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July 2018
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Design POLOPLAST above-ground sanitary systems in Revit

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

Optimizer included


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

Free Manufacturer App


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

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

What is the difference between Revit and AutoCAD?



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

What is the difference between Revit and Revit MEP?



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

Why do MEP engineers work with Revit?



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

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

Welcome, Attema!


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

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

Junction boxes for different uses


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

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

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

About Attema


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

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

The following articles are currently available:

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

Recently launched (available since 29th of June 2018)

  • Henco Vision
  • Henco Super Sizes

Advantages of the Henco app

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

Download the app for free from the MEPcontent store

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

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

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

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


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

6 improved Revit functionalities in one Productivity Tools ribbon


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

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

Features of the Productivity Tools in Revit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

But it doesn’t have to be that hard.

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

6 key Revit functionalities

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

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

What can you do with them?

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

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

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

Let’s talk about it

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

Less work in Revit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLS for Henrad Radiators: 4099 articles

PLS for Stelrad Radiators: 6205 articles

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

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

How do I use a PLS?


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

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

3+ localizations for Saunier Duval heat pumps



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

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



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

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



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

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

High performance, low noise


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

Vaillant heat pumps also extended with IFC files



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Revit families for IVAR modular manifolds


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

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

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

For Stabicad users: Product Line Sheets for IVAR press fittings


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

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

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


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

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


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

What about failure costs?


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

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


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

MEP Openings in BIM


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

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

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

So, what can you do about it?


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

The plugin works in a few easy steps:

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

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

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

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

Keeping up with BIM is essential


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

Work with different frames and colors for ABB switch ranges


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

Reduced file size for your projects


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

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

What is the ABB Switch Range Configurator?


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Italy
Italy has seen a very significant growth in 2018. Italian manufacturers are using BIM to their advantage, having started the implementation in their companies quite recently. Read here more about how both Italian manufacturers and engineers are benefiting from the latest BIM solutions available on the market.

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

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

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

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