Autodesk University: Design, Develop, Deploy - Create Revit Content from Inventor Designs

December 6, 2022 Mark Flayler

This year at Autodesk University I presented on a topic that seems to come up weekly if not more nowadays in my conversations with clients.  That being the confluence of BIM and Digital Prototyping towards a Digital Twin.  A large part of this is getting the software to work with each other and no-one has had more traction and thought leadership around that than Autodesk.

I was actually honored with a Top Rated Speaker award for Top-Rated Product Demos

Here is a brief Introduction to the class as well as the direct link to the Presentation, Handout, and Recorded Video at the end of this post.


Inventor software has the functionality to export assemblies and parts for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing connections directly into Revit software. This class will focus on the dynamics and logistics between the two programs. You'll learn best practices for creating Inventor architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) equipment and exporting it effectively to Revit programs, and how to best maximize their design intent.

Current trends in the building product manufacturing segment—including HVAC, lighting, plumbing, doors/windows, and furniture systems—require that building product manufacturers deliver very specific content to the AEC community. The process that drives the need for this type of content is known as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and is rapidly becoming the standard around the globe. This presents a significant challenge (but also new opportunities) for all building product manufacturers and system designers, and drives an immediate need for companies to develop strategies and workflows to deliver BIM-ready consumable content for use by customers, distribution channels, and building owners.

Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the holistic process of creating and managing information for a built asset. Based on an intelligent model and enabled by a cloud platform, BIM integrates structured, multi-disciplinary data to produce a digital representation of an asset across its lifecycle, from planning and design to construction and operations.

3D CAD Modeling

We all know what 3D CAD Modeling is. Whether you call it Digital Prototyping on the Inventor side or the Revit platform’s geometric enablement of the BIM model, 3D CAD programs contain the visual representations needed to facilitate the BIM process.

The Path to Digital Twin

A digital twin is a dynamic, up-to-date replica of a physical asset that brings together design, construction and operational data. With the addition of real-time data, digital twins acquire the behavioral awareness necessary to simulate, predict and inform decisions based on real-world conditions. The cohesion of BIM and 3D CAD Modeling and operational data are pivotal to the path to a Digital Twin.