Japanese firm Nihon Sekkei has utilized Revit MEP throughout the entire design (schematic and detailed design) and quantity survey phases of projects their office has undertaken. In Japan, BIM hasn’t typically been used for MEP design, but more commonly for 3D modeling and services coordination. To ensure success, Nihon Sekkei established a BIM based workflow using several means; first, Dynamo based parametric design to coordinate space and family information, which aided automatic design activities and helped engineers make more informed decisions; second, they employed custom Revit MEP tools to calculate the heat load and automatically size pipe to Japanese industry standards; and lastly, a custom Revit quantity survey plug-in, that leveraged the Revit MEP model. In Japan, quantity surveys for public buildings are produced by the design firm. To automate this process and shorten the time taken to deliver these documents, Nihon Sekkei developed a custom Revit plug-in, and added information systematically to each element to ensure outputs would meet local Japanese regulations. In this class, Nihon Sekkei team members provide an overview of their approach, including the use of Revit MEP and Dynamo for design related activities.
- Learn the challenges and benefits of using BIM for MEP design throughout the entire design phase
- Learn the key means for efficient MEP design throughout the entire design phase
- Learn how to systematically add information to each element in Revit MEP model
- Learn how to use a custom-size table to change the size of pipes
Kazumasa Yoshihara is the head of the environment and MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) engineering department of the design department at NIHON SEKKEI, Inc., with more than 850 employees.
Tetsuya Hishida,LEED AP BD+C is the MEP engineer of the Design Department at NIHONSEKKEI, one of the largest Design Firm in Japan. After he graduated Department of Architecture Graduate School of Engineering the University of Tokyo, he Joined the Technology Innovation Group and participated as a building engineer in several projects. Later, he joined the MEP engineering team utilizing the knowledge of simulations and experienced BIM oriented project throughout the design process,from schematic design to detail design. He also teaches at the University of Tokyo as a lecturer.