structured Excel table, where each row represents a specific project element (with its own identifier), and columns represent related properties and parameters. 

SIMPLE DATA RETRIEVAL PROCESS

without having to install or run openBIM® or any other vendor's CAD or BIM tools

BENEFITS OF CONVERTING IFC TO EXCEL&DAE

Here are some of the key benefits

📊 Enhanced data visualization and manipulation

Easily visualize and manipulate IFC data in Excel, making it more accessible for analysis and decision-making.

👥 Easy sharing of data with teams who may not have IFC expertise

Simplify data sharing with non-technical team members, ensuring seamless collaboration.

📈 Streamlined data analysis and reporting capabilities

Excel's tools facilitate data analysis and report generation from IFC drawings, aiding in project management and documentation.

🔄 Data Integration

Seamlessly integrate IFC data with other software systems for improved workflow and data management.

📑 Customized Reports

Create tailored reports and summaries from IFC data, including graphs and visualizations, to convey information effectively.

🤝 Collaboration

Foster collaboration by sharing Excel files with team members and stakeholders, regardless of their IFC proficiency.

🔄 Version Compatibility

Overcome version compatibility issues and ensure data accessibility across various IFC software versions.

🔍 Data Validation

Enforce data consistency and accuracy using Excel's validation features, reducing errors in IFC data.

📊 Advanced Analysis

Utilize Excel's functions and macros to perform in-depth data analysis, calculations, and what-if scenarios.

📂 Data Archiving

Archive and preserve IFC data in Excel for historical reference or compliance, ensuring secure storage.

🔍 Search and Filter

Effortlessly locate specific information within IFC drawings, even in large and complex files, using Excel's search and filter functions.

💰 Cost Efficiency

Reduce licensing costs by allowing non-IFC users to work with IFC data in Excel, potentially saving on IFC licenses.

📡 Accessibility

Excel files are smaller in size, making them easier to store, transfer, and work with, especially in low-bandwidth or storage-constrained situations.

📂 Data Backup

Excel versions serve as a backup for IFC data, providing a valuable resource in case of data loss or corruption in the original RVT files.

👩‍💼 User-Friendly Interface

Excel's familiar and user-friendly interface simplifies working with IFC data, reducing the learning curve for professionals.

THE RESULTS ARE IFC DATABASE
IN XLSX FORMAT

A DataFrame in XLSX form is a two dimensional table

DataFrame - two dimension table

DataFrames, are used in Pipelines - a core component of many data analysis libraries, offer significant advantages for working with data

🚀 Efficient Data Management

DataFrames are optimized for handling large datasets, providing faster data manipulation.

🌐 Support for Heterogeneous Data

They can store different data types (like integers, strings, and floats) in various columns, ideal for real-world data.

🔍 Built-in Operations

DataFrames come equipped with numerous built-in methods for data filtering, sorting, and aggregating, simplifying complex data operations.

🔬 Ease of Data Exploration

Their tabular structure makes it easy to explore, analyze, and visualize data, aiding in quick data inspection and analysis.

🔗 Compatibility with Data Analysis Tools

They seamlessly integrate with various data analysis and visualization libraries, enhancing productivity in data science tasks.

📊 Advanced Data Integration

DataFrames easily interface with different data sources and formats, facilitating the integration and consolidation of diverse data sets.

OPTIONS FOR USING THE CONVERTER

Streaming file processing and embedding the conversion process in the code

To extract data from IFC, the simplest tool is the DDC UI converter.

Start the conversion for IFC projects by specifying a folder 📁 with one or several IFC files. There's also an option to include files from subfolders 📂.

Click the "Start" button 🔘 to begin conversion. The results, Excel files 📊 with complete IFC file information, will be available in the specified folder.

The DDC terminal-based converter quickly extracts data from IFC with minimal code.

To initiate the conversion in any folder, open Command Prompt or Power Shell 🖥️, and simply enter the path of the folder containing the DDC converter, followed by the path of the file to be converted 📂🔄.

# CMD or PowerShell
> C:\DDC\IfcExporter.exe  C:\Example.ifc

DDC Bulk Conversion

🔄 For handling large datasets simultaneously and automated processing

Enables conversion and management of substantial data volumes or integration of 💻🔗 the conversion process into workflow and data processing logic 

import os
import subprocess 
# Path to folder with IfcExporter.exe converter
path_conv = r'C:\DDC_2023\\'
# Path to folder with RVT projects
path = r'C:\IfcProjects\\'
def convert_and_wait(path_conv, exporter_name, file_path, extension):
    subprocess.Popen([os.path.join(path_conv, exporter_name), file_path], cwd=path_conv)
    output_file = os.path.join(path, f"{os.path.splitext(file)[0]}_{extension}.xlsx")
    while not os.path.exists(output_file):
        time.sleep(0.5)
# Conversion process from RVT and IFC for file in os.listdir(path): full_path = os.path.join(path, file) if file.endswith('.ifc'): convert_and_wait(path_conv, 'IfcExporter.exe', full_path, 'ifc')

USE IFC DATA IN A WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS

Popular tools with large communities

Microsoft Excel

A leading spreadsheet software that allows you to open, edit, and analyze XLSX files. It offers extensive features for data manipulation, analysis, and visualization.

ChatGPT with Python Integration

This setup allows ChatGPT to use Python libraries like Pandas for handling XLSX files. Users can interact with and manipulate data in XLSX format through conversational commands, making it user-friendly for data analysis and visualization tasks.

Power BI (Microsoft)

This business analytics tool not only imports XLSX files but also enables users to transform and model their data, creating interactive dashboards and reports that can be shared across an organization for insightful decision-making

Jupyter Notebooks

An open-source web application that supports data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, data visualization, and more. It can work with XLSX files through Python libraries like Pandas

Pandas (Python Library)

A powerful data analysis and manipulation library for Python. Pandas can read and write DataFrames to and from XLSX files using its read_excel and to_excel functions.

Kaggle cloud-based work environment

 It allows users to write and execute Python code, and it supports various Python libraries, including Pandas, for reading and writing XLSX files. Kaggle is widely used for data analysis and modeling, and it's an excellent platform for collaborative projects and learning from a community of data scientists.

AUTOMATION OF DATA PROCESSING 
FROM IFC (REVIT®) PROJECT

📥  Example of automating data processing from a IFC project on the Kaggle platform

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FREE TOOL  for extracting  

DATA FROM IFC

DataDrivenConstruction converter allows you to access your IFC projects and translate this data into popular and open format XLSX. Using the converter, without running openBIM® tools and without using the Internet (without third-party libraries and plugins), we extract project data from IFC files and present the IFC database as a structured Excel table, where each row represents a specific project element (with its own identifier), and columns represent related properties and parameters. 

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