Safety shouldn’t be something that management talks about, but doesn’t enforce. Jobsite safety should take precedence over every other aspect of your company, and if it is not a priority in your company, it needs to be. Making safety the most important thing not only helps to reduce costs, but it can also improve productivity on site. Because accidents lead to additional costs as well as delays in projects, when you make safety a priority, you lessen the chances of accidents occurring on site, and you save money in the process.
A move to Revit presents an opportunity for users to right some of the wrongs that have been done in CAD. Don’t we all like the chance to start over if we can? Preparing for a move from Autodesk Fabrication to Revit requires a few key steps. Changes to your database will be required. The user needs to have a new mindset for the ways the workflow is different. Training is the optimal way to get up to speed quickly. And it’s worth considering tools that make modeling easier.
Some users may not have mastered AutoCAD at a level where they can use it very well, so take time during the Fab transition to learn to really use Revit. Your instinct may be to try to learn along the way, and that might work. But experts recommend at least creating a sample project to work with and practice on, so you can learn how Revit works one piece at a time. Learn the simple things before moving on to fabrication work.
Here are some of the misconceptions about moving from Fabrication to Revit:
This statement carries a certain note of forewarning just as the sentiment, “But we’ve always done it this way.” Things change. First off, changes will need to be made to your database, so make sure your database is ready. Don’t use an older database that’s not adequately prepared.
- In order to load your database into Revit, go in and select the version, and make sure there is a unique identifier (this only has to be done once).
- Your button appearances and descriptions should be set the way you want them to appear in Revit. This is an optional “comfort” thing but will make Revit feel friendlier.
- Your items will need to have a material set, or they won’t work in Revit. You will need to edit the items, and set a material for piping items particularly. Make sure they work.
When your firm decides to make the move from Autodesk Fabrication to Revit, it’s a positive step for your future of making things. If you need or want expert advice on your firm’s misconceptions, there are helpful advisors at Applied Software with industry experience who can help you decide which changes will make your transition as smooth as possible. When it’s time to move your Fab experience forward, request a demo of eVolve Mechanical.
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Usually, what happens when you see an “Index was out of range” error, it’s because (1) your root folder was deleted or changed names, (2) there is already a folder or a file name in the destination location & there can’t be 2 files or folders with the same name, (3) the file or folder name contains a restricted character (like < > ^ \ / ), or in some rare cases, (4) a folder was inadvertently uploaded as a file.
There are many advantages to improving your fab shop, one being efficiency. A fab shop should be a structured outlet designed to efficiently organize material and easily send it out to contractors on the field. Having a best in-class fab shop will create a more efficient system that helps your company. Another benefit of having a best in-class fab shop is safety. Because the fab shop is operating in an organized and efficient manner, it won’t be necessary to have as many people working in the shop. And as a result, Bauman explained that, “the less people you have on a jobsite, the safer it is.” To go along with this, improving your fab shop leads to more organization, which allows you to complete the same amount of work with less people and save money in the process.