How to Automate Heating Design in Revit
Instructional Demo    LO-AEC22
Ben Roberts
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In this session, we’ll look at ideal workflows for using Revit software, and how to avoid key time-wasting traps, as discovered the hard way by an experienced Revit software-using mechanical engineer. Using a simple heating system design process as an example, the class will show live use of core Revit features, Dynamo, and bespoke add-ins. Emerging features such as Insight 360 software are shown as a great opportunity for engineers and architects to collaborate during initial design stages, and options for calculating heating and cooling loads are discussed. I’ll also give some specific technical tips and tricks to help engineers get the most out of their Revit software systems and spaces.

Key Learnings

  • Understand how Revit can improve the workflows of a mechanical engineer
  • Get inspiration for using Dynamo, add-ins and core Revit features to automate your processes
  • Put some helpful tips and tricks into practice to save loads of time
  • Discuss how emerging technologies will change mechanical engineers’ workflows


Ben Roberts
Ben Roberts is a chartered mechanical engineer and holds the position of BIM delivery leader for Hoare Lea, a role which involves pushing the boundaries of software tools and enabling teams to deliver projects as efficiently and effectively as possible around the practice in the UK and Middle East. He specialises in using BIM models for design calculations. Ben is an active member of the CIBSE BIM steering group, the BSRIA BIM Network, and is involved in developing many industry standards for MEP BIM delivery. He has written articles for a variety of construction industry journals on the subject of BIM, and regularly presents and lectures on the subject around the world.

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