Connectors are the heart and soul of Autodesk Revit MEP. Without them, we could just use AutoCAD. Connectors allow data to be transferred intelligently from one family to another. When a section of duct is tagged, what properties display? Width and Height? Air Velocity? Air Volume? What is the source of this information? The source is the equipment to which the duct is connected. All of the data is translated through connectors so Revit can assist with calculating the load on any section of duct, or communicate that load to a supplying piece of equipment. Connectors shouldn't be so mystical, but somehow they seem to be the biggest mystery when creating valuable families for Autodesk Revit MEP. In Revit MEP a family could consist of nothing more than a solid cube, a few connectors and related shared parameters and be a valuable family. Another family for the exact same product could be beautifully modeled and contain appropriate parameters and still be useless to an MEP engineer.
- Define essential connector properites
- Validate proper logical systems in Revit
- Configure family content to finction in Revit workflows
- Establish and execute repair plans for currently broken content
Shawn Zirbes is the Chief Technical Officer for CAD Technology Center, Inc., in Minnesota. With thirteen years experience using all Autodesk® AEC software, he is an expert in planning and executing software implementations for the AEC industry. He has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from commercial, residential, health care, and industrial design firms, their consultants, and the building product manufacturers supplying the building materials for these projects. Shawn's wide range of Building Information Modeling experience is being leveraged by Autodesk as a special Revit® consultant for Autodesk Seek.