Are you starting a mechanical, plumbing, or electrical design project and are wondering what Revit MEP is? Read on to find out more about this widely used software and the benefits that Revit MEP can bring to your professional career.
What is Revit MEP?
Created by Autodesk, Revit MEP is a building information modeling (BIM) design software for professionals in MEP engineering sectors. BIM is essential to most, if not all design projects where it provides support from design and visualisation, to simulation and construction. Revit software helps engineers, designers, and contractors across the MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) disciplines model to a high level of detail and easily coordinate with building project contributors. By using BIM software, Revit MEP allows users to design complex building systems accurately and efficiently.
Key Features of Revit MEP
- The engineering design process is streamlined with Revit. Engineers can utilize a single model to enhance the communication of design intent, before construction begins.
- Engineers are able to conduct simulations and interference detection earlier in the design process. Conceptual energy analysis data is used for engineering-driven calculations.
- Design, model, and document building systems are available in the context of a full building information model, including architectural and structural components.
- Model for MEP fabrication with tools that automate the fabrication model layout are available. Users are able to prepare a model for detailed coordination of fabrication and installation.
Benefits of using Revit MEP
Autodesk Revit MEP is used by many professionals across various industries to help reduce risk, develop better quality designs, and improve project delivery. The benefits can be construed into 4 parts of the design process: Pre-Construction Benefits, Design Benefits, Construction & Fabrication Benefits, and Post-Construction Benefits.
1. Pre-Construction Benefits:
- Using BIM, building owners can estimate, before the start of actual construction of the building, whether the proposed building design is financially feasible
- If a particular design is over the owner’s budget, the owner can easily propose for a new design that can be built within a given cost and time budget.
2. Design Benefits:
- The BIM 3D model can be used to visualise the design at any stage of the process.
- While designing, if all the objects used in the model are controlled by parametric rules, ensuring proper alignment, then it can be sure that the 3D model can be constructed in actual sense.
- BIM also enables accurate extraction of 2D drawings at any stage of the design process.
- BIM also offers adequate information for building performance analysis and evaluation, which is of vital importance for sustainable building design.
- Using BIM, designers can analyze the building design in detail and locate human errors, if any.
- BIM provides accurate and extremely reliable information about the building, the structure, the materials used, etc including green aspects such as energy efficiency and day-lighting.
- Earlier design visualisation also allows for better cost estimates and budget control.
3. Construction & Fabrication Benefits:
- The BIM 3D model can be used to visualise the building and development site with realistic, real-time design scenarios to show how it will look like at any point in time.
- BIM allows the use of collision detection, which greatly decreases the errors made by design team members as well as the construction team. Here the computer actually informs team members about parts of the building in conflict or clashing, and through detailed computer visualization of each part in relation to the total building.
- BIM operates on a digital database and any suggested design change made to this database is reflected throughout the entire drawing.
- BIM produces construction documents that contain information about structure, quantities, materials and other data that can be used in both — the construction and management of a building.
4. Post-Construction Benefits:
A finalised BIM model provides an accurate source of information about the as-built spaces and systems. It also serves as a useful starting point for managing and operating the building.
Interested in Learning Revit MEP?
Here at St. Hua Private Academy, we offer an extensive BIM with Revit MEP Course. This course is designed as a starting point for new users. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Create basic floor plans, design electric circuits and lighting systems
- Model air intake and exhaust systems
- Create plumbing plans, and design fire alarm and sprinkler systems
- Document your designs for construction and fabrication.
Our BIM with Revit MEP is a SkillFuture Credit Approved Course! Find out more about claiming using your SkillFuture credits here.