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Integrated and Automated Duct and Pipe System Calculations in Revit MEP
Lecture    MP6329
Andrew Duncan
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Description

Normal duct and pipe systems in Revit software can provide huge value on Building Information Modeling (BIM) projects; but did you know that it's possible to link duct and pipe systems together to automate calculations? This session will show you how to create integrated networks of duct and pipe systems in order to achieve this lofty ambition. We will cover everything you need to know about: the creation of families that automatically recalculate heating and cooling flow rates when duct flow rates change; the creation of systems that use these families to pass information dynamically between duct and pipe systems; and the employment of methods that use mechanical calculations to aid electrical and structural engineering analysis. As an added bonus, this session will also show you how to insert breaks into systems to help organize your Revit system browser into a manageable hierarchy. And if you don't believe it's possible to use these techniques on large projects, wait until you see the model we will use.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to configure system connectors to properly pass information through duct and pipe systems
  • Learn how to use formulas in systems to automate mechanical calculations based on system variables
  • Learn how to create systems so that flow information is passed along the duct/pipe network as intended
  • Learn how to insert breaks into systems to create a manageable hierarchy in the Revit software system browser

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Andrew is MEP BIM Manager for one of Arup's large multidisciplinary building teams based in London.He is passionate about harnessing the power of software to aid design innovation and attentively tracks the emergence of new technologies. He constantly challenges the limits of what's new or possible and continuously strives to achieve an excellent outcome.Most of Andrew's experience thus far has been accumulated whilst working with some of the world's finest architectural practices. The challenges that such complex and bespoke projects present have led to Andrew to develop a deep understanding of a wide variety of BIM applications and processes.Andrew is Arup's MEP representative at London Revit User Group, has represented Arup at Autodesk University on a number of occasions and also regularly attends other BIM networking events. He is also currently studying for an MSc in BIM and Integrated Design at the University of Salford.
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