For several years I implemented clients' Autodesk ADT \ Autodesk Architectural Desktop -- with almost no BPM support. Basically, we had to create all of our BPM content for Desktop...which limited our implementations.
When I installed Revit 4.0 in 2002 and saw Andersen Windows Revit families, it grabbed my attention. A manufacturer supporting Revit!
The Andersen Window families shipped with Revit software and were included in the sample library.
As Revit software evolved, Autodesk Seek was incorporated into the Revit software; as a convenient BPM Search Engine to Find and Download BPM Revit models.
Revit Implementations Value BPM Model Content
Integrating BPM Revit content into our clients' Revit implementations was an important cost saving process. We minimized our library modeling costs to setup our clients' standard Revit library and kick-start their first "Revit pilot project".
Looking back --Here are links to the 5 BPMs; that offered significant, pre-built Revit family content to kick-start my clients’ Revit implementations and library standards.
The HS basins are also bowl options in Bradley's prefabricated, solid surface Omnideck Lavatory Product Line. The Omnideck Revit Family Library can be downloaded from the same page as the HS Undermount Basins. Custom Omnideck Revit families with the HS basin bowl options available upon request.
Our thanks to Bentley for using the Bradley Revit Family Library (1,000 families) as part of their larger data set --to test Revit family import stability \ integrity in the new AECOsim Building Designer V8i (SELECTseries 5) software.
Bentley's Technical Manager (a former Revit Manager) for this project, focused on
maintaining the Revit family geometry's dimensional integrity,
retaining the Revit family parametric & visibility control behavior,
retaining the embedded parameter data type values,
retaining the Revit family types (embedded or family catalogs)
This new feature immediately provides Bentley users access to 10's of thousands of Building Product Manufacturers' (BPM) Revit families in their native RFA file format.
Bentley will supports Revit family file formats for Revit 2009 through Revit 2014. When Autodesk Revit 2015 is released; Bentley will begin testing the Revit 2015 new features of the family file format (RFA).
It demonstrates Bentley's commitment to both interoperability between different BIM software tools --and the value of providing their users with pre-built BPM BIM content for their Bentley design projects.
Each week Bradley clients; architects, engineers, contractors and facility owners contact our Revit-BIM Team with questions that ask;
"How are Bradley Revit families created?"
Here are the Top 10 Value Points that we share with them;
01) Extensive Division 10 & 22 Revit Library:Bradley's Revit Family Library currently has more than 1000 Revit family components representing thousands of Bradley plumbing fixture and specialty equipment products.
02) Documented-Proven Modeling Standards: We initially used the Revit Model Style Guide from Autodesk SEEK.
However, based on 10 years of actual Revit-BIM project experience, I rewrote and tripled the size of the original document. Bradley's new document better serves our clients' and the industry's evolving Revit-BIM project standards-practices.
03) Family Types:Bradley Revit family models represent thousands of Bradley products. Many Revit families include multiple variations of each Bradley product.
We define product variations for a single Revit family; one of two ways:
Bradley specifications debuted in e-SPECS starting with the June 2012 Update to e-SPECS subscribers.
e-SPECS for Revit automates the process of creating specification documents integrated with Autodesk Revit-based applications. e-SPECS for Revit includes the e-SPECS Binding Manager to link Revit families to your specification master automatically. This includes filtering the sections based on the families and parameters in the BIM Model.
Bradley Revit technical support content on this page, is referenced from several documented sources.
Bradley Revit-BIM Technical Support: Design, construction and owner calls, emails and blog comments provide regular technical support inquiries. Links to the answers to the most common Revit family questions are posted below.
BradleyBIM launched in February 2011. The external blog began providing Revit-BIM support for the 1,000 Bradley product families in the Bradley Revit Library.
The BIM Portal serves over 60,000+ global visitors annually; providing Revit technical support, education, training, standards, news and trends for Revit & BIM processes.
Bradley BIM visitors download more than 6 million Bradley Product Revit models annually.
"The visitor traffic required us to scale up the BradleyBIM.com website capabilities. It needed to ntegrate with all of the web and product resources of the Bradley Corporation website." said Daniel Hughes, Bradley Corporate BIM Strategist.
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