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beth.luebke-jones
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AC Architecture vs. Revit

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03-28-2008 07:33 AM
Our Facilities Management department (large firm spread over multiple campuses worldwide) would like to move to BIM for future design and remodeling projects. Currently, most of our projects are done in AC Architecture. The architects that we have been working with want to charge a substantial premium to design in Revit. Is this justified? One reason they've given is that Revit doesn't work well for MEP. Any opinions?

Thanks for your help,

Beth
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Re: AC Architecture vs. Revit

03-28-2008 09:32 AM in reply to: beth.luebke-jones
Beth,

My health system is just beginning to require BIM deliverables on large
projects, and will later require them for all projects. We're primarily
going with Revit with the Architects and they're trying to guide the
MEP's into that as well.

Revit MEP is still a relatively new product (is this it's 4th release?).

But, that is the way I'd like for our department (Engineering) to go
ourselves eventually.

The problem with that is that the MEP houses are smaller than the
Architectural firms. They haven't invested in BIM yet. There just aren't
many skilled people out there using it yet, and there are only a few
experienced teachers out there teaching it.

But, they're adding more content to it every day. In fact, I've got a
friend who is a mechanical engineer who just got a job with a company
who is supposed to be building a lot more content for it. So, that's
pretty comforting.

Also, the RMEP project manager, Kyle B, posts videos on topics that
explain questions regular users have asked here in the discussion
groups. That's service. :smileywink:

It's going to be a long hard road no matter which way we go. But, the
thing is... whether they use AutoCAD MEP or Revit MEP, they're probably
going to have to get a lot of training, and that could be expensive.
They'll probably also have to upgrade their machines, etc.
But, I would hope they would spread that cost among many customers and
not stick you with all of it (because, ultimately, while they're
learning to do this for you, they're also making themselves and their
employees much more valuable in today's changing market).

Good luck!!!

Melanie Perry
***not all who wander are lost***
www.Tech-Tea.com
http://MistressOfTheDorkness.blogspot.com

Old Squaw wrote:
> Our Facilities Management department (large firm spread over multiple campuses worldwide) would like to move to BIM for future design and remodeling projects. Currently, most of our projects are done in AC Architecture. The architects that we have been working with want to charge a substantial premium to design in Revit. Is this justified? One reason they've given is that Revit doesn't work well for MEP. Any opinions?
>
> Thanks for your help,
>
> Beth

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