The delivery of precast concrete structures is facing a dramatic change in how these structures are documented, fabricated, and constructed. Due to the presence of highly effective 2D tools, the precast industry has been slow to adopt the use of Revit software. At the same time, other structural systems that have adopted Building Information Modeling (BIM) have been able to achieve certain advantages in the marketplace. However, unique qualities of precast construction—most notably the speed of construction and the turnkey nature of the delivery of the structure—create the ability for a precast concrete manufacturer to gain a significant advantage in the marketplace through the use of Revit software and BIM in general. We will discuss the use of Revit software in precast construction, and explore how we can use it to service many aspects of the precast concrete process while improving service to owners and developers. Attendees will learn about Revit model-creation strategies and workflows and third-party tools that they can use in this process. This session features Revit and Revit Structure.
- Learn how workflows using Revit can be used to create more opportunities for precast-concrete manufacturers in the marketplace for structural systems
- Discover strategies for delivering precast-concrete projects using Revit
- Learn about market trends affecting the selection of structural systems, and how precast concrete can capitalize on these trends through the use of Revit
- Learn about how data extracted from a fabrication model created in Revit can be used in many aspects of precast-concrete delivery
Ryon Pax graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Ryon started using Revit in 2008 as an intern at S.A. Miro, Inc. After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2011, he continued to use Revit as a structural engineer for S.A. Miro through 2013. In 2013, Ryon made a career change to the BIM world where he is now working for MB BIM Solutions as a senior project engineer. As an engineer, he works closely with contractors to maximize productivity and efficiency as well as minimize cost through the use of BIM. Ryon currently uses Autodesk products for anything from creating basic structural drawings in Revit to clash detection in Navisworks Manage. He is also involved in developing standards and processes at MB BIM Solutions. Lastly, Ryon was a speaker and attendee at AU 2015 and 2016 and is always looking for ways to take advantage and share is knowledge of the powerful tools offered within the Autodesk products.
Erich Bretz's ability to quickly and effectively solve engineering challenges has given him the opportunity to work on a wide range of construction projects including healthcare, educational, institutional, multifamily residential, resort, office, and retail projects. In the recent past, he has established himself as a leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) technology. His extensive knowledge of these technologies has given him the opportunity to bring real value to owners, general contractors, fabricators, architects, and engineers on many projects. Bretz holds a BS in civil engineering with a minor in computer science, and an MS in structural engineering, all from the University of Illinois.