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

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Feb 28, 2018 3:25:00 PM

On Thursday night, our facility engineer showed me an as-built AutoCAD sketch for his toilet room renovation project in our Ohio manufacturing facility.

He asked if I could enhance the sketch with Revit for his Tuesday meeting with the contractor and facility engineers.

Starting Friday morning, it took 4 hours using Revit to create a fully coordinated construction doc set of

  • floor plan,

  • interior sections,

  • interior elevations,

  • reflected ceiling plan,

  • plumbing fixture and washroom accessory schedules,

  • 3D plan and 3D interior views.


AutoCAD Plan File Underlay

I linked his AutoCAD sketch of field measurements into the Revit file for tracing and as a reference for his ADA-toilet partition proposal.

Using the View Visibility (VV) settings, I set the Imported Category (Linked CAD file) to Half-Tone to make it less pronounced in the views.

Fully Coordinated Views & Document Set

Our interior designer provided a spreadsheet of components with their respective materials and model numbers for each room.

While she didn't specify the location of components; interior elevations and sections displayed product locations and heights for her review.

Using Bradley's pre-built Revit Family Library, the interior views and schedules immediately updated as the Revit components (lavatories, toilet partitions, accessories) were added to floor plans.

--- Key Costs for Building Revit Families | 1000 Bradley Revit Family Library ---

Cost Estimating

We added a Revit COST parameter to another plumbing fixture\accessory schedule (not printed). We exported the schedules to a spreadsheet to assist with the contractor's quoting process.

Revit Room Objects accurately reported each room's square footage for the floor finish renovation of each room. Additional face-to-face dimensions were added to field verify clearances between existing walls.

Sections & Reflected Ceiling Plan

Cross sections were created to field-verify clearances between the ceiling and structure.

It took 2 minutes to create a 'blank", correctly oriented reflected ceiling-tile plan from facility engineer's photos. He wanted to enhance the discussion of ceiling fixture placement (lights, vents, diffuser) with the lighting and HVAC engineering contractors.

Printing & Export to AutoCAD

The project was printed to scale on C-size PDFs; that are easily viewed or printed. Revit annotations (hatch, text, dimensions) automatically re-size and updated as we "played with each view's scale" to fit them on C-Size title block.

This plant facility is still managed in AutoCAD. However, we can export the Revit views to AutoCAD for inclusion into the facility's existing AutoCAD master file.

--- Revit for Restaurant Prototypes | Core Business-Design Values ---

Revit delivered these bottom line results;

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Visitors Choose The Best Bradley BIM-Revit Education Articles

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Feb 13, 2018 2:05:00 PM

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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Download Building a Safety Culture SmartMarket BIM for Safety Report

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jan 19, 2017 2:55:14 PM

 

Download 50-page BIM Report:

Download Building a Safety Culture SmartMarket BIM for Safety Report

Examples on the use of BIM processes to enhance construction worker & site safety are highlighted by contractors in the report.

BIM provides the value of visually simulating construction safety situations. Turner Construction and Skanska Construction discuss their use of BIM for Safety in two separate areas of this 50-page report:

1) Emerging Uses of Technology to Advance Safety

The continued adoption of digital tools such as Building information Modeling (BIM), has prompted some construction firms to explore the potential uses of these tools for safety planning and training. 

  1. Site Safety Plans  
  2. Code Checking 
  3. Safety Planning, Training and Evaluation

2) Wearable Devices and Onsite Safety

Technologies that attach to—or are incorporated in—standard safety equipment such as vests and helmets can be part of a system that warns workers and/or supervisors when risks arise and can also provide data for analysis after incidents occur. 

  1. Identifying Worker Skills,
  2. Training and Locations 
  3. Warning Systems Augmented and Virtual Reality

Additional McGraw-Hill SmartMarket BIM Reports reference the use of BIM for Safety and are available for free download on Bradley BIM Portal.

Bradley Articles with These McGraw-Hill SmartMarket BIM Reports:

Additional Bradley BIM for Construction Safety Articles

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Download McGraw-Hill Business Value of BIM for Owners

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jan 3, 2017 3:00:00 PM

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McGraw-Hill Construction Business Value of BIM for Owners Report

Facility owners currently using BIM, plan to actively increase their use of BIM on more than three quarters of their projects over the next two years.

Top BIM benefits perceived by owners include:

Excerpt: As owners expand their BIM involvement, there is a growing need for them to understand how best to enable their project teams to provide them with he greatest BIM value. In other words, what makes a good "BIM owner"? Several experienced AEC firms offer perspectives on that question.

Mayo Clinic BIM Manager – Project Model Development Specification (MDS) -

Excerpt: Owners who adopt BIM for facilities management are viewing numerous potential benefits, but they face a range of cultural and technological challenges along the way. In order to achieve integration, are pursuing a variety of these strategies.

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Download McGraw-Hill BIM Report | Project Delivery Systems

Posted by Daniel Hughes on May 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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McGraw-Hill BIM Report | Project Delivery Systems

Excerpts:

Design-Bid-Build: 38% of architects and 22% of contractors find this to be the best system to reduce project cost.

RSMeans: 2014 Report Indicates 50% of US Projects over $10M use Design-Build

Design-Build: 43% of architects and 50% of contractors find this to be the best system to reduce project schedule, and a higher percentage of owners using this method report projects finishing ahead of schedule than with the other two systems.

Construction Management at Risk: A higher percentage of owners doing projects that employ this system find that their projects that employ this system find that their projects are under budget(33%) and 60% report being very satisfied with the projects they have conducted, which is at least 20 percentage points higher than those using design-bid-build or design-build.

AGC - ConsensusDocs: May 2014 | First Federal Design-Build Agreement Makes it Easier for Design Professionals and Design-Builders to Contract on Federal Design-Build Projects

Bradley BIM Design-Build Resource Guide


 

LInks to Alternative Project Delivery System Contracts

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BIM for Toilet Room Design | Construction Specifier AIA Convention Issue

Posted by Daniel Hughes on May 6, 2016 9:45:40 AM

Bradley's article 'BIM for Toilet Room, Washroom and Locker Room Design' has now published in the May 2016 Construction Specifier |  AIA Convention Edition (Page 84-94

http://www.kenilworth.com/publications/cs/de/201605/files/84.html

The article quickly summarizes the five (5) current design, engineering and construction BIM process fundamentals; that are actively used for designing and constructing buildings.

If you're not using BIM processes; this introductory section serves as base knowledge for the 8 evolving BIM proceses; that are detailed in the next section.

1) The BIM Bench

2) BIM All-in-One File

3) BIM...All-for-One

4) BIM Projects Dependent On Building Product Manufacturer Content

5) BIM is Not a Silo


 

The article isolates a summary of 8 BIM-dependent processes; that are utilized for the design and construction of Toilet Room, Washroom and Locker Room Design.

1) BIM Design\Construction Documentation

2) Free BIM Visualization

3) Advantages with BIM-assisted Specification Writing

4) ADA and Code-Checking

5) MEP Engineering

6) MEP & Toilet Room Pre-fabrication

7) Project Cost-Estimating and Building Product Procurement

8) Commissioning, As-built Documentation and Facility O&M


 

For your convenience; the Construction Specifier online magazine; provides a printing option to select pages and print the article to your printer (hard copy or PDF print driver)

Print a PDF version of the Bradley BIM CS article:

BIM for Toilet Room, Washroom and Locker Room Design | Construction Specifier - May 2016

Our thanks to The Construction Specifier for the opportunity to provide a BIM education article for their members and readers.

We also extend our thanks to the hundreds of architects, engineers, contractors and facility owners; that continue to share their BIM-Revit model and data requirements for their projects. Many of their shared BIM experiences were documented in our article.

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Download McGraw-Hill 'Measuring BIM Impact On Complex Buildings'

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Apr 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Download 2015 60-page BIM Report:

McGraw-Hill BIM Report | Measuring the Impact of BIM on Complex Buildings

BIM Report Contributors: 391 owners, architects, engineers and contractors indicated they had a moderate to high level knowledge on the use of BIM within their organization.

  1. 40 Owners

  2. 183 Architects

  3. 68 Engineers

  4. 100 General Contractors

Excerpts:

However, by 2015, many companies have gained deep experience with the use of BIM. Therefore, we believe the time has come to take the critical next step in the research and to establish the specific level of impact BIM has on 10 types of design and construction activities.

To do so, we asked respondents to quantify the positive impact of BIM for six specific metricsthat could be measured in terms of percentage of improvement. The research focuses specifically on complex projects because they offer the best opportunity to experience the powerful benefits BIM provides.

These 10 Activities of Planning, Design and Construction defined the real Impact of BIM on Key Outcomes for Complex Projects:

  1. BIM Impact on Owner Engagement and Understanding

  2. BIM Impact on Design

  3. BIM Impact on Documentation and Constructability

  4. BIM Impact on Estimating and Bidding

  5. BIM Impact on Construction Phasing and Logistics

  6. BIM Impact on Contractors' Understanding of Design Intent

  7. BIM Impact on Cost Control and Reduction

  8. BIM Impact on Schedule and Project Duration

  9. BIM Impact on Unplanned Changes, Rework and Out-of-Sequence Work

  10. BIM Impact on Labor, Safety and Material Waste

6 Metrics for the Impact of BIM on Complex Projects

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BIM Means Business | Plumbing Heating-Cooling Contractors-WI

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Apr 14, 2016 6:54:00 AM

The Plumbing Heating-Cooling Contractors \ Master Plumbers - Wisconsin Association released my BIM Article for their Summer 2014 magazine. (View article on Pages 10-12)

Download: BIM Competency Delivers Competitive Advantages | Summer 2014

Plumbing_Heating_Cooling_Contractors_PHCC_Bradley_BIM_Article_2014_July

The article outlines at least 2 reasons that Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes; are determining the winners and leaders in both the plumbing design and contracting markets.

(1) BIM Design-Construction Mandates (Public & Private)

(2) BIM’s Core Support for Digital Design, Construction & Maintenance Processes

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Download BIM Advancements No. 1 | McGraw-Hill SmartMarket Brief

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Apr 9, 2016 4:28:00 AM

Download 2015 30-page BIM Report:

McGraw-Hill BIM SmartMarket Brief | BIM Advancements No.1

SmartMarket Brief: BIM Advancements Series focuses on the perspectives of the largest architects, engineers and contractors on 3 critical topics:

  1. how they measure their success with BIM,

  2. how models are developed specifically for construction/fabrication, and

  3. how information mobility is leveraged to improve efficiency and productivity.

BIM Success Factors

This research provides insight into the percentage impact of BIM on 6 key project outcome metrics, and the frequency and value of 10 project factors that influence success with BIM.

It also identifies the frequency and negative impact of 6 obstacles to BIM effectiveness and the 4 most important success factors for BIM.

  • Key Findings

  • Impact on Outcomes

  • Success Drivers

  • Obstacles to Success 

  • Top BIM Success Factors 

 Construction Modeling

This research provides insight into the frequency and value of seven types of 7 types of construction models produced by trade contractors, and 6 key uses for construction models on projects. It also identifies which parties are most frequently authoring construction models for specific uses.

This portion of the study focuses on the developing practice of construction modeling, specifically by examining which types of contractors are producing models for what uses and how much value they are providing to improve project processes and outcomes.

  • Key Findings

  • Modeling by Trade Contractors

  • Uses for Construction Models

  • Authoring Construction Models

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SysQue Provides Bradley Revit MEP \ Autodesk Fabrication Model Library

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Mar 25, 2016 8:26:00 AM

The Bradley BIM Initiative has partnered with SysQue to provide "prefabrication-ready" Bradley product models in both;

  • SysQue (Revit MEP format \ RFA) and

  • Autodesk Fabrication (AutoCAD format \ DWG-ITM).

--- Skanska Revit-MEP Prefabrication | BIM Means Business ASPE Magazine ---

The initial SysQue Bradley Llibrary will feature these Bradley product models:

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