Lidar Scan to Revit from an iPhone?! (Polycam to Revit Workflow)

On this episode of BIM After Dark Live I will be walking you through the process of taking a lidar scan to Revit from an iPhone. That’s right, laser scanning with your iPhone and then using that information in Revit. Using an app called “Polycam” I will give you my super simple Polycam to Revit workflow.

When I first bought an iPhone 12 I couldn’t wait to see what I could do with the LIDAR capabilities. My search led me to an app called “Polycam”. Fast forward to almost a year later and Polycam is a title sponsor of this livestream! Who would have thought? Well, I have continued to use their product over the last ten months and can’t wait to show you the workflow I have developed.

I’ll be talking about the steps it takes to get a LIDAR (and photogrammetry ) scan from Polycam on your iPhone or iPad into Revit, my lessons learned along the way, and a case study in which I surveyed and existing house with just Polycam and made a pretty darn good existing conditions model from it!

Sit back, relax, and let’s geek out!

Links Mentioned:
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Episode 28 (Laser Scanning and Revit) w/Matt –

00:00 Introduction
04:20 Polycam (iPhone to BIM!)
04:47 Introducing the 5 Step iPhone LiDAR to Revit Process
13:55 Big “Bad” BIM Tip of the Week (Type In Dimension Formulas)
19:00 Step 1 – Capture Using iPhone or iPad
23:48 Step 2 – Export to PTS (Point Cloud Format)
26:36 Step 3 – Import into Autodesk Recap (and Save)
31:30 Step 4 – Import into Revit as a Recap Point Cloud
35:30 Step 5 – Scaling Your Point Cloud in Revit (Photo Mode Only
45:49 Case Study – Existing Conditions Scanning of a House
57:25 Bringing Your Polycam Scan into Twinmotion
01:01:27 Outro

Here are some links to all of the hardware and software I use:

My Main Revit Computer (BIMBOX) –
How I Record My Tutorials (Camtasia Studio) –
My Microphone (Blue Yeti USB) –
My Studio Headphones (Sennheiser HD 600) –
My Camera for Videos and Images (Canon EOS 80D) –
The Lens I use for these videos (50mm) –
My Webcam for Webinars (Logitech C922X) –
My Favorite Sketchbook (“Blank” by 30×40) –
My Favorite Sketching Pens (Sharpie “Fine”) –
Greatest Sketching Marker of All Time (Sign Pen) –

** Some of the above links are affiliate links, meaning you don’t pay anything more but I may get a small commission for a sale… Cheers! **


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