Today let’s look at some of the new features in Autodesk Revit 2016 as it relates to the construction industry.
For design intent models or simple documentation to really be useful and helpful in driving construction, contractors need new levels of information. This new information must account for means and methods, materials, and how project components come together. “Constructability” is what you need, and Autodesk Revit 2016 is the tool to get you there.
In new construction, lack of construction detail can limit the usefulness of a model detail. Many times architects create concrete walls, floor slabs, and roofs as a single object or objects without connection details.
From the architects’ perspective, a single object may be an adequate representation. However, as a contractor, you need to understand and investigate the order in which each sub-assembly is built, and the relevant impact on surrounding trades or logistical equipment. Design intent models can be further modified, dividing slabs into individual concrete pours, showing individual cast in place concrete slabs, breaking partitions to show accurate wall construction, breaking roof details into individual objects or merging components together to better represent how the elements will be constructed in the field.
With Autodesk Revit 2016 you can you can show each object adding the level of development (LOD) that will drive your construction practice. This capability is important, because you can account for details specific to how the roof will actually be constructed. In this case, each piece of the roof has been added, including the cant and the flashing.
The ability to add this LOD to the models, and being able to do it without editing the original design intent, is an important benefit that can save you time and ensure accuracy in the field.
Another way to add construction detail to the model is through enhancing the traditional documentation that the architect or designer provides. Leveraging Displaced View in Revit, contractors can create an exploded diagram of building components, details or other aspects of the model where further detail is needed.
Here you can see how displacing elements of roof detail can enhance the documentation needed in order to accurately communicate how the roof and wall sections will come together. The displaced elements can be used to create a better picture or view of the details, and can be further enhanced with the appropriate annotation when placed alongside the traditional details on a sheet in the plan set.
By driving this level of information into the process, you are better able to derive more granular insight into quantities, coordination efforts, and construction sequencing. Having better insight into how these components come together will help you plan how your work will be executed efficiently, and will improve visibility of production planning implications.
Another important new feature in Revit 2016 year is Selection Boxes. You can now quickly isolate selected elements in an unobstructed 3D view to more efficiently review project logistics.
With Section Boxes you can save time and gain a greater insight to your construction project.
MEP contractors can now use LOD 400 from Autodesk Fabrication products like Autodesk CADmep, Autodesk ESTmep, and Autodesk CAMduct in Autodesk Revit 2016 to create a more coordinated model.
This functionality provides greater certainty for detailers in construction firms so the model will accurately reflect the intended installation. Before you place fabrication parts in a Revit MEP model, be sure to specify a fabrication configuration and load fabrication services into the model as well.
Use the Fabrication Part Placement tool to place fabrication parts in the Revit model. When editing, Fabrication Layout Editing tools enable you to modify fabrication parts. Once you have fabrication parts in the Revit model, use Edit a Fabrication Part to define the necessary dimensional values and connector settings. This new feature improves construction documentation and enables LOD 400 for your MEP counterparts so the workflows are enabled by the inclusion of fabrication detailing in Revit.
And last but not least, contractors can use the new Structural Engineering Enhancements to gain better insight into the project structure. With the improved Rebar Scheduling feature, you can now list elements per member faciliated by an added set of new parameters. The Host Mark parameter displays the name of the structural element hosting the rebar.
Parameter Host Count displays the number of identical structural elements hosting the rebar and Quantity by Element displays the calculated value of the total number of rebar per host. This feature improves rebar documentation and supports better productivity for rebar detailing.
Thinking about constructability earlier in the process has significant impact throughout the execution of the project, and enables you to explore various considerations before getting to the field, which results in better control of both cost and schedule. Autodesk Revit 2016 enables you to deliver a higher level of detailed information which enables you to have more realistic simulations, and better quantity control for improved analysis and shared understanding. To better understand the new features in Revit 2016, click here.