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Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 8:36:05 PM | New To Revit but diving In. Any Advice for MEP coordination




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Hi All:

I got a 3 1/2 week crash course on Revit Architecture and MEP and now have been giving the task of MEP coordinator on a new project.  I was given an Architectural Revit drawing of the project with the building envelope, walls, and some additional detail including finishes, all in all it appears to be a well developed file (but what do i know i've been doing this for a month). I am upgrading my system from 32 to 64 Bit because Revit keeps kicking me out with a dialog box saying to do so.  Once my system is up and running I plan on creating a central file on my laptop.  I was trying to find a way to create a central file that all MEP trades could work on from their offices so we could work collabrotively at the same time.  Anyone know if this is possible or how to go about doing this.  If this is not possible I will distribute a copy of this file to the MEP in hopes of receiving back MEP files to use for coordination.  If anyone has any experience or advice for MEP coordination your suggestions are very much appreciated.


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Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 11:08:23 PM | New To Revit but diving In. Any Advice for MEP coordination



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OK, so from what I can tell your deliverable to the client is a 3d coordinated model, whether this is the GC or the building owner. Having coordinated in RME and RAC I would not suggest having the other offices link into the same model. In this case it would be more like traditional 2D or 3D CAD coordination...I will mention also though that if you are attempting to use this model for Fabrication that it may be very difficult, I have tried and succeed on a smaller project but would stick with CAD-Duct for my larger projects.

 The other point that I want to make too is that if you are attempting to use the collision detection capabilities built inside of Revit I strong recommend looking into Navisworks Manage.

 One final like in all coordination you are going to have to be careful with Origin Points (Shared Coordinates), who is initially going to model what where (if they are separate MEP firms), and make sure that the coordination team does not try and make perfect models first time around they will most likely change anyway. 

 HTH, Ian


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