Welcome to Bradley Revit – BIM Library Resource Portal | 2015

Greetings & Welcome to the Bradley Revit – BIM Resource Portal

daniel_hughes_bradley_corporation_bimThe Bradley Revit-BIM Family Library has more than 1,000 Revit Family Models; representing 10′s of thousands of Bradley Corporation’s Commercial Plumbing Fixtures and Washroom Accessories Products.

I encourage BIM and VDC Managers to visit the Bradley BIM FAQs Page.  It provides a technical overview of Bradley’s Revit modeling standards and quality assurance procedures.

Daniel Hughes | Bradley Corporate BIM Strategist

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ArchiCAD | Revit Family IFC Export Delivers Building Product Manufacturer Content

Bradley ELX Express Series Lavatory Revit Family IFC Export for Graphisoft ArchiCAD BIM Project

The use of BIM software, BIM Processes, BIM Execution Plans and Public & Private BIM Mandates has created a file format for the exchange of BIM Content.

Building Product Manufacturers (BPMs) provide their products in pre-built BIM file formats; to assist designers with creating their BIM project files. IFC, a software-independent file exchange format, emerges for sharing BIM content between different BIM software packages.

The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data model is intended to describe building and construction industry data. It is a platform neutral, open file format specification that is not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors.

For BPMs an Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file is a neutral exchange BIM file; that allows their BIM content to be exchanged between these different BIM software packages.

  • Autodesk Revit,
  • Bentley AECOSim,
  • Graphisoft ArchiCAD
  • Nemetschek Vectorworks

Bradley BIM Revit users have downloaded over 20 million Bradley Revit files since 2012.

Bentley AECOSim and Nemetschek Vectorworks have taken steps to provide their users with Bradley product BIM files.

While we’ve received a few requests from Graphisoft ArchiCAD users; we’ve created this On-Demand Revit-to-IFC workflow to provide ArchiCAD users Bradley BIM product files.

Bradley HALO Emergency Eyewash - Facewash - Drench Shower Revit Family IFC Export for Graphisoft ArchiCAD BIM Project

Bradley Workflow to Create IFC Files for ArchiCAD Users

  1. Open Bradley Revit Family File (RFA)
  2. Create a New Revit Project (RVT)
  3. Insert Bradley Revit Family into Revit Project from Plan View
  4. Go To 3D Isometric View
  5. Select Revit Family in Project, Set Family Options and/or Family Type*
  6. Save the Revit Project File
  7. Go to the File Menu, Select Export > IFC > IFC 2×3 Format

*An IFC Export creates a static version of a Bradley Product BIM file. This means the efficiency of family file types and product parameters are no longer available in an IFC file.

Revit Project Tips to Minimize File Size PRIOR to exporting to IFC file:

  1. Purge unused families from the project (purge multiple times removes nested families)
  2. From an Elevation View, Delete all Revit Levels except Level 1
  3. In Plan View, pull in the North, East, South and West Elevation markers closer to the inserted Bradley family –to minimize the extents.
  4. From an Elevation View, select the remaining Level 1, right click & select Maximize 3D Extents from the menu.
  5. Save the file prior to Exporting to IFC or CAD file formats.
  6. This file is now be used as a Template File for other Product Conversions to IFC.

2016 Bradley BIM IFC-Road Map

The 2016 Bradley BIM IFC-Road Map will begin creating IFC BIM files for Bradley products; that have very few options. This will initially include commercial toilet & bath accessories, lavatory decks and washfountains.

An IFC BIM File Request link will be placed on product pages that have multiple options on their Tech Data Sheets. i.e. Emergency Fixtures,  lockers, and wash fountains.

Bradley Product IFC files will be posted on the product pages, in the right column with the links to the Bradley BIM and CAD files for those products.

The IFC Initiative will complement the current collaborative efforts we’ve shared; with several BIM authoring software products.

DXF: The First CAD File Exchange for Building Product Manufacturers

PC-based Computer-Aided-Drafting (CAD) provided Building Product Manufacturers (BPM); with the opportunity to assist designers  with their pre-built product CAD files.

BPMs created Plan View, Front & Right Side View AutoCAD Blocks (symbols) of their  products. BPMs also created CAD construction details for the installation and maintenance of their products.

BPM CAD files provided designers a faster, more accurate method to create CAD files withpre-built ‘block’ definitions of their window, door, casework, lighting, plumbing, electrical and equipment products.

Designers used BPM files in their floor & reflected ceiling plans, interior & exterior elevations, wall & building sections and construction details.

While AutoCAD became a leading CAD software choice in the AEC market, Autodesk created an file exchange format called, DXF.

AutoCAD DXF (Drawing Interchange Format, or Drawing Exchange Format) file; is a CAD data file format developed by Autodesk for enabling data interoperability between AutoCAD and other CAD & non-CAD programs.

This allowed BPM content (created in AutoCAD) to be exchanged between various CAD programs; that supported the IMPORT of DXF files.

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BIM LOD | Fall 2015 BIMForum Presentation Videos – PDF Downloads

View 2015 BIMFORUM Orlando Presentation Videos and PDF Download Webpage

Forty videos and PDF downloads are posted on the Fall 2015 BIMForum Presentations Page from their October event in Orlando, Florida.

Hours of video and dozens of PDF presentation-class documents are available for your BIM Manager monthly BIM-Revit Lunch-N-Learns.

Visit The BIMForum YouTube Video Channel  to access hundreds of hours of video content for business, project and BIM standards planning and training.

BIM Level-Of-Development  (LOD) was highlighted within several presentations. Those presentations providing LOD are bold-faced in the list below. I admit, I haven’t listened to  all the presentations on this list –as they were released 2 weeks ago. I’ll update the boldfaced list of LOD presentations once I review  them all.

2015 Fall BIMForum Class Presentation Topics | Videos and PDFs

  1. BIM/VDC for Precon at Ledcor
  2. Optimizing Project Decision Making with VDC
  3. Designers Taking Back Control of BIM Design Coordination
  4. How BIM Impacts the Structural Steel Fabrication Business
  5. A PDF Does Not Equal Paper How the PDF Revolution is Advancing BIM Workflows
  6. BIM before BIM’s
  7. Owner Actions to Define Transparency in the Model-based Design Process
  8. BIM Utilization Effectiveness – How We Became Effective BIM Producers While Driving Innovation Forward
  9. Organizational Modules: Studying the Effects of Organizational Repetitions Using QCA
  10. Taking Control of the Game – An Exploration of Virtual Reality and Gaming Workflows
  11. Building Blocks in your BXP: BIM-M Initiative
  12. Pre-engineered Metal Building Systems
  13. Precast and BIM
  14. Laser focus on accuracy in BXP: USIBD LOA & LOD
  15. BIM Legal and Insurance Issues
  16. Raising the Roof with your BXP: Steel Joist and Deck
  17. Building Quality in your BXP: NISD CM-BIM by David Merrifield (NISD)
  18. AEC Supply Chain Optimization – Building Information Modeling for Improved Productivity and Content Management for Off-Site Prefabrication in a Semi-Conductor Manufacturing Facility Retrofit Environment
  19. 4D > 3D Model + Schedule
  20. Preconstruction in Construction: Managing Change in a Billion Dollar Hospital
  21. LOD Update
  22. Live Cost Modeling & Production Analytics with BIM
  23. Constructible Design: Merging Design, Detailing and Coordination to Mitigate Risk and Create Predictable Outcomes
  24. Managing Design as an Information Supply Chain

International BIMForum Presentations

  1. BIM Issues and Value Analysis on the new HQ Construction project of Korea Land & Housing Corporation
  2. Beyond the Myth, the Way of Kajima
  3. A Danish General Contractors Perspective on VDC Design Management
  4. Improved VDC Workflow: Lessons Learned from Italian Case Studies

View 2015 BIMFORUM Orlando Presentation Videos and PDF Download Webpage

The BIM process and successful adjacent processes, such as, Lean & Green Construction, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Design-Build, and Modular Prefabrication are presented from our peers; that have successfully executed these processes.

This is current, credible, continued education content.  Give it your review, share it with your team and then integrate what you’ve learned into your processes.

Fall 2015 BIMForum Presentations Page

 Related Bradley BIM Articles

  1. 3D Laser Scanning Level-Of-Accuracy (LOA) Meets BIMForum LOD (video download)
  2. New Revit-BIM LOD Standards Mean Business
  3. Mayo Clinic BIM Manager – Project Model Development Specification (MDS)
  4. Bradley Revit Family Secrets | LOD – Level of Development
  5. AIA Document E203 Legalese | 2013 BIM – Digital Data Exhibit Updates
  6. Revit Model LOD | Level of Detail – Level of Development
  7. Bradley BIM 2.0 | Revit Family Library Update Available
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