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May 2018
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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.
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More revenue for Ubbink thanks to BIM

Manufacturers increasingly recognize the need to make their products BIM-ready, allowing MEP engineers to easily and quickly add up-to-date product information to their BIM model. The results are increased effectiveness in the design phase, reduced failure costs in the execution phase and more accurate forecasting in the maintenance and management phase. Especially when the product information of all systems can be easily integrated. Here, MEPcontent comes in. The largest BIM library for MEP engineers offers up-to-date BIM files from more than 300 well-known manufacturers, which can be placed directly into the Revit and/or AutoCAD project. One of these manufacturers is Ubbink, a specialist in gas flue and ventilation systems and solutions for airtight and watertight construction.

‘A few years ago, we started preparing our products for BIM in order to be able to meet the demand from the market.’

For many years, Ubbink has been developing solutions for optimal energy efficiency and a healthy indoor climate in buildings, with the customer as the starting point. "We are constantly looking for smart innovations, in which not only ease of processing but also ease of design is paramount," Mark Bloem, project manager sales at Ubbink, says. "We started preparing our products for BIM a few years ago, in order to meet the demand from the market. This has led to several advantages. First of all, failure costs can already be eliminated in the BIM model by performing clash detections. And more importantly, since our products are often included in the model in the design phase, they are also purchased more often. It’s a win-win situation.”

Ease of design
All of the popular Ubbink products are now available on MEPcontent, Mark tells. "We started with our single products, but we also publish a variety of complete systems in the BIM library. Such as our Air Excellent distribution system, in which all components are already included. As a result, the engineer no longer needs to look for separate components, which increases the effectiveness in the design phase. This is what we call ease of design as well.” In addition to the Air Excellent distribution system, the Rolux Exterior Wall System, UbiFit concentric fluegas exhaust system, the Compact 2.0 series, the 5 series roof terminals and the Ubbink HR-WTW system are also available on MEPcontent.

Collaboration with Stabiplan
"Because we don't have BIM specialists and software in-house to create the BIM content ourselves, we looked for a partner to take care of this for us," Bloem says. "That partner is Stabiplan. Not surprisingly, because approximately 85 percent of the MEP market in which Ubbink operates, makes use of Stabicad software. Stabiplan has converted our product information into BIM files, to which all graphical and parametric product information has been added. In compliance with the EMCS standard, for an optimal integration in Revit and/or AutoCAD. All relevant product information is provided through MEPcontent, an initiative of Stabiplan. In addition, the additional product and system information of all individual components can be downloaded from our own website.”

From design tool to BIM configurator
Bloem expects that in the future, BIM will evolve from a design tool to a large configurator, which offers advantages for the entire construction industry. "In addition to designing buildings and performing clash detections, bills of materials can be easily generated in BIM projects, which offers advantages in the ordering phase," he explains. "The material lists can be linked to the customer’s ordering system, from which each orders can be placed per EDI at the relevant wholesaler, who in turn places an order at the manufacturer per EDI. This increases efficiency throughout the construction chain. In addition, BIM offers great advantages during the implementation, maintenance and management phase.”

A next step, according to Bloem, is using BIM not only as a configurator for drawings, but also for calculations, to account for example for air velocities and resistance. "This is a development that is still in its infancy stages for us, but it’s a trend we are watching closely. Our ambition for the coming years is to make our complete product and system range BIM ready, in which updates and changes can also be processed easily. The first steps in this direction have already been taken.”
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New Vaillant localizations and items: heat pumps, ventilation units and more

9 new localizations available for Vaillant heat pumps

If your BIM project requires specific product data from Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland or Sweden, visit the download page to see the full collection of VWZ Vaillant heat pumps and all the localizations available.

recoVAIR ventilation technology to be used with 3+ localizations

The recoVAIR ventilation units represent a comfortable and at the same time economical solution for apartments and single-family homes. Download the Revit families for them here.

auroTHERM solar collectors extended with 6+ localizations

Check the download page to see if the localization you need is amongst the ones recently added to the Vaillant solar collector series.

New Revit families added for ecoTEC boilers

For Belgium: the ecoTEC pure VC is now available for download

For the United Kingdom: the ecoTEC sustain VUW, the ecoTEC plus VC, the ecoFIT pure and the ecoTEC pure VUW are now available for download.
April 2018
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Take control over your MEP openings in Revit

With the introduction of another new App for Revit, MEPcontent wants to bring cooperation within the BIM process to the next level. The Stabiplan Openings for MEP Revit plugin allows MEP engineers and structural engineers to cooperate very easily in detecting and preventing clashes in BIM projects.

The Stabiplan Openings for MEP Revit plugin lets you create openings for ducts, pipes, cable trays and conduits within Revit. These openings will be automatically created and will have the correct dimensions based on your input. The created openings include a lot of information, such as details about the host and the element which is clashing with the wall or floor. The App brings true cooperation between the MEP engineer and the structural engineer in the BIM cycle! Place openings and submit your request to the structural engineer asking for approval. Let the structural engineer return a response to be informed about the status of your request and see if it is approved or not. Try the App yourself for free by downloading it from the MEPcontent store and install it for Revit.

Two Apps for Openings

This App functions best in combination with the free Stabiplan Openings Manager for Structural Engineers App for Revit. After you create and send your openings requests to the structural engineers, it is then very easy for them to approve or decline your request. Inform your structural engineer to get this App and save time waiting for approvals.

Free Trial for the Stabiplan Openings for MEP App

The Stabiplan Openings for MEP Revit plugin can be downloaded on store.mepcontent.com. You, as a MEP specialist, can try this App for Revit for free for one week. Upgrade to the full paid version during your trial to make sure you can use it for your whole project.
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Fire pump test meter Turbo-Lux 2 from Mecon

Revit families for the Mecon Turbo-Lux 2 Fire pump test meter are now available for download.

This flow meter from Mecon is used to measure the volume of clear liquids and gas flows in closed pipelines. The installation position and direction of flow are flexible. The areas of application focus on measuring flow quantities in stationary water-based extinguishing systems for use in water supply test pipes.

Another highlight of the Mecon product series on MEPcontent is the Turbo-Lux 3 fire pump test meter. It is easy to install with grooved connection to the pipe network and, thanks to the sophisticated design, the device is ready for operation after connection to the pipe network with just one threaded connection, guaranteeing rapid and simple installation.

On top of it, Mecon together with MEPcontent offers the magnetic-inductive fire pump meter Mag-flux T4 to be also used in stationary fire safety applications (Sprinkler systems). The Mag-flux T4 is easy to integrate in existing remote monitoring systems, and the measurements can be evaluated in a control centre. For installation, the device offers an impressive range of connection options – e.g. flange, threaded or groove connections.
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Up to date in one afternoon with BIM

Digitization and BIM will continue to be important topics in the MEP industry in 2018. What are the latest developments? How do manufacturers deal with BIM? What are the needs in the market? These topics were discussed at the MEPcontent manufacturers meet-up on 29 March.

Building the future: Stabiplan & Trimble
At the beginning of this year, Stabiplan was acquired by Trimble, a U.S. listed company that supports the entire construction cycle with innovative BIM solutions. In addition to engineering software, Trimble offers software for real estate management, concept design and various content platforms to support pricing. Examples include the content platforms LUCKINSlive, Trimble Building Data and Trade Services. The MEP content manufacturer apps are a great addition to the existing Trimble portfolio for MEP engineers.

As a result of the acquisition, the Stabiplan products will be integrated into a complete solution for the entire construction cycle. This provides opportunities for manufacturers: content can be made available in multiple applications and the number of potential users is increased considerably. As a manufacturer, you benefit from the specific MEP knowledge that Trimble and Stabiplan share when it comes to innovation and feasible and available BIM solutions.

Barcol Air's successful BIM strategy
The availability and accessibility of content is essential for Barcol Air's customers. A few years ago, when the demand for BIM data increased, it was a logical step for the manufacturer to start a collaboration with MEPcontent, the BIM library for MEP engineers. Johan Mes, commercial director, talked about this during the meet-up.

Thanks to the support and available templates of Stabiplan, Barcol Air's PLS’s (Product Line Sheets) can be easily set up and filled in with data in Excel. This data is then converted by Stabiplan into BIM models that engineers can use directly in their projects. Very useful are the statistics that provide insight into the use of the BIM files, according to Johan. A good example of this was a sudden surge in downloads from Argentina, which led to a major project for Barcol Air for Banco Santander. For the future, Barcol Air's BIM focus will be on making even better use of data, Johan predicts. Examples include enriching data with selection data and links to other applications, such as article management platforms or ERP software.

From data to content
The content factory of MEPcontent processes data from manufacturers in many different formats into usable, high-quality 3D content for use in BIM projects. During the meet-up, business process manager Marnix Leune illustrated various ways in which data from the manufacturer's product databases can be converted to a Product Line Sheet. Think of data from a PIM system export, Excel sheets, datasheets and even brochures. Almost every data format from manufacturers can be processed. Together with the manufacturer, the content factory checks which data is needed and which sources, if any, have to be combined to generate content. Together with the manufacturer, the factory determines how the data is converted to BIM files. As a manufacturer, you benefit from this intelligent data processing method: one source for all your data is more efficient and saves time and costs on data maintenance. In addition, your product data in PLS format is directly suitable for use in custom BIM apps.

Reach engineers at the heart of the process
The BIM innovation for the installation industry is the rise of custom apps for manufacturers. With these apps, manufacturer's products can be configured directly in a BIM project. The apps are Revit plugins that combine the power of manufacturer-specific content and BIM software. A manufacturer's App is a cloud-based solution that contains content from a manufacturer's Product Line Sheets or MEPcontent families. With such an app, there a lot more possibilities than with just content. Manufacturer specific MEP systems including components can be designed a lot faster and easier. The apps support multiple languages and multiple article numbers, and thanks to the link with the cloud, content and functionality are up to date. This ensures that engineers work with actual, correct content that is available in their region, and that the manufacturer is in direct contact with MEP engineers around the world.

BIM as a marketing tool
BIM not only enables manufacturers to support their customers in their BIM projects, but can also serve as a marketing tool. Jaap Groen, product marketer at Stabiplan, explained how MEPcontent supports manufacturers with their marketing services. By offering content on MEPcontent, manufacturers ensure that they are directly present with their products in the design process. The content can also be integrated on the manufacturer’s own website. But that's not all. Anyone who publishes content on MEPcontent has many more possibilities to reach MEP engineers: via their own profile page, e-mailings, short videos and via updates in the communication channel. In addition, manufacturers can gain insight into the use of their BIM files, statistics and demographic characteristics of users. Manufacturers who also want to use BIM files as a marketing tool can contact marketing@mepcontent.com.
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Apps in combination with Autodesk 2019 versions

From the end of April, the Apps you are using are also available for Revit 2019 and AutoCAD 2019. Once Autodesk launches these versions we will have an update too.
Working with the most recent versions allows you to get the most out of the Apps and platforms where these Apps operate.

Upgrade on time
Important: the latest version of the Apps is only available for Revit 2017/2018/2019 (64 bit) or (in case you use an App in combination with AutoCAD) AutoCAD 2016/2017/2018/2019 (64 bit). Make sure you use the latest versions for both the Autodesk software as well as for our Apps.

For questions about the Apps please contact marketing@mepcontent.com
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How to Make the Most Out of Your BIM Content

What are the different BIM file types and formats available - and how can you make the most out of these types of BIM content?

In order to understand the types of content that are out there, let’s have a look at how the different types of content are created for content libraries. In this example, we'll use MEPcontent.

The creation process typically starts with a content request, which can be triggered in three ways:

1. Users
Users, such as MEP engineers, who require certain BIM content for the apps they want to work with or software/platforms they use.

2. Manufacturers
Manufacturers who want to share their content with engineers and designers all around the world to create better brand awareness and higher sales.

3. Projects
Even a project can be the trigger. In certain projects, for instance, it may be required to use generic content with pre-defined parameters and product characteristics.

When a content request is triggered, it will be addressed and evaluated by the MEPcontent team. The content factory will prepare a time estimation for enriching the content, adjusting the data to match the needs of engineers, localization (every country can have its own offering), and quality control. When the time estimation is approved, the content creation process can take off.

Content Creation

After approval of the time estimation, the content can be created, tested, reviewed, and finally, be published. These file types will be made available on the MEPcontent platform and in some cases for MEP apps, like our Revit- and AutoCAD plugins. Some content will, for instance, be made available for apps such as the SANHA Product Line Placer, the ABB Switch Range Configurator or our MEPcontent Product Line Placers that feature content from multiple manufacturers, all-in-one app.

So what is happening here? In short, content creation

At the heart of the content creation process is the PLS, which stands for Product Line Sheet. The PLS is the cornerstone of 3D objects published on the MEPcontent platform. It’s an overview of data in Excel providing all the relevant parameters and details such as sizes, costs, article numbers, deep links and a lot more information about the content families. Next to PLS files, it is also possible to create BIM objects directly in the required file types such as DWG’s for AutoCAD, RFA’s for Revit and the platform-independent IFC.

The types of content can then be split into two categories:

Manufacturer Content
This type of content is delivered by the manufacturer’s BIM manager or product manager to the MEPcontent team in all kinds of formats. This content is then analyzed by a team of content experts and compared to the EMCS, the Extended MEPcontent Standard. The EMCS guarantees to both manufacturers and the users of content, such as MEP engineers, contractors, designers, and modelers, that they are working with accurate, small-sized content.

Access the EMCS content standards here

These BIM objects contain accurate information which can be used for creating Bill of Material lists, prefab sets and performing calculations.

Generic Content
Next to manufacturer requests, the content factory also addresses requests from engineers and designers directly. How? By offering generic content. This is content without a link to a specific manufacturer, which can be used for free. This is useful when a project requires generic content (for instance due to legislation in certain countries) or when certain objects are not provided by manufacturers. Think of vessels, vaults, meters, wall-plates, and ducts.


Use MEP APPS to Get the Most Out of BIM Content

Having access to BIM content is great, but downloading families, saving them in the correct project folder and updating your model with new content; it still requires a lot of manual work. A part of this manual work can be a thing of the past. How? By using (free) apps for Revit or AutoCAD. These apps can help you to design a specific system, like a piping system, sanitary system or placing valves.The app automatically connects to the MEPcontent database and offers you the relevant content in a visually appealing way, so it’s clear what you are doing and placing without having to leave your Revit or AutoCAD project environment.

Some apps include functionalities you might actually be missing in native Revit. These functionalities can be added through the so-called productivity apps. You can, for instance, use the Export and Import Excel App to export parameters from your Revit project to Excel; very useful for sharing data with a client or colleague who might not have Revit running on their computers. You can also adjust or update the data in Excel and import it back into Revit, while using the app. This will save you time when manually filling in the blanks in Revit.

Work With the Latest Content

If you’d like to stay up-to-date with newly created content, you can create a free account on MEPcontent. You can also check out explainer videos that demonstrate how the content in the apps can be used. We also host BIM Insights Sessions, which are monthly webinars about the latest MEP trends, releases, and content developments. These are useful resources for learning how to make the most of your BIM content.

You probably have many other ways you would like to get more out of your BIM content. Feel free to share them with us! Let us know how you want to get the most out of BIM content or what apps or plugins you are currently using to get the job done. Good luck with your project!
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OC Waterloo Grilles on Duct: suitable for most commercial projects

OC Waterloo, a specialist in customised ventilation grilles, has developed Revit families in close cooperation with MEPcontent for wall and outside air grilles where sizes can be freely adjusted. This is in order to be able to work as flexibly as possible in Revit. It is also possible to easily attach the complete article number to the families, so that it is correctly displayed on the Bill of Materials.

The OC Waterloo grilles are made of aluminium or steal and are suitable for duct, ceiling and sidewall applications in most commercial projects.

The PER mesh grilles for example have been designed to satisfy all exhaust applications in H & V systems. The various cores may be selected to satisfy both engineering and architectural requirements.

Waterloo's reversible core grilles such as the 2RTC have been designed for commercial projects requiring aesthetically attractive grilles but with superior performance. The specially designed close pitch vanes produce high levels of induction and mixing with ambient air resulting in a more even air diffusion in the occupied zone.

View all OC Waterloo grilles
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Stay up to date with the latest BIM news and MEP updates

[Brief summary of the article] New regulations are in place regarding the protection of personal data. MEPcontent complies to them and for that reason, if you wish to continue receiving BIM and MEP news from us, you need to sign up for our newsletter here. Thank you for trusting us!

New technology means new regulations

There are so many new developments going on at the same time in the tech field at the moment that new regulations to keep them together were very much called for.

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is all about protecting the privacy of the users personal data. All information regarding your personal data has to be transparent: you need to be able to know who operates it, where it is stored, how it is being used and of course how you can delete it from the databases of certain institutions. No promotional or informative messages or emails can be send to you once the GDPR is in place if you haven’t given your clear consent about it.

Great news, right? We also think so. We think GDPR is a very beneficial thing and we are now working hard on implementing the new regulations into our MEPcontent practices.

BIM and MEP updates from MEPcontent (sometimes known as newsletters)

As you most probably already know, every week we gather what we think is the most important information about the latest global BIM developments and we highlight it in our news articles.

We combine it with the latest MEP content published on our platform (we publish new content weekly) and we send it over to you in the form of newsletters or other emails. From what we’ve seen, our newsletters are appreciated by the MEP modellers, engineers and BIM specialists in our database, like yourself.

We’d like to continue to keep you informed with the latest news about BIM and installation design and for that we need your proper consent. If you subscribe to our newsletter, we’ll do our best to provide you with quality content.

Hope to see you in a more secure future!
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Hisense enlarges its presence on MEPcontent: New items available

We started by adding Hisense items on MEPcontent from the categories of heating pumps and air conditioners.

Today, we announce the enlargement of that series with new, more diverse heat pumps and air conditioners plus items such as control units and expansion pieces.

The HCH Control Unit is applicable to heat recovery systems. It is light and compact in design and because it has less suspension bolts, the installation and handing of the unit is easy.

The control unit HZX together with the expansion valve box HZX are part of the Hisense AHU Connection KIT. This can integrate external heat exchangers of Air-handing units (AHU) into a Hisense VRF system to be used for air conditioning, which can provide more flexible air conditioning solutions and save more cost in the building air conditioning renovation. This makes the cold / heat generation on site complete and reduces investment and operating costs.

The floor concealed type AVH takes pride on its compact design that allows it to be installed in very small places. This air conditioner indoor unit puts special emphasis on interior design compatibility as well as space saving design.

About Hisense

Hisense group is an international comprehensive corporation founded in 1969. Over the years, with a strong global R & D team and excellent management, Hisense Business has covered multimedia, home and commercial appliances, telecommunication, information system, modern real estate and service.

Supported by Hisense group, the sales of Hisense VRF grows by 30% every year. To meet the demand, the 3rd phase workshop is under construction.

Hisense VRF —— Seek for international quality credibility and integrity access to the future.
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The importance of the EMCS standard: IVAR and MEPcontent join forces at the FutureBuild conference in Treviso, Italy

Why the EMCS standard is essential for IVAR

MEPcontent and IVAR have strengthened their BIM partnership joining forces during the first of the four FutureBuild conferences organized by Italian publishing company Maggioli Editore. The conference addressed the themes of reusing, rebuilding and recycling urban spaces and objects, requiring a different design approach to build the city of tomorrow.

IVAR recently published BIM models on the MEPcontent platform. There are five aspects in the creation of BIM models that the Italian manufacturer considers fundamental: an accurate graphic representation, the reduced file dimensions, use commodity, a differentiation in levels of detail and the quality of the data and of the information. Talking about this last aspect Francesca Gualeni, BIM Specialist at IVAR, emphasizes the importance of the Extended MEPcontent Standard (EMCS).

She explains: “With the EMCS standard the information in the BIM models is accurate, uniform and compliant to the current international standards”. To comply to the Extended MEPcontent Standard IVAR has followed specific rules for the graphical definition of the models, the management of the material lists and the use of shared parameters.

With EMCS compliant models we can guarantee our customers a complete graphic representation of the Revit family: we can make sure that the families are consistent, behave correctly in a Revit project – also in relation to components of other manufacturers - and contain the relevant information. MEP engineers easily get the links to the necessary technical documentation and take advantage of the reduced file dimensions, avoiding unneccessary delays in the project”.

All professionals involved in the project benefit from the information in the models and the quality of the content. MEP engineers can easily find the IVAR products browsing through the MEPcontent website.

Another conference took place on April 11th in Turin. Our next conferences will be in Bergamo (28th June) and Rome (15th November). Check the Italian website for more information: www.tour.ediltecnico.it/format/futurebuild-conference
March 2018
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Certified Sabiana fan coil units from product series Carisma

The Carisma fan coil units from Italian manufacturer Sabiana are designed to guarantee acoustic comfort due to the continuous air flow control.

The Sabiana Carisma extensive fan coil range includes wall and ceiling mounted units, exposed or concealed with either tangential or centrifugal fan options, delivering one of the most versatile ranges of fan coils on the market today. Units covers are made from strong plastic lateral corners and galvanized frontal steel sheet. The plastic top grid has fixed louvres and is reversible in order to distribute the air in two different directions.

Download the type catalog families now and use the Carisma fan coil units in your Revit projects!
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Heating and domestic hot water for a family sized house with Remeha Calenta

Leading manufacturer Remeha announces the launch of a new series of condensing boilers: Remeha Calenta. At the same time, these new items become available for download on MEPcontent as Revit families, AutoCAD files or .ifc files!

The Remeha Calenta boilers ensure a very fast delivery of sanitary hot water at a constant temperature. They operate extremely quietly thanks to the insulating power and are easy to maintain because of the easy access and LED boiler lighting that works independently during a power outage. Extra savings and low flow noise are ensured thanks to integrated energy efficient circulation pump.

The Calenta boilers are also easy to install due to the included extensive mounting wall console.

The ideal application
The Remeha Calenta is the designated boiler for a medium-sized family house (semi-open or open building). This boiler is ideal for a family with children where there is one kitchen and one bathroom in the house and is perfect as a cost-conscious and future-oriented installation for new construction or renovation projects up to 34 kW.
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Revit families and AutoCAD files for VanLien emergency lighting fixtures

The Evago product series from VanLien provides a complete solution for the entire project, due to the many available varieties of lighting fixtures and emergency signs that are not intrusive but are very visible when needed.

The Evago lighting fixtures are suitable for ceilings of up to 12 meters in heights and are adapted to different types of walls.

The special new additions to the series are the Hiled Wall surface mounted led luminaire and the ceiling mounted led luminaire from the Evago series.

You can download these for free as Revit families and AutoCAD files here.
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“We support BIM”: Renson places BIM objects on MEPcontent

With the fourth generation in charge, Renson embraces the many challenges posed by digitization in the construction industry. They support BIM and make their BIM files available to everyone using MEPcontent.

Don't just call Renson a manufacturer. This West Flemish knowledge-based company may produce ventilation solutions, blinds, terrace roofs and façade claddings, but in the context of a healthy indoor climate and comfortable living they offer their customers total solutions and a range of services.

Made in Belgium

Roel Berlaen, communication officer: "Renson is proud of his West-Flemish roots. All our products are manufactured in Belgium. Thanks to our own local production plant, we can always guarantee the same high quality worldwide.

Sam De Schepper, BIM & internal project manager mechanical ventilation: "We guarantee quality and service. Not only do we make technically very strong products, which are beautifully finished, of high quality and easy to install. We also think in terms of total concepts. We want to offer the customer a complete solutions.

Delphine Goethals, BIM expert: "That's why it's so important for us to be around the table during the design phase. We like to think along with our customers and are eager to use our expertise to come up with better solutions. We monitor the entire construction process, from design to execution. In BIM projects in particular, it is essential that we are involved from the very start.

International content platform

Delphine: "Renson started BIM a few years ago. We took the first steps in 2015 at the market's request; we were looking for an international player and MEP specialist who could make our content available in as open and user-friendly a way as possible. That's how we ended up with MEPcontent. MEPcontent is currently the largest and most important content player on the market, with more than 40,000 users. A perfect partner."

Sam: "All technical information that matters in practice must be included in the digital content. In collaboration with the employees of MEPcontent, this process went very smoothly and the families were completely in line with our expectations.

Delphine: "Important now is to enter the market with our BIM objects and make us known through MEPcontent. Using the experiences of the users, we want to find out what the next steps are.

Active BIM supporter

"Renson is actively involved in various initiatives to get BIM off the ground in Belgium. We participate in the Cluster BIM of the WTCB and we are also a partner of the B2Build BIM platform. In short, Renson is an active BIM supporter in a number of ways.
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Automatically optimize your sanitary systems in Revit

BIM engineers drawing sanitary or sewerage systems in Revit, this one is for you! The Ostendorf Product Line Placer app for Revit has been equipped with a very convenient functionality: the ‘Optimize Functionality’. This functionality, not available in plain Revit, will help you to set preferred solutions for many scenarios within your sanity system.

The new optimizer functionality allows you to define the kind of solution you want for different scenarios and with a single click, your entire system is instantly optimized!
Save time by having the App automatically optimize your system based on your settings; no need to set up each fitting individually

The Sanitary drawing preferences dialog allows you to choose your preferred solution for each scenario. The choice you make regarding the angle of the tee affects the solution that is displayed for reducing branches, which makes it easier to have a complete customized solution for your pipe’s connections.

After setting the optimization settings, click Set to apply the settings. Moreover, you can check the option Remember as defaults to conveniently reuse your defined preferences.
Having defined your drawing preferences, you can start optimizing the system by using the Optimize autorouting function located in the same dropdown menu. Start the function, select a part of an autorouting system to optimize or select the lowest point in an autorouting system. All autorouting fittings will be adjusted according to the chosen preferences.

Download the app from the MEPcontent store.
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New Mitsubishi Heat pumps, Control and Indoor units have arrived to MEPcontent

We continue updating the extensive series of air conditioning units from Mitsubishi Electric. Today we are announcing the publication of 4 new articles:

The PUMY outdoor units for cooling and heating present improved energy efficiency values The new PUMY outdoor units have the highest EER and COP values in their market sector. With their low sound pressure level and many connection possibilities, the PUMY outdoor units are the perfect basis for optimum climate comfort.

Similarly, the PUHZ outdoor units from Mitsubishi Electric have been developed in such a way that they are at least noticeable in form, function and noise level. The units are resistant to any type of weather in our climate. The outdoor units can also be optionally coated for protection in, for example, industrial or coastal areas. Due to the excellent pipe length specifications, the indoor and outdoor units are widely spaced so that the most optimal location for the outdoor unit can be chosen.

The 2-way airflow ceiling cassette indoor unit is equipped with a drain pump mechanism as standard which provides greater freedom with long cross-piping and allowing more versatility with piping layouts. The indoor unit has a slimline body which makes it highly suitable for installation in narrow ceiling spaces and for replacing obsolete air-conditioning equipment in older buildings. The unit is easy to install and maintain due to its lighter panel and placing of the electric board near the panel.

The simplified touch screen wired remote controller is an elegant device equipped with color touch screen and optional Bluetooth interface which offers great flexibility in color and handling. The remote controller can be comfortably configured using an application and offers a choice of more than 180 color scheme variants based on which the screen can be optimally adapted to the environment. The device can control up to 16 units within a group. In addition to the standard operating modes, a daily and weekly program is available.

All items are available internationally and can be downloaded for free as Revit families, AutoCAD files and .ifc files.
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The CUBODOMO smart thermostat can transform a smartphone into a chronothermostat

Another star item has made its way to MEPcontent: the CUBODOMO system from Italian manufacturer IVAR has been selected for the Efficiency & Innovation project by the Scientific Committee of the MCE 2018 exhibition, led by the renowned University of Politecnico di Milano.

CUBODOMO is a device capable of transforming smartphones and tablets into a multi-zone chronothermostat able to intelligently manage the heating and cooling system.

CUBODOMO's specifically distinctive feature is the possibility of integrating with radiator systems, managing the motorised valves positioned on each individual radiator as well as radiant heating systems, through an interface card with 8 relays able to manage 8 areas independently to ensure maximum comfort in every room minimising energy waste.

The user's economic savings are reflected in a saving for the environment by reducing CO2 emissions in the environment due to the non-demand of energy.

You can download CUBODOMO Revit families for free here.
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Fast Terra Chargers from ABB

6 types of ABB Terra chargers have been added to MEPcontent and are now available to download for free! The ABB DC Fast Chargers are designed to charge electric vehicles quickly and are one of the most cost-effective and versatile solutions on the market. The Terra chargers are ready to charge a car in 30-120 minutes and do not require a heavy grid connection.

The Terra 23 CJ multi-standard fast charger is compatible with all CCS and CHAdeMO vehicles currently on the road. Modest requirements for input power makes this 20kW charger easy to install next to any existing AC slow charging network.

The Terra 23 CT will charge any car compatible with CCS and AC.

The Terra 23 CJG is a multi-outlet solution for EV dealers who want to be able to charge both AC and DC cars. This charger combines the most used standards: CCS, CHAdeMO and fast AC.

All ABB chargers come with Connected services. This allow customers to easily connect their chargers to different software systems like payment platforms or energy management solutions via the Internet.

With your free MEPcontent account you can now download the ABB Terra chargers as Revit or AutoCAD families or as .ifc files! Download them now!
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Start designing Henco piping systems directly in Revit

Easily design Henco piping systems
The free MEPcontent Henco Product Line Placer App makes it very easy for Revit users to manage Henco piping systems within a BIM project. Just draw and click and the right Henco fittings will be added to the Henco piping system instantly. From within your BIM project you can order articles from your material list, such as Henco pipes, Henco couplings or Henco press fittings. Currently the Henco PVDF Press and Henco PVDF Press Gas product lines are available.

The MEPcontent Henco Product Line Placer App for Revit can be downloaded for free from the MEPcontent store. Downloading and installing the App is easy to do and can be done in seconds.
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Download ABB flush-fit junction boxes from MEPcontent

Several new ABB junction box items from the ABB Switch Range Configurator have been published on MEPcontent! This means that you can download them as separate Revit families as well and use them in your BIM projects immediately! If you want to make sure to use the complete set of options available, check out the ABB Switch Range Configurator which makes it very easy to design, manage and configure complete sets of switch ranges to match your requirements. Including the ABB junction boxes to see how the switch ranges fit into their environment.

The ABB junction boxes are made of high resistant materials, suitable for demanding climate conditions including frost. The installer-friendly junction boxes have rigid and reliable connections to pipings and cable. The boxes can be installed in various different ways to a range of different materials.

Take a look at the range of ABB wall junction boxes here and download them for free as Revit families!
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Heat pump outdoor unit from Alpha-InnoTec

The Alira LWP-Series professional heat pump from Alpha-InnoTec with a capacity of 45 kW is suited for high performance and offers a flexible installation. Up to four units can be connected in parallel, ensuring optimum climate for every need. This heat pump hardly differs in terms of planning and design from a heat pump in the smaller power range. Even the installation on the roof is possible.

You can download the LWP450 heat pump from Alpha-InnoTec right away and use it in your Revit or AutoCAD projects!
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Trimble connects BIM to construction site

A short introduction: Trimble

MEPcontent is now part of Trimble. But who is Trimble?

Trimble is a US listed technology provider whose aim is to connect the physical and digital worlds. With core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics, Trimble enables its customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. Trimble offers software, hardware and services in more than 150 countries and is active in industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics. Stabiplan is part of the MEP division of Trimble Buildings.

About Trimble Buildings
Trimble Buildings provides the widest breadth of technology solutions for managing real estate portfolios, optimizing building construction projects and streamlining workplace operations. Trimble solutions are tailored for each phase of the building lifecycle—from the initial survey to design, construction and operation.

Trimble connects the design data created in the office to on-site construction systems. Stabicad, MEPcontent and MEP apps for Revit expand the current portfolio of BIM software, which also includes Sketchup and Tekla. On the other hand, as part of Trimble, Stabiplan now also offers solutions for the building site. Examples of other Trimble solutions are LUCKINSlive an Trimble Building Data as well as Trimble's Constructible, a platform for best practices, expert articles and more.

LUCKINSlive
LUCKINSlive includes details of over 1 million individual items from hundreds of UK Electrical, HVAC and Plumbing manufacturers. The site is an invaluable reference source for Distributors, Contractors and Engineers who need a one-stop shop for product information.

Trimble Building Data
Trimble Building Data offers Managed Content for the MEP industry. You can find CADmep & ESTmep fabrication content as well as Revit SysQue content.

Constructible
Constructible is a purpose-driven approach to building construction – a process that coordinates and optimizes the entire design, build, operate lifecycle. Constructible’s thought leadership covers the AECO continuum, linking the work of each construction stage and helping to implement it within businesses.The articles and tips from Constructible can be found here.