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Laying the Groundwork in Revit for the Best MEP Data Platform

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    Change orders are frustrating and expensive. Preventable change orders are even more frustrating. For an MEP firm, a huge source of preventable change orders and RFIs is uncoordinated equipment. Revit doesn’t natively allow users to link mechanical and electrical equipment for coordination. Coordinating mechanical and electrical requirements in an MEP design requires a lot of data to flow between team members. Historically, our firm used PDF cutsheets, spreadsheets, and emails. However, this data is static and can’t take advantage of our parametric families. We have created a Revit addin that displays real time data from both disciplines, side by side. This allows us to flag problems automatically and prevent mismatches in construction documents. In this session we’ll discuss the methodology we used to create this coordination tool, how it prevents expensive change orders, keeps projects on schedule, and can be extended to integrate with Forge and Power BI.

    Key Learnings

    • Link mechanical and electrical elements in a Revit model
    • Leverage the Revit API to improve coordination of mechanical and electrical systems
    • Move coordination workflows into Revit from other platforms
    • Extend a custom coordination platform to use Forge and Power BI

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