Fabrication: The Path Forward
Written By Carol Dunn

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Where have we been?

It’s been nearly fifteen years since Revit was introduced to the world as the best way to achieve building information modeling. Once the term BIM was coined, it was everywhere. It seemed like everyone was writing about BIM, extolling the wonders of BIM, telling you that you should have BIM (as though it were something you could buy and put in the corner of the office). Are you tired of hearing about BIM? Fact is, the BIM process is here to stay, and rightfully so. The entire mechanical industry benefits from easier fabrication deliverables and workflow using the information modeling process. And Revit, created with the sole purpose of taking a model to the next level, is the best way to get there.

Where are we now?

Revit combines the old with the new, using traditional CADmep modeling techniques. It takes the best parts of traditional fabrication workflows and combines them with the best platform for the BIM process. Anyone familiar with fabrication parts will find converting to Revit is simple. If you learned to use AutoCAD-based products, the Revit interface is even easier. It is user-friendly with no hidden commands or system variables.

Autodesk Fabrication Parts items (ITM) content is already supported by Revit, providing real world data, intelligent connectivity, and flat pattern development. With everything tied directly to the live working model in one file and the ability to convert the mechanical design to ITMs directly within Revit, you can initiate the constructible modeling process much faster. Meanwhile, the information and decisions made by those involved at earlier stages of modeling are preserved. This eliminates rework and supports the BIM process better than AutoCAD-based workflows.

Where are we going?

Fabrication and Revit are amazing, but that’s not the end game for the mechanical industry. As you step across the industry threshold between the past and the future, evolve your Revit workflows with an unrivaled new solution. Sure, there are thousands of products out there that claim to be ideal. But this one was built specifically for you. eVolve Mechanical provides you with essential tools to take your Revit fabrication model to manufacturing and installation, with:

  • Spooling – With automated dimensions, this feature is not only fast, it’s loaded with customizable options. You have the ability to automatically generate spool sheets as you define your spool assemblies or batch create the sheets all at once later. Spooling is easier to manage and review, and it speeds the fabrication process beyond the capability of traditional Revit families (RFAs).
  • Hangers – Spec-driven hangers will automatically place supports throughout the entire fabrication model. Hangers will even move automatically to resolve collisions, cutting down your coordination time. Hangers are ITM-based, so they automatically size to your MEP part, stay connected as the system moves, and attach to the structure.
  • Renumbering – Your model can quickly be renumbered with customizable numbering settings.
  • RTS Field Point Export – It’s easy and intuitive to place points in the model and automatically export hanger locations to a robotic total station.

eVolve really is the way of the future for the mechanical industry. Do yourself and your firm a favor, and check out the fabrication tool that was built specifically for you. Contact Applied Software for a demo of eVolve Mechanical today. Embrace the future of the BIM process in the mechanical industry, and get ready to reap the benefits through a smoother workflow and faster fabrication deliverables.

eVolve News: On November 9, Applied Software launched the newest version of eVolve Mechanical, packed full of new features. Applied is committed to being responsive to customer input and continues to enhance eVolve Mechanical since its initial launch in August, 2018.

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