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Revit Plug-in: Automated Hanger and Seismic Bracing Layout and Design for MEP Systems
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Alan Espinoza
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Description

This session will present the new DeWalt Corporation Hanger Design plug-in for Revit software, which automates the placement and design of hangers and trapeze assemblies for common MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) systems, such as pipe, duct, conduit, and cable trays. The placement of these assemblies has historically been based on “rule of thumb” sizing and spacing and/or prescriptive rules from various trade-specific handbooks that do not necessarily comply with current building-code requirements or structural point-load limitations. Modeling MEP systems in Revit software offers many advantages for coordination, prefabrication, consolidation of parallel runs, and placement of cast-in-place hanger inserts. This new tool analyzes these systems, and automatically places hanger/trapeze assemblies, anchors, and seismic bracing per building-code requirements with engineering calculation reports automatically generated. Product-specific content is placed in the model with exporting schedules for field layout, prefabrication, and procurement. This session features Revit and BIM 360 Layout. AIA Approved

Key Learnings

  • Learn how Revit can be used to efficiently model conduit, pipe, duct, and tray
  • Discover requirements and challenges for hanging and bracing MEP systems
  • Understand typical workflow for designing seismic bracing and how this can be simplified with the DeWalt plug-in
  • Learn how to export information from the DeWalt plug-in for layout, prefab, and procurement

Speakers

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Alan Espinoza is a virtual design and construction modeler in the Virtual Design and Construction Group at MMC Contractors. Espinoza joined the Virtual Design and Construction department at MMC Contractors in May 2011, and he completed his Master of Engineering Technology and Construction Management degree with an emphasis in Building Information Modeling (BIM) from Pittsburg State University in May 2012. From May 2011 to May 2014, Espinoza led the BIM efforts on MMC Contractors largest contract to date—Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning. He spent the next year working for a Boston-based general contractor, where he gained experience on a Brookline, Massachusetts, hotel before returning to his true passion of working for a mechanical contractor. Espinoza is proficient in many modeling software programs and tablet applications, including Revit software, Navisworks software, AutoCAD software, Fabrication CADmep software, and Bluebeam Revu.
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Jake Olsen is the Vice President of Field Engineering at DEWALT. He holds a Master s Degree in Structural Engineering, and is registered Professional Civil Engineer in California. Jake has more than 15 years of experience in the construction field from engineering consulting to construction product design and manufacturing.In his current role, he leads a team of engineers that work with designers and contractors from the design office to the fabrication shop to the jobsite to improve efficiency by developing both innovative products and industry specific technology solutions.
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