3DBI for SketchUp

Visualize your 3D Trimble® SketchUp® model and data in Microsoft® Power BI®.

If you are currently having trouble with your 3DBI visual, please read the following post.

3D Microsoft Power BI dashboards.

3DBI is a custom 3D visual we created for Microsoft Power BI that will allow you to visualize your data in its spatial context. Use cases range from BIM (quantities, scheduling, …) to plotting IoT data (color and filter objects by temperature, humidity, co2-levels, occupancy, wear, …) as well as Warehousing (stock management, order picking, …) and Energy (plotting yield of solar panels or windmill farms) or any other sector where you might have a need for visualizing data in a 3d environment. Check out this link for an online 3D Dashboard, generated with 3DBI for SketchUp.

Let’s get started!

  1. Install the 3DBI for SketchUp extension directly from the extension warehouse.
  2. Activate your 14 day trial by using 3DBI-SKETCHUP-TRIAL-14DAYS as activation key when being prompted.
  3. Export your Sketchup models to Microsoft Power BI.

The missing piece

Data needs context. With just a few clicks, 3DBI will allow you to visualize your data in its spatial, 3D context, directly in your existing or new Microsoft Power BI dashboards. Get started viewing, panning and orbiting around your 3d models now.



3DBI gives your powerful styling options to visualize your data in the most insightful way possible. Colorize and show/hide up to 30.000 objects by any parameter, control whether or not your objects, ghost objects and contextual objects should be outlined or not and control the opacity of ghost objects.

Work offline

With 3DBI, your 3D model information is directly inserted into your Microsoft Power BI dashboard, so your 3D model will be accessible, even when there is no internet connection.


KG-dev actively works on the tools needed to craft 3DBI models from a wide variety of CAD and BIM (web-) applications.

This SketchUp extension is our first integration, with Revit and Archicad coming in 2021.

How-To – Custom 3D Power BI visual of a warehouse

Custom 3D Power BI visual of a warehouse, modelled in SketchUp.

How-to – update 3DBI visual in existing Power BI dashboards

Import, then swap. The following steps will allow you to upgrade 3DBI visuals in existing Microsoft® Power BI® dashboards: Open your existing dashboard. Press the "Get more visuals" button and then hit "Import a visual from a file". Navigate to the directory where the...

How-to – 3D quantity takeoff dashboard in Power BI

Creating an interactive 3D quantity take-off dashboard, in Power BI. In this tutorial you will learn how to bring your SketchUp model's geometry and quantity information into Microsoft® Power BI® so that you can create interactive 3D quantity takeoff dashboards. The...


Which license fits your project needs?

Please review the 3DBI End User License Agreement here: EULA 3DBI

Free Trial

Free trials are perfect to give the toolchain a try and allows you to use the Software for non-commercial purposes.

Please use 3DBI-SKETCHUP-TRIAL-14DAYS as your activation code to start your free 14-day trial period.


An individual license is ideal for individuals that want to gain deep insight in their SketchUp model and its data, or, alternatively, want to add spatial insight to the data they already have in Power BI. An individual license grants 1 user to use both the Creator (3DBI for SketchUp) and Viewer on up to 2 devices, for 365 days.


An enterprise license covers the usage of the Viewer by an unlimited number of users within your company. Depending on the chosen pack it also grants a limited number of company users to use the Creator tool (3DBI for SketchUp). Each pack allows access to the Software for 365 days.

Royalty-Free Redistribution

A Royalty-Free Redistribution (RFR) license is required when you want to grant other users, that are not covered by an individual or enterprise license, access to the Viewer in combination with your generated content (.3dbi files), whether in return for payment or free of charge. Just like an Enterprise license it also allows to use the Viewer by an unlimited number of company users and it also comes in different pack sizes to cover a limited number of users to use the Creator tool (3DBI for SketchUp). Each pack allows access to the Software for 365 days.

Paddle is our reseller and the Merchant of Records for this product. Paddle provides all customer inquiries and handles returns.


Material take-off breakdown by Level

Demo of an interactive BIM dashboard showing concrete (prefab vs in situ) take-off by level in an interactive 3D Power BI dashboard. This dashboard can be consulted here: on Power BI

Port Containers Overview

With 3DBI we try to link any kind of data with any type of 3D model, so that spatial insight can be brought to those raw data fields. In this case we crafted an interactive dashboard out of both a 3D model and data of a port. In a single view you can filter and colorize containers by Carrier, Weight, Origin, Destination, … or just about any other data field you might have about your containers, and see the results in 3D.

Let’s get in touch if you also would like to bring spatial insight to the data you already have.


This dashboard can be consulted here: on Power BI

Room Quantities

Demo showing an abstract model of which the rooms have been exported to 3DBI. Different properties such as the room’s level, area and perimeter are used to colorize and show/hide the room geometries.

Warehouse Locations

Demo of a warehouse model with over 1900 different product locations that have been exported to 3DBI using our SketchUp Pro Extension. The different product locations are colorized and filtered by using properties such as the product’s supplier and remaining stock.

Basic Construction schedule

What jobs are we up to today? Tomorrow? This week? … This basic demo demonstrates the versatility of 3DBI where scheduling data has been used to colorize objects based on the construction job type and to filter objects based on a calendar.

Queue Occupancy Monitoring

Versatility  – That is what 3DBI offers. Our vision was to make it possible to link any kind of data, with any kind of 3D model. In this demo, we linked up a fictional vaccination center model with some mocked queue occupancy data.