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 +Revit has become a useful tool architects, engineers, and designers alike to render and study spaces.  It is also often be faster to model architecture in Revit with specific detail (using loaded families) than SketchUp.  Keep in mind that texture and fixture information will be lost in the process.  I have two methods here depending on whether or not you have a Pro license for SketchUp.
 +== Method for Non-Pro Users ==
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 +  - Create model in Revit and export to a .dwg file for an early version of AutoCAD.  (AutoCAD 2007 works sufficiently.)
 +  - Import into SketchUP 6 or earlier.  If you do not already have a copy of SketchUP 6 or earlier, you may download it [[http://help.sketchup.com/en/article/60107|here]].  Unfortunately, Trimble no longer allows free (or "Make") versions of their older products.  Luckily, the PRO version of 6 allows 480 minutes of free trial which should be sufficient for a life of converting files.
 +  - Immediately save as a SketchUP .skp file and close the program.  (This saves on those Pro minutes.)
 +  - Open your new file in the latest free version of Sketchup (found [[http://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-make|here]]) or your preferred version.  All of your AutoCAD layers taken from Revit now exist as SketchUP layers.
 +  - Use SketchUP plug-in su2rad.  The most useful rendering option (I have found) is "by color" since you will want to easily change up those textures in Radiance later.  Rendering "by layer" is a useful tool for seperating geometry, but unfortunately no color information is saved and all materials are aliased to the default SketchUP material.
 +  - Transfer files as needed to Radiance directories.
 +  - Run the Radiance viewing programs and you will see your model in approximated colors (no textures.)
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 +
 +== Method for Pro Users ==
 +
 +  - Create model in Revit and export to a .dwg file.
 +  - Import into SketchUP (found [[http://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-make|here]].)  All of your AutoCAD layers taken from Revit now exist as SketchUP layers.
 +  - Use SketchUP plug-in su2rad.  The most useful rendering option (I have found) is "by color" since you will want to easily change up those textures in Radiance later.  Rendering "by layer" is a useful tool for separating geometry, but unfortunately no color information is saved and all materials are aliased to the default SketchUP material.
 +  - Transfer files as needed to Radiance directories.
 +  - Run the Radiance viewing programs and you will see your model in approximated colors (no textures.)
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