Sunday, July 26, 2009

From Revit MEP 2010 to Fabrication

Technical Sales International LLC (TSI) has developed the ability to import Revit MEP objects for fabrication using CAM-Duct, CAM-Duct, and CAD-Mech...

EastCoast CAD continues to work with AutoCAD MEP for fabrication, as well:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Upcoming Seminars: Contractors and BIM

BIM 101 for Mechanical Contractors

MasterGraphics is hosting a seminar for Mechanical Contractors the morning of July 30th. This seminar will review BIM, Revit MEP, AutoCAD MEP and NavisWorks. General Contractors will aslso discuss what they are looking for from their Mechanical Contractors. If you are a mechanical contractor located in the Chicagoland area, please join us!

Autodesk and EastCoast CAD

Join Autodesk and EastCoast CAD on August 18th, in Chicago Illinois for “A Contractor’s Guide to BIM 2009.” Conference.
Over 50 of the leading mechanical and HVAC contractors; as well as members of the Autodesk Revit and EastCoast Product Teams are expected to join along with representatives from the top general contractors and the largest HVAC, fabrication and mechanical firms in North America! The conference will be an opportunity for all to share their real world experiences of implementing BIM.

If you are interested, please click here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Are you speaking to your manufacturers?

For many years, since Revit was purchased by Autodesk, there has always been a problem of the amount of content provided with the program. As it continued to grow, to include Revit Structure and Revit MEP, even though the amount of content increased, there are still complaints. That is truly understandable, especially with the creation of Revit MEP, and the number of manufacturer specific content needed for the creation of Construction Documents (primarily for the schedules). Engineers can create the content themselves, but, better yet, they can begin speaking to the manufacturers. Many manufacturers have already begun creating their own content, understanding the need changed currently occuring in the AEC industry.

AO Smith
Visa Lighting
York Equipment
McQuay International

The above are just a few engineering manfacturer's who have Revit content on their websites. If you are looking for additional content that is ... you can find it on Autodesk's Seek website, based on their Metadata Style Guide. Manufacturers are directed to their own site, which will assist them in creating their content and working with the Autodesk Seek specialists to upload it to the website.

With the economy the way it is, marketing funds are scarce these days...manufacturers can take advantage of the multitude of engineers that will be directed to the site directly from Revit MEP when the equipment needed is entered in the program itself.

Speak to your manufacturers, let them know the importance of creating content for engineers using Revit MEP. The more engineers that discuss their needs with their manufacturers, the more likely these manufacturers will create their content in Revit for your use.

It is up to you. Let's work together to improve the content, and the amount of content created for the Revit products.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Going Green with Revit

After months of studying for the LEED exam, I passed, and have delved into a whole new world of the building industry. Although building Green has been introduced years ago, it is truly now taking off. Autodesk has taken this concept and run with it, purchasing Ecotect, combining it with Green Building Studio, and creating White Paper beyond White Paper on why Sustainability is important and how Revit can improve, even ease and financially benefit, a company's processes. However, there are legal issues already surfacing, being discussed all through the industry. BIM, IPD, sustainability, Green building...improving tomorrow, today...