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July 2018
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Magnetic dirt separator, equimeter metering module and manifolds from IVAR

Magnetic dirt separator

Swivelling magnetic dirt separator with double filtering action from IVAR is compact, and features a connection kit for the installation under the boiler.

The evacuation of impurities is possible without emptying the system and disassembling the dirt separator, thanks to the removable magnet and to the opening of a 360° swivelling shut-off ball valve.

Equimeter metering module

The equimeter metering module with unit for heat only can withstand a maximum static operating pressure of 10 bar and a maximum fluid temperature of 90 °C.

Brass-Rod manifolds

Manifolds have the purpose of distributing the heat transfer fluid to the various heating and/or cooling take-off points. The IVAR brass bar manifolds can be used for applications in high and low temperature and cooling.

PLS updates

5 PLS have been updated for IVAR Pipes and fittings: 1285 articles in total. Choose between pipes and fittings from IVAR PRESS-Line, IVAR MPC-Line, IVAR MPL-Line, IVAR MPC-Line or IVAR MP-Line.

You can import Product Line Sheets (PLS) in your project through Stabicad and have your articles available both in Stabicad for Revit and Stabicad for AutoCAD. After importing, the articles will include properties and dimensions such as type or diameter, which makes it easy to place them in your project.

A MEPcontent subscription for Stabicad is required for working with the PLS. Read more about the MEPcontent subscription.
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What can we learn from the Dutch when it comes to BIM?

The Netherlands are amongst the leading countries when it comes to BIM: nearly 60% of construction projects are carried out using a digital model. Charles Lekx, senior sales engineer at MEPcontent, talks about BIM standards in the Netherlands and what can we learn from the Dutch when it comes to BIM.

How do you think the Netherlands compares to other countries?

“I do think the BIM awareness in the Netherlands is very high compared to many other countries. It is very important that everyone is talking about it and sharing their experiences. I also think that in other countries people might be more hesitant when it comes to new technologies. It’s great to see that Dutch contractors have not been afraid to simply start experimenting with BIM and learn from their mistakes.”

Are there any standards or governmental regulations in place in the Netherlands?

“Not really. However, the fact that there is no official BIM mandate hasn’t prevented companies here from starting with BIM and come up with their own definitions, which is very good.”

Read the full interview on the Constructible platform.
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New App updates: Drawing bendable pipes in Revit

A much requested feature has been added to our Revit Apps for piping systems: drawing bendable piping systems. This new feature allows MEP engineers to design flexible piping systems much faster than with native Revit functionality. The MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Piping, the SANHA Product Line Placer and the Henco Product Line Placer have been equipped with the new feature.

Using the Apps, you can now draw flexible pipe systems with special bends that allow you to draw in every direction and report the total length of the pipes with a schedule. It is not needed to configure this; it will work directly when selecting a flexible pipe type. You can simply form the pipe by clicking the next point for the bendable path to follow.

Create schedules
Creating a schedule with the total pipe length, which is required for ordering flexible pipe systems, is very easy. The Apps all provide a schedule for bendable pipe systems with the total pipe length. When showing the total pipe length within your project, you can make use of the included tag.

Easily add Tags
Tag functionality has also been extended, now allowing Revit users to add tags with information on bendable pipes such as measurements, lengths and diameters of the pipe. The 'Create schedule' and 'Tags' options can be found under the Create button in the Apps.

Improve your design workflow
Combining all of the App functionalities, you can now complete the design workflow for your entire piping systems within Revit: easily design the required flexible systems, add the relevant tags, and finally create schedules with all relevant data such as measurements, manufacturer data and article numbers. So your piping system can be ordered and fabricated right from within Revit.
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How to use Revit like a pro

What are the challenges MEP engineers face when they start with Revit?

“In addition to giving MEP engineers more control over their design, Revit offers great basic functionalities. Functionalities like: sectioning, viewing, (auto)routing and connecting elements. But at the same time, working in the platform can be very complex. For example, it can be quite time consuming to connect elements or to create a realistic representation of two pipes and flanges in plain Revit. Or to connect a ball valve to a pipe, you’d need to know all specific sub-parts in order to create a solid connection. It can be challenging to achieve the desired level of detail in Revit because of the more generic working environment. Detailed technical situations are complicated to achieve within Revit.”

What can engineers do to overcome these complications?

“There are several custom add ins developed by Revit specialists that you can use to overcome these challenges. There are different Apps available that enhance existing Revit functionalities. Apps is the way we call them, others also talk about add ins, plugins or Revit add-ons. These Apps are more user-centered and allow you as a user to take control. With these Apps, you can easily create the model that you need, based on your preferred specifications instead of default autorouting functionalities in Revit. Take for example the Productivity Tools App, Excel Import and Excel App and the MEP openings App.

Manufacturer specific jobs are hard to achieve with plain Revit if you’re not sure whether you can trust the source of your content. There are Apps available that allow users to work more flexible with content without having to search all kinds of content from all over the internet, allowing for a more consistent level of quality. The free MEPcontent browser and our Product Line Placers are great examples of this.”

How to make sure you have the right content in your project?

“Depending on the goal of your model, you’ll need to work with manufacturer specific content. Sometimes it is enough to work with generic content to make estimates about what products are needed and their associated dimensions. It’s not always necessary to have the exact product data available in order to calculate and estimate. But if you want to avoid failure costs and have full confidence in your project, you’ll need an accurate digital representation of the building project before actual construction takes off. A digital model that accurately represents the real deal, allows you to understand the complexity and potential conflicts in your project. Therefore, you need manufacturer specific content. This way you can create an exact copy of the building you want to realize in the real world. If done properly, you can use your Revit model to work with prefab, connect it to pricing information, coordinate tasks and much more. Manufacturer specific content allows you to get the most out of your investment in BIM.”

Who should you take into account in your Revit project?

“There are different stakeholders to take into account. First, there is the construction engineer. He’s the primary stakeholder. Second, there is the facility manager, who needs to understand the maintenance costs that will be involved. Third, there is the wholesaler/distributor who needs to know which materials must be delivered for the project. Key here is to only involve the information that is relevant for the stakeholders. Make sure that you agree with your partners what information is needed and what information will be left out of the model. This can differ per project.”

How can you share your Revit project with partners not using Revit?

“IFC based solutions and Revit based solutions are most commonly used. The downside of using IFC is that you risk data being lost when exporting your Revit model to IFC, which is not desirable when it comes to sharing information. However, the benefit of IFC is that the entire BIM model can be shared among different software. Which solution you use, depends on the partners you are working with and which platforms they use. However, it can also work the other way around: the way you’d wish to share your project can influence which teams you decide to partner up with. In some cases, one party will deliver the model and define what software needs to be used.

But it’s not just external parties you need to exchange information with. Also within your own organization you may need to share information from your model with people not using Revit. For example, when creating bill of materials for the purchasing department. In that case, you can use Apps that allow you to quickly export the information, such as the Stabiplan Export and Import Excel App. With this App, you can easily export Revit data to Excel to share information quickly with those not using Revit. This way, you can collaborate successfully in BIM, while working with the tools that each party is comfortable with.”
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Essential update for the Electrical Schematics App for Revit

You can now generate a block schematic of your Revit electrical system


A new schematic has been added to the Electrical Schematics App: the block schematic. This schematic will show an overview of all of the panels in the Revit electrical system and has 2 variations: one with the level information included with the panel and one with the levels represented using horizontal lines and placing the panels on the correct level.

For Revit power systems, the panels will include information about the total connected load, the total estimated demand and the apparent load per phase. Great to get a nice overview!

Choose which levels to include in your system structure schematic


When generating the system structure schematic, you can now choose which levels to include in your schematic. This enables you to create system structure schematics that are more compact and easier to print. Offering you more flexibility!

Generate schematics for each panel individually


We are not only showing the main panels, but also all of the sub panels in your Revit electrical system. This enables you to generate a schematic for each main and sub panel individually.
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ABB System pro E power main distribution switchboard

Why ABB System pro E power main distribution switchboard?



The ABB System pro E power main distribution switchboard, ABB’s new solution for main distribution switchboards with rated current up to 6300A and short-circuit current up to 120kV, meets all plant requirements depending on the type of installation, required degree of protection and electrical and mechanical specifications.

Flexibility
The structure can be assembled to suit different logic sequences. Just a few part numbers for 120 enclosure sizes.

Velocity
New mounting plates with rapid click-in system. Panels with 1/4-turn screws.

Simplicity
Error-free assembly of the structure, which is perfectly symmetrical. Modular uprights and cross-pieces joined together by means of a patented new system with axial screws.

Want to use ABB distribution switchboard in your Revit or AutoCAD project?



Download Revit families, AutoCAD files and IFC files for free and start designing right away!
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New items for Brink Climate Systems heat recovery units

New articles available for download


New Brink Climate Systems heat recovery units are, as of this week, available for download from MEPcontent as Revit families, AutoCAD files or .IFC files. Download now the Flair 300 (NL localization) and the Flair 325 (INT, DE, CH and FR localizations) and start using them in your projects!

Several other localizations have been added and updated for CH, DE, FR, NL and INT for the Renovent Excellent and Renovent Sky families.

Brink Climate Systems heat recovery units


The Flair 300 is more efficient, quieter and consumes considerably less energy than other comparable products. According to calculations, energy consumption is about 30% lower. The new designed fans with integrated controls ensure a constant flow of fresh ventilation air.

The convenient installation wizard of the Flair 325 makes installation quicker. This tool guides you step-by-step through the installation process and makes it impossible to overlook anything. The appliance itself also offers you smart help through the maintenance wizard when maintaining and replacing filters.
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DYKA AIR family pack updated

DYKA AIR has updated a number of products with dimensions and article numbers. The family pack has been updated with old article numbers removed and new ones added.

The following products have been updated:

  • DYKA AIR T oval 3LV 90gr, article number 20049724 (former article number 20042269)
  • DYKA AIR reducer-T oval - 80 3LV 90gr, article number 20049725 (old article number 20042275)
  • DYKA AIR T-piece ov. 195 + end-piece 125, article number 20049726 (former article number 20048403)
  • The product DYKA AIR reducer-T oval - 80 3LV 45gr, article number 20042274 has been deleted.

Download the DYKA AIR family pack from MEPcontent to work directly with this updated Revit library. The DYKA AIR PLS (Product Line Sheet), which can be used in Stabicad, has also been updated accordingly. The PLS can be imported into Stabicad using the PLI (Product Line Importer) in StabiBASE.
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Design POLOPLAST above-ground sanitary systems in Revit

The MEPcontent POLOPLAST Product Line Placer for Revit plugin helps BIM experts to get access to the POLO-KAL XS, POLO-KAL NG and POLO-KAL 3S series, made available in this App. Visit the MEPcontent store and watch the video to see the App in action and get a quick impression of what it can do for you. Try the App yourself for free by downloading it from the MEPcontent store and install it for Revit. Create accurate schedules and select the product line, product group or system type of choice from within the POLOPLAST product range. Get the right POLOPLAST coupling or end piece when working with the split elements and cap open ends Revit functionalities. Draw your system and zoom in on the pipe socket, while connecting multiple fittings, bends, tees, reducers and couplings from the POLOPLAST series available in the App.

Optimizer included


Next to autorouting, composites and schedules, this App includes an optimizer which optimizes your system according to your set preferences. Simply specify which solution you want to see in which scenario and the optimizer will adjust all your auto routing fittings to the desired solution.

Free Manufacturer App


The MEPcontent POLOPLAST Product Line Placer App can be downloaded for free on store.mepcontent.com. You can also find this handy plugin on the POLOPLAST website.
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What is Revit?

With BIM on the rise, MEP engineers around the world are taking the step from AutoCAD to Revit to work alongside their construction partners. But what is the difference between these two design platforms? Is Revit better? We talked with Revit specialist and product manager Coert de Jong to get all the ins and outs on Revit.

What is the difference between Revit and AutoCAD?



“Revit and AutoCAD are both flagship products of Autodesk. AutoCAD is primarily a drafting tool to create basic geometry that represents the real world, whereas Revit is known as the BIM software that can be used by architects, engineers, contractors and designers. There is actually a comparison between Revit and AutoCAD available online so you can check it to see exactly what the differences are.”

What is the difference between Revit and Revit MEP?



“Revit has a history in architecture, which means that the needs of MEP engineers weren’t fully satisfied with the original offering of Revit. Therefore Revit MEP was developed, which is geared towards mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors and design firms. Revit MEP gives users access to additional content libraries and functionalities that are relevant for MEP engineers.”

Why do MEP engineers work with Revit?



“Revit is the best platform for designing technical installations in 3D. This is not only because of the functionalities in Revit, but also because of the large content libraries available. It’s the combination of content and functionalities that make the platform so valuable. The good thing about Revit is that for all points in your model, everything is interrelated. When one thing is changed, the rest of the model will change accordingly. You cannot change something in your model without seeing an adjustment in your material list. The multiple views in Revit give you a sense of control in a way that’s not possible in AutoCAD. You can directly see what you are doing and check if it makes sense or not. A content platform such as MEPcontent makes this sense of control even stronger, because of the realistic models provided by manufacturers who partner with MEPcontent.”

More about the Revit topic next week in a new news article which you can read on this site. Stay in touch!
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Welcome to manufacturer Attema on MEPcontent! Junction boxes published

Welcome, Attema!


We welcome manufcturer Attema on MEPcontent. Numerous Revit families for Attema ceiling / wall junction boxes, transition boxes, expansion boxes and recess cones have been published today on the MEPcontent platform where they can be downloaded for free by MEP engineers and used in their projects.

Marcel Herssevoort, Marketing Manager at Attema B.V., explains why MEPcontent was chosen: "Attema has been active in the field of BIM for years. We offered our relations Revit files via our website. However, the market asked us whether we could also provide access to these files via MEPcontent. We would like to listen to this and have therefore opted for MEPcontent. We can offer the first part of our range from now on, the rest will follow soon."

Junction boxes for different uses


The complete series of Attema junction boxes can be roughly divided into square, universal junction boxes and round, traditional junction boxes.

The Attema assortment of round, traditional junction boxes includes numerous combinations and positions of the conduit lead-ins. They are especially well suited for surface-mount installations for conduit and conduit clips.

The hollow wall boxes are suitable for installation in “open” and/or “closed” hollow walls.
The (Duo-)UHW50(-BW) and UHW40 can be used in both “open” and “closed” hollow walls. The HWD40 is especially well suited for use in a “closed” hollow wall. The HWD50, HWD50S and HWD50L(-BW) can only be used in an “open” hollow wall.

About Attema


Attema is an ambitious developer and producer of innovative solutions. These are applicable to different areas in the market: Installation, Building, Infra and Special Products. Attema employees always listen closely to their customers so they know better than anyone else what’s happening in the market. This results in the creation of continually surprising products with clearly added specific value for each customer.
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Henco Vision and Henco Super Sizes series available in the Henco BIM App

3D modelling changes the way we design systems. Engineers integrate more and more information to build better, more efficient and more durable models and ultimately buildings. That is something that we want to support at Henco. With that in mind, we developed a BIM app in association with MEPcontent. We have integrated Henco products into a BIM tool, making them available to engineers, always with the latest information.

The following articles are currently available:

  • Henco multilayer pipe
  • Henco PVDF Press
  • Henco PVDF Press Gas

Recently launched (available since 29th of June 2018)

  • Henco Vision
  • Henco Super Sizes

Advantages of the Henco app

  • Always work with completely up-to-date, Henco specific product lines for piping
  • The Henco pipes and bend families contain the relevant data to link with wholesale information and GTIN or article numbers
  • All Henco pipes and bends available in the App are 100% compatible and easy to use in your Revit designs
  • Light, data-based and localised content
  • Get rid of the hassle of having to place Henco fittings in your system manually; the nodesolver functionality will show you the best solutions available
  • Be sure your system stays up-to-date thanks to the auto routing functionality; when you adjust a dimension (e.g. diameter) of the system, the specific properties (e.g. article number) automatically change with it

Download the app for free from the MEPcontent store

This article is published by Henco. For more information go to: https://www.henco.live/en.
June 2018
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[Video] How to use a generic manifold Revit family

This manifold is created on a lot of user requests for sanitary systems. You can change all necessary sizes and dimensions to fit the family into your project. Valves are optional.

Watch the video and see how to easily configure the manifold to meet your system requirements. Download the manifold family here.
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New App release for Revit - 6 Productivity Tools

What if you can do repetitive tasks in Revit in less than half the time?


Designing MEP systems gets much easier with the Stabiplan Productivity Tools for Revit. Make use of the versatile and easy-to-use tools such as connecting, rotating, and reconnecting Revit families in routing systems to streamline your design workflow. A great help for everyone working in Revit in the MEP domain.

6 improved Revit functionalities in one Productivity Tools ribbon


Whether you want to connect a fitting to a pipe, rotate entire systems in 3D without leaving your current view, or reconnect a disconnected saddle to a pipe, you can now save considerable time by eliminating the redundant steps imposed by the native Revit commands.

To save a lot of time for MEP systems such as ventilation, sprinkler, cable ducts, heating and cooling, and sanitary systems. Sometimes more than 60% of the time can be saved compared to similar, repetitive tasks in Revit. You can find these 6 features under the Productivity Tools ribbon in the Stabiplan tab once you have downloaded the Productivity Tools from the MEPcontent store.

Features of the Productivity Tools in Revit

  • Connect elements
  • Connect & rotate elements
  • Connect & copy elements
  • Rotate elements around other elements
  • Rotate elements in free space
  • Reconnect elements

Connect elements
Select the connector of the element you want to connect or a point close to it.
Continue by selecting the connector of the reference element you want to connect into or a point close to it. The element will be moved and connected to the reference element.

Connect & rotate elements
Just like Connect elements but also rotate the connected element around the axis of the connector of the reference element within your specified angle.

Connect & copy elements
Select the connector of the element you want to move or a point close to it. Continue by selecting the connector of the reference element you want to connect into or a point close to it.
The element will be moved and placed to the desired reference element. Every next click, the selected element will be copied and connected to the point indicated by you.

Rotate elements around other element
Rotate elements according to your preferences in just a few clicks, regardless of the view you’re in. Specify the angle and click either Clockwise or Counterclockwise buttons to rotate the elements according to your preferences.

Rotate elements in free space
Easily rotate elements such as single Revit families, assemblies, and groups around X, Y and Z axis.
After starting the function, you can specify the desired direction and angle.

Reconnect elements
Select the pipe or duct where the disconnected element should be attached to.
Elements with connectors on top of each other will be connected. Also, disconnected saddles will be
reconnected to pipes or ducts.

Free Trial for the Stabiplan Productivity Tools for Revit
The Stabiplan Productivity Tools for Revit plugin can be downloaded on store.mepcontent.com.Try this Revit App for free for one week and you can also keep using one of six functionalities after the trial. Both to get the most out of it and save tremendous time and frustrations, please upgrade to the full paid version to make sure you can use it for all your Revit projects.
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Reduce Time Consuming Revit Tasks to 4 Clicks or less: Live Webinar to share your own use cases

[One App containing 6 new Revit Tools to improve your productivity: connect, rotate, copy and reconnect elements. In 4 clicks or less! Download a free trial of the Stabiplan Productivity Tools now and don't forget to join the free webinar. Learn how you can boost your productivity in Revit in our live Revit demo.]



When was the last time you found yourself struggling in Revit? Trying to beat that fast approaching deadline for your installation project? MEP design in Revit can sometimes be a pain and you know that better than anyone.

But it doesn’t have to be that hard.

What if you could cut the time for simple tasks in Revit in half? You’d be more relaxed about your work and have enough time to think of the best solutions to use.

6 key Revit functionalities

We took 6 Revit functionalities, improved them and offer them in an easy-to-use look-and-feel.

Here they are: “Connect Elements”, “Connect & Rotate Elements”, “Connect & Copy Elements”, “Rotate Elements around Other Element”, “Rotate Elements in Free Space” and “Reconnect Elements”.

What can you do with them?

Whether you want to connect a fitting to a pipe, rotate entire systems in 3D without leaving your current view, or reconnect a disconnected saddle to a pipe, you can now save considerable time by eliminating the redundant steps imposed by the native Revit commands. The tools are great if you’re working on designing MEP systems such as ventilation, sprinkler, cable ducts, heating & cooling and sanitary systems.

I want to work faster in Revit, how do I get them?

All six tools are available within the Stabiplan Productivity Tools App for Revit. You can download the one week free trial here, no strings attached.

Let’s talk about it

On the 28th of June, we host a free webinar to discuss user experiences with the App. Please send us an email no later then the 26th of June, telling us what challenges you’re currently facing in your Revit project and whether the App helped solved these or not. We can discuss your situation and how to solve it during the live demo in the webinar (if you want to)!

Less work in Revit

I can tell you how many clicks it takes to get the job done with these tools:

           Connect Elements: 3 clicks
After clicking on the Connect Elements icon, select the connector of the element you want to connect. Continue by selecting the connector of the reference element you want to connect into. The 2 elements will be automatically connected.

           Connect & Rotate Elements: 4 clicks
After connecting the elements, simply choose the angle of your preference and click on “Clockwise” or “Counterclockwise” to rotate.

           Connect & Copy Elements: 3 clicks
This tools works just like “Connect Elements”, except that you can multiply the initial element you selected as many times as you want. Every next click, the selected element will be copied and connected to the point you indicate.

           Rotate Elements around Other Element: 3 clicks
Start up the tool, then select the element to be rotated. Specify the angle and click either the “Clockwise” or the “Counterclockwise” buttons to rotate the elements according to your preferences.

           Rotate Elements in Free Space: 2 clicks
Select the elements you want to rotate and specify the desired direction and angle.
You will be able to rotate elements such as single Revit families, assemblies and groups around the X, Y and Z axis.

           Reconnect Elements: 2 clicks
Select the pipe or duct where the disconnected element should be attached to. Elements with connectors on top of each other will be connected. Disconnected saddles can also be reconnected to pipes or ducts.

Enjoy using the Revit Productivity Tools!
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Extensive update for PLS for Geberit, Henrad, Stelrad and IVAR

In the past weeks, several PLS (Product Line Sheets) have been updated with new product information:

PLS for Henrad Radiators: 4099 articles

PLS for Stelrad Radiators: 6205 articles

5 PLS for IVAR Pipes and fittings: 1285 articles in total. Choose between pipes and fittings from IVAR PRESS-Line, IVAR MPC-Line, IVAR MPL-Line, IVAR MPC-Line or IVAR MP-Line.

PLS for Geberit Mapress pipes and fittings: 996 articles in total. You can choose between copper pipes and fittings, copper gas pipes and fittings, stainless steel fittings, CuNiFe pipes and fittings and Carbon-steel pipes and fittings by Geberit.

How do I use a PLS?


You can import Product Line Sheets (PLS) in your project through Stabicad and have your articles available both in Stabicad for Revit and Stabicad for AutoCAD. After importing, the articles will include properties and dimensions such as type or diameter, which makes it easy to place them in your project.

A MEPcontent subscription for Stabicad is required for working with the PLS. Read more about the MEPcontent subscription.
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New Vaillant and Saunier Duval items available for download: Select your preferred localization

3+ localizations for Saunier Duval heat pumps



RFA, IFC and DWG files are now available for free download for the GeniaAir HA, GeniaSetSplit and MEHsplit with the following localizations: Belgium, Poland, Italy, Spain and France.

The new air-to-water heat pump for heating, cooling and domestic hot water



The new GeniaAir Split system with refrigerant split technology is the natural extension of Saunier Duval heat pump portfolio and has been developed to make installation easier for you.

New Revit and AutoCAD files available for aroTHERM5, MEHsplit and uniTOWERsplit Vaillant heat pumps with 11 new localizations



If your project requires RFA and DWG files for Vaillant heat pumps with product information from Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, Croatia, Norway or Poland, you can download these for free from the MEPcontent library.

The new items are available for aroTHERM5 air and water heat pump, the MEHsplit and uniTOWERsplit.

High performance, low noise


The aroTHERM Split is an efficient, environment-friendly option for heating, cooling and hot water. You can enhance the system even further with a wide range of system components like ventilation or solar collectors (also on MEPcontent).

Vaillant heat pumps also extended with IFC files



IFC files for aroTHERM5, MEHsplit and uniTOWERsplit can now be downloaded and used with with localizations for France, the United Kingdom and Germany.
May 2018
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Extended product range Mark MDV BLUE roof fans - now available for download from MEPcontent!

The MDV BLUE roof fan from Mark Climate Technology is now also available with air displacements of 300 m3/h or more. This new type of MDV BLUE 225 is very cost-effective thanks to its smart design.

The Mark MDV BLUE roof fan is suitable for extracting air from buildings and features the latest developments in the field of fans, including the efficient EC technology. This guarantees a very low power consumption combined with excellent performance.

The MDV BLUE roof fan can be optionally equipped with new roof curbs. In addition to the existing roof curbs with and without damper, it is now also possible to select a roof curb (with or without damper) with an integrated self-closing damper and/or round connection.

The Mark MDV BLUE roof fan is available in different sizes and air displacements ranging from 300 m³/h to 16,600 m³/h.

Both the new MDV BLUE type 225 and the new roof stands can now be downloaded from the MEPcontent library for use in Revit.
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Save time with BIM: 4 new manufacturer Apps for Revit

High-quality, manufacturer-specific content is essential in a BIM workflow. To provide this to MEP engineers, MEPcontent launched 4 new free apps in collaboration with manufacturers. Find out which ones and how to use them to design systems at lightning speed:

Henco Product Line Placer
Henco is a leading European producer of high quality pipes, fittings and accessories. The free MEPcontent Henco Product Line Placer App for Revit makes it very easy to place Henco piping systems in a BIM project. Just click and draw and the correct Henco fittings are added directly to your Henco piping system in Revit. From your BIM project, you can directly order items from your material list, such as Henco pipes, Henco couplings or Henco press fittings.

Ostendorf Product Line Placer
Ostendorf Kunststoffe is a renowned German supplier of sanitary systems, in which quality is of paramount importance. The new free MEPcontent Ostendorf Product Line Placer App for Revit takes the design of Ostendorf sanitary systems to the next level. Designed with the needs of MEP engineers in mind, the app is meant to save time and improve the complete BIM workflow.

POLOPLAST Product Line Placer
POLOPLAST is one of the largest international specialists in the field of plastic pipes and focuses on pipe systems for household technology, water supply and sewerage. The MEP content POLOPLAST Product Line Placer for Revit plugin gives BIM experts access to the POLO-KAL KG, POLO-KAL 3S and POLO-KAL NG series. Visit the MEP content store and watch the video to get a quick impression of this new App.

Mitsubishi Electric System Designer
Mitsubishi Electric is the world leader in the field of air-conditioning systems for residential, commercial and industrial use. The free Mitsubishi Electric System Designer App for Revit and AutoCAD enables you to quickly find the right products from Mitsubishi Electric to design your climate systems. Filter the Mitsubishi Electric HVAC units on technical properties and use your desired air conditioners in your BIM projects instantly.

Start saving time
With these solutions, you no longer have to place each component individually in your system. As you design, the autorouting functionality and nodesolver of the new Product Line Placer Apps will automatically add the right manufacturer-specific fittings to your system. You can also order items directly from the material lists from your BIM project, such as pipes and couplings. This saves a lot of time and guarantees that you always work with up-to-date content. The apps can be downloaded free of charge from the MEPcontent store.
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IVAR modular manifolds together with brackets and orientable terminal

New Revit families for IVAR modular manifolds


Today we announce the publication on the MEPcontent platform of new Revit families for modular manifolds from manufacturer IVAR.

The modular manifolds EASY LOCK series are characterised mainly by their ability to be connected to each other in an easy and practical way. Threads are designed in order that EASY LOCK manifolds can be connected together having an aligned and sealed connection without using any sealing element. Manifolds are only externally nickel plated, therefore, yellow inside, making them suitable for drinking water use.

They are available in several versions: with manually operated isolation valves (with blue or red hand wheel), with manually operated isolation valves (with blue or red hand wheel) and 30° inclined connections and plain (with no manually operated isolation valves). Download the new IVAR content now!

For Stabicad users: Product Line Sheets for IVAR press fittings


Product line sheets for several IVAR press fittings are also available to be downloaded by users with a MEPcontent subscription.

The IVAR press fittings guarantee their usability and reliability with features such as the water leakage function in case of failed pressing. The absence of sealing if not pressed will prevent damage in case of forgotten pressing. Thanks to the system, the installer can immediately identify leaks and repair them. The PLS can easily be imported into Stabicad for Revit and AutoCAD with the Product Line Importer functionality in Stabibase. Import the IVAR PLS files in your project now!
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Your short guide to avoiding communication errors for MEP openings in Revit

Faster, better, safer: the old vs. the new construction process


The construction industry is in essence no different than other economical trades: the best business decisions prove to be the ones based on a rigorous risk analysis that aims to increase efficiency and reduce failure. Usually, the question we ask ourselves is:

“How can we realize our work faster without sacrificing quality for cost and time reduction?”


In construction, it seems to be rather the norm than the exception that a completed building presents significant variations from the initial design. But why does this happen? It could be due to differences in the ways of working of the contractors, unrealistic expectations or the lack of a stable communication platform between the modeller and the structural engineer or architect. These are just a few reasons why buildings have been designed one way and executed another. Want to know how to avoid these in the future? Read on.

What about failure costs?


Misunderstandings can be caused by the lack of available information or by a partial understanding of the designed model because of poor collaboration between the parties.

A single coordination error can take three times more time and resources as initially planned, if not more.


In any case, without complete information, getting it right is like trying to catch a fly in a dark room.

MEP Openings in BIM


Misunderstandings about MEP openings can be especially costly. Openings in large buildings can become very wide in dimensions, which makes measuring them on site very difficult if not impossible.

In buildings with complex installations and heavy structures, it is therefore essential to specify the exact location and properties of the openings that need to be made in walls, floors, ceilings and all other structural elements to allow MEP elements to intersect them.

That’s why it is so important for openings to be included in the initial design of the building. By knowing the exact place where voids need to be created, all of the elements will fit perfectly at the time of the execution. Modelling the installation and collaborating at a high level early on in the project becomes crucial for avoiding failure costs. A good communication between all involved parties (MEP designer, architect, structural engineers, etc.) is the key to a successful project.

So, what can you do about it?


As a MEP engineer, you can build up your tool kit of Revit plugins and use exactly those that help you most. The Stabiplan Openings for MEP for instance is a great plugin that allows you to communicate about openings with the structural engineer in real time. That way, the structural engineer will be informed of the voids they need to take into account and the construction party will have the right information at the time of the execution.

The plugin works in a few easy steps:

      Step 1: Model your system in Revit and identify those MEP elements (pipes, ducts, cable trays, etc.) that intersect with structural elements (walls, floors, roofs, etc.).

      Step 2: Create the openings in your project on the places where MEP elements intersect with structural elements. You can fill in all relevant information about the opening such as shape, orientation, depth, etc.

      Step 3: Select the openings which you would like to include in the opening request and send it to the structural engineer. In the "Openings Monitor" window from within the App, you will be able to see the status of your request: is it approved, pending or disapproved?
 
      Step 4: Once the structural engineer processes your request and decides whether they approve or dissaprove the request, they can create a void in the structural element that corresponds to your measurements input. Structural engineers can process the openings requests using the free Openings Manager App for Revit.

      Step 5: You can now continue your work, with the satisfaction that you have just contributed to avoiding a whole lot of unnecessary work that may have been caused by an execution failure.

Keeping up with BIM is essential


Communication is key in successful projects and that’s exactly what this new App and BIM are all about. This is also why more and more professionals are rapidly adopting the BIM methodology and why BIM regulations are being imposed in countries all around the world. Are you going to ride this high speed wagon? Start by downloading the Stabiplan Openings for MEP plugin for Revit here to manage your openings with maximum efficiency and reduce failure costs.
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Different color combinations for ABB frames and cover plates with the ABB Switch Range Configurator App

Work with different frames and colors for ABB switch ranges


The ABB Switch Range Configurator App for Revit now offers more support with the completion of the future® linear with more frames and covers. With this update, you can also realize different color combinations of the frames and cover plates. Over 120 articles have been added to the ABB Switch Range Configurator App.

Reduced file size for your projects


This new App update brings with it a series of other benefits, too. The ABB Revit families are loaded in your project more efficiently now, which means that in the end you will have less families in your project, which reduces the final size of your file. This is especially relevant for projects where a large amount of switch ranges need to be placed. Because of the boosted speed in loading families within the App, you are now able to accomplish your work faster and easier.

The ABB Switch Range Configurator offers supports for Revit 2019 which extends your area of possibilities even more.

What is the ABB Switch Range Configurator?


It is a free tool (Revit plugin) that makes it very easy for MEP engineers to configure, place and manage Revit electrical families for ABB switch ranges. The number of combinations is endless. Once placed in a BIM project, the switch component Revit families contain the relevant data to link with wholesale information and GTIN or article numbers. The App is free to use and can be downloaded here.

Why do you need more color possibilities for ABB switch ranges?


Different customers have, of course, different tastes and since switch ranges are partly evaluated based on aesthetic value, it is important to be able to meet different requirements. Besides their great functionality, the many combinations that are available for the ABB switch ranges (now also possible with the ABB Switch Range Configurator App) can adapt to the individual tastes of customers. ABB wiring accessories are offered in numerous design ranges, in various shapes, finishes, colour combinations and materials used.
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BIM adoption across the world

BIM is taking off in countries across the world. Today, many countries have BIM standards in place regarding the BIM level used in projects. But what are the differences between countries and how can we overcome them?

When it comes to government BIM standards, different BIM levels are often applied to different project types. These levels range from 0 to 3 and refer to the level of BIM maturity: with Level 0 meaning no collaboration at all and Level 3 BIM meaning full team collaboration using a single shared project model. In this article you’ll find more information on the different BIM levels and what they mean. But how are the different countries using BIM?

The United States
The BIM adoption in the US is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. One of the first states to put a BIM mandate in place is Wisconsin, which happened in 2010. The mandate declares that all public projects with a total budget of $5 million of more, have to be realized with the BIM method. This also applies to new projects with a budget of $2.5 billion or more.

France
As of 2017, BIM is mandated in France. The official French standardization roadmap was made public in April 2017 as part of the French strategy for “digitizing” the construction industry. The objectives include improving the quality of exchanged data, improving deadlines and a reduction of overall project costs.

Germany
The German construction industry has been slower to adopt BIM than other countries, but also here project owners report the need for BIM in their projects and by the end of 2020, BIM will be mandatory for all transportation projects.

The Netherlands
The Netherlands is one of the countries that are leading in BIM when it comes to adoption. Even though no official legislation is in place, BIM is required in many projects by clients. Also, a Building Information Council is in place: a collaboration between leading contractors and industry representatives, with the goal to accelerate the BIM adoption in construction. The majority (article in Dutch) of the Dutch construction industry reports to be implementing BIM and 80% (article in Dutch) of MEP engineers make use of BIM libraries such as MEPcontent.

Missing your country?
Read the full article featured on Constructible which lists many more countries and provides more detailed information about the status of BIM in these countries.

Global standards
With different regulations in place and different BIM adoption rates in different countries, the question remains: how can we ensure smooth cooperation in international building projects? A part of the answer to this question is the EMCS, which ensures that information in BIM models is accurate, uniform and compliant to international standards. Initiatives like these show that even internationally, all members involved in a project benefit from the information in the models and the quality of the content.
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Reduce installation time with the Remeha hydraulic connection kit

The Remeha hydraulic connection kit for the GAS 310 and 610 Eco Pro appliances are now also available on MEPcontent. MEPcontent has converted the 3D drawings into BIM files and added relevant product parameters to them. The hydraulic connection set simplifies the installation of Remeha's large floor-standing central heating boilers and is assembled in such a way that all relevant components from the open manifold to the bolts and nuts are included.

The connection kit allows you to significantly reduce the installation time of the boiler and its components. All components connect well together and the connection kit is supplied complete with all the necessary fastening materials and a clear manual. The hydraulic connection kit can be supplied with an open manifold for the hydraulic separation of the heat generator and the system. As an alternative, a set with the heat exchanger is also available. This heat exchanger can be used, for example, in tall buildings or in older, more polluted installations. For dirty systems, the use of a heat exchanger extends the service life of the boiler.