September 2018

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 And once created, why does the content seem to become instantly outdated or obsolete?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).

Most popular types of valves and how to use them as Revit families

Valves are devices that control the flow of fluids (liquids, gases, vapors and more) by stopping, adjusting or allowing the passage of the fluid through its container. There are many types of valves available on the market and choosing which one to use in a Revit project can be demanding. As an MEP engineer you have to take into account several technical properties of the valve, as well as the manufacturer that provides it, and combine these criteria with the preferences of the other project stakeholders.

After going through this article, you will have a complete set of correct arguments and useful knowledge to support your decisions regarding the valves you want to use in your Revit projects.

Manually vs. mechanically operated valves

Manually operated valves feature a handle that can be switched to an "on" or "off" position or rotated. Mechanically operated valves are controlled by an actuator attached to them. An actuator is needed for instance in the case when the valve is too large to be operated manually because of its dimensions. You will also need an actuator to control the valve automatically or remotely, such as in washing machine cycles or a centralized control room. Valves controlled by actuators are usually referred to as motorized valves. If you want to use these in your projects, you can download motorized valve Revit families from the MEP content library.

There are also several kinds of actuators to choose from. For example, electric motors and solenoids fall into the category of electromechanical actuators. Pneumatic actuators are controlled by air pressure and hydraulic actuators are controlled by the pressure of a liquid. View here the library of solenoid valve Revit files and electromechanical actuators.

There is generally not much debate about when you should choose an actuator-controlled valve or a manual one. Actuators are designed to provide comfort, safety and convenience by automating certain tasks and taking into account a number of factors before sending a command. In all other cases, a manual valve will be enough. Unless you have a huge number of valves in a building for which automation is a necessity.

Different types of valves

There is however some confusion when it comes to valve types and the best option for certain situations. Let's take a closer look at the most popular types of valves out there and their best usage.

Gate valve

The closing element of this type of valve is a metal gate. When the valve is set to the "off" position, the gate is fully lowered allowing no fluid to pass through. When the valve is "on", the gate retracts into the body of the valve. This ensures no or a negligible flow loss across the valve.

Best usage: When the valve is meant to be kept either fully open or fully closed. Keeping a gate valve partially open poses a serious risk of erosion of the gate. The vibrations resulted from the interaction of the fluid with the partially open gate also represent a damage factor.

Globe valve

The fluid flow inside a globe valve follows an S-shaped trajectory. This means that in a fully open position the fluid has to change direction twice inside the valve. This results in a significant drop in pressure. Therefore, globe valves are not typically used when the flow in the pipe needs to be able to reach maximum capacity.

Best usage: In throttling situations or when frequent operation is foreseen. Globe valves are available in tee, wye and angle patterns and are many times used for cooling water systems.

Best not to use: When dealing with large fluid pressures because globe valves require enormous amounts of force when opening and closing the valve.

Ball valves

Ball valves are designed to control, stop or allow the flow of fluids through the pipes by means of a sphere contained inside. When the valve is closed, the ball completely obstructs the passage of the fluid. When the valve is in the on position, the ball does a quarter turn (90 degrees) and the fluid is allowed through a cavity inside the ball. These types of valves are in general more durable and easier to use than globe or gate valves and have a low pressure drop. They are known for their perfect sealing capacity, allowing no leakage when in an "off" position.

Best usage: When a tight shutoff is required such as in the case of gas pipes when a potential leakage could be harmful. They also deliver best performance when they are kept either in an on or off position and are easily maneuverable.

Best not to use: Ball valves are not the best option to use in throttling situations because the seats are prone to damage when exposed to constant wear. Also, as they close, ball valves retain some of the fluid within the inside of the sphere. This can cause the valve to break in case of freeze. Some insulation parts around the valve can resolve this issue when the valve is used in places with low temperatures. You can apply this knowledge by downloading ball valve Revit families for free here and placing them in your piping system.

Balancing valves

Automatic balancing valves have the purpose of restoring the correct hydraulic levels in heating and cooling systems. Often these kinds of systems have differential pressure changes caused by different valves being opened and closed based on the demand for heat or cold air. Balancing valves will control the functioning of the system by restoring the values that were determined in the design phase.

Best usage: In heating and cooling systems in order to ensure the correct functioning of the system and to avoid important pressure changes. A balancing valve will ensure an even heat distribution which reduces noise and unnecessary energy consumption.

Butterfly valve

Butterfly valves are amongst the most popular types of valves. They control the flow of a fluid by means of a rotating disc. Even though they are in certain ways similar to ball valves, butterfly valves are typically easier to install because of their reduced weight. They are also more precise and can close faster and easier, especially when controlled automatically.

Best usage: In industrial settings when a very precise operation of the valve is required. Moreover, butterfly valves do not require such a solid support structure as ball valves thanks to their reduced dimensions.

Best not to use: When pressure drops could be an issue to the functioning of the piping system. Even when fully opened, the disc of the butterfly valve is in the way of the flow of the fluid, which causes a pressure drop.

Check valve

Also known as non-return valves, check valves allow fluid to go in one direction but prevents it from going the other way. When the high pressure reaches a certain preset limit, the valve will fully open, allowing clear passage of the fluid, and it will close when it detects fluid coming from the other direction. Check valves are usually not operated manually, as they function automatically based on how they are manufactured and configured. They can however feature a stop-check which allows the operator to stop the flow in one or both directions. Revit check valve families are available for download here.

Best usage: Check valves are many times used in combination with pumps. In case the pump fails, the check valve will mimic its function, preventing the whole system from malfunctioning. Another common use of check valves is in the household application. Sprinkler systems can benefit from featuring a check valve because it will prevent drainage when the system is shut off. In water systems, a check valve will prevent contaminated water from coming back into the main water supply.

Best not to use: A correct value has to be assigned for the cracking pressure which means the minimum pressure at which the valve will start functioning. If the value is not correctly estimated before installation and the real pressure is lower than expected, the valve will keep partially open, which will cause erosion of the parts. Also, check valves need to be installed at a fair distance from other fittings because this can cause them to function poorly or even block.

Control valve

Control valves are often controlled by actuators and they are used to regulate variables such as pressure, level, flow or temperature based on a number of factors. A 3-way control valve features 3 pipe connections which enables it to mix water from 2 pipes, to stop one entrance and open another or to split the flow coming from one pipe into 2 different pipes.

Best usage: Control valves are mostly used in industrial settings. Different parts of the system will send signals that will be picked up by sensors and transformed in commands for the valve. Here you can find 3-way control valves Revit families ready for download.

How to work with valves in Revit

First, you need to have valve Revit families that you can place on your piping systems. Start by downloading this Valves Revit plugin which will allow you to filter and search for the correct and most suited valve content you need. You can choose amongst several international manufacturers to make sure your content includes product information and is easy to order directly from the material list. You can also filter on different technical properties such as diameter, pressure stage or temperature range.

Once you find your perfect valve, select it and chose the pipe where you want to place it. The right fittings will be added to your system automatically without you having to set up every fitting for every valve you place. Watch this video to see the Valves Revit plugin in action.

Hope this article helped you and if you have any questions or are usually working with other types of valves and you want some more insight into those, drop us a line here.

You Could Connect Elements in Revit 6x Faster than You Are Currently Doing It

The old way of connecting families in Revit

Revit provides a few useful tools that enable you to automatically connect elements by means of fittings when designing piping systems. Here are just a few:

  1. With the “Add Vertical” tool you are able to connect pipes using the current slope value.
  2. If you want to disregard the slope value, you can use the “Change Slope” tool.
  3. The “Automatically connect” placement tool lets you automatically connect to the snaps on a component when starting or ending a duct segment. This option is useful for connecting segments at different elevations.

What if your elements were previously designed or imported?

However, you sometimes have to connect elements that are already drawn. In order to do this, you have to create separate section views, carefully align and drag the connectors of your elements to the positions where they need to connect, and only after performing all of these preparing activities can you hit “Connect”. Sometimes, Revit even adds unwanted elements to your system that you have to later remove.

What can you do about this?

You can use a smart Revit plugin that lets you connect elements by simply selecting their corresponding connectors. Like this, you will avoid switching between section views to correctly align the pipes. The plugin will do this for you. Watch this video to see the difference between the design flows in Revit vs the Revit plugin.

Read further: Rotate Revit Families the Easy Way

Away with Gas, Welcome Heat Pumps. Which one is the Best?

One subject that cannot be ignored these days is the debate concerning the shift from traditional fuel-based heating solutions to alternative and more environmentally safe methods such as boilers and heat pumps. This discussion fits in the larger context of the global concern to reduce energy consumption and utilize forms of renewable energy. As such, the Paris Agreement stands proof for the collective initiative undertaken by a lot of nations to set things in motion and essentially do everything in their power to prevent the global temperatures this century from rising with more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. In the Netherlands for instance, this translates to a 95% reduction of CO2 by the year 2050. Quite an ambitious target.

What is your role as an MEP engineer or contractor in this?

As an MEP professional, you situate yourself at the foundation of this discussion and, together with other stakeholders such as project owners and architects, you represent the steering wheel that has the power to influence the project one way or the other.

When deciding about the energy source to be used for space heating and hot water systems, you usually have to take into account a number of factors such as the efficiency of the source, the environmental friendliness of the fuel, the installation and maintenance costs and the overall comfort they provide. How do you fill in your checklist? Read on and you’ll get the information you need to take a responsible decision.


COP - Coefficient of Performance

A genuine indicator of efficiency is the coefficient of performance (COP) that represents the ratio between the amount of heat or cooling produced and the amount of energy and resources required to generate that result. In the case of a gas heating system, every 1kW of gas energy burnt will result in 0.85kW of heat, which represents a COP of 0.85.

Heat pumps are essentially different since they don’t use only one resource or fuel as input. Heat pumps use electricity to transfer energy from heat sources recovered from the outdoor environment. So for every 1kW of electricity put in, the heat pump will produce up to 4kW of heat, which means a COP of 4. When calculating the COP, bear in mind that it is dependent on several conditions such as the size of the building, the insulation and temperature variations. In the case of lower outside temperatures, a heat pump will output less heat due to the fact that it simply takes less heat from outside.

Running costs

It is common amongst home and large project owners to think that the initial investment in a heat pump is not justified since it can be more expensive than a gas-fueled system. While this can be true in some cases (see “Installation and maintenance costs” section below), one needs to look at the long-term costs in order to correctly appreciate the efficiency of a heat pump. When taking into account the number of months and the average amount of hours per day that the heat pump is working, we will see that using heat pumps is indeed much cheaper on long-term than traditional gas heating systems. Use this handy running costs calculator to check your specific situation.

Installation and maintenance costs

2 in 1 system

Unlike a traditional heating method such as a gas furnace, a heat pump doesn’t have to generate heat itself. Instead, it uses electricity to transfer heat that already exists from one area to another. Heat pumps perform a double job: in summer they keep the temperatures cooler inside and in winter they deliver more heat. For homeowners, this means that they don’t have to install two systems – a furnace and an air conditioner – because a heat pump will do the job of both. Consequently, the costs of installation, maintenance, repair or replacing are reduced to nearly half. With regard to maintenance the following. Most units consist of two parts. For a heat pump based on external air input the outdoor unit will be more difficult to maintain than an indoor unit.


For a heat pump investment is needed compared to a mainstream central heating solution.
You can think of connecting the gas pipes from the control cabinet and an exhaust gas hose for the boiler. In the long run these will have to deliver a certain payback and return on investment based on the estimated consumption and potential savings.



Traditional fuel based heating systems can pose serious dangers for several reasons. First, they display hot surfaces or flames within the easy reach for children or adults which can result in domestic injuries. Second, they pose the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning which can result in death. Heat pumps eliminate these risks and make for safer and more environmentally friendly heating methods.

Extended features

Heat pumps also present a number of modern advantages such as dehumidifying, air filtration, the even distribution of warm air around the house, remote wi-fi control, hour scheduling and temperature control, features that add value to the overall customer experience.

What is your responsibility?

Now is your time to act. You have the possibility to majorly contribute to the reduction of pollution around the world while delivering better, more sustainable and more convenient methods of heating. Take a look at the MEPcontent library of Revit families and AutoCAD files for heat pumps and download the ones you will use in your projects. Which one is the best? That is up to you to decide, depending on the project demands and your preferences. You can choose manufacturer specific content from Mitsubishi Electric, Nibe, Hisense, Fujitsu, Saunier Duval, Buderus, Viessmann and several other manufacturers. View the library now and select your favourite!
July 2018

Rotating Elements in Revit just Got a Lot Easier

Revit is a tremendous platform that enables the collaboration between different parts involved in a BIM project. However, when it comes to really specific tasks, such as rotating MEP families in free space or around another family, Revit will propose quite tricky solutions. If you have ever attempted to rotate objects in Revit, you know what I am describing.

Multiple rotation possibilities at your disposal

Speed and accuracy can be decisive factors when it comes to the overall quality of an MEP project. Delivering in time is essential, that is why MEP engineers need to benefit from the help of specialized tools to aid them in their work.

In this case, we are talking about a Revit plugin that enables the modeler to rotate families in free space around any axis (X, Y, Z), or around another 3D object with any amount of degrees.

Rotating single or multiple elements (like fittings, pipes and ducts) connected to a system is possible by specifying the desired direction and angle. Opposed to the plain functionality offered by Revit, the connectivity won’t be lost.

You can rotate single Revit families, multiple elements connected to each other, assemblies or groups around X, Y, and Z axis in any view, including 3D views. View here the Revit plugin that will allow you to do all of this.

Read further: How to Connect & Copy Revit families.

Sabiana Fan Coil Units: Acoustic Comfort & Energy Reduction

Sabiana SkyStar

The SkyStar ECM series uses an innovative brushless electric motor controlled by an inverter card that varies the air flow continuously by means of a 1-10 V signal generated by Sabiana controls (version SK-ECM-IR) or by independent contollers (version SK-ECM). The extreme efficiency, also at a low speed, makes possible a great reduction in electric consumption (more than 75% less in comparison to a traditional motor) with absorption values, under normal operating conditions, that are no greater than 10 Watt in the entire range.

Sabiana Carisma

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.

Sabiana is BIM ready

Publishing Revit families and CAD files on MEPcontent has been 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.

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.

These 4 Apps will boost your productivity in Revit

Revit is the go-to platform for designing and collaborating with construction partners in BIM projects. But when it comes to specific or complex tasks, the platform has its limitations. Reconnecting specific system parts with native Revit functionality, can be quite time-consuming for example. This is why additional plugins or add-ins come in handy. Below, we have selected four MEP Plugins for Revit that will help you realize your Revit projects faster:

1. Design MEP systems up to 60% faster

Whether you want to connect a fitting to a pipe, rotate entire systems in 3D without leaving your view, or reconnect a saddle to a pipe, you can now save considerable time in Revit. The new Productivity Tools App for Revit features 6 useful functionalities in one ribbon that will help you design your MEP systems up to 60% faster. Here you can check out what these functionalities are and see how they can be used in your project.

2. Create openings in Revit for MEP elements

Generate openings with increased accuracy on places where MEP elements clash with structural elements. You can for example quickly create holes in walls, floors or ceilings where ducts or pipes intersect. The Openings for MEP App allows you to very easily communicate with the structural engineer about these openings. Create opening requests, send them to the structural engineer for approval and update your model with the response file you get back. Check out how you can use this App to optimize your workflow.

3. Generate electrical schematics automatically

If you’re an electrical engineer, you may have run into the fact that you cannot easily create schematics for electrical systems in Revit. The recently updated Electrical Schematics App however, allows you to do exactly this. You just need to select the available main panel(s) in your project, and the schematic will be created automatically. You can choose to generate either a system structure schematic or a block schematic. This way, you’ll have a clear overview of your electrical system. Watch the video to see how the App works.

4. Edit your data quickly in Excel

Revit’s great for modelling systems, Excel is great for updating and sharing data. By combining the best of both, you can save time a lot of time on updating information in your Revit project. The Export and Import Excel App allows you to export data from your Revit model to Excel, where you can update or add data to multiple elements at once, and import the data back into your model. This enables you to easily add manufacturer or calculation data to your model. The app has recently been updated, so now there’s even more information that can be exported from Revit. Learn more about this Revit App.

Start saving time

The Apps listed above will provide you with smart workflows and a better and faster design experience in Revit. And the good news is: you can easily download them from the MEPcontent store and try them for free. So if you want to experience one of the Apps yourself before reaching out to your creditcard, visit and download your free trial. Use the summer with our Apps to complete your Revit projects in no time.

Update: Add height annotations to your MEP openings

Place height annotations for each opening in your project

The Stabiplan Openings for MEP App for Revit has been updated with a much-requested functionality: automatically adding height annotations for all openings in your Revit project. This allows all project stakeholders to easily see the heights for all your openings within the project.

How it works
Once you have placed the openings in your model, you can also place a height annotation for each opening. You can select the openings from the Current view, define a New selection or use the Current selection. Next, you can specify if the height must be measured up to the Bottom, Center or Top of the opening. You can also choose if the annotation must be based on a Level or the Project Elevation in your project. The level can be selected from the drop-down menu which contains all levels within your project. It is also possible to use the predefined options: Level below opening or Level above the opening. The project elevation is based on the Project Base Point in your Revit project.

Extra functionalities
Besides this there are three other new functionalities included in this version. Firstly you can import predefined View Templates for a better control of the openings. Secondly it is possible to create a schedule with all the information about your openings. The last functionality is the Shared Parameter file which opens the location of the Shared Parameter file from the Stabiplan Openings for MEP app. The parameters of this file can be used in View Templates, Schedules or Tags.

Watch the video to see these new functionalities working for yourself.

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Extensive update for ABB Detectors

Now available for download as Revit families: ABB Busch-Watchdog detectors. These high-quality detection systems guarantee uninterrupted surveillance in all areas.

Motion detectors (MasterLINE, ProfessionalLINE, BasicLINE)

Electronic motion detectors for detecting e.g. persons or cars by thermal motion.

Occupancy detectors (Presence tech BasicLINE / DualLINE)

For switching lighting systems that depend on brightness and movement. Circular detection range from 6m up to 24m in diameter.

Ceiling/corner adapter for MasterLINE series

Used to increase the inclination of the Busch-Watchdog 220/280. It is mounted at the corner of the house, on the wall or under the ceiling. For flush or surface wiring.

Junction boxes and protective basket

For surface mounting and increase of the protection type.

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How to Win with BIM: What We Learned from This Year's World Cup

There are a few things every BIM modeler from around the world can learn from this year’s World Cup:

1. Don’t forget your training

Without training a team doesn't get far in the World Cup. This became clear during the game between England and Colombia, where the English had clearly practiced their penalties and won gloriously. Participating in training will make a huge difference in BIM projects as well. Look for appropriate BIM or CAD training to make sure you are winning with BIM!

2. Designate a captain

Soccer teams have a captain, BIM project teams have a coordinator. Just like a captain, the BIM coordinator or manager gives guidance and leads the team to success. Make sure that there’s someone on your team who keeps an overview and ensures that the communication within the project runs smoothly.

3. Adapt to the phase

Different phases of the game require different ways of playing and working together. Your team needs to adapt, and different team members need to take the lead in different situations. A BIM project also has different phases that require different information and ways of working.

There are 8 more lessons from football that can be applied to BIM. Find out which ones and check out the full article on Constructible.

ABB Solar Inverters for commercial, utility and residential applications

Design at a high level of detail

You can now add ABB solar inverters to your ABB collection of Revit families and AutoCAD and .IFC files. Download now the new string inverters recently published on MEPcontent and use them to design your installations at a high level of detail!

UNO-DM-PLUS - Single phase string inverter

The new UNO-DM-PLUS single-phase inverter family, with power ratings from 1.2 to 5.0 kW, is the optimal solution for residential installations. The presence of Plug and Play connectors, both on the DC and AC side, as well as the wireless communication, enable a simple, fast and safe installation without the need of opening the front cover of the inverter. The featured easy commissioning routine removes the need for a long configuration process, resulting in lower installation time and costs.

TRIO-20.0/27.6 - Three-phase string inverter

The TRIO 20.0/27.6 commercial inverter offers more flexibility and control to installers who have large installations with varying aspects or orientations. The dual input section containing two independent Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), allows optimal energy harvesting from two sub-arrays oriented in different directions.

TRIO-50.0 - Three-phase string inverter

The TRIO-50.0/60.0 inverter is ABB’s three-phase string solution for cost-efficient large decentralized photovoltaic systems for both commercial and utility applications. The TRIO-50.0/60.0 inverter has been designed with the objective to maximize the ROI in large systems with all the advantages of a decentralized configuration for both rooftop and ground-mounted installations. Modular design TRIO-50.0/60.0 has a landscape modular design to guarantee maximum flexibility.

REACT - PV + Storage, Residential application

REACT stores and allows to make the most of the energy produced by a residential photovoltaic system. The single phase grid-connected inverter is equipped with a built-in 2 kWh battery that allows storage of unused energy generated during the day for later use. REACT also features two independent MPPT inputs.

ABB TwinLine N 44 Cabinet System

The ABB content library continues to grow. You can now download Revit families, AutoCAD files and .IFC files for the ABB TwinLine N 44 cabinet system. You can then use this ABB distribution panel in your projects right away!

ABB TwinLine N 44 cabinet system

The TwinLine N 44 cabinet system marks the entry into the world of the TwinLine cabinet range. Optimized for flexible use as an energy distribution up to protection class IP44 as well as in double insulated or earthed versions available. The cabinets are prepared for the internal configuration with CombiLine N modules assembled on EDF mounting frame. TwinLine N 44 is available as a floor-standing cabinet in up to 5 panel widths

Why you should download the TwinLine N 44 cabinet system right away

  • Innovative flange technology with tool-free installation and more usable area for cable entry
  • Optimal accessibility and ease of installation
  • Time-saving plinth assembly and safe transport

Magnetic dirt separator, equimeter metering module and manifolds from IVAR

Magnetic dirt separator

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

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

Equimeter metering module

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

Brass-Rod manifolds

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

PLS updates

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

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

A MEPcontent subscription for Stabicad is required for working with the PLS. Read more about the MEPcontent subscription.

What can we learn from the Dutch when it comes to BIM?

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

How do you think the Netherlands compares to other countries?

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

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

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

Read the full interview on the Constructible platform.