Next to the IFC export – which provides a way for Codesign customers to export their projects to a standardized file format – Codesign also offers native integrations for mainstream BIM authoring tools. These tools can read Codesign BIM projects directly, either through the Codesign cloud or as a stand-alone file. This provides an even more streamlined workflow for design development.
Currently, Codesign provides integrations with the following software:
- Archicad 27
- Autodesk Forma
- Revit 2024
- Vectorworks 2024
You can download these Tools from the Codesign Account website at https://account.getcodesign.co/addons with a Codesign Pro subscription (trial licenses are included).
Note: As Autodesk Forma is a cloud Product there is nothing to download or install - refer below.
To get started you first need to export your project from the Codesign app.
To do this, tap on the File menu in the top left corner and select the Export BIM.
After that, choose where you want to export your project file.
For Archicad, Revit, and Vectorworks, select a physical location to save your file since these addons read project files from the local filesystem.
Or for Auotdesk Forma, choose Upload to Company Projects.
Once imported with the addons, Codesign projects will appear as illustrated below.
In order to read Codesign projects directly into Archicad, first you need to copy the CodesignImport.bundle (macOS), or CodesignImport.apx on (Windows) into the Add-Ons folder of your Archicad installation. If done properly, the Codesign Import will show up in the list at Options > Add-On Manager…
You can import a Codesign project into Archicad by choosing File > Open and selecting your exported Codesign BIM project file.
A project imported this way will be transformed into native Archicad elements. Codesign spaces will become zones, surrounded by walls, and slabs.
When you start a project in Autodesk Forma,
- Add the Codesign Forma Extension to the project.
- Select Extensions then Add Extension on the left-hand side menu, then – in the modal dialogue– find the extension named Codesign Connection, and click Add and Agree.
Select the extension from the list of installed extensions.
After authentication, you can see the list of your exported Codesign projects. By selecting a project from this list, you can fine-tune how the project is imported.
Geometry can be imported in two ways:
- as Spaces, in which case buildings will be constructed from individual space objects they contain, or
- as Floorstack, where editable footprints of each storey will add up to form the building.
Tick in the Import context option if you would like to import surrounding buildings along with your main building.
Note: this checkbox is disabled if the exported project does not contain surrounding buildings.
Lastly, with the Placement mode option you can choose whether you want to place the imported model automatically at the origin of the Forma project (with the z coordinate adjusted to the terrain level), or if you would like to pick the insertion point manually.
With the settings adjusted to your needs, click on Import project. For manual placement, you also need to click into the project are to define the insertion point.
The project is now imported into your Forma project.
To open a Codesign projects straight with Revit:
- Copy the CodesignImport.addin and CodesignImport.apx files into the Revit\Addins\2024 folder of your Revit installation.
If done properly, the functionality provided by the Codesign Import will be available in Revit.
You can import a Codesign project into Revit by:
- Create a new project
- Selecting the Add-ins tab in the ribbon
- Click on External Tools
- Selecting codesing_io.CodesignImport
- Then selecting your exported Codesign project file.
A project imported this way will be transformed into native Revit elements. Codesign Spaces will become zones, surrounded by walls, and slabs.
In order to read Codesign projects directly into Vectorwork:
- Copy the the CodesignImport.vwlibrary (macOS), or the CodesignImport.vwr and CodesignImport.vlb (Windows) into the Vectorworks 2004/Plug-Ins folder of your Vectorworks installation.
- Launch Vectorworks
- Click the New button to start a new project
- Select the menu Tools > Workspaces > Edit Current Workspace…
- Expand the Import/Export section in the list to the left
- Find Import Codesign in the list
- Drag/drop this where you would like the menu to be shown in the UI - we recommend under File > Import
The Import Codesign option will show up in the list of available imports at File > Import.
Select the Codesign file you previously exported.
A project imported this way will be transformed into native Vectorworks objects. Codesign Spaces will become zones, surrounded by walls, and slabs.
Note: When you are importing large models it can take significant time to process all the wall junctions correctly. If you experience this we suggest that once import has completed you save the project and reopen. You will find the project performance is the same as other projects.