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Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 11:32:46 PM | New Member




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I just purchased Revit MEP, and ACAD MEP 2009, and I'm looking for places to get REVIT info and learn about the program. I am a fire alarm engineer and I need to create a fire alarm data base (Families) for use in MEP and REVIT. I think that the families can store all the data like loads and settings for the fire alarm devices I need to use. Is this correct? What I need to do is create battery load calcs along with the shop drawings for submitting to the cities for permitting, and I would like to have MEP keep a log of the loads as I circuit them, and keep track of each power supply on the fly, is this possible? Also does anyone know if there is a fire alarm group of families started yet for use in REVIT? This would help me allot, although I will still have to create them myself or edit them as all the different manufacturers have different load values and settings for their own devices. As I said I'm new to this program so what I'm saying and asking might not be correct, please let me know if this is the case. Thanks for all your help, Sincerely, Rockitglider


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Creating families is going to be tough if you have no 3d modeling experience.  If you are new to modeling, I would strongly suggest looking into some basic 3d modeling books or tutorials online that deal with basic extrusions, sweeps and blends.


I would then have you look at the family creation tutorials that area available from autodesk:


And finally, you can find fire alarm families that are alredy available on revitcity, here:


You should also hope onto AUGI (just google AUGI Forums).  it's a free community devoted to autodesk users helping each other out.


Hope this is enough to get you started!



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Although my site is focused on Revit Architecture rather than MEP- the fundamentals of Family Creation in Revit are the same. We have a 17 part series on every aspect of creating your own components...

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