Normal duct and pipe systems in Revit software can provide huge value on Building Information Modeling (BIM) projects; but did you know that it's possible to link duct and pipe systems together to automate calculations? This session will show you how to create integrated networks of duct and pipe systems in order to achieve this lofty ambition. We will cover everything you need to know about: the creation of families that automatically recalculate heating and cooling flow rates when duct flow rates change; the creation of systems that use these families to pass information dynamically between duct and pipe systems; and the employment of methods that use mechanical calculations to aid electrical and structural engineering analysis. As an added bonus, this session will also show you how to insert breaks into systems to help organize your Revit system browser into a manageable hierarchy. And if you don't believe it's possible to use these techniques on large projects, wait until you see the model we will use.
Anybody interested in improving efficiency of mechanical design calculations
Andrew Duncan is mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) Building Information Modeling (BIM) manager for one of Arup's large, multidisciplinary building teams based in London. He is passionate about harnessing the power of software to aid design innovation, and he attentively tracks the emergence of new technologies. Andrew constantly challenges the limits of what's new or possible and continuously strives to achieve excellent outcomes. He has accumulated most of his experience thus while working with some of the world's finest architectural practices. The challenges that such complex and bespoke projects present have led Andrew to develop a deep understanding of a wide variety of BIM applications and processes. Andrew is Arup's MEP representative at London Revit User Group. He has represented Arup at Autodesk University on a number of occasions and also regularly attends other BIM networking events. He is currently studying for an MSc in BIM and integrated design at the University of Salford.
Many institutional owners have near-continuous capital planning (new construction and renovation) programs. Their decision-making processes depend on reliable, accurate information. Come to this class and learn how delivering building information can turn a project-to-project relationship into an ongoing, long-term relationship. Architects, engineers, and contractors live in a model-centric world. Building owners live in an information-centric world. Most owners are not yet ready to manage 'live' building information models, but many are ready to manage the rich data set of information that is inherently available in, and can be easily obtained from, Revit software models. It's the information—and not just the geometry—in Building Information Modeling (BIM) that is making the difference for owners throughout the building lifecycle. This session focuses on the hidden value that may be found in your own models, and we will discuss how you can organize building information in—and extracted efficiently from—Revit software models with the Revit software COBie Toolkit.
Are you unsure of how much detail you should show in your 3D model? See real-life examples of how a design-build mechanical contractor saved time and money by utilizing a unified workflow to produce a truly constructible 3D Revit software model from design through construction. This lecture will highlight how to set up personnel infrastructure to optimize software usage; how to describe the expectations that your design model should meet from a contractor's perspective; and how to identify techniques to incorporate early constructability feedback to enhance design. Through the use of a carefully planned unified workflow, the 3D design model can enhance your opportunities for prefabrication, utility racking, modular construction, streamlined coordination, expedited conflict resolution, and increased job site safety.