You want MEP building analysis, but there is no architectural model. Are you kidding? Should you continue with 2D or maintain your skills and create your own building model using the conceptual massing tools? MEP building analysis is easy when you use the massing tools in Autodesk Revit MEP 2013 software—a largely underused tool for the MEP designer. In this class, you will discover how to build an analysis model using linked 2D data as a wireframe model. From this wireframe, we will construct a mass model, add external walls and windows, and populate the interior with walls rooms and spaces. We will continue the process, creating a space schedule for checking and naming purposes and exporting to gbXML. Additionally, we will take a look at some of the new features in Revit MEP 2013 that enable you to make best use of a linked architectural file—whether you use the data attached to the architect's model or override it in the design analysis model.
Building services engineers who want to use the power of Revit MEP, AEC professionals who are involved with conceptual design and analysis, and Revit users who want to take full advantage of the data from the analysis process
Originally from London, Simon relocated to New Zealand in 2002. He has over 30 years’ experience in Building Services and Architectural industries. Since the early 1990's he has been involved in developing and managing CAD and IT Systems for a variety of companies, and now spends most of his time, teaching Revit to a wide range of students at all levels of age and experience.
After a five year term with Jasmax, one of New Zealand's leading architectural practices, where he led the implementation of Revit Architecture, he spent 3 years with Beca, training and supporting Revit Architecture and Revit MEP. Using Revit since r5.1, and Revit MEP since its inception. Now a Revit Specialist for KarelCAD, he provides implementation, training and support services, and in his spare time has now co-authored three Revit MEP books, and is also working on a series of video tutorials for Revit MEP.
You can also sometimes find him on twitter, or reluctantly blogging at www.BIM-BS.blogspot.com
We have all built family content over the years. Some of us are proud of what we have built and have every right to be. Some of us, on the other hand, have built content we wish we could take back and never show to anyone. This class will answer any of your family questions and will strive to not only answer the question but provide a background to the answer. No "yes" or "no" answers here. Expect dissertations for an answer. Expect to learn. Be warned—this class will not cover the basics of family creation. You are expected to know how to build a family when you walk in the door.
This class will provide an in-depth discussion of best practices for building a design model for use in both 2D construction documentation and 3D trade coordination. As more projects are designed in 3D from the beginning, architectural, structural, and other trade models can be used by MEP designers when laying out their systems. We will address the how and why of making a model for both documentation creation and 3D coordination in step-by-step descriptions of best practices based on real-world examples where this workflow has been successful. The class will also include a handout that describes the Building Information Modeling (BIM) coordination process and lists best practices for designers who are interested in providing coordination as a service to the construction team.
Welcome to the ever-changing and evolving Building Information Modeling (BIM) world. This class is designed for BIM managers and Revit leaders who are responsible for setting up the company Autodesk Revit MEP software template. During this class, you will learn best practices for creating and managing a Revit MEP template. We are also going to examine a template that is not really a template (RTE file) and explore the benefits it has versus the traditional RTE template file. In addition, you will learn how to integrate the new features into your existing template and reduce hundreds and hundreds of design hours replacing your old workflow. Some of the things that we are going to explore include naming conventions and managing views, customizing pipe/duct/conduit/cable tray types, the all new pipe and duct systems, view templates, things that should be in your template, and many other little tips that will take your Revit MEP template to the next level.
As you migrate to Autodesk Revit software from AutoCAD software, there are always questions about how to make Revit output look like drawings produced by AutoCAD. While Revit works differently than AutoCAD, there are also ways of configuring Revit to replicate some of the interface standards of AutoCAD. This class will look at ways of modifying Revit line weights, line patterns, line patterns, fill (hatch) patterns, materials, object styles, and units to help with the transition to Revit. We will also look at migrating AutoCAD details into Revit and controlling AutoCAD line weights for AutoCAD linework that is linked into Revit. Since there are some standards that will need to change with implementing Revit, this class will help you understand some of those items that should change.
This class will explore several example applications that were created using the API, with a focus on time-saving solutions. We will discuss how to extract information from elements in linked models and describe some practical uses of the raytrace functions of the Autodesk Revit API. We will also present the use of the API to automate data manipulation and the transfer of data from other sources. We will show example applications and discuss ideas for future development.
Autodesk Revit software has great built-in tools for adding and managing keynotes. Often these tools are underused, possibly because most design firms prefer to use their own custom notes and the process of customizing the text within the notes file may initially seem daunting. In this class, we will look at the keynoting tools starting with the spec/keynote library and the tag as they exist out-of-the-box. Then we will quickly progress to customizing the notes as well as the keynote tag. You will see how keynotes (sometimes called flagnotes) can associate a number or code and a corresponding spec or line of text to any object in a Revit model. You will also see how a simple text file of keyed notes can be easily customized to use any notes you need for your projects. We will also present options for streamlining this process. This class will be useful to beginners, intermediate users, and anyone who wants to use keynotes. You should have some knowledge of Revit navigation and tagging.
One of the most difficult aspects of performing energy analysis on existing building projects is calibrating the simulated results from the energy model to the building's actual energy use. Accurate calibration depends on utility billing data or trended performance data from the Building Energy Management System (BEMS) being properly integrated into the energy model. To the novice, this process can easily double the modeling effort, killing a project’s budget. In the first part of this session, you will learn how to build a simplified energy model in Autodesk® Vasari Beta 1.0 software and calibrate the model to monthly utility data in Autodesk® Green Building Studio® web-based software. The second half of the class will cover how to calibrate the simulated results of the DOE2 energy model to the actual building’s energy performance as captured by a properly configured BEMS system. Both of these strategies will be covered in a case study on the Autodesk headquarters building in San Rafael, CA.
You may already have an edition of Autodesk® Building Design Suite or may be considering the upgrade to a suite. The challenge is not the decision, but rather how you are going to get everybody in the organization up to speed with what they need to do within your project workflow and how to appropriately and effectively use the tools. Join us in this class as we discuss the latest innovation in workflow documentation, live training, and help desk assistance that is providing organizations with an edge in successfully implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM). Learn how firms are taking full advantage of all the tools in Autodesk Building Design Suite and maximizing their return on their BIM technology investments.
This class will show you how to work programmatically with Autodesk Revit MEP software models. We will provide an overview of the entire Revit MEP API and specifically focus on the major enhancements in Revit 2013. The most important 2013 feature is the routing preference functionality. The 2013 light and light group API will also addressed. An overview of the available samples will be provided. All MEP domains including HVAC, electrical, and plumbing will be addressed. We will show how to analyze existing systems and create new MEP models from scratch. We will cover mechanical and electrical system traversal; display of system hierarchies in a tree view; components such as circuits, ducts, pipes, fittings, connectors, cable trays, and conduits; and automatic calculation and sizing based on room and space requirements. Note that prior .NET programming and Revit MEP product experience is required and that this class is not suitable for beginners.
It's important to manage the logical systems, pipe system families, and component fixture families to track flow in every situation. You have the confidence to rely on fully parametric annotation and design documents. However, what about the system types that Autodesk Revit software doesn’t fully support? In this class, we will get out the big pipe wrench and manhandle Revit to squeeze out the units you need. I’ve got your gas (system type) right here!
Back and updated for the 2013 release, we are going to help you take your AutoCAD Revit MEP software to the next level. In this intermediate class you will learn how to get piping accessories (such as valves) to look the way you want for single-line and double-line piping. We will also look at how to define electrical panel schedules to match what the code reviewers want. For HVAC designers, we will explain how to create some nifty custom fittings. Finally, there are the fast tips for all users—everyday tasks made easy for your Revit MEP projects. If you've ever been to one of these classes, be prepared! This one's going to be as informative as it is fun!
Space schedules are one of the most underused tools in the AutoCAD Revit MEP software arsenal. This class will give you the tools to go beyond how you are using Revit for your design. In this class we will explore the diverse possibilities of Revit MEP space schedules for verifying and validating your design in a straightforward and easily understood format. We will focus on using space schedules to verify LEED® points, compare design calculations to actual modeled conditions, create and use calculated values, resolve improper units, and implement conditional cell formatting for quick design condition verification. We will also cover the ability to reference space information in other schedule categories, as well as embedding schedules from other categories into space schedules. Stop fighting the software and start harnessing the information in your model to help validate your design and verify that your design intent is actually making it onto the documentation.