Lawrence Hooker over at Revit A Structures Approach has created a nice little youTube Video about the new RC detailing tools and features in Revit 2014 but still acknowledges that modelling and scheduling or rebar but still very little in the way of real drawing production to UK and European standards and conventions.
The UK’s primary network for building information modelling (BIM) users, OPEN BIM NETWORK, is joining forces with BuildingSMART UK and Ireland, which provides the standards driving the adoption of the open BIM universal approach.
OPEN BIM NETWORK is already partnering with industry body Constructing Excellence. The new alliance brings together two key networks that are critical for the accelerated take up of BIM: those who will use and deliver open BIM across the construction industry, and those developing standards, training and software products.
The groups are already collaborating on an industry COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) trial involving Gatwick Airport and key contracting partners. COBie allows information to be exported from the building model into a spreadsheet format, which is used to inform the construction and operation of a building. Partners in the Gatwick COBie trial are:
Sir Robert McAlpine
Results from the trial, which will be available in October, will influence future developments by software vendors, academia and the wider construction industry with the use of COBie in relation to level 2 BIM. BRE and BuildingSMART director Nick Tune said, “Getting the users and technical people together in this way means we can create the most effective, user friendly standards and products that will help the construction industry realise the benefits of BIM – it’s a very strong dynamic.” Don Ward, chief executive of Constructing Excellence, said of the move: “This will ensure the successful uptake of BIM, so that clients and suppliers are able to maximise the benefits.”
The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 has been conceived for use on the most progressive of BIM projects. It has been developed to achieve this goal along with a number of supporting publications that help to facilitate the tasks that are embedded in the Plan.
One of the most important tasks on any BIM project is properly assembling the project team. The shift in emphasis from the design team (as set out in the 1963 RIBA Plan of Work) to the project team is in itself a core message to be derived from the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. In assembling the project team the new Plan of Work advocates the consideration of who does what, when and how.
Autodesk Fabrication CADmep supports detailing, fabrication, and installation workflows for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) contractors, and provides tools that extend design-intent to create more accurate, intelligent, constructible models of building services systems. Autodesk Revit is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. The flavor of Revit that adds capabilities for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing is Revit MEP.
For more information, to read more on this subject and download see the posting over at It's Alive In the Lab