Welcome to Bradley Revit – BIM Library Resource Portal

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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Navisworks | Contractors Revit – BIM Model Viewer

Navisworks Trade Coordination - Hospital Main Kitchen - Navisworks Project Images Courtesy of Turner Construction

Architects, engineers and general contractors use BIM authoring software (Revit, Bentley, ArchiCAD, Vectorworks) to create BIM files for design, prefabrication and construction.

However, general contractors and facility owners will also use a BIM file viewing and coordination tool; called Autodesk Navisworks.

Navisworks is a “file-neutral” BIM file viewer; that allows contractors to view a hybrid, composite BIM facility model. It may be composed of a mixture of linked BIM and 3D CAD files from several BIM \ CAD authoring software packages.

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Navisworks Project Images Courtesy of Turner Construction

Ideally, its better to have a project’s BIM files created by the same BIM authoring software; Autodesk Revit, Bentley Microstation, Graphisoft ArchiCAD or Nemetschek Vectorworks.

However, in reality project BIM files may have been created by a variety of both BIM and 3D CAD software packages. The MEP contractor will link the various BIM and CAD files together (HVAC, electrical, architectural, structural); to create a fully coordinated facility model.

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Navisworks can be a single software; that helps the contractor or owner to view a fully coordinated project BIM file –created with several BIM \ CAD file formats. Which financially, means the contractor does not have to buy all BIM and CAD software that created the project files. They also don’t need to spend training money to learn each of the BIM and CAD software packages.

Navisworks Trade Coordination - Hospital Main Kitchen - Navisworks Project Images Courtesy of Turner Construction

Example of Color-coding Duct-work & Piping \ 3D Annotation Tools.

Navisworks analyzes the coordinated facility model and verifies; that the architectural and MEP content is not interfering with other building components. This 3D space analysis is termed ‘clash detection’ or ‘interference detection’.

It uses a ‘set of rules’ defined by the contractor; to check if its acceptable to have a diffuser occupying the same space on a ceiling with a light fixture. These ‘rules’ can be saved and run for clash detection on the current or future projects. Navisworks is ‘learning’ what is acceptable and what situations must be corrected prior to construction.

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For example, Navisworks can verify

  1. the sprinkler heads are not occupying the same space as a light fixture.
  2. a hot water pipe is not running through a column.
  3. a door and a window do not occupy the same space in a wall.

These are 3 examples of coordinating the design and construction processes “in the computer” using BIM –prior to onsite construction.

Navisworks provides this automated “interference detection” between the trades’ models; while providing “3D mark-up” tools for enhanced communication between the designer & contractor.

Thank You From Bradley Corpration

My \ Our  thanks to Jeff Bauer, VDC\BIM Manager – Turner Construction for providing the Navisworks project images.

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US Accessibility Board | New ADA \ ABA Compliance Standards Videos

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The United States Access Board Website continues to publish new video content to better describe the ADA \ ABA Codes & Compliance Standards.

If “a picture is worth a thousand words” — a video (animation) may save a thousands of words to describe an accessibility code and compliance standard.

View The United States Access Board Website

Bradley integrates accessibility standards into our products and Revit (BIM) Model Library –as Revit Family Types to assist with various accessibility  installation heights.

Download Bradley Verge VLD Revit Lavatory – Sink Library As a product, the Bradley Verge VLD-Series Natural Quartz Lavatory System is a potential solution for fulfilling the ‘Enhanced Reach Accessibility Requirement’.

The 2009 ICC/ANSI Standards require that soap dispenser controls and faucets that serve certain accessible lavatories – larger restrooms determined by scoping such as IBC as to require an enhanced reach range – need to be installed with a reach depth of 11 inches (280mm) maximum.

revit_keltech_tankless_water_heater_3d_iso_view Bradley incorporates “Clearance Boxes” into our Revit models; where they may assist with interference or clash detection for maintaining ADA installation heights and keeping maintenance accessibility areas clear for a product.

My thanks to Glenna Antrim, International Account Manager (Bradley) for sharing the details of Accessibility Boards’ new video content.

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Architect Murtagh Integrates ArcKit Model-Building + SketchUp 3D Warehouse

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Architect Damien Murtagh ArcKit creator has designed a physical (non-digital) architectural model-building kit that has a virtual (digital) version in the  SketchUp 3D Warehouse design center.

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Located next to the Bradley BIM Booth 2014 AIA Convention Software & Technology Pavilion; I watched hundreds of AIA Convention attendees walk past Damien’s ArcKit booth — only to be drawn back to his booth to research his model building kits.

While Damien enjoys the value of his manual design tools, like model building, onion skin and pencil sketches –He was seeking a method to connect today’s digital architects and architecture design students with ArcKit. Integrating SketchUp 3D Warehouse with an ArcKit Library achieved that goal.

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My UBER Rescue at Chicago AIA Convention

Thank You 2014 AIA Convention - Chicago Bradley Booth VisitorsImagine standing with more than 300 people at this McCormick Place entrance;  waiting for a cab at  4:30pm on a great summer Friday afternoon, following my day at the AIA Convention.

Cabs were ‘trickling’ into the convention center and it appeared my Friday night on Michigan Avenue was doomed for a very, late start.

Prior to my Chicago trip; I installed and configured my credit card for the UBER app on my iPhone.

UBER is a private-ride service; where you request a ride from UBER; using their simple, yet very sophisticated phone app, rather than wait for a cab.

So, while standing in this ‘sea of conventioneers'; I used my UBER App (for the very 1st time) to send an UBER ride-request. Once confirmed, I stepped out-of-line and walked over to the Hyatt Hotel; that is attached to the convention center. My UBER car arrived in 20 minutes; while dropping me off at my downtown hotel by 5:20pm.

UBER Ride Request Service - Cell Phone App for Apple, Google DroidMy ride-request was accepted by a UBER driver and my UBER app confirmed my service request.

This triggered a Google map; that showed me the driver’s current location; with an Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) in minutes to reach me.

A picture of the driver and a model/make description of his car was immediately displayed on the app screen.

My UBER profile has my picture; which helps the driver identify the UBER customer. With my phone,  I took a new photo (selfie) and uploaded it to my app profile.

UBER Ride Request Service - Cell Phone App for Apple, Google DroidThe UBER app gave me options for communicating with the driver via Text or Calling the driver. As my location changed; I called the driver and asked him to pick me up at the curb of the hotel’s driveway entrance; and not the convention hall entrance.

I gave a brief description of my shirt color and that I was carrying a black laptop bag. He indicated he saw my new photo and he was still on schedule. As the Google map displayed his car nearing my location; I walked from shaded hotel bench and out to the curb –for an easy pickup.

uber_car_pick_up_service_phone_app_location_mapThis was not a ‘premium priced’ service — my ride-cost was similar to the Chicago cab fares I had paid over the the last 2 days.

This is my actual receipt; that was emailed to me for my expense report. Your UBER profile includes your credit card information.

Which means, there is NO exchange of money or credit cards with the driver.

UBER service cars are rather stealth; as they do not have door or rooftop signage. This is why they provide a driver photo and car description — my car was a gray/Mazda 6. UBER is growing global, check for city locations: https://www.uber.com/cities

After 12 years of hailing Chicago cabs…hundreds of times — the UBER ride-request service was truly an AMAZING change-of-process for securing a ride from Point A to Point B; with you the informed customer in control. This was an absolutely AMAZING experience!

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