If your company is challenged to improve your productivity when modeling Fabrication parts, your team might benefit from a Revit skills tune-up. Whatever type of mechanical, electrical or plumbing (MEP) parts your team is modeling, it’s valuable to have others in the trades willing to share their experience for your benefit, as they do during MEP Force.
Kevin Allen is Director of BIM and Productivity at Comfort Systems USA, a leading building and service provider for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems with 35+ operating companies across the US. During MEP Force 2020 Virtual, Kevin hosted a breakout session that included a 45-minute demo of over a dozen of his tips for better productivity when working with Fabrication parts in Revit. Following is an overview of Kevin’s top tips:
- Creating risers – To add a part and change orientation to vertical, use CTRL Spacebar.
- Moving a tap along a run – To move a tap, grab the node rather than using the Move command.
- Moving objects – To get more options, use the Shift tab when selecting items and clicking to drag.
- Hangers – When duplicating hangers, always use “Create Similar.” Do not use Copy.
- Creating waste systems – Add floor drains, then start the main from outside the building and connect to the drain that is farthest away first. Connect others after that.
- Waste elevation change out of main – Check out Kevin’s step-by-step demo of this tip on his MEP Force 2020 Virtual on-demand presentation on Tuesday, September 1 at 12:30.
- Risers with branches – First draw your riser. Then draw the branch at the correct elevation. Finally, connect it to the riser.
- Riser alignment – Use dimensions with “equal” selected, then add another dim to drive the offset. In addition, use Detail line.
- 45-degree offset in run – Set the Slope option for 12”/12” and use this during multi-point routing.
- Mechanical setting changes – Rather than using the out-of-the-box Revit setting, remove the diameter symbol and add “x” as a separator to make your schedules and bills of materials look better.
- Use “Combine Parameters” with a schedule – Combine Parameters can give you options that the Schedule Parameters option does not have.
- Working with schedules – To determine the total weight in pounds of the duct/service, change from Project Settings, then calculate the total.
- Placing an O-let on a cap – Place on the run; move to the end; rotate.
- Using groups for speed – Connect one feature; create a group; copy to others; then ungroup.
- Making branch connections – Use “Trim and Extend” and “Trim and Extend Multiple” to make branch connections faster.
The tag-team of Kevin with Gabe Hernandez, popular Applied Software instructor and Senior Specialist, joined up to illustrate these tips to improve productivity. You can access Kevin’s entire demo at the MEP Force 2020 Virtual website.