Stabicad for Revit
Revit is rapidly developing into a powerful design platform around the world, and Stabicad for Revit is part of this journey. Stabicad’s convenient functions are a good supplement to standard Revit functionality and provide major added value to design efficiency and usable output. Stabicad for Revit is the best choice if your specifications call for BIM and Revit.
BIM and exchange
With Stabicad, both the advisor and the installation company are ready for BIM, a process that entails the use of 3D models for the design, construction, and/or use of (construction) projects. BIM is mainly about collaboration with component models for architecture, construction, installations, etc. for which different parties are responsible, with the goal of improving the construction process and thereby reducing failure costs.
Stabicad for Revit is the perfect tool for advisors and installation companies who want to collaborate on a BIM project. Major advantages of Revit include 3D modeling across multiple floors and coordination with construction partners in a single model.
Since Stabicad is multi-platform-based, functions are available both in Revit and in CAD, and you can keep your installation model up to date on both platforms with a single click of the mouse, via the exchange file with the .SXF extension. This allows you to bundle the capacity of your Revit modelers and CAD draftsmen in every BIM project. You can use engineering functions in Stabicad for AutoCAD that are not (yet) available on the Revit platform in order to easily update the model in the same way.
The clash detection function allows you to coordinate your installation systems with 3D models from other construction team members. Navisworks is a good tool for this if the models are delivered in various file formats.
Libraries and MEPcontent.eu
Stabicad for Revit has a complete family library with parametrically constructed symbols for Electrical and Mechanical installation, thereby offering the same article databases with Dutch product information as Stabicad for AutoCAD. The families are subdivided into manufacturer-independent families for the design phase and frequently used manufacturer-specific components for further detailing. Whether you opt for specified or unspecified, you will always work with families and components that comply with French and European standards.
The content for Mechanical is kept up to date thanks to a good relationship with manufacturers and suppliers, and consists of thousands of families containing pipes and fittings for HVAC, sewer and sanitation, as well as components for plant rooms. From pipe crossing, balancing valves, reducing bends, access pieces, siphons to VAV boxes, ventilation convectors, rectangular-round bends, splitters, rectangular and round dampers, rectangular saddles, under floor pieces, double T-pieces, to end pieces and plate heat exchangers used in plant rooms.
In order to utilize the growing online availability of manufacturers’ product information, Stabicad has a content browser that can also search MEPcontent.eu for Revit families and 3D elements to be used e in your model, so you no longer have to first download and save files to access this information. Stabicad saves the information from the selected family directly to your project. Thanks to the link to commercial data, your design will have the right item number for ordering and maintenance purposes.
Working methods and IFC
Since Stabicad operates with standard Revit elements from a library, Stabicad for Revit is excellent for participating in projects with architects, contractors, advisors, and construction and installation companies that collaborate by means of a particular working method. A working method makes it possible to establish, per project, agreements on phasing, families, materials, manufacturers, coding, etc., thereby standardizing and optimizing the design process. Depending on the LOD, you can use manufacturer-independent families or manufacturer-specific components from the Stabicad for Revit family database.
Stabicad for Revit also possesses the tools necessary for accessing and sharing design information from 3D models. For exchange with IFC, we utilize the IFC exchange function that comes. All included families and 3D components are based on this IFC-certified Autodesk standard.
In existing projects, our clients collaborate using Stabicad for Revit according to the various working methods well known in the construction industry: DeltaPi, 3B, BIM Slim, SmartRevit, etc.
StabiBASE gives families and projects structure and overview. Revit models and CAD drawings of the same project can be grouped together and opened using StabiBASE. Stabicad will automatically launch the relevant platform. Various functions and content are also shared in StabiBASE. This makes it possible to use product information from the same database. You use the same screens for adding product lines, and the Product Line Importer (for importing and updating product information) makes it easy to convert between CAD symbols and Revit families.
You simply place frames and title blocks on sheets to show project and design information in the model. These title blocks are linked to project information in StabiBASE so information can be updated with a single click of the mouse. Generating Views and Sheets in Stabicad for Revit is automated as much as possible, thereby saving you a lot of manual work. The result is speed and uniformity in, for example, adopting various floors based on an architectural model linked to floor plans that have yet to be created. Stabicad for Revit recognizes the linked model, you select the views to be generated, and Stabicad does the rest, generating the right views for the selected disciplines. Automatic generation of sheets based on floor plans works the same way.
Stabicad makes it even easier to work with Revit. The functions in Stabicad for Revit can be quickly accessed through the Ribbon interface and the familiar Palette Center from Stabicad for AutoCAD, with all the Electrical families and functions categorized in tabs.
You can place the right installation components in the model using the convenient insertion functions. You select the type of element (such as pump, valve, radiator, air terminal, fire protection valve), and Stabicad displays the options, after which you select the manufacturer and size. You finish by inserting the chosen element in the model with a single click of the mouse. You can opt for insertion either “free within the room” or “hosted” (related) to structural elements. The “A-2A layout” function lets you distribute air terminals of a chosen family throughout a room based on the number of set rows and columns.
You can insert components in relation to each other by using a clever copy function. Place a faucet by a sink and Stabicad will insert faucets in the correct position next to the doors sinks of the respective family with a single click of the mouse. The copy function ensures that this is done with all the objects of a family within a certain selection, in a floor plan, or in the entire model.
Since modifying the height of components is not carried out uniformly in Revit, the generic Stabicad function from StabiTOOLS is available in Stabicad for Revit for this purpose. This makes it easy to insert ventilation ducts between the dropped ceiling and the floor of each level. You decide whether the height should be measured from the middle, top, or bottom.
Receiving an architectural Revit or IFC model? Then use Revit for structural physics calculations, such as transmission and cooling load, as long as the architect or contractor has included sufficient structural physics data in the model. Revit contains functions for calculating ventilation ducts and gas and water pipes in accordance with international standards and formulas.
Installation diagram and light calculation
In Stabicad for Revit you can quickly add group/panel information to elements in your Electrical installation model using the “Property Inspector.” The function for sending this information to the installation diagram is also available in Stabicad for Revit. You can automatically generate the installation diagram in Stabicad for Revit, like in Stabicad for AutoCAD.
For light calculation, there is a link with Dialux, which determines the number of light fixtures in a room and their distribution throughout the room.