What is the Best Timeline for Upgrading Revit Software

Posted by Daniel Hughes on May 24, 2017 10:40:00 AM

 

What is the Best Timeline for Upgrading Revit Software?

Below is a brief 10-point list of BIM-Revit Manager recommendations I've found and have provided to BIM Managers during their training  process.

Consider these points; prior to upgrading Revit software.

  1. "How will a Revit product upgrade affect your project's current timelines and team members?"

  2. If a project's print or submittal milestone date is looming in the next 30-60 days, consider waiting to upgrade; especially for larger project teams.

  3. When the project is long term and does not have an immediate print/submittal milestone; the PM/PA should consult and discuss the impact of a software upgrade and the potential switch date with his/her entire team (design, engineering, contractor).

  4. Based on software subscription dates; Autodesk software is updated each March-April. Knowing this, BIM Managers will "look out" 4-6 months from March to review new incoming projects; that may be acceptable for the next Revit version. 

  5. During this time, BIM Managers should review, What current or future projects should be considered for upgrade or will remain on their current version of software?

  6. Consider having the  BIM-Revit Management Team actively participate with Autodesk's Beta software programs. They can be helpful to "kicking the tires" early using test equipment to anticipate any training, equipment or process changes to the project team(s).

  7. IT & Project Teams may choose to wait until the first service pack is issued before rolling out a new release. Re-patching (updating) an installed release is disruptive.

  8. The First Customer Shipment(FCS) version is often used to do major testing of deployment images, upgraded Revit standards, project testing, equipment upgrades, 3rd party applications and creating training update materials.

  9. Revit success is highly dependent on processes. Review new Revit features against processes; as these need to be integrated into the update training and revising the firm's process standards.

  10. Many firms use a similar 'pilot project' process; that started their use of Revit within the firm. Only now, the pilot project is used to roll out and update the software firm wide.


The recommendations and suggestions are based on technically supporting and consulting the Revit upgrade process with hundreds of Revit-based design firms since 2002.

Special thanks to the hundreds of clients using Revit; that I meet annually at my educational speaking events, Bradley plant tours and through our Bradley BIM Customer Service Portal.

We appreciate their enthusiasm to share tips on their firms' winning processes listed above.

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How to Add Bradley Product Revit Material Catalogs to Project

Posted by Daniel Hughes on May 17, 2017 4:40:00 PM

Bradley has created custom Revit Material Catalogs for all materials specific for Bradley products.

Bradley Revit Material Catalogs can be downloaded for

A link to Bradley Revit Materials is found on the Bradley Bradley BIM-Revit Library Page in the right margin.

    

All materials use a naming convention that is consistent with materials already supplied in Revit.

Bradley Revit Material Catalogs are unique as material definitions are attached to individual "Chips" in a Revit Project file (*.rvt) file (shown above).

A Revit user can copy a material chip(s) from the Material Project File and paste it into their Revit Project File. When the chip is pasted into their project; it carries the material definition into the project. Just delete the chip and the material definition remains in the project.

  1. find and select the Bradley product family in the project,
  2. select the material parameter in the Property Browser and
  3. select the added Bradley Material in the project Material Browser dialogue box.

This copy-paste process avoids using  the 'Transfer Project Standards' dialogue box; that would transfer ALL the materials into the client Revit project. This keeps the project file smaller; while keeping the Project Material Library clean from unwanted \ unused materials.

When you download our Material Catalogs, you will receive them as separate .zip files.

Inside the downloaded .zip files  is a Revit Material Project file (*.rvt ) and the corresponding material .jpg image files; that are Bradley materials. The material .jpg files are required for the Revit rendering process.

  1. Copy all the .jpg image files into a Bradley folder in your firm's Manufacturer Material Library folder.  
  2. Add this new folder to the 'folder search path' that Revit Rendering searches to find material image files.
  3. In the Revit Options Dialogue box, select Rendering tab in the left margin.
  4. Select the 'plus + symbol' to add the new directory.
  5. The icon with dots " ...  "appears in the right.
  6. Select the dots to browse to and select the Bradley material folder that was added.
  7. Revit will now automatically search this folder list for materials, when rendering a view.

 

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3-in-1 Handwashing Systems Shrink Accessible Toilet Room SqFt–Revit

Posted by Daniel Hughes on May 1, 2017 11:10:35 AM

What if Bradley could help you meet toilet room ADA design requirements; while reducing your clients' toilet room space (SqFt) and construction costs? 

A Bradley WashBar 3-in-1 handwashing system provides designers with a unique accessibility product solution that delivers a more efficient, compact ADA compliant toilet room.

Bradley, the leaders in all-in-one technology, has scaled down the delivery of soap, water and hand drying via the exclusive Verge® with WashBar™ technology.

Franchise Client: "We realize the Bradley WashBar could significantly reduce our ADA toilet room spaces. The construction cost savings easily pay for the WashBar; while providing our franchises with the option to reallocate the 'saved space' to retail and\or customer seating space." 

Bradley centralizes the core handwashing components (water, soap, & dryer) to the wash basin. This provides designers with the opportunity to significantly reduce the toilet room footprint or square footage.

Two design options emerged for the franchise;

  • Reducing toilet room space allowed the franchise to reduce the respective construction costs. 
  • The new available space could be allocated to both retail and customer seating space.

 Bradley 3-in-1 (All-in-One) touchless handwashing systems

  1. meet accessibility codes,
  2. reduce the owners' square footage & construction costs,
  3. reduce the owners' risks associated with slippery, wet floors,
  4. reduce the owners' building management costs for water, paper towel usage and maintenance,
  5. provide a pretty cool visually-appealing, technologically-savvy handwashing product.

The Verge with the patented WashBar Technology provides a completely touchless handwashing experience in a sleek and engaging design.



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Keltech Tankless Water Heater with Revit Type Catalog | Clearance Box

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Apr 7, 2017 9:30:00 AM

How to Load Keltech Revit Family Using A Revit Family Catalog

Some Revit Keltech tankless water heater families include a Revit family catalog file (*.txt). All of them have a Clearance Box object. (The Revit Clearance Box object is defined below)

Make sure the Revit Keltech Family Catalog file (*.txt) ALWAYS remains with and in the same folder as the Revit family.

Load the the Keltech Tankless Water Heater family from the Revit Ribbon:

  • HOME Tab > Component

Next select Load Family Button in the upper right corner

When the Load Family file dialogue box pops up;

  • Navigate to your Keltech Revit Family Folder > Select the Family > Select Open

The Keltech Revit Family Type Box will pop up; showing the Keltech models in the catalog.

You may need to slide the horizontal scroll bar (right/left) at the bottom of the dialog box, to see all the parameter columns for each Revit Type.

Select one or several Keltech models by holding down the CTRL Key and selecting the models (in the Type Column) you wish to load into your project.

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Visitors Choose The Best Bradley BIM-Revit Education Articles

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Apr 6, 2017 10:11:47 AM

The Best of BradleyBIM.com

BradleyBIM.com was launched in February 2011. It's initial goal was to serve as an online technical support tool for Revit professionals using the Bradley Revit Family Library. (1,000 families)  

Now totaling over 350 articles; Revit-BIM educational topics include LOD, prefabrication, staff training, software implementation, industry-market trends, winning new business, production tips, architecture, engineering, construction, facility management and so much more.

Averaging 50,000 visitors per year, we've listed our visitors' most viewed and shared articles from our Revit-BIM Article Library. 

Articles are sorted and listed below in the following 5 categories:

Revit-BIM for Design Reviews\Client Presentations
McGraw-Hill SmartMarket BIM Studies, Surveys & Reports
Architectural, Design & Specifications
Engineering, Design & Construction
Revit Implementation, Training & Management

Revit-BIM for Design Reviews\Client Presentations

 BIM for Virtual & Augmented Reality. Game On! (video gallery)

5 Revit Presentation Tips | Architect Steven Shell

Revit 10-Step Guide to Setup Lights for Interior Renderings

Owner Design Reviews | Expedite Multiple Revit Walkthrough Videos


Free Downloads of McGraw-Hill SmartMarket BIM Reports

(Download Reports from 2009 - Present)


 

Architectural, Design & Specifications

 BIM for Toilet Room Design | Construction Specifier AIA Convention Issue

Download Pre-built Revit Accessible Toilet Room Sample Model

4 Revit Fixture-Room Layout Tips | ADA-Universal Design Review

4 Bradley Revit Lavatories for ADA Compliant Toilet Room Renovations

 

BradleyBIM e-SPECS-for-Revit Begins 5th Year Commitment

Download Bradley Visual MasterFormat Specification Product Guide

 

Compact Accessible Green Toilet Room Design | Advocate Revit Library

5 Sustainable-Quality Benefits of Powder Coat Paint Partitions Revit Library

 

4 Hours | 2D AutoCAD to Visually Data-Rich Revit Documentation

Bradley Solid Plastic Revit Lockers | Easter-Egg Parameter Options

Bradley Molded Shapes | Solid-Surface Lavatory Systems - Revit Library (videos\product images)


 

Engineering, Design & Construction

 BIM Means Business | Plumbing Engineer Magazine - ASPE

BIM Means Business | Plumbing Heating-Cooling Contractors-WI

 

Skanska Revit-MEP Prefabrication | New Assembly Line Efficiency

Keltech Tankless Water Heater with Revit Type Catalog | Clearance Box

SysQue Provides Bradley Revit MEP \ Autodesk Fabrication Model Library

 

Revit-BIM Manages Construction Site Assets and Safety

Mayo Clinic BIM Manager - Project Model Development Specification (LOD)

 

 BradleyBIM for Design-Build \ Integrated Project Delivery \ EPC

BIM Process Improving Construction Site Safety | Turner Construction

5 Sustainable Features of Keltech Commercial Tankless Water Heaters - Revit Library

 


 

Revit Implementation, Training & Management

 Revit Implementation Puzzle - 5 Basic Planned Investments

Low-Cost Revit Implementation Strategy That Wins Business

Revit Implementation Secrets - 10 Best Revit Process Features

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Keltech Sustainable Commercial Tankless Water Heater Revit Library

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Apr 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Bradley Keltech Commercial Tankless Water Heater Models as the perfect sustainable design option for reducing a facility's water and energy consumption for these applications:

  • Car and Truck Wash Facilities
  • Water Heating for Remote Toilet, Shower & Locker Rooms
  • Sports & Healthcare Laundry Sanitization
  • Geo-Thermal Heat Pump HVAC Systems
  • Solar Water Heating Heat Pump HVAC Systems
  • Food Service Dishwasher Sanitization Processes
  • Emergency Eye\Face Wash Systems
  • Enclosed Safety Showers - Eye\Face Wash Systems

The Keltech Revit Model Library is located in the Bradley Revit Library (1,000 models).

Benefits of Tankless Water Heating Applications

Save Money

Easy installation means lower labor cost. A small footprint means less square footage needed for utilities. Lower energy use and less maintenance mean lower utility and maintenance costs over the life of the product.

Save Energy

Inefficient boiler systems have to generate heat and maintain temperature 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Keltech tankless heaters only heat water when needed. And, Keltech's innovative controller is fully modulating so you only use the actual kW needed, not full power or stages.

Save Space

A large commercial tank water heater requires a large space. Keltech tankless water heaters only require 3 square feet (.3 square meters) of space to generate 491,000 BTUs.

Simple Installation

Requires only one electrical connection and water. No pumps, no external fusing, and no design needs to be considered externally - it's all built into the heater.

Simple to Maintain

No tank to maintain, no anodes, no softeners.

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Download Enclosed Safety Shower Revit Family | Clearance Box-SubCategory

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Apr 4, 2017 9:25:00 AM

Bradley features Revit familes for the Enclosed Safety Showers in the Bradley Emergency Fixture Revit Family Library.Bradley ESS units feature emergency eye/face wash and drench showers; that include hot water heating units to meet tepid water standards.

The Bradley Enclosed Safety Shower Revit family components feature a semi-transparent, lightly shaded "clearance box" box. Dashed red lines appear in the plan and elevation views.

  1. The 3D clearance box assists with the design-construction BIM clash-interference detection and coordination.
  2. It helps the designer to design the space with adequate installation and maintenance clearances for this movable equipment.

A Revit subcategory named "Clearance" is assigned to the clearance box. It is located in the Revit View Visibility (VV or VG) dialogue box under "Plumbing Fixtures".

  • The Revit designer can toggle ON/OFF the visibility of the clearance box in the view.

The ESS Revit family has additional Revit subcategory visibility settings with the prefix of "ESS". They are also are located in the Revit View Visibility (VV or VG) dialogue box under "Plumbing Fixtures".

  1. The designer can toggle On/Off the visibility of the roof, walls and floor.
  2. This enables the designer to easily place ESS product options; Bradley Tankless Water Heaters and EFX Emergency Eyewash/Shower Revit components into the ESS cabinet.

 

Visit the Bradley Revit-BIM FAQ Page for additional Revit technical support for Bradley Revit-BIM Family Library.

 

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Register FREE AIA-CES\PDH Webinar | Designing for Safety | Thu 03-30-17

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Mar 7, 2017 11:05:10 AM

Free Bradley AIA-CES | RCEP Accredited Webinar

Thursday-March 30 2017 | 12:00pm EDT \ 11:00am CDT

Bradley Corporation is proud to sponsor a new live Continuing Education course titled;

 

"Designing for Safety"

 

 

AIA-CES Course -Webinar Description

InfoSpec, Inc. is the Education Provider for this course.

AIA Course Number: IBR10H

Course Title: Designing for Safety

Course Length: 1 Hour

Course Credit: 1 AIA HSW CE Hour

Course Credit: 1 RCEP PDH Hour for Engineers

This class is registered with the Registered Continued Education Program (RECP).

The class offers Professional Development Hour(s) (PDH) to RECP Members.

Registered Continued Education Program (RECP) | https://rcep.net/

Webinar Registration Link


Course Objectives:

An overview of the types and use of emergency wash equipment, latest ANSI requirements that affect design, and tepid water requirements for emergency equipment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the importance of emergency eyewash and shower equipment in settings where users are exposed to hazardous substances.
  2. Comply with regulations and design best practices for locating and specifying emergency eyewash and shower equipment
  3. Incorporate emergency eyewash and shower equipment in workplace and teaching environments
  4. Comply with tepid water requirements for emergency fixtures by incorporating a tepid water solution

Group Registration

How can we register a group of people attending the event from a single location and working with the same organization?

One person from the organization needs to register for each location.

  • At the time of the presentation, the webinar facilitator will ask each designated registrant of each group to record the roll call of those in attendance.

Our webinar provider will register each attendance with AIA National; however the roll call list needs to include each attendee's --

  1. first and last name,
  2. email address,
  3. AIA Number and
  4. Phone number is optional. The webinar provider may need to contact them if they encounter any problems with registration or email address.

The designated registrant needs to email the roll call list within 24 hours to our webinar provider --whose email address will be given at the end of the session.

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Bradley Dubai Office | Photo Gallery of Bradley BIM-Revit Tour

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Mar 6, 2017 12:27:23 PM

In November 2016, The Bradley International Group opened a new Dubai Office and Showroom. This expanded Bradley Corporation's 30-year commitment of supplying building products for Middle East design, engineering and construction projects.

Since 2009, The Bradley BIM Initiative has supported architects, engineers and contractors; that are using Revit-BIM processes in the Middle East markets. My visit to the new Bradley Dubai Office and Showroom; provided some late afternoon \ early evening trips to a few local architectural destinations.  

I thoroughly enjoyed my 2-week Bradley BIM tour with the opportunity to experience this region's amazing architecture, culture and people.

My personal thanks to Mohamed Barakat, Bradley's International Sales Manager for our Middle East clients. His personal efforts to take us to these destinations at the end of our work day; contributed to my ability to successfully shoot the images in this photo gallery.

Bradley Dubai Office: Jafza One, Office A1603, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, U.A.E

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Bradley-Keltech AHR Expo Booth N7009A | Las Vegas Jan 30-Feb 01 | Revit Library

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jan 30, 2017 11:30:40 AM

Bradley Industrial Group is featuring the Keltech Commercial Electric Tankless Water Heater Models for Geo-Thermal, Solar Water Heating and several other commercial applications in Booth N7009A at the 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas, NV | JAN 30-FEB 01 2017.

Activate Map & Locate Bradley-Keltech AHR Booth N7009A

The Keltech Revit Model Library is located in the Bradley Revit Library (1,000 models).

Link: Bradley BIM for MEP Prefabrication

   

The Bradley BIM Initiative has partnered with SysQue to provide “prefabrication-ready” Bradley product BIM files for both both;

  • SysQue (Revit MEP format \ RFA) and
  • Autodesk Fabrication (AutoCAD format \ DWG-ITM).

This includes Bradley TMV, re-circulation mixing stations, dialysis boxes and shower valve models will are configured to serve both;

  • SysQue-Trimble (Revit) [AHR Booth N9513]and
  • CADmep (AutoCAD) [AHR Booth 11830] for plumbing fabrication clients.

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