October 2018

How Building Product Manufacturers Use BIM to Grow Their Business

BIM is being implemented in all parts of the construction industry and building product manufacturers are also finding ways to use it to their advantage. Whether we are talking about increasing profits with BIM, adapting to the modern workflow or operating with data, the path is clear.

Read 9 short use cases about how manfacturers ABB, Hisense, SANHA, Spelsberg, Mitsubishi Electric, Caleffi, Ubbink, Barcol-Air and IVAR are making the most out of BIM.

This Is How The Italians Adopt BIM

Image: CityLife Milano, by Deerns

Levels of BIM adoption vary across the world. However, no country remains unaffected by the new way of working. Italy is no different. In fact, according to the latest figures the value of BIM projects in the public sector reached over 2,6 billion in 2016, with a 30% increase in comparison to the year before. Kim Smit, business development specialist at MEPcontent, talks about the latest BIM developments in Italy and gives an insight into the changing industry.

How does Italy compare to other countries when it comes to BIM?

Although Italy has not been at the forefront of BIM adoption in Europe, we have seen a very significant growth in 2018. Italian manufacturers who recently started with the BIM implementation in their organization have learned from the challenges of (competing) early adopters and are using this to their advantage. Now it’s the right time for manufacturers in Italy to get BIM ready. More importantly, manufacturers can profit now from the latest, most innovative BIM solutions available on the market, which go far beyond the - let’s say – traditional content creation. Engineers will of course benefit from these solutions in their daily workflows and manufacturers are increasingly considering this when it comes to their BIM strategy.

See what your country is doing in terms of BIM adoption.

So, BIM adoption seems to be increasing, right?

If we look at the the number of Italian users of our platform we see a significant growth of 48.5% in 2018, bringing Italy to the top 10 of both number of visitors and of downloads of the MEPcontent platform. We also see leading Italian engineering firms that are willing to test our apps for Revit. So BIM is definitely gaining ground in Italy.

Additionally, BIM maturity varies a lot across regions. Especially in cities in the northern regions of Italy, like Milano, Bergamo and Brescia, firms are already operating at a high BIM maturity level similar to advanced BIM countries. We’ll see that first large and international projects are being realized with BIM, and later the smaller projects will follow.

What challenges are there when it comes to BIM adoption?

First, the Italian MEP landscape is quite dispersed: there are many small engineering firms scattered widely across the country. It will take some time for everyone to invest in the knowledge and education and the software required for BIM. Also, software incompatibility and bureaucracy can be issues to get started with BIM. These are a few things that slow the adoption of BIM down, but there’s no doubt BIM is the future, also in Italy.

What is the government’s approach to BIM?

The government is definitely supporting the development of BIM. A decree has been issued with a multi-year plan stating that all public projects have to be realized with BIM in 2022. From January 2019 this will be a requirement for all projects worth more than 100 million euros; in 2021 for the more complex projects, and in 2022 for all public projects. This will give the smaller firms some time to prepare themselves for BIM. Additionally, an Italian norm is being developed: the UNI 11337 (Normativa UNI 11337). Different parts of this standard have already been published, providing guidelines and a framework for managing digital information processes.

Are there other ways to accelerate the BIM adoption?

What will help is the drive of manufacturers to keep a competitive position. Increasingly, MEP engineering firms are taking the quality of BIM objects into consideration when selecting a manufacturer. Therefore internationally oriented Italian manufacturers have been working with BIM for quite some time as part of their strategy. Manufacturers that are in business with countries like the Netherlands, the United Kingdom or Australia, have already embraced BIM to meet the demand for BIM content. Who wants to be part of big international projects, can’t stay behind. Furthermore, we see that these manufacturers are also investing time in educating MEP engineers on working with Revit and BIM, which helps the BIM adoption increase.

What can other countries learn from the Italians when it comes to BIM?

In Italy, quality is not just a word. In my experience, everything is done with passion and with eye for detail and quality. On the one hand, this can delay processes. On the other hand, it also ensures the quality that Italian products are known for across the world. Therefore Italians typically will take more time, evaluate potential issues and all options before making a decision. However, this also means that the results are likely to be impressive too. This becomes clear when looking at the remarkable BIM projects that have already been realized in Italy, such as the Brennero Tunnel, the Scala theater and the Citylife Building in Milano.

The pursuit of quality is also reflected in the interest in the Extended MEP Content Standard, which is matched to multiple international standards. When we talk to Italian manufacturers we hear that they are looking for a BIM standard that guarantees the quality of the content in Italy as well as on a more global scale.

We also get positive feedback from Italian engineers who use the BIM objects from MEPcontent, as they have experienced the quality of the content guaranteed from the EMCS.

Any final tips for starting with BIM?

Content is very important to the quality of your BIM project. So if you’re an engineer; make sure you work with high quality content. If you are a manufacturer, keep in mind that the BIM solution(s) you offer are primarily for the benefit of the engineer.

Also, it’s easy to find a software supplier able to create BIM models, but it’s more important to find an innovative, MEP specialized BIM partner who knows what manufacturers and engineers need; now and in the future.

ABB Control Units and Movement Detectors

ABB’s ClimaECO room automation solutions ensure that all functions in a room are operated as efficiently as possible to save operational costs and improve the space environment.

KNX ClimaEco Room temperature controller and FanCoil control element

The ClimaEco Room temperature controller and FanCoil control elements allow every kind of room to be individually and conveniently heated or cooled as needed.

KNX ClimaEco Room temperature controllers and Sensors

The ClimaEco Room temperature controllers and Sensors are available with integrated room temperature controller and CO2/humidity sensor and can be flush or surface-mounted. They control all room functions from HVAC to shading and lighting.

Air Quality Sensors

Air Quality Sensors with RTC measure the room temperature, CO2 concentration, and relative humidity. Dewpoint calculation and alarming are included.

Time Receiver GPS, SM

The sensor measures the brightness and outside temperature and sends them on the KNX bus. Likewise, the time, date, geographical coordinates, the sunrise and sunset times are sent to the KNX bus.

KNX Tacteo Sensors

The ABB-tacteo® KNX Sensor is an individually-configurable control element for intelligent building management of luxury hotels, public buildings and high-class residential buildings.

Download the ClimaECO series of control units and detectors from ABB now. Available as Revit families, CAD and IFC files.

System Pro E Comfort Consumer Unit from ABB

The ABB series of consumer units "System pro E comfort" is designed to reduce cabling times as well as allow the total integration of several kind of devices for DIN-rail and also devices to be installed on mounting plates or on blind front panels.

  • Protection class: II
  • IP protectionn class: IP41 and IP65
  • Rated current: from 63 A up to 125 A

Download Revit families for System pro E comfort from MEPcontent!

Ecoforest heat pumps: ecoGEO Basic, HP, Compact and Air Unit AU12

You can now download heat pumps from international manufacturer Ecoforest from MEPcontent. Visit here the Ecoforest content library.

ecoGEO Basic

Ecoforest domestic range of ground source heat pumps allows to reduce up to 80% of the energy consumption of a house, using a renewable source of energy that minimizes the CO2 emissions to the environment.

ecoGEO High Power

The Ecoforest HP heat pumps provide heating production with a performance (COP, B0/W35) of up to 4.6 and active cooling production with a performance (EER, B35/W7) of up to 5.2. Total control of the installation is granted through internet.

ecoGEO Compact

The ecoGEO Compact is a domestic ground source heat pump range with inverter technology and DHW cylinder incorporated. The ecoGEO controller allows the system to control passive cooling with external plumbing. The heat pump features an integrated stainless steel tank of 165 liters for domestic hot water production.

Air unit AU12

The AU12 is an aerothermal unit that allows ecoGEO heat pumps to use external air as source of energy. In installations where the geothermal option is limited or not available, the air unit AU12 is the solution. The AU12 is equipped with a very silent and highly efficient axial Ziehl-Abegg fan that allows to significantly increase the seasonal performance factor (SPF).

About Ecoforest

The Ecoforest group was born in Vigo in 1959 at the hands of its owner and founder Mr. Jose Carlos Alonso Martínez, specializing in the heating sector. In 1993, Ecoforest became the first European manufacturer of pellet hydro stoves, bringing to the market a new, ecological and economic product.

Currently, Ecoforest is the leading company in the market with the widest range of pellet stoves and boilers. In 2012 Ecoforest decided to bet in another innovative technology and launched its first geothermal heat pump to the market, being the only Spanish manufacturer of this product and the most specialized in inverter technology on the planet.

The R&D department of Ecoforest continues to innovate every day, in order to develop more advanced and more efficient products. Currently Ecoforest products can be found in more than 30 countries around the world.

ExcelAir joins MEPcontent

Emergency Lighting Fixtures, Sensor for Ventilation and Induction Ventilator

Manufacturer ExcelAir has joined the MEPcontent platform! The first ExcelAir content is published in the categories emergency lighting fixtures, CO sensors/gas sensors and induction ventilators.

About ExcelAir

ExcelAir offers complete solutions in the field of parking garage ventilation systems, gas detection / and fire detection systems; from advice to delivery and from installation to maintenance.

"In order to optimally serve customers in the transformation to 3D modeling, ExcelAir has chosen to work with MEPcontent" says Bert Bron, Director for ExcelAir.

"MEPcontent and Stabicad are number one when it comes to design software for electrical and mechanical installation technology in which standards are laid down. This collaboration has enabled ExcelAir to process its most common components as Revit families. The complete package of ExcelAir products can now be downloaded here as Revit families, CAD and IFC files, so that you always work with the most recent content. ExcelAir is proud to publish this content on the website."

More information about ExcelAir products and services can be found at

Can IoT Change the MEP Industry?

One of the biggest trends in the industrial sector at the moment is the Internet of Things (IoT). But how will this trend affect the MEP industry? What innovations can we expect?

Internet of Things is about objects connecting to the internet and exchanging data without human interference. It is one of the fastest growing technologies in the world. It is everywhere around us and is also finding its way in the MEP industry. With everyone going BIM (Building Information Model) at the moment, information is managed more and more centralized.

Applications of IoT for MEP contractors

Tracking progress on the construction site live

IoT in an industry that still heavily relies on blueprints and 2D drawings

IoT and offsite fabrication

Link data directly from the field to the 3D model for prefab sets

Predict maintenance

Data collected from the equipment can be visualized in the 3D model which will provide a comprehensive understanding of the information, making it possible to predict which parts are predisposed to breakdown.

The article continues on the Constructible platform.
November 2018

A smarter space for your installation ideas – MISTRAL series

When it comes to flexibility, usability and design ABB’s MISTRAL series of consumer units can convince installers as well as end users in any kind of electrical distribution system in residential, commercial and industrial environments.

Additionally, MISTRAL65 is suitable for outdoor applications and MISTRAL65H even for harsh environments. In order to meet the requirements of smart homes-/smart offices-applications MISTRAL Multimedia provides the very best to realize all your installation ideas efficiently – now or in the future.
September 2018

How to take on the global BIM challenge

BIM doesn’t stop at national borders - globalization is a major trend. But how do we make sure that everyone around the world can collaborate successfully in BIM projects?

Levels of BIM adoption vary across the world, which has led to different public and private standardization initiatives. These standards aim to get construction firms on the same page when managing digital building information processes. Well-known international standards include ETIM in the Netherlands and COBie originating from the UK, but there’s also a wide range of national level norms out there, such as the German VDI 3805 and the Italian UNI 11337.

However, the fact that every country has its own norms and regulations, makes it difficult to come to an agreement on European or even global BIM norms. Which is a shame. Because with globalization on the rise and an increase in international projects and international teams, there’s a growing need for global BIM standards. Also, content from one country may be perfectly useful in another and something we learn in one country can be applied somewhere else. In order to work successfully in BIM, we need to make agreements in a language that we all understand.

A global standard for BIM content

In recognition of the need for standardization and uniformity in BIM projects, Trimble’s MEPcontent team has developed the Extended MEP Content Standard. With the release of EMCS 4.0, engineers are provided with a platform independent and global standard for BIM content. This standard has been developed in close cooperation with leading contractors and manufacturers, with a user base of over 50.000 MEP engineers in mind. It clearly describes how BIM objects are built and can be easily used in BIM projects across the world, ensuring high quality und uniform content.

Unlike local BIM standards, content that meets the EMCS matches the requirements of MEP engineers globally. This is why the EMCS is the foundation on which the MEPcontent content factory builds BIM objects. MEP engineers can find the latest content with the EMCS 4.0 quality stamp on the BIM files overview page.

In order to work successfully in BIM, we as an industry need to make agreements in a language that we all understand. Indeed, it’s a challenge to come to an understanding of global rules that we can all work with. But when it comes to BIM content, it’s a challenge that we are happy to take on.

Download the EMCS 4.0 here.

Mitsubishi Electric City Multi Series on MEPcontent: Condensors and Branch Controller

The City Multi Air Conditioning series just keeps on getting better. This HVRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) is the World’s First HYBRID R32 VRF solution. And it’s all done on two pipe technology . No need for expensive leak detection in occupied spaces. No need for large footprint space for condensers. No need for third party controls as the clever M-Net with its range of intelligent controllers does it all. No problems with phase ability or indeed flexibility allowing easy CAT A to CAT B fit outs.

Reduced footprint

The City Multi system maximises the space available for plant by reducing the area required for outdoor units.


Potential noise issues with the outdoor plant are reduced with City Multi, thanks to an improved compressor and fan design, reducing sound power levels.

Reduce installation and maintenance time

The two-pipe design allows for phased installation, meaning that the cooling and heating system can be installed around a project build, with individual sections commissioned as required.

High efficiency

City Multi provides a very low installation cost, running cost and CO2 emissions.

The PURY-EM R32 and PURY-M R32 condensors and the CMB-WM R32 branch controller from the first items to be published on MEPcontent. More items from the series will follow. Download the Revit families, CAD and IFC files now!

ABB Twinline N55 Cabinet System with High Degree of Protection IP55

International manufacturer ABB increases its presence on MEPcontent. The Twinline N55 Cabinet System has been added to the ABB library of content.

ABB Twinline N55 Cabinet System

The Twinline N55 is a complete universal cabinet system, available in both protection classes: earthed and double insulated. The system has a high degree of protection: IP55 with door and IP30 without door.

Why choose the ABB Twinline N55 Cabinet System

  • Wide range of wall and floor mounted cabinets up to 424 different sizes
  • Innovative flange technology with tool-free installation and more usable area for cable entry
  • All cabinets can be easily connected in series both, horizontally and vertically within each respective cabinet depth

Download Revit families for the Twinline N55 Cabinet System double insulated and earthed now.

This is why we need standards

Standards shape the world we live in. Shoes come in recognized sizes, foods need to adhere to certain safety standards, electrical outlets come in certain types, and so on. By agreeing on how things should be, standards facilitate our day to day life. In construction, this is no different.

Standards allow users in the construction industry to work together. ISO defines them as “documents that provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.” When exchanging files, standards ensure that all parties understand the data the same way. They ensure that when information is passed on, the next party can work with it as well. They ensure a consistent performance, build confidence and enhance the productivity in collaboration processes.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Since they enable successful collaboration, it’s no wonder that standards have received a great deal of attention with BIM on the rise. In BIM projects, there needs to be a common understanding of naming conventions and properties that elements should have. By making sure BIM objects in 3D models are up to standard, files can be interpreted quickly and clearly by all parties, and everyone knows what they can expect from each other.

The need for a common understanding and uniformity in BIM projects has led to a myriad of public and private initiatives in different countries around the world. The challenge that comes with this however, is making sure that everyone is working with the same ones - and can still collaborate. This is where the Extended MEPcontent Standard comes in.

Uniformity and quality

EMCS is an international, platform-independent standard that meets the need for high quality and uniform content. With the release of EMCS 4.0, the scope has been extended to a global level and is applicable to more types of BIM software than Revit only. Because it is developed in close cooperation with leading MEP contractors and is matched to existing international standards, the EMCS allows MEP engineers across the world to collaborate efficiently in BIM projects with high-quality content.

Download the EMCS 4.0 here.

At MEPcontent, we use the EMCS when creating content for our BIM library. Together with our community of 50.000 MEP engineers and leading manufacturers, we are setting the new global standard for BIM content. Ensuring that MEP engineers have access to high quality and uniform content, to be used in BIM projects all over the world.

To find the latest content with the EMCS 4.0 quality stamp, go to the BIM files overview page and browse already in over 2000 families which have the 4.0 label.

Niessen Switch Range Configurator for Revit for the Spanish market

MEPcontent and Niessen are pleased to announce this first App for Revit specifically developed for the Spanish market. The Niessen Switch Range Configurator.

Experiment with the variety of design options and functions with the correct annotation offered by this App to streamline your design in both 2D and 3D. Always up-to-date with the latest Niessen product data available in Spain.

Spanish and English
The App interface is available in Spanish and English so MEP engineers who master any of these two languages can work with the Sky Niessen products within the Switch Range Configurator, directly within Revit. Please be aware that the products are only available in Spain/showing the product information such as article number for the Spanish market.

Switch ranges in a few clicks
With just a few clicks you can configure, place, and manage Revit electrical families for Niessen switch ranges. Easy to design in both 2D and 3D, even when working on linked models or architectural models.

More than 30 functions
Configuring a switch range is fast and easy: just choose a function for each element (like one pole or two-way switch, socket with or without earth, loudspeaker, digital radio, and many more) of your switch range. And always get the correct annotation for each function in the floorplan.

Choose the hosting type
Choose whether you want to place a switch range on a faced object like a wall, or anywhere without being dependent on a hosting object.

To find the Niessen Switch Range Configurator, please go to the MEPcontent store

You can download this App for free!

5 Things You Need to Know About BIM Content

Many manufacturers ask themselves the question: why is it so time-consuming and complicated to create high-quality BIM content? And once created, why does the content seem to become instantly outdated or obsolete? Wouldn’t it be easiest if everyone just creates content and stores it in one single place? A place in the cloud for example?

Why the cloud isn’t the (full) answer

Admittedly, it sounds great: having one place where all data is kept and can be retrieved from. But the main BIM goal of a manufacturer is to deliver accurate and high-quality content, readily available for use by engineers and designers globally. And for this, simply storing the content in the cloud is not enough. Here’s why:

  1. Content is susceptible to change
  2. The manufacturer holds the truth
  3. Content is always a representation
  4. Specialized knowledge is required
  5. Manufacturers need feedback

Read the full article on the Constructible platform where we go into detail about these points >>>

New products DP pumps

The pressure boosting systems from the Premium Line have been improved by DP pumps. With this update they are ready for the new EEI2020 norm. The systems are available with IE5 engines by default. The pumps can be applied conform to the needs or wishes required for a building. It is the only booster system on the market where a 100% continuous flow is guaranteed. This makes the systems legionella free! Thanks to accessibility via apps or bluetooth it is now even more easy to use the system.

These updates have been done in close collaboration between DP pumps and MEPcontent. The new families contain all necessary parameters and dimensions for engineers in order to select the right pump.

Accurate and verified Henco news directly in your Revit App

The communication channel is the newly added feature to the Henco Product Line Placer for Piping App. This feature opens up a direct and accessible information path between manufacturer Henco and you, the Revit professional. Regularly, the manufacturer publishes relevant product news, knowledge articles about how to best use their featured products and real use cases of projects in which Henco content was used. For instance, this article about a project undertaken by a Belgian company is such an example of good practice.

To access the communication channel, first gain free access to the Henco App. Download it for free from the MEPcontent App store, install it on your computer and open it from the Revit MEPcontent plugins ribbon. Click the menu in the top right corner of the App and choose the communication channel.

You can now view a selection of Important information that can give you a boost in your projects when designing Henco piping systems. Click on the news items and read through!

To be able to improve your future experience, please let us know what types of news would interest you most:

  1. App updates
  2. New content available in the App
  3. New products launched by Henco
  4. Upcoming events
  5. Other

ABB news: 2 new junction boxes

HW252-F Wall junction box

The ABB catalog on MEPcontent now also features some items available with localizations for the Netherlands and Belgium. The HW252-F wall junction box is equipped with 2 entries x 16/19/20 mm.

Central junction box C60

The central junction box C60 for wall and ceiling mounting is another ABB product available for download on MEPcontent. It features 8 x 16 mm and 8 x 19/20 mm entries.

Read more about the ABB company here and download Revit families and CAD files for free now!

Mitsubishi Ecodan Air Source Heat Pumps

Mitsubishi content for Ecodan heat pumps is now available to be downloaded for free from MEPcontent. Here you can find Revit families and CAD content available immediately. Whether you work in Revit or AutoCAD, you can download the content you need straight away.

Mitsubishi Ecodan Central Heating Systems

The Ecodan heat pump series is suitable for domestic environments as well as for small commercial applications. The units only require electricity as an energy source to provide hot water and space heating. There is no need to set up a ventilation system or a gas supply.

Because they use electricity which can be generated from renewable generators, they do not consume fossil fuel to provide heating or hot water. The Ecodan heat pumps require low maintenance and operate quietly with the New AA chassis being suitable for even the strictest planning regulations regarding noise in built-up locations. This provides comfort for the user with lots of hot water, controllable space heating, low noise for neighbours, increased overall efficiency and reduces the toxic emissions by using clean electrical energy.

The Mitsubishi Ecodan heat pumps have the ability to cascade up to six units of the same output and they are designed to provide high performance with outside temperatures as low as -25ºC.

Remeha boilers: Tzerra HP and Tzerra ACE

Boilers may run on different types of fuel such as natural or liquid gas, the HP part will be fueled by electricity. The Remeha Tzerra HP hybrid boiler series combines the energy saving advantages of heat pumps with the efficiency of fuel based boilers.

Tzerra HP

The Remeha Tzerra HP boiler has a C.O.P. (coefficient of performance) between 3.13 and 4.1, depending on the heating conditions. This guarantees a high reduction in heating costs, especially in the long run.

Tzerra ACE

The Tzerra ACE is a small and compact boiler that is prepared for smart coupling with sustainable technologies such as solar systems and heat pumps.

Download the Remeha boilers now as Revit families or AutoCAD files to be sure that you always work with the latest and most updated Remeha content. The content includes a lot of information without slowing down your project and the materials are then easy to order from the material list.

EMCS 4.0 the Extended MEPcontent Standard is available now

MEPcontent takes pride in announcing the newest EMCS: version 4.0. This version contains in-depth updates in relation to version 3.0. The EMCS in this version is split between a BIM platform specific section and a more BIM platform generic section. GLN is added to the basic article parameters. LOI, LOG and a section about Product Line Sheets (PLS) are new in this version.

The Extended MEPcontent Standard (EMCS) has been prepared by Trimble to provide MEP engineers and contractors all around the world with a clear understanding of the need for high quality and uniform content, i.e. graphical article information like it is offered on this content platform in close cooperation with leading Building Product Manufacturers. Where EMCS has previously focused on Europe, in the current version we extended its scope and relevance to a global level. The underlining principles of the standard have been generalized so they can be applied to more BIM platforms than Revit only.

Version 4.0 is created with the much appreciated support from editors and reviewers from Ajilon Engineering, Autodesk, Croonwolter&dros, Deerns, ENGIE, Grundfos, I-Commit, Inteco, Iv-Bouw, Kovo, Nathan, TBI, Tekenbureau M. Kragten and Victaulic. Standards are just proof of concepts unless they are proven and used in practice. Therefore, this practical feedback is very valuable to guarantee that those in the field can really work with the EMCS.

The EMCS 4.0 can be found here.
August 2018

Blockchain and BIM: Does Construction Really Need This Right Now?

Following the success of the first BIM and Blockchain article, we received a lot of comments and responses from people both inside and outside of the construction industry on why this pursuit for progress and technological improvement is important. At first, we thought that Blockchain was receiving an unwarranted amount of attention from our community; after all, construction is so technologically regressive, we’re still fighting an uphill battle to digitize field work with basic apps and office-to-field-to-office communication.

Surely the priority for today’s growing number of BIM, VDC and innovation managers should begin with basic automation of data communications and the increased adoption of technology on the job site to improve productivity (the low hanging fruit to immediate profitability).

Having thought a little deeper about this, however, we decided that perhaps the focus is indeed well placed. Perhaps the push to make the job site adopt innovations in process improvement is too difficult, fettered by tight schedules, a reluctant workforce and reduced budgets, and we should be focussing on a stage further, reaching for the next gen of tech adoption and skipping the field adoption stage (despite the need in the face of a skilled labor shortage only immediately (and partially) satisfied with tech adoption in skill replacement).

Read the full article on Constructible

50.000 users on MEPcontent!

MEPcontent is growing fast, we have had the pleasure to welcome the 50.000th registered user on the largest BIM platform for MEP engineers! This is a great milestone that we are able to achieve thanks to you, the members of the MEP community. MEPcontent the manufacturer approved content platform for MEP specialists.

Not only is the user growth on MEPcontent accelerating, so is our portfolio. Joining Trimble since the begin of this year we can offer you even more. Think of software, data and of course our Apps for Revit and AutoCAD, to help you get the most out of your content. Data, software and Apps combined provide you with a unique set of tools to get the job done.

Saving you time, increasing productivity and enabling you to get more out of BIM.

Thank you all for building this MEPcontent community and for being an active member in this community. Together we can move forward and help manufacturers by being BIM ready and making their products available to you. To innovate the construction industry. Together.

Underlining Trimble’s vision: Transforming the way the world works.

Thank you!

Reconnecting Elements in Revit Has Never Been Easier

Why do Revit families disconnect?

Revit families can sometimes lose connectivity in certain situations. One such situation occurs when taps which connect branches to trunks are not properly aligned. If the main and branch are not at the same elevation, you will get an error notification warning you about this.

Another common case when disconnecting issues appear is when the model contains demolished elements. Even when the connectors are already lined up perfectly, the routing settings can fail to reestablish the correct connections.

Did you ever run into a problem with disconnected elements or orphaned Revit families? Let us know here.

How does Revit deal with reconnecting elements?

In Revit you would have to reconnect your families element by element. Sometimes this can be done easily, if you only have one instance of disconnected elements. However, when you are dealing with thousands of families that have been disconnected in bulk, it will take you at least a couple of hours to solve all of the errors.

There is another easier way to do this

Since we know that disconnected families can waste a tremendous amount of time, we developed a Revit plugin that works in a fast and simple way. You only need to select the elements you want to reconnect and your system will be connected instantly. You can directly download the plugin here:

If you found this information useful, you will also want to read this article about how to connect Revit families.

We Found a Quick Way to Connect & Copy Elements in Revit

The history of connecting and copying elements in Revit

When working with plumbing fixtures and piping systems in general, you often need to connect families. By means of fittings and connectors, all pipes have to be properly connected to each other to form a functional system.

Now, loading your desired fitting families in your project and correctly setting up the routing preferences will tell Revit what fittings have to be used in different scenarios when a connection needs to be established.

However, sometimes you have to manually connect two families or even copy entire parts of installations and connect them in another identical building for example. This can be quite a dull and repetitive task, not to mention time-consuming.

Top 3 reasons not to use native Revit for this

  1. The point where the connection needs to be made with the other part of the system will be marked as disconnected in Revit
  2. It will be impossible to keep the connectivity when you are copying elements and trying to connect them at a different elevation in your model
  3. In order to connect your resulted disconnected elements, you have to operate with different plan views and carefully align and drag the elements to the position where they should be connected, which is a very time-consuming job

A simpler and faster solution: the Revit plugin

An alternative to the native functionalities offered by Revit is this plugin that you can download for free right away. With this Connect & Copy tool you can make multiple copies of an element (like equipment or specific fittings) and connect it immediately to other elements (like pipes or ducts).