We are an industry where machine and computer power enhance the work of the person, in many cases, making the very jobs we undertake possible. Modeling wouldn’t be feasible if not for the computing power of today’s equipment, from Robotic Total Stations (RTS) units to laptops and cranes.
If your company has a goal to strive for excellence in completing projects on time while adhering to a cost-efficient budget, you have a lot in common with other MEP firms.
One way to do that is by transitioning to a building information modeling process using Revit. But saying that and doing it are two different matters.
Maybe you’ve heard worrisome tales about trying to implement Revit into a company culture that was raised on AutoCAD. If your company wants to transition completely to Revit from AutoCAD, but you’re hesitant to put your staff through the pains of doing so, take heart. There’s an option for making that transition much easier.
Although nothing is easy when you’re improving your processes, making the commitment to see the transition through will be a driving factor in your ultimate success. The temptation is always there for your staff to alternate between AutoCAD and Revit. They’re familiar with AutoCAD; they’re comfortable with it. Frankly, sometimes it’s quicker, and every hour counts when the pressure is on to get your jobs done faster. But just about everyone in the industry admits that Revit is the route companies are taking to stay relevant in the future.
Whether you’re working in the mechanical or electrical sector – or both – BIM using Revit gives you the ability to conceptualize a project from design, through engineering, budgeting, scheduling, fabrication, construction, as well as maintenance and management.
For many companies, the transition to BIM may begin with simple things – tasks the designers are comfortable with. But once the decision is made to put all your eggs in the Revit basket, it takes discipline to stay the course.
From the first steps in transitioning your design and fabrication process, eVolve Origin can help. With hundreds of preconfigured settings, code specs, service definitions, drawing templates, workflow palettes, and updated databases for remote work, Origin supports you.
Many electrical and mechanical companies face the problem of accurate content when using any drafting software. Building your own content accurately can be time-consuming and frustrating. But with optional on-demand content creation for Origin, you can specify packaged content, download it and get back to work. Origin is a powerful tool for detailing in Revit. There’s no need to employ a programmer to make it work for you. In addition, there is no need to purchase multiple add-ons and tool bars that might be incompatible with each other. Origin has content covered.
You can automate your detailing tasks and shop drawings with eVolve Mechanical and eVolve Electrical spooling and hanger layout features. Since you don’t have to manually dimension the spools, detail sheets and spooling are faster.
Use eVolve Mechanical and eVolve Electrical to:
- Speed up spooling and be more accurate.
- Spend less time managing the database.
- Get the right reports.
- Reduce errors from doing things manually.
- Stop bouncing back and forth from Revit to CAD.
Once you make that commitment to move to Revit, choose eVolve Origin, eVolve Mechanical and/or eVolve Electrical to help drive a successful transition. By partnering with eVolve MEP, your Revit route for staying relevant in the future can be a success story.
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