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.
"How will a Revit product upgrade affect your project's current timelines and team members?"
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.
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).
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.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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We appreciate their enthusiasm to share tips on their firms' winning processes listed above.
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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.
find and select the Bradley product family in the project,
select the material parameter in the Property Browser and
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.
Copy all the .jpg image files into a Bradley folder in your firm's Manufacturer Material Library folder.
Add this new folder to the 'folder search path' that Revit Rendering searches to find material image files.
In the Revit Options Dialogue box, select Rendering tab in the left margin.
Select the 'plus + symbol' to add the new directory.
The icon with dots " ... "appears in the right.
Select the dots to browse to and select the Bradley material folder that was added.
Revit will now automatically search this folder list for materials, when rendering a view.
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
meet accessibility codes,
reduce the owners' square footage & construction costs,
reduce the owners' risks associated with slippery, wet floors,
reduce the owners' building management costs for water, paper towel usage and maintenance,
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
The 3D clearance box assists with the design-construction BIM clash-interference detection and coordination.
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".
The designer can toggle On/Off the visibility of the roof, walls and floor.
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.
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.