FM:Systems: Do you understand the need for a Revit facilities model?


Revit models constructed for the purposes of fabrication, coordination and as-built conditions are typically not going to function well in a facilities environment if they are used “as is.” It’s important for AEC service providers and consultants to understand their customer needs. Chuck Mies from Autodesk sums this up best by posing the following three questions that you should be asking a building owner if they intend to use a Revit model for facilities management:

  • Who on the facilities team is going to use the data?
  • What data is going to be collected during the AEC process for future FM purposes, and how?
  • How will it be maintained once operations begin?

By asking these questions and engaging a building owner you can have greater confidence that a Revit model turned over for the purposes of FM will be more successful and actually used during operations. I also recommend that you ask your customer to really think about what data is critical and who in their facilities team will be responsible for maintaining the information once the model is turned over. This will ensure that you don’t over model or provide excessive detail in equipment families that are not critical and will be difficult for a facilities team to maintain…

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RFE: Are AEC objects supported in CAD Integrator for AutoCAD?


I have created the following request for enhancement (RFE) to address adding the functionality to directly support AEC Objects in CAD Integrator. The Architectural version of AutoCAD does support exporting these AEC Objects as blocks into a DXF format. If AutoCAD provides an API that performs the same export function as their DXFOUT command in the Architectural version of AutoCAD, then vote for this RFE so that the TRIRIGA development team can consider using that API in a later release of CAD Integrator.

Support of AEC Objects in CI for AutoCAD (RFE ID 94102).

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Planon: When should facility managers get involved in BIM?


BIM is widely accepted in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry to be a technology and process to provide substantial benefits over the traditional 2D design methods, such as AutoCAD. A model not only provides the benefit of an enhanced 3D graphical representation and the ease of assimilating how the geometric properties work as a whole, but it also provides tools such as clash detection, model walkthroughs and project visualisation. Utilising 4D, 5D and 6D BIM, planning and management, quantity take-offs, costs, lifecycle management and data capture (through the use of strategically installed sensors) can be realised and mapped out even before any plant reaches the building site.

But when should FMs get involved? Should the contractors just design and construct the building as per the client’s initial Employers Information Requirement (EIR) with no ongoing involvement from the people that will have to ultimately manage the building for the next 60+ years? If so, would the design teams make all decisions that may impact the maintenance and ongoing cost of operations? Wouldn’t FMs want to challenge these decisions as early as possible? This leads to the realisation that FMs should be involved and incorporated into the design and construction (D&C) teams right from the initial stages of a project. This will provide FMs the chance to detail their requirements whilst keeping operational maintenance and overall lifecycle costs to a minimum.

FMs should also work closely with their IWMS solution to ensure that the finalised “as built” model can be integrated into the system with minimal alteration. Emphasis should be placed on ensuring data formats are specified at the earliest stage and standardisations created, that if delivered correctly, will meet the framework of the IWMS. This approach could save considerable time and cost at the later stages of a project…

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Vizerra announces the launch of Revizto 4.0 for the AEC industry


Vizerra has announced the launch of Revizto 4.0, its latest visual-collaboration software suite offering increased efficiency and accuracy in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.

Revizto 4.0 provides significant benefits for teams involved in building design and construction. In addition to the already-popular 3D visualization component – built on lightweight gaming technology that makes using the platform approachable and fun for all stakeholders – the new version combines key functionality into a single program, Revizto Viewer, for improved workflow. Revizto 4.0 also offers full support for 2D PDF documents, allowing firms working with 2D documents to take advantage of Revizto’s powerful collaborative platform and issue-tracking functionality…

With this launch, Revizto reinforces its reputation as the leading software in democratizing the use of BIM and CAD from the inception of building design through the facility management and operations phase. Globally, over 60,000 AEC professionals working in 150 countries currently use Revizto, including top AEC firms, general contractors, and specialty contractors working on complex projects such as London Heathrow Airport, Disneyland China, and the Marriott Hotel Peru…

In the same way PDFs became a standard for business documents, Revizto 4.0 is becoming the main platform, where, with minimal training, a large and diverse team of professionals can access and manage their building projects, synchronize them in the cloud, and share with the full AEC team for collaboration. The benefits for building teams have been widely discussed by building project technology experts as well as major companies using Revizto, including Barton Malow, AECOM, the Beck Group, YTL Corporation…

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