What’s New in Revit MEP 2018 for Detailing MEP Fabrication Networks

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Revit 2018 software has several new Revit MEP features related to detailing LOD 400 elements to help you extend design to fabrication. Improve modeling productivity with greater accuracy and achieve the detail needed for fabrication, estimation, and installation of building services.

For mechanical contractors using Revit MEP, here are two exciting areas of development:

Sloped fabrication pipework

We have improved the sloped model component interaction for fabrication elements by introducing part-by-part modeling for sloped pipes, and introducing the ability to apply slope to fabrication elements that have already been laid out.

Building upon last year’s part-by-part placement of fabrication elements, you can now apply slope to a part as you place it in the model. As you continue to apply elements, you can specify a different slope for each branch. To make it easier, you can select a user-defined slope for the element, rather than having to enter a slope each time. Elements that are required to be horizontal will remain horizontal and elements that require slope will be sloped.

Slope tools for MEP fabrication pipework are similar to slope tools for generic pipework parts. Many commands and workflows behave the same for both generic and fabrication sloped pipe. You no longer need to place an element and rotate it at the required angles before you can start sloping the pipe.

Take a look at the sloped fabrication pipework feature overview video for more detail.

Model sloped pipes part-by-part and apply slope to elements that have already been modeled.

To learn how to apply slope to fabrication pipework, check out the help files on Autodesk Knowledge Network.


Multi-point routing with MEP fabrication parts

We have also improved detail modeling productivity in multi-point routing with MEP fabrication parts. The multi-point routing tool gives you the ability to create a run of connected MEP fabrication parts by clicking on points in the model, and more efficiently model ducts, pipes, and electrical containment elements.

We introduced part-by-part modeling for fabrication elements to meet the needs of the fabrication detailer, especially when they get into tight coordination scenarios. Detailers need the flexibility of the part-by-part modeling tools to accurately place components in the right location and in the right direction.

In addition, you now have the ability to model fabrication components like you would with the design level of detail elements within Revit, or similar to design line in Fabrication CADmep. Parts are automatically selected from the current fabrication service and grouped in the MEP fabrication parts palette. You can change the shape, size, elevation, and the type of fittings as you route the elements, like from a mitered elbow to a radius elbow.

Take a look at the multi-point routing feature overview video.

Model Revit MEP fabrication elements with multi-point routing by clicking on points in the Revit model.

To learn how to use the multi-point routing tool, check out the help files or on Autodesk Knowledge Network.

Armundo Darling

Armundo Darling is the Senior Technical Enablement Manager for MEP engineering and fabrication solutions at Autodesk. He has extensive knowledge of both Autodesk® Revit® for MEP and AutoCAD® MEP, and is responsible for the production of all global MEP marketing deliverables and technical training of global technical specialists and channel partners. Armundo has over 33 years’ experience in the architectural engineering field as a drafter, designer, and CAD/BIM manager. He started drafting for the U.S. Air Force in 1984 as an engineering assistant specialist. His professional background includes working in the aeronautical engineering industry for several years.

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  1. mikerobinson3411

    When are we going to be able to add colour to each Fabrication Parts service??? Cannot do any co-ordination work with duct/pipe all the same colour.

    1. Armundo Darling
      Armundo Darling

      You can add color to fabrication part services using filters. I will write a blog to show how it can be accomplished. Thanks for your feedback.

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    With all these wonderful improvements, when is Autodesk going to make everything self-contained within Revit? So we can create our own systems and not have to log into AutoDesk AutoCad Fabrication then back into Revit. That is the only reason why we don't use Fabrication parts and the limited support for manufacture content. Looking forward to the day I can drop Sysque like a bad habit.

    1. Armundo Darling
      Armundo Darling

      Thanks for your feedback. The team is aware of your request and understand wanting to have everything in a single solution. We are working diligently to improve our fabrication solutions to meet the needs of customers like yourself. As we continue to develop our fabrication products we hope to address workflow challenges like this that will help you do your job more efficiently and effectively.

  3. anmosawi@hotmail.com

    Hi.. I wounder if there is a way to use revit mep in generating isometric drawings? Drawings with item nr., discription and welds in revit? I use revit for the HVAC works but when it comes to a process plants i do these works in autocad plant 3d.

    1. Armundo Darling
      Armundo Darling

      Have you checked out the latest release of Revit? You will find that there is a new tool call the P&ID Modeler that does exactly what you are asking. Check out the Revit blog post that Martin Schmid posted "Model piping faster with P&ID Modeler for Revit 2018.1".

    2. Armundo Darling
      Armundo Darling

      We are also looking for Strategic Customers to Participate in MEP & Plant Sprint Demos We are going to start work related to: • Managing MEP Fabrication content as a cloud service (getting away from having to manage this solely in CAD/CAM/EST) • Reuse of Plant 3D catalogs/specs in Revit If you would like to be considered in our Sprint Demos related to this work, please contact Martin Schmid at martin.schmid@autodesk.com. Additionally, for this year’s Inside the Factory event, from Systems Engineering (MEP & Plant) perspective, we want participants that are working in BIM adjacent plant industry (W/WW, Food/Beverage, BioPharma, Semiconductor), that would be using P&ID, Revit, and/or have a need to generate piping spools/isometrics. If you would like to participate, please contact Martin Schmid at martin.schmid@autodesk.com.

    3. Armundo Darling
      Armundo Darling

      Hi, You should take a look at our public Revit Roadmaps site to get a glimpse into our direction. https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/revit-roadmaps/bg-p/307 In fact we have two updates of workflows released to our beta program. They were previously available only by invitation. The first is the P&ID + Revit workflow, and the other is Revit Fabrication isometrics. These workflows are in a hosted (browser based) environment, so no download nor install is required to test the functionality. Users can sign up by sending a request to revit.preview.access@autodesk.com. Best regards,

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