Sync Autodesk Construction Data to Power BI: Enhance insights


In the fast-paced construction industry, leveraging real-time data for decision-making is crucial. Integrating Autodesk Construction Cloud with Power BI offers an advanced solution to streamline project management and enhance data insights.

By using the Power BI Connector, teams can seamlessly sync data from Autodesk Construction Cloud and BIM 360 into Power BI, empowering them with enhanced data visualization and more informed business decisions. This article will explain to you the benefits of this integration, how to set it up, and the impact it can have on projects.

Introduction to Autodesk Construction Cloud and Power BI

Autodesk Construction Cloud is a comprehensive suite of software that connects workflows, teams, and data to reduce risk, maximize efficiency, and increase profits.

Power BI, developed by Microsoft, is a business analytics tool that offers interactive visualizations and robust business intelligence features with an easy-to-use interface, enabling end users to generate their own reports and dashboards. By combining these two powerful platforms, construction teams can fully leverage their data’s potential.

Benefits of integrating Autodesk Construction Cloud with Power BI

Streamlined data syncing

The Power BI Connector enables teams to schedule data extractions from Autodesk Construction Cloud platform products or BIM 360. Consequently, data can be automatically synchronized with Power BI, ensuring that your dashboards are consistently updated with the most recent information.

Enhanced data visualizations

With the Power BI Connector, you can aggregate and view design data from various Autodesk apps such as Revit, Inventor, Civil3D, and AutoCAD. Moreover, the connector extends beyond Autodesk applications, enabling you to bring attributes from Rhino, Tekla, and Solidworks models into a dynamic Power BI dashboard.

This capability enhances your data visualization, allowing you to filter and slice your 3D models easily and gain deeper insights into your projects.

Improved decision-making

Having access to real-time data from Autodesk platforms synced to Power BI empowers teams to make more informed business decisions.

The ability to visualize and analyze comprehensive data in one place helps identify trends, track project progress, and predict potential issues before they arise. This proactive approach can lead to better project outcomes and increased efficiency.

Setting up the power BI connector

Initial setup

Setting up the Power BI Connector is straightforward. Once you have access to the connector, you can configure it to extract data from your Autodesk Construction Cloud or BIM 360 accounts. This initial setup involves authenticating your accounts and selecting the data you want to sync. Once configured, the connector will handle the data extraction and syncing process automatically.

Scheduling automated data extractions

One of the key features of the Power BI Connector is the ability to schedule automated data extractions. This ensures that your data is always current without requiring manual intervention. You can set up extraction schedules to run at intervals that suit your needs, whether it’s daily, weekly, or monthly.

This automation ensures that your Power BI dashboards are always populated with the latest information.

Refreshing dashboards effortlessly

After the initial setup, refreshing your dashboards is as simple as clicking the ‘Refresh’ button within Power BI. The connector will automatically pull the latest data from Autodesk Construction Cloud or BIM 360, updating your visualizations and reports.

This ease of use means that even non-technical team members can keep their dashboards up-to-date with minimal effort.

Advanced data visualization techniques

Aggregating design data

The Power BI Connector allows you to aggregate design data from multiple sources, creating a comprehensive view of your project.

You can combine model properties from Revit, Inventor, Civil3D, and AutoCAD into a single dashboard, providing a holistic view of your project data. Additionally, you can integrate attributes from Rhino, Tekla, and Solidworks models, further enriching your data visualizations.

Utilizing the Viewer Component

A significant feature of the Power BI Connector is the ability to load a Viewer component to visualize, filter, and slice your 3D models. This interactive component enhances your ability to explore and understand complex data sets. By visualizing your 3D models directly within Power BI, you can identify potential issues, analyze design elements, and make more informed decisions.

Pre-Filtering elements for improved latency

To improve the performance and responsiveness of your dashboards, the Power BI Connector allows you to pre-filter elements. This means that only the most relevant data is loaded into Power BI, reducing latency and improving the overall user experience.

While the connector does not yet load data from AEC DM directly, future updates are expected to include this capability, further enhancing the integration.


Integrating Autodesk Construction Cloud with Power BI through the Power BI Connector offers a powerful solution for enhancing data insights and streamlining project management.

By automating data extractions, improving data visualizations, and empowering teams with real-time information, this integration can significantly improve project outcomes and efficiency.

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