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BIM News: ODA Adds Limited Family Creation for BimRv 2020u2 SDK

New ODA SDK for BimRv 2020u2 adds limited Revit Family creation.


The Open Design Alliance is working on software development kit technology that enables third-party developers to integrate into their apps native Revit support. The ODA is at various stages with their goals of interoperability with Autodesk Revit, such as file import, file export and support for Revit families.

New Limited Revit Family Support

The new BimRv 2020u2 SDK update now adds some important new capabilities. “With BimRv 2020u2, ODA members can now create not-hosted Revit families from any application,” commented Neil Peterson, ODA President. “This is an important milestone towards our goal of full creation support for the entire Revit object model.”

ODA BimRv roadmap for Revit workflows shown here from the ODA’s last developer conference.

Sergey Vishnevetsky, ODA Development Director, said, “Convenient access to the BIM model tree and object properties is now available through our new Common Data Access (CDA) API. CDA allows ODA members to easily create universal BIM viewers that support model and property inspection for a wide range of CAD and BIM formats.

“In addition, the latest BimRv release includes visualization support for section boxes and creation of terrain elements.”

BimRv 2020u2 contains other enhancements including room coloring for floor plans and a new module for access to rebar data, as well as fixes for member-reported issues. The SDK and full release notes are available for download at

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