8 Things You Didn’t Know about Revit MEP
Written By Carol Dunn
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Way back in the late 1990s, Revit was conceived with architects in mind – geometry and construction information joined into one data-rich model. The needs of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing industry segment were not fully represented in the software until Autodesk Revit MEP was developed to specifically equip MEP engineers, contractors and design firms. With functionality and content libraries that MEP users need, Revit MEP remained a separate product until 2013.

Even if you’re using Revit MEP, following are some things you may not have known:

  1. The name Revit came from REVise-InsT The combination of content and functionalities enable all the features of a Revit model to be parametric: when one thing is changed, the rest of the model updates accordingly. Every change in the model automatically causes a downstream change in some other linked information.
  2. Yes, it is possible to do coordination in Revit. Multiple views in a Revit model allow the user to control design and engineering in the 3D space, checking for clashes and issues early in the design model’s life.
  3. There are more than 140 Revit plugins (apps) for MEP. They enable users to customize the use of the software and make it more flexible when creating models for specific needs and specifications. However, some apps can conflict with others.
  4. The ability to use manufacturer-specific content enables users to create an exact digital representation of the building/project in advance of construction as well as the as-built model after construction.
  5. Revit models contain the information to move to prefabrication including: pricing, tasks, build sheets, takeoffs, and inventory tracking. Issued for construction (IFC) information can be sent to the construction engineer, facilities manager and even the distributor delivering materials.
  6. Information can be shared with parties internal to the organization such as team members not actively working with the Revit model who need information from it. For purchasing and accounting, for instance, Revit enables export of appropriate data to Excel for their use. The process is described in: export Revit data to Excel.
  7. Revit has out-of-the-box keyboard shortcuts for 14 create/draw commands, 15 modify/edit commands, 19 navigation/display commands, and 3 management commands. You can also create custom keyboard shortcuts.
  8. Using the Fabrication Parts palette to select a service and a group, you can place fabrication parts in a Revit model. You can also convert generic parts to fabrication parts and modify fabrication parts in a Revit model.  

With the increasing use of Revit MEP, more and more projects are being developed with the data-rich models that MEP engineers, trade contractors and design firms need. To explore the ways the MEP industry is employing Revit in building information modeling (BIM), plan to participate in MEP Force 2020. You’ll receive practical, real-world information from MEP experts who have worked in and know your industry. With over 80 breakout sessions, you’re sure to find a wealth of information useful for increasing your company’s productivity and profitability.

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