Kevin Allen is currently employed at Comfort Systems USA (CSUSA)—a premier mechanical systems installation and service provider with annual revenue of $1.6 billion—as Director of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Productivity. CSUSA is a national organization with over 7,000 employees and 45 operating companies (some being service only). Currently 26 of these locations utilize virtual design and construction (VDC), with 10 sheet metal fabrication shops, numerous pipe and plumbing shops, and 205 employees utilizing the Fabrication software products on a single database. Kevin is responsible for implementing, training, and advising on best practices for these companies, developing standards within the organization, and providing technology recommendations for the future, along with numerous other tasks.
William Tucker is currently working at Comfort Systems USA, a Premier Mechanical Systems Installation and Service provider, as BIM Trainer and Product Specialist.CSUSA is a national organization with 8,000 employees. CSUSA has one Autodesk Fabrication National Database that is shared with 26 companies, 10 Sheet Metal Fabrication Shops and 205 users. William is responsible for implementing, training, and advising on best practices for these companies, developing standards within the organization, and providing technology recommendations for the future.In the past, William has trained and Implemented Autodesk Fabrication CADmep, ESTmep, and CAMduct as well as utilized it as a 3D detailing and coordination package.William has been using Autodesk Products for 30 years.William enjoys helping others utilize the software to its fullest extent.
Is your Revit model corrupt or causing crashes? Is the team unable to work and is losing productivity? Increase your team's efficiency by gaining expertise for diagnosing the root cause of the issue-whether it's the model, the user, or the computer-and resolve the issue fast. This involves understanding various error messages, recognizing different types of data corruption and their sources, repairing or recovering corrupt Revit models, and learning best practices to minimize file corruption. We'll go over analyzing the computer when Revit crashes or the model gets corrupted. You'll gain a better understanding of the Revit backup procedures, as well as how to locate and restore the most current backup model. We'll arm you with the knowledge and the tools required to analyze and identify issues using the journal files and slog files. Finally, we'll review best practices for reducing the incidence of model corruption.
As Building Information Modeling (BIM) uptake continues to grow across all disciplines, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) design and MEP spatial coordination is at a particularly interesting stage. The need for both design information inputs and the sharing of design updates from architects, structural engineers, and various specialist MEP designers places pressure on, and increases risk for, MEP coordination teams. While many collaboration tools have been used for file sharing, the advent of Collaboration for Revit cloud service has provided a platform for a new level of buy-in and adoption. The range of benefits that Collaboration for Revit provides-including the ability to house central files-is seeing an increased level of engagement and improved output on time in the industry. We'll demonstrate, through our established workflow and numerous worldwide projects, just how to manage MEP BIM projects using tools such as Revit MEP software and Navisworks software, and we'll show participants the benefits of Collaboration for Revit for effective MEP coordination management.
This is a follow up to the earlier lecture on performing a fabrication database health checkup. You can use our default data set, or bring a copy of your own database for use in the lab-and you can leave with the real personalized data to use back at your office. Do you know what's in your fabrication database? Do you know what's missing? This lab will show you how to perform a health checkup on your fabrication database so you can make informed decisions about what you need to do. And now that you know what needs doing, how do you do it? How do you do it efficiently? This lab will also show you how to make those changes in an informed and effective manner. The fabrication database is very powerful, but also fragile and complicated. It's common to see mismanagement or even complete lack of management because of fear or effort involved in correcting issues. This lecture will arm you with the knowledge to take charge of your database instead of it managing you.
Showcasing the 100,000m2 University hospital of Stavanger we will introduce new workflows in Revit for the seamless design of cross discipline modular and prefabricated components. The Scandinavian hospital proposes a giant lego-like assembly in its construction and tests currently unreleased Revit functionalities which have enabled the efficient control and development of the prefabrication strategy parallel to the overall project design. <br/><br/>We will present an interdisciplinary BIM workflow for the drawing and analysis of prefabricated components and show new techniques in data management which have allowed us to monitor component changes, identify deviations, and align project outputs with the information demands of the building industry. This class will also demonstrate how this methodology can be applicable to schools, hotels and other repetitive or prefabricated projects.
This class will show you how to get the most out of Revit software's powerful graphic features, incorporating all of the newest features in Revit. You'll gain valuable tips, tricks, and time-proven techniques to make your drawings look great. You'll learn to enhance non-rendered presentations with "out of the box" advanced graphic techniques, as well as how to visually improve trees, plants, and people used in Revit for all non-rendered views. You'll learn more about adding photo backgrounds to presentations and renderings using a unique overlay approach, adding fully controllable color or photo backgrounds behind multiple views-and you'll get tips for improving interior and exterior rendered views. Finally, you'll learn how to use "old-world hand-drafting" techniques to add visual clarity that helps your construction documents communicate seamlessly. Learn how to use surface shading, profiling, transparency, and toning techniques to create beautiful and clear drawings.
This roundtable discussion will focus on how Collaboration for Revit cloud service changes the way we collaborate on delivering a building design. We'll discuss the benefits and pitfalls with this platform. In addition, we'll compare Collaboration for Revit with other platforms to learn why it stands out. We'll learn whether Collaboration for Revit defines a new standard of how we work as a team.
This panel will include top Building Information Modeling (BIM) practitioners from the different stakeholders involved in the lifecycle of a facility (owners, designers, builders, and manufacturers). We'll discuss standardization along with what information stakeholders want and need in models and families to make their workflows more efficient. We'll explore what information is wanted now and what information we need to plan to include in the future. We'll also discuss shared parameters, multiple level of development (LOD) versions, and other topics that panelists bring into the discussion. This panel will be followed by a roundtable to open up the discussion to all audience members (Revit Stakeholder Roundtable).
This class will take a deep dive into lookup tables for Revit families. Learn how to use lookup tables to easily add text, or even part numbers, to hundreds of families. Discover the common issues faced when using lookup tables and learn the easy ways to fix them. Create families with multiple lookup tables to better control data flow, and learn how nested families can create issues and discover the steps to resolve them. You can eliminate hundreds of types with the use of just a couple of lookup tables. Throughout this session you will have access to custom Microsoft Excel tools to make creating and updating lookup tables a breeze. At the end of the class, you will have all the secret handshakes needed to create your next truly smart family.
Over the past few years, there have been 2 or more releases of Revit software each year. Were you able to sit down and look through all of the new features? How are you informed about what the new features are and how they work? In the midst of your busy workday, you may have missed quite a bit of information about all these updates-like how to harness the power of scripting with Dynamo Player. In this session, we'll cover 30 of the most recent Revit updates, and you'll learn how you can use them right away. Join us and make an impact on your day-to-day workflows!
The Revit API exposes an event on the UIApplication and UIControlledApplication classes called DialogBoxShowing. Adding an event handler for this event lets the developer automatically handle the dismissal of TaskDialogs. One thing the Revit API documentation does not provide is a list of TaskDialogs and the appropriate responses needed to dismiss them. This class will expose a list of Revit TaskDialogs, along with information about TaskDialogIds, button definitions, and the default button. Class material will cover the process for getting the list of TaskDialogs into a file and an explanation of the file's contents. We will discuss code that can parse the file to show detailed TaskDialog information. We will present a small TaskDialog API that lets the developer easily control the behavior of TaskDialogs in an on-the-fly manner. Additionally, we will show a sample DialogBoxShowing event handler.
As Building Information Modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) pulls us to new levels of collaboration, we might find ourselves afraid of that next BIM level. At Volvo's new plant that was completed this year in South Carolina, the general contractor, architects/engineers (A/E), and subcontractors formed design-build relationships and will be presented as a case study. We'll discuss examples of LOD 400 implemented to prevent errors and save cost and time, such as the A/E's mechanical engineer using LOD 400 for major elements of the design model to help the mechanical subcontractor. We'll discuss how this was accomplished from contract, coordination, permit, and delivery standpoints. We'll show what elements were taken to LOD 400 by the A/E, and what was taken to 350-400 by the trade contractors. We'll share lessons learned and limitations one has to keep in mind. Now that we've had this success, how do we learn from it, and how can you move forward and let LOD 400 take your project to the next level? Anthony will be joined by Yates Construction's Benjamin Crosby, who's a member of the BIMForum BxP Committee and LOD Core Group.
This session will propel you into Revit 2018, exemplifying the advantages of using a singular model throughout the preconstruction process. Learn how to go from design intent to fabrication spools using Fabrication Parts in Revit software. In this session, you will convert a Revit design model to Fabrication Parts, make design and coordination changes, define and detail fabrication spools, and create all construction documentation without ever leaving Revit. You will gain first access to new 2018 software add-ins that streamline this process with prepopulated templates and content libraries. This hands-on session will reinforce best piping practices, and give you the tools you need to take your business to the next level.