March 2018

Join us at MCE, BIM world, Light & Building

It's exhibition season for the MEP industry! In february we met a lot of installors and manufacturers on the Dutch exhibition VSK, BIM clearly is a hot topic for many visitors on the Stabiplan/MEPcontent booth.

In the coming weeks MEPcontent and many manufacturers we partner with are attending other European exhibitions such as the MCE in Milan, Light + Building in Frankfurt and BIM world in Paris. To give you a taste of what is coming up, these are some of the manufacturers involved in working with us for the MCE event in Milan: ABB, Hisense, Mitsubishi Electric, Caleffi, Sabiana and Ivar.

Make sure to contact us for a meeting at one of these exhibition for a coffee, catch-up or an update on the newest BIM developments. Hope to see you there!

March 8th: Webinar Mitsubishi Electric System Designer App

Join Thursday's webinar to learn how to integrate the latest MEPcontent App within your design process and speed up your BIM cycle. The free Mitsubishi Electric System Designer App for Revit and for AutoCAD is a powerful tool allowing you to find the right Mitsubishi Electric Revit families and CAD files for heating and cooling units that you need. Directly from within your project environment saving you time in avoiding a search on the internet for the correct models. Filter the Mitsubishi Electric HVAC units on technical properties and use your desired air conditioners instantly.

During the live webinar on March 8 from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM CET, we will demonstrate all functionalities of this free App:

• Find the desired product by filtering on technical properties such as Nominal heating capacity
• Save time by quickly searching for products on article number, description, model and series
• Get access to all products from Mitsubishi Electric related to airco systems
• Directly place equipment from within the App without having to leave your Revit or AutoCAD model
• Get access to up to date manufacturer data and content, light and compact in use

BIM World Paris 2018

Visit Stabiplan and MEPcontent on BIM World Paris 2018. The event takes place on 28th and 29th of March.

With over 170 exhibitors, 90 conferences and over 5000 visitors it promises to be another great event.

Meet us at Stand 251.

Click here for a free ticket

See you on the 28th?

IVAR is BIM ready with MEPcontent

MEPcontent is particularly proud to announce the publication of the products of leading Italian manufacturer IVAR S.p.A., specialized in the development of plumbing and heating components and systems.

IVAR embraces with enthousiasm the BIM philosophy and chooses MEPcontent as partner for the distribution of its models” says Francesca Gualeni, BIM specialist at IVAR. “The data in our models are compliant to the Extended MEPcontent Standard (EMCS) and can be used by all professionals involved in the project, as we guarantee high quality content. Thanks to the great navigability of the MEPcontent portal, engineers can easily browse through the broad range of families that we offer. IVAR is BIM READY with MEPcontent.

You will find available as from now the BIM files of the MP PRESS FITTINGS - Line (brass press fittings), the MPL PRESS FITTINGS WITH LEAKAGE FUNCTION – Line (brass press fittings with leakage function in case of failed pressing), the IS-BOX (sanitary mainfolds for sanitary distribution) and the IVAR E·SAT DUAL, (innovative separated water satellite module with electronic control) and the CUBODOMO system. Download them now for free!

IVAR Group
The IVAR Group represents a growing business that operates at an international level. Born in 1985 as focused company for the production of valves, over the years IVAR has concentrated on actively seeking and developing new products and reaching high quality standards, and now it has become one of the leading companies in the sector of plumbing and heating components. Currently the IVAR Group has branches in 13 countries and customers all around the world and its production is completely Made in Italy. The IVAR Group has a turnover of more than 150 million euros and employs over 400 people.
February 2018

New functionality: Export, adjust and import Schedules from Revit to Excel within a minute

Combine the functionalities of Revit and Excel with this powerful app called the Stabiplan Export and Import Excel app for Revit. Download this add-in to export data, such as schedules, from your Revit project to Excel, modify the data or add information to your elements and then import Excel data into Revit. You decide from which elements you want to export which data and which elements have to be changed during the import of updated data.

Using the Stabiplan Export and Import Excel plugin you can export clear overviews from the data in your Revit project to Excel. Afterwards it is easy to edit elements by changing parameter values and adding extra information to your elements (e.g. manufacturer data or results from calculation packages). Then you can decide for which elements you want to import the updated data back into your Revit model.

To try out this app for free and export Schedules from Revit to Excel, please visit our app store today!

MEPcontent Mitsubishi Electric System Designer for Revit and AutoCAD

Power up your HVAC systems in BIM projects with Mitsubishi Electric! MEPcontent and Mitsubishi Electric launch a free Revit and AutoCAD App to help HVAC specialists to find relevant Mitsubishi Electric articles for their projects.

Using this App it is very easy for MEP engineers, designers and modelers to find, select and configure complete Mitsubishi Electric heating and cooling systems within a BIM project. Leaving your Revit or AutoCAD project is no longer necessary with the built-in Mitsubishi Electric plugin. By downloading this free App you get instant access to all Mitsubishi Electric products related to cooling and heating systems.

Save time by searching on article number, description, model or series and filter on technical properties such as nominal heating capacity. Once placed in your model, it is easy to share product specific data such as localized article numbers, GTIN or URL’s with purchasing- or management stakeholders. Directly order your required Mitsubishi Electric products from within the BIM project using an up-to-date Bill-Of-Materials.

The following product series are currently available in the App: Mitsubishi Electric City Multi, Mitsubishi Electric Ecodan, Mitsubishi Electric E-series, Mitsubishi Electric Lossnay, Mitsubishi Electric Mr. Slim. This App will be constantly maintained and updated, not only with the latest product information, but also with new functionalities to keep you up to speed designing HVAC systems. In the coming months the App will be updated with functionality to draw piping systems and place fittings with the correct sizes to easily connect units. Make sure to keep an eye on the MEPcontent App store, offering you the latest Apps for Revit and AutoCAD.

The MEPcontent Mitsubishi Electric System Designer App for Revit and AutoCAD can be downloaded for free from the MEPcontent store. Downloading and installing the App will take less than 2 minutes, no administrative rights needed.

More than 600 new articles added for Oventrop

New valves for Oventrop have been added to MEPcontent! The PLS files contain properties and dimensions such as type or diameter that help you place the articles dimensionally correct in AutoCAD and Revit MEP.

You can easily work with Oventrop valves in Revit with the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves App for Revit. Download the app for free here.

More than 600 new articles have been added, for example products from the Aquastrom and Aquanova series. Also ballvalves from the Optibal series have been added.

Sabiana partners up with MEPcontent

Great news for BIM engineers, modellers and designers looking for Sabiana products, the Italian manufacturer published it's first products on MEPcontent.

Starting with BIM files for the Carisma CRC fan coil units, Sabiana and MEPcontent will create and publish more BIM files for cooling products in the coming months.

Publishing Revit families and CAD files on MEPcontent is an important step in the BIM journey for Sabiana. "Offering BIM files for our products is no longer a choice, it's a must" according to Luca Binaghi, Commercial Director for Sabiana. "BIM is an essential part of the workflow of our customers nowadays. Offering accurate 3D content, equipped with correct technical and product information is very important to us. MEPcontent is an important partner in our BIM strategy, offering both a BIM platform with a global reach and expertise when it comes to BIM for the MEP industry."

MEPcontent users can download the BIM files for Sabiana products for free from the MEPcontent platform. Keep an eye on the Sabiana product pages for new updates!

About Sabiana
Sabiana is an Italian company which conceives, designs and manufactures appliances for air-condition spaces where people work and live. The company builds equipment and systems to heat and cool any type of space: factories, offices, hotels, hospitals, shopping malls and houses. Always based on the most natural element in existence: water.

BIM content is everything

Content. It is essential for BIM projects.

Content, as we see it in BIM (Building Information Modeling), is a digital 3D representation enriched with parametric information such as size, height, weight, article number and more.

BIM content consists of many different parameters. It includes technical and geometric parameters that form the external characteristics of a product. It also includes visual parameters that give an object a distinctive appearance and ensure that the virtual object behaves just as it would in reality. In addition, objects can be enhanced with dynamic parameters such as trade information.

“In short: BIM content is aggregated content consisting of essential information needed by the MEP engineer without creating information overload.”

Good content enhances the value of 3D models in the BIM process and in the ordering process.

The National BIM Reports 2016/2017’ (NBS) show that 71% of the surveyed engineers want to receive BIM articles from manufacturers. This is because engineers want to deliver perfect models— models and drawings containing all the necessary information— Information which will not fail in an essential part of the BIM workflow.

Data is essential in the BIM process
Why? Because content is a type of representation of data that allows you to use the data in your projects and to help you with forecasting, calculating, ordering and project definition.
3D content from manufacturers provided by MEPcontent helps you to work with real-life items equipped with parameters, which can be used in projects to:
• Create BOM (Bill of Material) lists
• Create prefab sets
• Create ordering lists
• Make reliable calculations for MEP systems

It is important to focus on quality data in the MEP domain to make sure the overview of content provided is absolutely relevant.

Therefore, good, up-to-date content is required. But, what defines “good” content?

Working with both engineers and manufacturers on a daily basis, MEPcontent defines the following requirements for 3D content for the MEP industry.

Requirements for BIM content

• Compact content (small in size)
Productivity and efficiency in BIM design is the number one priority for engineers. Construction projects often need to be delivered within a tight deadline, so designers and modelers work under time pressure. Content used in BIM projects should be compact and small in size so it does not slow down the entire BIM project, causing painful (up)loading waiting time.

• Right and correct data
This might seem obvious, but 3D content equipped with the right and correct data is essential for building 3D models that are reliable and will not fail in the construction stage. But data is not always kept up-to-date. Manufacturers should make sure the available 3D content for their product is correct and matches their actual product data to ensure their content is actually used in BIM projects.

• Easy to use and maintain
Once 3D content has been created and published, the content needs to be maintained and updated. Product data from manufacturers changes over time, meaning 3D content needs to be updated as well. Therefore, manufacturers have to establish one safe source for their product data, which can easily be synced with the data used for 3D content. This makes it easy to maintain 3D content, even if it is published in different channels. Also, issues with different versions are avoided this way.

• Easy to find
You should be able to easily use and find content. BIM platforms such as MEPcontent help engineers to quickly find all the 3D content they need for their BIM project. BIM platforms such as MEPcontent provide the MEP engineer with all the necessary Revit, CAD and IFC files— files which can be downloaded for free to be used directly in a project. These are openly available after signing in. 

MEP Apps
Shrinking budgets result in BIM engineers designing in even smarter and more efficient ways. Good software is necessary to do this. But different projects require different functionalities in your software (and different content needs). Flexibility is becoming even more important here as well.

The ‘on-demand’ model, such as the system we use at home for Netflix, will increasingly penetrate the world of design software. Software, updates, and support are included in a monthly payment, and consequently can be adjusted precisely to meet your needs. Specific design tools, available as Apps, will appear more frequently. The functionality and content you need at a specific moment, can easily be installed for your project by means of these handy Apps.

MEPcontent offers a number of Apps for MEP engineers. These Apps can be found on and are connected to the 3D content available on the MEPcontent platform. Some Apps are manufacturer specific, such as the SANHA Product Line Placer or ABB Switch Range Configurator. Some offer content from multiple manufacturers at once, such as the MEPcontent browser or the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Piping or Valves. You can easily install them for Revit or AutoCAD.
A free account can be created on the MEPcontent platform or the MEPcontent App store:
Are you currently using BIM content in your workflow? Let us know in the comments below!

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New release for Revit - MEPcontent Ostendorf Product Line Placer

Ostendorf has partnered with MEPcontent to create a sanitary systems (or as others call it, sewerage systems) App for Revit. A great tool for MEP engineers who are familiar with the Ostendorf product lines.

The MEPcontent Ostendorf Product Line Placer for Revit plugin provides BIM modellers access to the Ostendorf Kunststoffe HT System, KG 2000 and KG System series water piping systems. Visit the MEPcontent store and watch the video to see the App in action. Create accurate schedules and select the product line, product group or system type of choice from within the Ostendorf product range. Draw your sewerage system and zoom in on the pipe socket, while connecting multiple fittings. Get the right Ostendorf coupling or end piece when working with the split elements and cap open ends Revit functionalities. Using the article numbers and GTIN on the schedules, you can directly order the Ostendorf articles from within your Revit project.

Free Manufacturer App

The MEPcontent Ostendorf Product Line Placer App can be downloaded for free on You can also find it on the Ostendorf website.

A new Electrical App with functionalities not available in Revit

Electrical Schematics in Revit. Do you remember the moment that you went to a conference or fair and was surprised about a certain tool or App you did not hear off before? An App that is almost self-explanatory by mentioning the App name? Here you have it, the Stabiplan Electrical Schematics App for Revit.

This Electrical Schematics for Revit plugin helps you to get an overview of all your electrical systems in your project. You can create a generic electrical schematic, which is not possible in Revit or other software. The App shows systems like communications, fire control and many more. It gives you a clear overview of the physical location of panels (see on which floor a panel is located). The most relevant info about your consumers is available within the schematic. Even your own drafting actions on the schematic are saved during a model update. 

Relevant for all Revit users globally
Who should consider trying this App for Revit? Well, everyone working with Revit in the electrical domain. The app works seamlessly in all Revit projects, both in plain Revit 2016 to 2018 and third-party software such as Stabicad.

Free trial
The Stabiplan Electrical Schematics App can be downloaded on Get free access for one week to the full functionalities of this App. The App will save you a lot of time and helps you get a clear overview of your main panels and sub panels.

10 BIM trends in the MEP industry in 2018

2018 promises to be an interesting year for BIM. New technologies will be introduced, trends from last year are now taking hold and increasingly more companies are benefiting from reduced failure costs and productive work processes thanks to BIM. For those who to raise BIM projects to a higher level, these are the 10 most significant trends to watch out for this year:

1. Modular construction & prefab
Reduce costs and accelerate the construction process: these are two major advantages of modular construction. Building elements are already prepared and assembled in the workshop before the construction commences. Prefab initially begins with prefab concrete walls and floors, however, increasingly more MEP elements are being prepared prefab. The Stabicad for Revit prefab module facilitates such a workflow. MEP engineers can now generate prefab drawings based on the information in the BIM model and incorporate the correct product information and instructions for the workshop. This means that components can be assembled quickly creating an efficient workflow from design to prefabrication and installation.

2. Internet of Things
Smart thermostats and intelligent ventilation systems have already been the standard in the MEP industry for some time now. The intervention of major technology giants like Apple, Google and Samsung in this market ensure that our home are becoming even more smarter. However, it is expected that the Internet of Things (IoT) is also going to change the work of installers and modelers. Take, for example, the advantages that IoT offers when it comes to releasing BIM data to prefab workshops, suppliers or modelers. Modeling and ordering is becoming a lot easier thanks to cloud apps like the ABB Switch Range Configurator or the Rexel Wholesale Connector. Thanks to up-to-date data, designing can be done directly using ready-to-order products that can be delivered directly to the building site. It may not yet be immediately apparent, but the Internet of Things is going to profoundly change transform the work installers.

3. Augmented/VR Reality
Last year, we already wrote about the emergence of Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR and AR) in the MEP industry. Virtual Reality, which enables you to examine extensive 3D models through glasses like the Oculus Rift, is extremely suitable for giving project presentations to the client. Augmented Reality, which merges the reality with virtual images through, for example, Microsoft HoloLens, is very promising as a training tool or for conducting clash testing on site. Take, for example, the possibilities for remote management through a technician wearing AR glasses on site and an expert in the office. This may still be a pipe dream for many, but when products in construction projects are coupled with the correct data, anything is possible. The developments of this visual technology are also worth keeping an eye out for in 2018, because there are yet more great applications in the pipeline.

4. Order directly from the model
More and more installers are realizing that there is more to BIM than offering 3D insight. Enhancing BIM models with data makes a model even more valuable, provided it is used in a clever way. There are an increasing number of companies that benefit from cooperation between manufacturers, suppliers and BIM software developers. New installation engineering products are constantly becoming available for sale as BIM objects, including current product data such as article numbers and dimensions. Thanks to this information, products can be ordered directly from within the model. Examples of such applications are the MEPcontent Rexel Wholesaler App and the link between Stabicad for Revit and Syntess ERP software. A great advantage of such tools is that duplicating work is no longer necessary and the ordered items correspond 1-to-1 with the products used in the model.

5. Mobile cloud applications
The cloud collaboration trend, which is mainly reflected in the use of mobile cloud applications in construction, will continue in 2018. Real-time data from the construction and design process can be simultaneously viewed by different people at different locations. All that this requires is an Internet connection. The Trimble Connect app is a great example of such a platform where partners can collaborate in the cloud from the design phase right through to delivery. Engineers can gain access to the relevant and current information via the tablet, smartphone, PC and the Microsoft HoloLens. This way, BIM models can be easily shared with the building site and reporting from the building site reporting can be effected quickly to facilitate a productive collaboration.

6. BIM to the building site: 3D laser scans and drones
2018 will bring more possibilities than ever for enhancing BIM models with current information. For example, working with point cloud: a point cloud can be created by conducting a 3D laser scan at the building site. This scan contains all accurate 3D dimensions of the building site. This data can be used as a basis for the BIM model in, for example, Revit. This would be particularly useful for complex projects in which it is difficult, if not dangerous, to measure project components by hand. In combination with drones, which are increasingly being used for construction projects, this is promising technology for delivering accurate BIM models.

7. Pick & Mix or All-in-One?
More and more products can now be adapted to the user's personal requirements. We now see this trend continuing through to the MEP industry: modelers are free to choose the tools that they want to work with. For example, an engineer that, for instance, is mainly involved in installing valves, does not require an expensive software packet with all the trimmings. He/she can download apps to suit his/her tasks and can cancel his/her subscription when and if the work so demands. On the other hand, there is the introduction of all-in-one packages and Suites that offer lots of combined software functionality. Engineers therefore have a huge range to choose from giving them access to all tools. Two different models that both offer the user the advantage of a wider range and flexibility to choose which tools best suit their method of working.

8. BIM goes green
It is well known that BIM ensures improved chain cooperation and internal efficiency. But the sustainable advantages that BIM offers plays an ever increasing role. By taking materials and energy properties into account already during the design phase, buildings can be built more energy efficient. This has advantages both during the construction phase, whereby, thanks to BIM, prefab and modular constructions can be applied, and during the operational phase. In the latter phase, huge savings can be made on energy costs and CO2 emission by using the right product and material. Also interesting is the circular economy, an area in which companies like Royal BAM experiment; in the design phase simulating all of the dismantling of a building, to ensure that a building can be demolished or recycled with minimum effort and loss.

9. 3D printing
3D printing technology made huge progress in the construction sector last year. Using the technology, which has long been considered a gimmick for nerds, the first house was fully 3D printed in 2017. The technology has great potential for creating extremely accurate building elements in a relatively short time and with minimum material loss. Thanks to accurate digital product and project data (for example, in the form of 3D components on MEPcontent), 3D printing can be useful within a BIM process in a variety of ways. For example, for quickly making prototypes for sharing with construction partners or for manufacturing components and prefab material. This technology is going to develop much further and is certainly worth keeping an eye on.

10. 4D, 5D and 6D-BIM
At present, there are only a few installers who think beyond 3D-BIM. That, however, is going to change in 2018; the first companies are already progressing towards 4D, 5D and even 6D-BIM. In the case of 4D-BIM, are talking about the visual representation of the construction schedule. This, for example, can be achieved using the Autodesk application Navisworks. However, 5D-BIM (cost calculation) and 6D-BIM (life cycle management) will offer much added value for larger projects. 5D-BIM and 3D-BIM adds two properties to 3D-BIM: costs and materials. In addition to the standard design parameters, details such as geometrics, aesthetics and thermal and acoustic properties are now incorporated in a project. This allows engineers to see how a decision affects the costs of a design in an early stage. 6D-BIM primarily focuses on the long term whereby data for maintenance and sustainability will be added at an early stage. Thanks to such improvements in the area of collaboration and data usage, installers will also maximize the return on their investment in BIM.

Renson Easyflex ventilation channel on MEPcontent!

The Easyflex ventilation channel from Renson is now available on MEPcontent! Download all Easyflex parts and fittings as Revit families and easily use them in your BIM projects to draw ventilation systems!

About Renson Easyflex system
The limited height of the Easyflex air duct ensures that the ducts can be easily integrated into the screed, in the concrete or in false walls / ceilings. The large section of the air duct ensures that high air flow rates can be transported at low air speeds, resulting in a quiet operation of the ventilation system.

Download the Easyflex Revit families here!

First ESBE article on MEPcontent!

The VTR thermostatic control unit for hot water circulation installations from ESBE is now available as Revit family on MEPcontent. Using only thermostatic components (non-electrical) the unit is completely independent and provides very easy installation, with connections and check valves included.

All ESBE products have three clear features in common: they use less energy, they enhance comfort and they improve safety; in systems for heating, cooling and tap water.

New Hisense air conditioning units

Heat pump outdoor and indoor units from Hisense are now available in the MEPcontent BIM library.

Hisense VRF HI-FLEXI series are designed to offer reliable operation and flexibility of installation and maintenance.

Hi-Smart series from Hisense are household multi-split air conditioning systems that offer flexibility and are easy to install.

Download your Hisense Revit families and AutoCAD files here for free!

Rolux exterior Wall System from Ubbink available on MEPcontent

A new generation of flue gas systems from Ubbink can now be downloaded for free from MEPcontent. Watch the video and see how easy it its to model the flue gas system in Revit.

Rolux exterior Wall System ensures a low recirculation of flue gases which minimalizes costs risks. Recirculation is a common issue with gas flue terminals where outgoing (wet) flue gasses get back into the system through the fresh air- intake. This can cause disoperation or even damage to the condensing boiler resulting in maintenance costs.

Due to its enhanced terminal top design, the Rolux system ensures a low circulation of flue gases, while still allowing sufficient air intake for optimal boiler performance.

Download Revit families for Rolux ducts and fittings for the Exterior Wall System 80-125 here and starting using them in your BIM project right away!
January 2018

Webinar Electrical Schematics for Revit on Tuesday Feb 13th - BIM Insights Session

February 13th is the next date that you should be saving in your calendar if you are a passionate MEP engineer or BIM specialist. During our half an hour webinar, starting at 15:00 PM, we will be discussing the topic: Electrical Schematics for Revit.

With a special offer for those who attend the webinar.

And it is more than just a topic, during this webinar a new app will be shown, the Stabiplan Electrical Schematics app.

The Stabiplan Electrical Schematics app will enable you to create a schematic for all your Revit systems. Simply choose the panel of your Revit system and a comprehensive schematic of it will be generated, containing information about the (sub) panels and all connected elements.

Benefits when using the app
• Quickly and effectively create schematics for your Revit electrical systems by choosing one or more panels
• The schematic will display detailed information for your (sub) panels and its connected elements
• Support for all Revit electrical systems
• The panel and its connected elements are mapped to the correct project levels
• Detailed information about the connected elements will be displayed, for example: family name, space name and space number

Save the date: Feb. 13th, 15:00-15:30 PM CET. Sign up for the webinar here.

Hisense joins MEPcontent

Every week the MEPcontent BIM library keeps growing! Today we are proud to announce that Hisense, another one of world’s largest manufacturers of climate systems, has joined MEPcontent.

The Hisense group is one of China’s largest airconditioning manufacturers providing a comprehensive product line-up including air cooled outdoor units and water cooled outdoor units, meeting different application conditions. Hisense also provides many types of indoor units with more than 100 models, amongst which you can choose the most suitable solution according to the practical situation and decoration style.

Heat pump outdoor units, ducted system and 4-Way Cassette are already available to be downloaded for free as Revit families. More BIM files for Hisense products to come soon!

Valves App for Revit extended with product lines from Hattersley

New Hattersley product lines for valves have been added to the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves App for Revit! The Valves App lets you easily find the valve you need based on technical properties, place it on pipes in your Revit project, while always working directly with localized and up-to-date manufacturer specific products. If you didn’t already do it, you can download a free trial of the App here.

The valves product lines available in the App contain numerous articles equipped with properties and dimensions that allow you to place the valves dimensionally stable in AutoCAD and Revit MEP.

Hattersley is a recognised leading manufacturer of valves that offers a full range of gate, globe and check valves in both iron and alloy materials, as well as ball and butterfly valves. These are often preferred for their weight and space saving. Hattersley also excels at providing a range of balancing solutions, for constant & variable flow systems.

Along with Hattersley, the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves contains product line information from manufacturers: Oventrop, Belimo, Econosto, TA, Victaulic and Watts Industries and the number will grow in the future.

Start saving time and download a free trial of the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves now!

LOD, lod or loi in BIM? This is how you deal with them

These terms are frequently encountered in BIM projects: level of development, level of detail and level of information. The terms have not been laid down in an act or standard, but have been devised as a means to help communication within a BIM project run more smoothly. In practice, however, it seems that the terms do, in fact, cause some confusion. To avoid any misunderstandings on the agreements that are made at the level of detail in the beginning phase of the project, it is important to understand what exactly the three terms mean.

Level of development [LOD]

The level of development comprises both the graphic representation of the family as well as the level of the information that is linked to the family. Level of development is often abbreviated to LOD and is often referred to in BIM-related documents such as the BIM protocol. The level of development is the most general term of the three and less useful for detailed agreements.

Level of detail [lod]

When we speak of the level of detail, we are only referring to the graphic representation of the family. A family with a low level of detail has, for example, a simple geometric shape such as a cube or a cylinder and will not contain any specified equipment. Unlike the level of development, the level of detail says nothing about the information that is linked to the family.

Level of information [loi]

Information plays a crucial role in an BIM project. The level of information is used to indicate the level of the information that is linked to the family. A family with an extremely high level of information comprises, for example, manufacturer-specific data sheets and a maintenance instruction.

Taking a LEAN approach to LOD

The three terms LOD, lod and loi are aids for making good agreements with the other parties in the project. Thinking beyond the level of development avoids data (graphic or informative) being added to the model that will not be used. For example, in a project that requires LOD500 (in relation to maintenance), it is quite conceivable to propose modeling the level of detail at a lower level than the level of information. It is important to describe in the BIM protocol what exactly falls under the various loi, lod and LOD levels. This makes it clear which information is really important, what is expected of each other and the collaboration can really begin.

BIM App for designing and placing Valves in Revit

Today, we add another app for MEP engineers, the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves. A great stand-alone app for Revit which can also be combined with the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Piping. Easily filter on manufacturer, diameter, valve category, or technical properties. Select and place valves in your Revit project and work directly with localized and up-to-date manufacturer specific products.

The MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves app will give you access to valve series from 6 leading manufacturers (Belimo, Econosto, Oventrop, TA, Victaulic and Watts Industries) and this number will increase in the future. Select valves based on pressure stage and have fittings and flanges added automatically. Content is optimized and localized by region including article number, GTIN, manufacturer data and category. Use the diameter from the pipes you use in your model and see what valves are available to fit with your piping system.

Why would you as a busy draftsmen, MEP engineer, designer or modeler care?

The app can save you a lot of time compared to other sophisticated modelling software. You only have to use the clear app interface to select and place valves in your Revit project without a dozen of buttons and options to choose from. The app can be combined with other MEPcontent apps such as the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Piping, as well as Stabiplan's Export and Import Excel app.

How does it work?

Start drawing pipes from your favorite manufacturers like Georg Fischer, SANHA or Pegler Yorkshire. Add valves with this new app from the above mentioned six valve manufacturers. Export your project data from Revit into Excel, adjust the data, share it with purchasers or management (who perhaps do not have Revit) and import it back into Revit. A true time saving process!

In the free version of the Product Line Placer, you can select Oventrop valves. Both balancing valves and ball valves from Hydrocontrol and Optibal are made available in this version. The MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves can be downloaded and tried for free on You can also watch a short video on the store to see how the app works. If you want to gain access to the product lines and series from the other brands, upgrade the app to get the full version (for €25 / month or equivalent in £ or $) and switch between product lines to get more manufacturer specific content.

Read more here about the extra product lines and series made available in the full app.

Downloading this app only takes two minutes. Please sign in with your MEPcontent credentials or register for free to start downloading and using this app for Revit.

Start saving time by using the functionalities of the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves app now!

Vaillant AuroTHERM solar panels free to download

Vaillant AuroTHERM families are now available on MEPcontent!

Flat thermal solar panels for solar energy systems under pressure can be downloaded in Revit and IFC formats and are ready to be used in all your BIM projects!

The AuroTHERM families are designed to guarantee installation flexibility and high efficiency. These solar panels can be installed in virtually any setup, making them extremely reliable. They can optionally be connected horizontally or vertically and offer the possibility of being placed in or on a pitched roof and are also suitable for flat roofs.

Additionally, they are resistant to snow and do not suffer from dust or bad weather.

Join the pilot user group and get first hand free access to 4 new MEP apps and functionalities

Dear MEP engineer, BIM specialist or installation designer,

We would like to invite you to join our exclusive pilot user group and be the first to try out one of the 4 new MEP apps and functionalities for Revit and AutoCAD, planned to be launched in the upcoming weeks. This will give you first hand access to one (or more) powerful BIM tools developed by our team of experienced professionals in the MEP sector.

Your role as pilot user is crucial in the development process. Your input helps us to deliver a solution usable in practice to make sure you save time and become more efficient while using the app(s).

The new apps and functionalities amongst which you can choose are:
- MEPcontent Ostendorf Product Line Placer for Sanitary Systems
- MEPcontent Mitsubishi Electric System Designer
- Stabiplan Electrical Schematics
- Stabiplan Openings for MEP

Join the pilot user group here and get first hand free access to these new MEP apps! And read more about the apps specific details here.

Kind Regards,
The MEPcontent apps team