Establishing Shared Coordinates Between Revit and Civil 3D the Easy Way

“Model Coordination” in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industry is most often limited to what’s in Revit. While that ensures a coordinated building model, it leaves the question of what to do about the Civil 3D model unanswered. Revit has a Survey Point, but in my experience only a small percentage of teams spend the time to set everything up. I won’t hypothesize why that’s the case, but what I can do is share how easy it is to coordinate the building AND civil models for your projects with the Shared Reference Point tool for Civil 3D and Revit.

If you’ve never heard of the Shared Reference Point tool, it’s an Autodesk Subscription plugin for both Civil 3D and Revit that helps teams coordinate their building and civil models. The Civil 3D plugin will generate an XML-based reference point file. With the Revit portion of the plugin, the XML file created by Civil 3D may be imported into Revit as the Survey Point. Seem too easy to be true? Watch the video above to see the workflow from start-to-finish.

Download the Shared Reference Point plugin from the Autodesk  Account site at:

Donnie Gladfelter
Donnie Gladfelter

Donnie is author of the book and Autodesk Official Press, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required, a columnist for AUGIWorld Magazine, Autodesk University speaker, and former member of the AUGI Board of Directors.

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