Friday, June 08, 2007

Got It!

The reason I started this blog was to descibe our experience of working with consultants who use Revit Structure and Revit MEP. While I have not been able to do that to date, all is about to change. Today we recieved a signed contract for converting a 37,000 GSF warehouse into retail space. While the owner already has a structural consultant on board who did not use Revit Structure on the project, we have a MEP consultant who is willing to use Revit MEP. This will be their second project that they have started in Revit MEP. My goal is to share as much as possible (the good and the bad) about the coordination, file transfers, and workflow.

This is a really exciting development in the way that we work within our office. Not only will things be more coordinated but it will be really interesting to see it all in 3D. Isn't it amazing it has taken this long to get to this point. You would think that since we design 3 dimensional structures that we would have moved away from 2D drawings a long time ago. I look forward to sharing and would like some feedback from anyone else who has tried this.

2 comments:

Rodrigo 6/08/2007 10:44 PM  

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

DBaldacchino 6/09/2007 5:44 PM  

We are lucky to have Structural in-house and since the first pilot project, we've always completed them in both RS and RB. It has been great because communication and understanding of spaces is more instantaneous than ever before.

Our drawings take the Revit models as far as possible. We know that if a piece of structure is shown in the wrong spot, it needs to move. Resist the tempation to make the drawings look "finished" just for the sake of it (comments such as "well if they haven't modeled it yet, can't you add some linework?" are counterproductive). Why not draw in CAD or by hand if that's what you're after? It's important to be consistent and know where you're making concessions, so you don't end up losing track of what's live and what's "faked" and thus needs manual coordination.

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