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FARO® Knowledge Base

Module 2: Importing Data into BuildIT Construction



Using BuildIT Construction to import data.

You’ll learn:

  • A simple workflow for importing data to BuildIT construction.
  • Opening BuildIT
  • Importing scan data
  • Importing CAD data

Tutorial Download

If you would like to download the files used in this article, download the accompanying Training Data and extract its contents to a folder on your PC.

Training Data Download

Import Scan Data

  • Launch BuildIT by double-clicking the BuildIT icon on your desktop.
  • Import the scan data by the following method.
    • In the menu bar, click “File > Import > FLS Clouds.” ImportFLS.png
    • Navigate to and select the file “WetConcrete001.fls” from the training data and click Open.
  • Several scan formats can be imported.
    • Single Points
      • This import should be used for a small number of points, not a point cloud. Examples include reference points, control points, etc.
      • These file types include: .txt, .asc, .csv, .pts, .ref, and .xyz.
    • Text Clouds
      • This import should be used for point cloud files other than FARO files or E57 files, as listed below.
      • These file types include: .txt, .asc, .csv, .pts, .ref, and .xyz.
    • Clouds from a FARO SCENE file
      • This import should be used for FARO laser scan data.
      • These file types include: .fls, .fws, and .lsproj.
    • Clouds from an E57 File
      • This import should be used for E57 files.
    • Clouds from LAS Files
      • This import includes LAS and LAZ files.

Import CAD Data

  • Save the current file as “Imported Scan Data” by selecting “File >Save.” This will save the project as a .buildit file. This is the common file format when working with BuildIT.
  • Start a new project by selecting “File > New”.
  • Import CAD data by selecting “File > Import > Import Models”.
    • Several formats can be imported including the following.
      • AutoCAD (2013-2018)
        • *.dwg and *.dxf
      • ACIS
        • *.sat
      • IGES
        • *.iges
      • STEP
        • *.stp and *.step
      • Revit (2015-2018)
        • *.rvt
      • Industry Foundation Class – IFC (2x3 and 4.0)
        • *.ifc, *.ifcxml, *.ifczip
      • BuildIT
        • Useful for merging different files or projects together.
  • Navigate to the “BasementFloor.rvt” file in the training data.
  • Results of the imported .rvt file.
  • Note: Users can also view the components in a model by selecting file contents.


Congratulations, you have completed the module on importing data! By now you should have a grasp of how to:

  • A simple workflow for importing data to BuildIT construction.
  • Opening BuildIT
  • Importing scan data
  • Importing CAD data