Since the rise of BIM, the interest in the Revit platform is strongly increasing. After all, the platform offers a lot of insight into the 3D model and the information contained in it. But don't be mistaken: this doesn't mean that modeling in Revit is the same as modeling in BIM.
First, let's take a look at the definitions of both terms:
- BIM is a highly collaborative process that allows multiple stakeholders and AEC (architecture, engineering, construction) professionals to collaborate on the planning, design, and construction of a building within one 3D model.
- Autodesk Revit is a 3D design software that can be used by architects, engineers, contractors, and designers. Although Revit has a history in architecture, MEP contractors, engineers and detailers have also moved to the platform.
Why BIM is more than Revit
Most importantly, BIM is not a platform. However, it is all about cooperation and information. And especially in the MEP industry, this is difficult to achieve with Revit alone.
Why this matters to MEP professionals
While Autodesk Revit is good for the design of low level of development building systems, it’s not the only option for quality BIM design. When MEP engineers only use Revit for designing installations without input from other parties and sources, a lot of manual work is required. Just think of building families, adding information to systems and components and performing calculations. Therefore, there is a need for more than just Revit. This need is met by the growing range of apps and plugins for MEP engineers that dramatically enhance Revit’s capabilities, allowing MEP engineers to realize constructible models in Revit.
How to design mechanical systems in Revit
Programs such as Stabicad for Revit offer solutions specific to the MEP engineer. Thanks to the extensive symbol libraries and templates for the various disciplines, engineers start working directly with the right templates and symbols that correspond to local norms and standards.
Engineers can also easily switch from generic to specific solutions. In this way, they quickly provide the right information to the model for each phase of the project. Other useful solutions for MEP engineers are:
- Integrated calculations: With intelligent calculation modules for the various disciplines, MEP engineers calculate their systems directly in the BIM model, according to local standards.
- MEPcontent: Europe's largest BIM library with 500,000+ 3D articles and several apps with manufacturer-specific content.
- Open collaboration platforms: Cooperation in BIM projects is no longer reserved for the Revit user. Thanks to developments in CAD technology and cloud collaboration software, it is also possible to participate in BIM projects without Revit. Connect with all stakeholders by using an open collaboration platform such as Trimble Connect to upload, share and annotate 2D and 3D drawings in the cloud.
It’s clear that the range of possibilities for MEP engineers is increasing. And with it, the BIM workflow is becoming more and more mature.