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 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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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.

Related Bradley BIM MEP Articles

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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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Revit-BIM Manages Construction Site Assets and Safety

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jun 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Several Autodesk University classes featured contractors sharing their use of BIM to Manage the Construction Site Assets & Safety and BIM for Constructing the Building.

The world’s leading contractors have completely DIGITAL construction sites. The larger the project, the more dependent they are on BIM and digital technologies.

This includes oil & gas exploration and mining; which are long-term construction sites.

Contractors use BIM to Manage the Daily & Weekly Positioning of Construction Site Assets. These models and respective paperwork are reviewed weekly by Site Safety Engineers & submitted to governing agencies.

 --- Download McGraw-Hill Construction Safety Management BIM Report ---

Here are a few KEY business points on how BIM-based Contractors use BIM to

  1. create REPEAT client business

  2. engage their successful Team Members on future projects,

  3. prefabricate MEP systems and room configurations,

  4. plan & phase construction project processes, plan and improve safety,

  5. track, manage & financially plan construction site assets,

  6. order and install their proven Building Product Manufacturers (Supply Chain)

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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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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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BradleyBIM for Design-Build \ Integrated Project Delivery \ EPC

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Feb 19, 2016 2:52:36 PM

Bradley Corporation's core product design, engineering, manufacturing and delivery processes; partner well with these alternative project delivery processes:

  • Design-Build,

  • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

  • Engineer, Procure & Construct (EPC)

  • Contractor-at-Risk and

  • Design-Assist.

Bradley BIM Design-Build Resource Guide

Bradley Resources Serving the Design-Build \ IPD Processes As the BIM process has become a core component  of these Design-Build & Prefabrication project delivery processes; Bradley offers;

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Download Integrated Project Delivery Survey | Take IPD Survey

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Oct 16, 2015 5:55:10 AM

The Integrated Project Delivery Alliance sponsored an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Survey-Report conducted by the University of Minnesota, titled:

REPORT | PERFORMANCE, EXPECTATIONS, & FUTURE USE

This IPD survey remains open until September 15, 2016 to increase the number of responses. Take the survey and add your IPD Project experience to their results here:

>>> Take IPD Survey Here. <<<

The entire survey, both quantitative and qualitative input, should take you four to six minutes to complete. The survey will also request your use of BIM within the IPD process.

Visit : Bradley BIM Design-Build | IPD | EPC Resource Page

Download: Bradley Design-Build | IPD | EPC Resource Guide

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