Thursday, 21 May 2015

Revit Families: Take a Look at Their Classification

Revit is incredible software which possess plethora of features which have improvised the design process for building projects. Revit is developed to deal with various disciplines with its separate software such as Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP. Revit family editor is the tool which is available in each Revit discipline which assists in developing different sorts of building components (families) including both small and gigantic.

These families can be of window, door, ducts etc. and those are immensely vital for developing Building Information Models for architecture, structure and MEP. Professionals have to be careful while the development of these families as one minute flaw can cost huge amount of money. Revit families comprises of three categories which are system families, loadable families and in-place families.

Systems families
Let’s look at the explanation of system families first which are a category of Revit families. These are by default installed components in this software and these cannot get altered. In other words, as System families cannot be edited by technicians, it is important that they are used in their original form in the project. With the help of ‘Transfer Projects standards command’ users can transfer these system families in multiple projects conveniently.

Loadable families
Loadable families are those components which can be created individually by drafters. Apart from that they can be saved as separate files and whenever required by Revit technicians they can be included in the project. This makes them exceptionally important for Revit modelers.

In-place families
In-place families are also important part of Revit families and they are created for developing extremely unusual building components such as home kitchen sink and furniture etc.

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Monday, 4 May 2015

BIM is used extensively in UK and US

Though Building Information Modeling is a global phenomenon today, but its uses are more in United Kingdom and United States when compared to rest of the countries in the world. Both the UK and the US are highly developed countries in the world and their decision to adopt Building Information Modeling only indicates that they always make intelligent choices. By knowing the fact that these two countries are the biggest users of BIM, I can only draw the conclusion that they substantially comprehend the potential of Building Information Modeling in streamlining the entanglements of construction process.

In these countries tremendous support is poured from government side to reinforce BIM implementation in both private and public sector construction. In fact these countries consider construction industry as an important part of their economies. 

If we talk about United Kingdom, the government is taking all the indispensable measures which can lead to increasing implementation of BIM in Architecture services, Engineering and Construction industry. In fact in the year 2011, the United Kingdom government had made it mandatory through a proposal that all the construction projects executed by public and private players should be surely using BIM by the year 2016.

In the United Kingdom, ‘The Construction Industry Council’ which is abbreviated as CIC is tremendously enthusiastic about the implementation of Building Information Modeling and is significantly helping the government in reinforcing its initiative.

It is believed that with the enactment of BIM in construction business, high performing buildings are developed by design and construction professionals in very less cost. Another important part of BIM is that it sorts out all the potential difficulties which can be otherwise faced by AEC professionals when they literally start constructing a building in actual world.

Similarly the government of United States is also very keen into using BIM in construction.  In fact the private players are already reaping the fruits of seamless construction which is facilitated by Building Information Modeling.        

Friday, 1 May 2015

BIM’s contribution in the advancement of MEP

The growth which AEC industry has witnessed in recent decades is just unprecedented. Certainly there would be numerous factors to give credit such as availability of raw material, improvement in the safety of the structure, swift construction process etc. BIM is one of those factors which has drastically changed the construction process of architecture, structure and MEP disciplines in AEC industry and delivered the unprecedented growth.

Design development for MEP sytems is undertaken when architecture and structure of the building is ready since it has to be set up according to architecture and structure and it is very complex. It is very essential to design according to the specifications handed over by architects.

Synchronization process in MEP has improved by building information modeling. BIM enhanced the coordination of MEP systems internally as well as with other systems, too. Through MEP BIM Service elements are produced in balanced way which reduces the frequency of errors.  

MEP comprise of many systems like heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, fire protection system, power distribution system plumbing solution etc. BIM provides high end models for all these systems with the help of Revit software.

BIM facilitates effective scheduling which manages timing for each system smoothly. It specifically denotes the period of time each system require and help AEC professionals in allotment of the resources. 

With the support of BIM, professionals can easily identify the cost related information for MEP systems. Cost estimation helps in allocating budget for the precise development of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.