Making the investment in Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems can transform construction operations from the start of any project, leading to more efficient use of time and materials in all phases of the build, including long after the active construction project is completed. Through BIM, savings can be realized for the stakeholders in the project–from the building owner to subcontractors–and the operator of the structure benefits far into the future.
To the uninitiated, a Revit project can be overwhelming. Scores–maybe hundreds–of points that must be located. There are hanger and sleeve specs that need to be checked and updated as a project moves on. Changes coming in from the client and the field that need to be incorporated. And of course, the deadlines for getting all the work done, and done correctly.
To survive these pressures and still produce quality models, every detailer in MEP needs proper tools at their disposal. While out-of-the-box Revit is undoubtedly a great advancement in modeling, detailers who incorporate a combination of tools with Revit find their work significantly easier, quicker and accurate.
Let’s take a look at couple of options:
- Using an add-on feature: eVolve MEP is the go-to add-on in Revit for vital functions used by detailers daily, making their work less repetitive and more productive. Designers can group identical elements together, allowing them to make changes across the group without having to individually local and change specs at individual spots. This cuts down on transcription errors when keying in data, as well as ensuring that no element in the group is accidentally missed when making the changes. Many other features are automated as well, including sleeve placement, generating sheets, and collision identification when auto placing hangers. In addition to the vast inventory of parts in the platform, the ease and convenience of the built-in functions of eVolve MEP augment productivity.
- Automating tasks: When the modeling is done, it’s time to export all that work to a materials schedule so it can be procured in a cost-effective, timely manner. eVolve Materials handles that task automatically, grouping similar elements together, creating a bill of materials from the most recent versions of the model. When updates are made to drawings, the changes are incorporated into the BOM, so there’s no risk of overlooking a part or even an entire section of the model when identifying needed materials.
Provide your detailers with a fully-equipped toolbox to do their jobs quickly, easily and accurately. The time savings, avoiding rework and keeping everyone updated with the best tools in the industry, will provide return on investment from day one.Are you ready to create your survival kit? Click here to learn more.
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