I've been asked by a customer to develop a solution capable of extracting information from Revit tubing design. The solutions would consist of taking a non-standard tubing model an extract the data such as lenght, bending angles, bending location, size of tubing, etc.
Since Revit is more a software for construction design rather than manufacturing, is theres functions in the Revit API capable to extract this type of information ? Would I need to convert the data in another format (ie: .dwg )to be capable to extract such information ?
I m not an MEP expert, but if these information are available in Revit MEP (I assume they do, since this is what your customer has asked), chances are that you can get it through API without using dwg.
Or, if they are not directly available, you can deduce them by doing some calculation (e.g. you can get the coordinates of two points through API and then calculate the length in your own code).
Our customer is not a specialist in Revit MEP, they wan to automate a process which is done manually today. We worked with other mechanical CAD software, and we know we can do it. Revit MEP seems to have very little meta information in the geometry itself, but your right we could extract the information and manipulate it, but it would make the algorithm a little bit more tricky then just extracting the information if available.