Chemistry 101 Meets Revit Architecture

Intro to Chemistry Meets Revit

Revit Floor Plan of Chemistry Lab Classroom Assignment

The Intro to Chemistry Assignment

A couple years ago, our college intern, Rachel Hughes received a high school ‘Introduction to Chemistry’ assignment to…

…calculate the volume (in cubic centimeters) of her irregularly-shaped Chemistry classroom, with a a sloped ceiling.

While she was taking architecture AutoCAD classes; she was willing to learn how to solve this problem using Revit Architecture. Her Chemistry teacher approved the use of Revit to solve the assignment and asked for a brief description of the steps she used.

We used a Revit “test drive” training process; that I developed for expediting my students’ Revit classes. She took the Revit “steering wheel” and two hours later discovered the answer to her Chemistry assignment. While enjoying the intuitive “test drive” of her first Revit project –it also underscored the value of “I” in BIM.

“Revit creates the entire room faster than my AutoCAD.”

Revit Building Section of Chemistry Lab Classroom

Here’s a summary and brief description of sequential Revit steps taken; that she submitted to the Chemistry Teacher.

She and her chemistry partner field-verified the classroom measurements prior to starting her first Revit project.

  • A new Revit project was started; by selecting an architectural Revit template
  • The project units were set to centimeters
  • Using the wall command, she created the floor plan and dimensioned the inside faces of the room using field measurements.
  • Inserted doors, windows while adding several new family types to match her field measurements of the openings.
  • Add a Revit Building Section nark across the room to display the sloped ceiling.
  • Add a room object \ room tag to display area in square centimeters. (edit family label unit format & reload tag family into project)
  • From section view, add a room tag to display volume of room in cubic centimeters

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  • A Revit Level was added & an existing level was modified to set sloped ceiling heights.
  • Create a sloped ceiling using the ceiling Sketch option.
  • A room schedule was created, displaying room area and volume

Revit Room Schedule of Chemistry Lab Classroom

The Revit model schedule yielded the room volume answer in cubic centimeters.

  • A B-size title block was added to the sheets. She edited the title block family; adding & deleting parameter content specific to her class. Then reloaded the edited title block back into her Revit project.
  • After adding a few more B-size sheets, she placed Plan, Section and Room Schedule views on their individual sheets.
  • She pressed the Print button, selected the sheets for printing and created a PDF file.
  • A quick “attach” to email and her print out was on its way to her Chemistry teacher.

View Details of Bradley BIM 2.0 | Revit Family Library Update – September 2014 ArticleRachel completes her summer 2014 internship (paid) with Bradley this week; as she returns to college.

We thank her for her work on the Bradley BIM 2.0 Update; that upgraded the “I” in 750+ Bradley Revit models; while improving the Revit project performance of the Revit model components.

Who knew a Chemistry 101 class; would serve as a base for your career’s Revit learning?

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Bradley BIM 2.0 | Revit Family Library Update – September 2014

Summer 2014 launched the Bradley BIM 2.0 – Revit Library Update. Major portions of the Bradley Revit Library (1,000 Revit Families) were optimized and revised.

Rachel Hughes, Revit\BIM Support Technician (paid summer intern) --has been piloting our Bradley BIM 2.0 Revit Library Update. Rachel Hughes, Revit\BIM Support Technician (paid summer internship) has been piloting our Bradley BIM 2.0 Revit Library Updates. She cataloged each family’s edits in our Standards Spreadsheet and authored new editing processes for our Revit Handbook.

More than 350 Bradley Revit families had their their visibility settings optimized.

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Currently, over 750 Bradley Revit models were given new parameters, old parameters were updated or deleted -and all 750 models were Revit project-tested.

This summarizes the Bradley BIM 2.0 updates; that we’ll begin uploading to the Bradley Revit Library during September 2014:

 New embedded Bradley BIM Shared Parameters are designed to assist BIM \ VDC and FM Managers with

  1. Revit Model Data Collection & Management,
  2. Scheduling & Tagging,
  3. Design & Specification and
  4. Operations & Maintenance processes.

 New Bradley Shared Parameters List:

  • OmniClass Table 21 | Title (National Standard – 2012-05-16)
  • OmniClass Table 21 | Number (National Standard – 2012-05-16)
  • OmniClass Table 23 | Title (National Standard – 2012-05-16)
  • OmniClass Table 23 | Title (National Standard – 2012-05-16)
  • Model Version: Contains model version number (for family inventory schedules)
  • Tech Data URL: Contains a Product’s Bradley Tech Data URL (Permalink) (English & Spanish)
  • Specifications URL: Bradley’s 3-Part Specification URL  (MasterSpec Format)
  • Manufacturer Revit Model URL: Contains Manufacturer URL of Revit Model for future updates
  • Manufacturer Installation URL – English: Contains Manufacturer URL for product installation

 Revit Project Testing = Bradley Commitment to Revit Family Quality Control

Bradley BIM 2.0 revisions have been applied to 750+ Bradley Revit families –which contained thousands of Bradley Revit Family Types; representing 1,000s of Bradley products.

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More than 130 Revit project files (RVT) have been created \ saved to test & catalog complete Bradley Product Revit family groups  –in a project environment.

Which means each Bradley Revit family and family types’ –

  1. orthographic views (plan, front, right) are validated for Coarse, Medium & Fine
  2. shared parameters functionality were verified via Revit tagging & schedules  and
  3. reference planes functionality were project tested via dimensioning in each view.

Revit Schedules – Tags | Bradley Revit Family Parameter Testing Process

Basically, each family is being tested against Bradley’s 12-Point Revit Family QA Process.

My thanks to John Grady, Virtual Construction Director at CRB Builders , Van Woods & the US Army Corps of Engineers’  BIM Practice Team & Their Private Industry BIM Experts for our OmniClass discussions –that led to the inclusion of Table 21 Title + Number Shared Parameters.

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Our sincere thanks to the global community of architects, engineers, contractors, fabricators and owners for your input (emails, calls, site visits, case studies) on what you need and how you are using the Bradley BIM Library.

We’ll begin uploading The Bradley BIM 2.0 Revit Library Updates to our main Revit Library in late August –completing in September 2014. Our Bradley Autodesk Seek Library, Bradley MODLAR Revit Library and Bradley ARCAT Revit Library updates will occur  during the remainder of 2014.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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

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