BIM for AEC - Multidisciplinary Coordination

In this unit, students will learn how BIM tools can be used to support a multidisciplinary design process. They will learn how to create and check a series of linked models, create reference planes and grids for different disciplines, and model MEP systems.

Year Published: 
2014

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Multidisciplinary Coordination

For many decades, the AEC community has relied on a paper-based workflow with designers working in “silos” that focused on a single project discipline or function and sequentially passing the outputs of their design decisions on to the next discipline. This isolated, sequential process created many barriers to effective collaboration and has often led to misunderstandings and mistakes requiring costly rework in the field.

Preparing to Share Models

In this lesson, students learn how to set up the elements of a project that enable teams to effectively share a building model. They:Create a dimensional framework for the model via levels, grids, and reference planes and use these elements to precisely place building elements.Create views that expose and highlight the elements used by different members and disciplines on the design team.

Modeling Structural Elements

In this lesson, students will learn how to add the elements to the building model that provide the structural framework for the building.Students will start by adding a dimensional framework of levels and grids to the architectural model, and then add placeholders for structural elements that impact the architectural design (such as columns). They will then copy essential elements from the architectural model to a Autodesk® Revit® Structure model and place the key structural framing elements such as foundations, floors, shear walls, columns, beams, and joists.The endpoint of the lesson will be a structural model that can be used for structural analysis and shared with the other members of the design team.

Modeling Electrical Systems

In this lesson, students will learn how to model lighting and electrical elements in a project—lighting fixtures, electrical distribution panels, and switches—and connect them together by creating circuits, power systems, and switch systems.Students will start by placing lighting fixtures in an architectural model, and then copy those elements into an Autodesk® Revit® MEP model. They will model the different lighting and power systems used to connect these lighting fixtures as well as create power systems and switch systems.The endpoint of the lesson will be an electrical model that can be used for analysis and shared with the other members of the design team and disciplines affected by the electrical design decisions.

Modeling Plumbing Systems

In this lesson, students will learn how to model plumbing fixtures and link them together to create hot water, cold water, sanitary waste, and fire sprinkler systems.

Modeling Mechanical Systems

In this lesson, students will learn how to model mechanical systems that provide ventilation and conditioned air to the spaces inside a building. These systems are typically referred to as heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Coordination and Interference Checking

In this lesson, students will learn how to link models created by all members of the design team and use the Autodesk® Revit® software Coordination Review and Interference Check tools to find and resolve changes and conflicts.