The future of making buildings efficiently explodes when you can quickly analyze the effect of applying various design options in your Revit MEP software model. With an efficient tool to analyze a connected fire sprinkler system modeled in Revit MEP software, a fire sprinkler system can best be optimized to provide the necessary protection while minimizing the cost. This class will use a connected Revit MEP model to generate multiple design options such as trees, loops, and grids as the basis for the hydraulic calculations to determine pipe sizes and system cost for the various configurations. The class will include live demonstrations of the hydraulic calculations of flow and pressure requirements of the varying configurations of the fire protection sprinkler system using a sample Revit MEP model of each of those systems. We will also demonstrate the use of cost schedules to compare the relative costs of each of the generated configurations.
- Learn how to quickly alter a Revit-modeled sprinkler system to reflect alternate design configurations
- Learn how to evaluate various work flows to optimize the efficiency of the analysis process
- Learn how to better appreciate the power of parameters and schedules to promote the analysis process
- Discover the requirement for a connected model in performing automated calculations
Alan Johnston has been the president of Hydratec since 1972. Hydratec specializes in the design, development, marketing, and support of Autodesk, Inc.’s, software-based software for the design, analysis, and fabrication of fire-protection sprinkler systems. Johnston is the holder of several U.S. patents, including a patent for the retrofit of sprinkler systems into single-family houses. Johnston holds a BS in mechanical engineering and has served as part of the Hydratec Training and Support Team for over 40 years. Johnston has provided advanced training of software features to groups of existing HydraCAD users in over 50 cities around the United States. He has also been a featured speaker for The American Society of Plumbing Engineers, The American Fire Sprinkler Association, The National Fire Sprinkler Association, and other organizations at both the local and national levels. He has also presented 3 virtual classes at Autodesk University Online and at Autodesk University.