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March 2014

COLLABORATION AND WORK-SHARING


WITH STRUCTURE AND MEP CONSULTANTS
Presented by: Michel Ruehr, Project BIM Manager, Group Revit Application Specialist

BIM is a process
And the process needs to be planned and documented Dont blame the software if you dont

COLLABORATION NEEDS SMART PEOPLE


Define your key people Make sure key roles have backup Exchange knowledge and ideas early Dont make rules and procedures up as you go Have a set of documents defining them ready to share

BIM
We dont work in Isolation
Collaboration Coordination Communication
Quality Cost Delivered on time Functional Useful Aesthetics Functional Design

Client

Architect

Be clear who is responsible for what


Contractor Consultants

Build-ability Procurement Coordinated

Systems integration with the design Analysis Timely information

DEFINE YOUR INFORMATION MANAGEMENT


BIM Project Brief
Communication with the Client Define Scope within the Project BIM Brief Understand BIM Environment and Data Connections Questions:
Does XXXXXX already use Software for the following Areas. And does XXXXXX need BIM to connect or exchange data with them. Facility Management Software Building Management Systems and Software Asset Management Software Construction Project Managing Software Construction Document Control Software Construction Budgeting and Cost control Software

Project BIM Brief Educate, Discuss, Define with the Client

Define Type of BIM Define Use of BIM Define Level of Information Define Level of Development

HOW WILL YOUR PROJECT TEAM WORK TOGETHER


BIM Management Plan
Defining the manner we will work together
Communication with the Project Team Define Scope and responsibilities within the Project BIM Management Plan
The Project Team 3 BIM Requirements 3.1 Model / Standards Management 3.2 Sub-Contractor Engagement 3.3 The Order of Modelling 3.4 Colours of BIM datasets in coordination software 3.5 4 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 5 5.1 5.2 Project Coordinates Collaboration Procedures & Technology Communication15 Document Management System15 BIM Briefing and Milestone Review meetings Facilitating BIM Coordination and collaboration File Sharing and Data Exchange General Level of Detail / Development

Deliverables:
Defining what is expected and when Work out the fine Details Defining the Level of Development in the Model Define Classification systems used on the project

Youve got your preliminary BIM Project planning done


Now you need to get started in Revit

Project Setup (Linking) Schematic Plan (PowerPoint or similar so its easy to amend)
If you are the model manager the makeup of your model linking structure and coordinate propagation layout may be obvious. What is happening when you are not in the office, how will your consultants know?

Create a schematic model structure to reveal the linked project relationships. Start early and update as changes happen. Planning and setup mistakes are the base of most BIM project hardships.

SETUP WORK SHARING


AVOID THE PITFALLS

The Schematic Model Structure Document is also a good reference for file naming and your work-set naming . Make sure your work-set naming is aligned with all Consultants Avoid too many work-sets they will only create unproductive work. But make sure all links are on a separate Link_workset

WORKING WITH STRUCTURAL CONSULTANTS


Golden Rules:
ALL TEAMS SHOULD BE ON THE SAME VERSION AND BUILD OF REVIT.

Filenames should remain always consistent As per Project Setup Schematic Plan

RVT project files should be archived for each Major Model Revision providing a history of issued RVT files

All Structural and MEP Models should be linked origin to origin All models should have the shared coordinate system applied but should not be used for linking.

WORKING WITH STRUCTURAL CONSULTANTS


Team Process:
Basic The ARCH team creates a grid*, levels, columns, slabs and walls The STR team starts by linking the ARCH file origin to origin The STR team then pins the linked ARCH Project The STR team copy monitor levels from ARCH Model The STR team deletes any redundant remaining levels from the original file The STR team checks Project_ Level 00_ is 0,00 (Project/ Elevation Base) (or check with the ARCH team if an exception is found). Level 00 is the Base level and should never be moved. The STR team sets Levels to Shared (Elevation Base) The STR team acquire coordinates from ARCH model This Grid may not be based on the structural layout of the building, but has been positioned temporarily by the architect to provide a starting point.

Experience on 40+ collaboration projects has shown that copy monitor of levels and grids with structural consultants is sufficient. Copy Monitor of floors, walls and columns is generally fraught with problems. See next page.

COPY-MONITOR STRUCTURE
Monitoring in Revit Revit Structure is limited to monitoring 5 categories these are; Levels Grids Columns Walls Floors

There are various rules that must be considered for the above categories that determine whether the monitor will flag a change or not these are as follows:

Monitor Rules Monitor flags change? Description of change Moved Rotated Sketch changed Size adjusted Assemblies changed New family added Deleted Levels Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A No Yes Grids Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A No Yes Columns Yes No Yes No No No Yes Walls Yes Yes Yes Yes* No No Yes Floors Yes Yes Yes Yes** No No Yes

*Yes for core component of the wall ** Yes for width of slab

WORKING WITH MEP CONSULTANTS


Team Process:
Basic The MEP team starts by linking the ARCH file origin to origin The MEP team then pins the linked ARCH Project The MEP team copy monitor levels from ARCH Model The MEP team deletes any redundant remaining levels from the original file The MEP team checks Project_ Level 00_ is 0,00 (Project/ Elevation Base) (or check with the ARCH team if an exception is found). Level 00 is the Base level and should never be moved. The MEP team sets Levels to Shared (Elevation Base) The MEP team acquires coordinates from the ARCH model Grids may or may not be transferred depending on workflow The ARC team has set up Linked Views as backgrounds for the MEP consultants Early communication on what views and what model information is needed is invaluable

Team Process:
Advanced To align fixture positions with the architectural model and keep it up to date, the mechanical engineer can use Copy/Monitor to copy fixtures to the MEP project. If the architect adds, removes, or changes fixtures, Revit MEP notifies the mechanical engineers of the changes. They can then update the MEP project, as appropriate.

COORDINATING VIA COPY MONITOR WITH MEP CONSULTANTS


In a Revit MEP project, you can copy and monitor the following types of MEP elements from an architectural project: Air terminals Communication Devices Data Devices Electrical Equipment Electrical Fixtures Fire Alarm Devices Lighting Devices Lighting fixtures Mechanical equipment Nurse Call Devices Plumbing fixtures Security Devices Sprinklers Telephone Devices But this is not as easy as it looks This is where Collaboration

Coordination Communication

Is a must

COMMUNICATION VIA COPY MONITOR


For Architects
A GPO, Light Switch, Fire Alarm Button is all an Electrical Fixture (We kind of guess it is not Equipment) Electrical Fixture HSL-Call Emergency-3D HSL-Call-Intercom WM-3D HSL-Data-Outlet-3D HSL-DCO_3D HSL-LightSwitch-3D

For Electrical Engineers


Its more something like this NURSE CALL DEVICES HSL-Detail-Nurse Call Light HSL-Call Emergency-3D HSL-Call-NurseAssist-3D HSL-Call-PatientHandset-3D HSL-Call-PatientStaff-3D HSL-Call-Intercom WM-3D DATA DEVICES HSL-Data-Outlet-3D HSL-DCO_3D LIGHTING FIXTURES HSL-LightSwitch-3D

COPY MONITOR WITH MEP CONSULTANTS


On top of this some consultants work differently from others. So we need to talk to our consultant how they divide their fixtures and devices into categories
But this is not the end See what we get when the consultant copy-monitors Consultants link after copy monitor

Architects link before copy monitor

MEP COPY MONITOR

Dont use level based or work plane based families with an offset parameter for monitored MEP fixtures

Use face based families with no offset parameter

WORKING WITH MEP CONSULTANTS

Got it!!