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Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 11:43:29 AM | To use or not to use . . Floor plan or Ceiling plan . . . for Mech and Lighting




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For the PME users out there, do you use floor plans for your sheet views or do you set them up as ceiling plans for lighting and Mechanical plans?

Typically, we never show ceiling grids on our mechanical or lighting plans (in Autocad), but with Revit does it just make sense to make the sheets ceiling plans?

Just Wondering pros/cons for using ceiling plans for these trades.

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Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 11:12:09 AM | To use or not to use . . Floor plan or Ceiling plan . . . for Mech and Lighting




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I use both.

I will have a mechanical "floor plan" view to show all ductwork, equipent, diffusers, etc (the typical mechanical sheet). On this sheet I would tag all equipment, ductwork. On the floor plan I do NOT tag my diffusers, only becuase the drawings starts to get very cluttered.

So, I also make "ceiling plan" views which shows the architectural ceilings, and I use that to verify my diffusers fit in the RCP and don't interfere with other trades. Once my coordination is good, I turn of all lighting fixtures, fire alarm devices etc. On this plan I will tag my diffusers and use this sheet to keynote any items related to zoning, or air flow, etc.

This does create some extra sheets in the project, but trying to fit it all on one floor plan just makes for a jumbled mess.

Electrical does a similar thing.

Plumbing I only use floor plans as there is ceiling equipment to speak of.

Fire, I will again use both views. Floor plan shows piping, ceiling plan shows sprinkler head locations within the ceiling grid.

Overall, since Revit presents information differently than in AutoCAD I find that to get the same information across, I tend to use more views and more sheets. Ultimately though, this leads to a more comprehensive design.



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