November 2018

The CAD Revolution In Construction

From pencil and paper to 3D, 4D, or even 5D BIM— there is no question that things are changing rapidly in the construction industry. CAD is transforming the way we all work and will continue to do so in the future.

Computer technology has offered many advantages when it comes to managing processes and increasing efficiency and productivity to both design and manufacturing industries. A lot of time that was previously spent on lengthy design and correction processes by hand, has been saved by the introduction of Computer Aided Design.

The next step after 3D systems is BIM (Building Information Modelling), which is attracting a lot of attention in recent years. However, the concept of BIM dates 30 years back and nowadays we can already talk about 3D, 4D, 5D and 6D BIM. What is the history of BIM and what does the future hold when it comes to CAD?

This article continues on Constructible >>>

Product Line Sheets Solid Air on MEPcontent renewed!

10325 new and renewed Solid Air articles can be used from today by MEPcontent subscribers in Stabicad for Revit and Stabicad for AutoCAD. The PLS contains articles including properties and dimensions to make it possible to place and order the articles dimensionally stable.

In addition, Solid Air has added a large part of its perforated and swirl diffusers to the Revit .rfa range on MEPcontent.

Solid Air ceiling diffusers
Solid Air Climate Solutions offers you a wide range of ceiling diffusers. Ceiling diffusers are ideal for creating comfort zones due to the possibility to lock in larger airflows and thus remove high thermal loads. All Solid Air ceiling diffusers meet the highest demands in terms of comfort. Solid Air diffusers are suitable for both fixed and suspended ceiling installation.

Missing items?
If you miss certain items and would like to work with these items? We are happy to help! Please contact the MEPcontent team or your contact at Solid Air, or directly with the Solid Air BIM department.

How Long Before Robots Build Everything?

20 years ago, when humans talked about robots, it was still the reign of imagination. Back then, we could barely envision a world where robots could effectively accomplish tasks that were previously the exclusive domain of humans.

Today, we see robotics making headway through technologies such as exoskeletons, 3D printing, modularization and robotics, AI and analytics, digital twin technology, and supply chain optimization.

These allow managers to increase efficiencies, safety and speed through automation.

The article continues on the Constructible platform >>>

The most frightening traps when working with BIM content

When dealing with BIM content, there are two most important things that come above everything else. Making the correct choice about what content to use based on technical, maintenance and cost information and making sure the content you download is reliable and contains correct information. Here are 6 ways to make sure you chose the best content for your projects and here you can read more about what criteria guarantees the quality of your content.

We identified a couple of traps that can potentially be threatening to the correct use of BIM content in projects. And we also came up with a solution to completely eliminate these.

1. Files downloaded and stored locally

It goes without saying that downloading files on your computer and only using them after a few weeks, when you need them for a project, is not the perfect approach to working with BIM content.

The information contained in the files is in danger of getting depreciated since the content is no longer in synchronization with the platform, where any product changes are immediately made available.

2. Forgotten bookmarks

Bookmarks are actually great ways to store sources that you want to revisit when in need for specific content. But ask yourself if your bookmark structure is organized well enough that you can quickly find a page you saved a few months ago.

And even if you are a guru of organisation (kudos to you for that), bookmarks don’t have the ability to friendly remind you: “Hey, here’s a page that you really need right now, but you totally forgot about.” Unless you don’t manually open the bookmarks menu, the links stored there are forever lost.

3. Skimmed newsletter content updates

Every week you can be sure that at least two or three content highlights of the week from different manufacturers can be found in your inbox, in the MEPcontent newsletter.

But maybe you are reading the email in your lunch break, or in the evening, and you don’t really need the content at that specific moment. By the time you switch to reading the next email, the updates are out of sight, out of mind, and you may never remember that you really wanted to use that heat pump you read about in the newsletter.

One size fits all: this time for real

Instead of downloading the files locally, or simply storing web sources in your bookmarks or your memory, you can make use of a great functionality that will save you all of this trouble. Right next to the “Download” button on the content pages, there is a “Add to download list” button.

Collect all of the items that you think you might use one day in a virtual folder and only download them when you are working on your project. Being stored on the platform, you are sure they always stay up-to-date and ready to be used.

Try the download list functionality straight away to optimize your workflow!

And don’t forget to bookmark the page with your download list in MEPcontent

MXZ Inverter heat pumps from Mitsubishi Electric

The Mitsubishi Electric BIM library on MEPcontent has just been updated with several items for MXZ heat pumps. Download them here as Revit families or .IFC files!

They are also available in the Mitsubishi Electric System Designer App. This means that you can place them even faster, directly from within your project environment. The App is free to download and use from the App store and it encompasses a wide range of Mitsubishi Electric items.

MXZ Inverter heat pumps available in R32 & R410A

The MXZ Heating & Cooling INVERTER residential systems offer high-efficiency heating and cooling for a variety of rooms, including bedrooms, basements, sun rooms and more. A variety of indoor units provide zone comfort control while the INVERTER-driven compressor and electronic controls in the outdoor units provide closer control and higher efficiency with minimal power usage.

INVERTER technology

The INVERTER-driven technology results in substantial energy and utility savings for homeowners. Zone control is provided for improved comfort and decreased energy usage.

Wide Choice of Indoors

The homeowner has an even wider range of indoor unit types with a selection of almost 30 different sizes/ types including Hi Wall, Low Level Floor mounted, Concealed ducted, Ceiling suspended and of course a wide range of Ceiling Cassettes. Due to easily accessible filters, simple wiring between the indoor and outdoor units a minimal level of maintenance is needed. Stylish LN Series of Hi Wall units in R32 Refrigerant with features like Built-in Wi-Fi, 3D i-see sensor technology, Dual vane airflow control finished in a range of deep, rich colours with a Premium quality feel. The AP range offered in R32 refrigerant has a stylish design with Built-in Wi-Fi and low noise level of 19dBA. R32 is a high-efficiency refrigerant and has a low GWP of 675.

A smarter space for your installation ideas – MISTRAL series

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

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

Valves, seperators and air vents from Caleffi

197 new articles from Caleffi can now be imported in Stabicad with the function ‘Import Product Lines’. The PLS contains articles that include properties and dimensions which makes them suitable to be placed dimensionally stable in AutoCAD and Revit MEP.


Caleffi is the leading Italian manufacturer of high-quality components for heating, cooling and plumbing systems and a supplier of high-performance hydronic solutions. They offer a wide range of valves for several uses including mixing valves, safety relief valves, fuel shut-off valves, temperature relief valves, differential by-pass valves and much more.

Air vents

Automatic air vents are designed to remove the air that accumulates in heating and cooling systems without the need for manual intervention. This prevents harmful air that may compromise the life and the performance of the system which includes:
  • corrosion due to the oxygen
  • pockets of air trapped in the heating emitters
  • cavitation in the circulation pumps
  • noise from air passing through the pipes

The accumulation of air bubbles in the air vent body causes the float to drop and thus the vent valve to open. The air vent functions correctly, as long as the water pressure remains below the maximum discharge pressure.

Air separators

Caleffi air separators use a coalescing element that consists of an element of concentric diamond pattern mesh surfaces. This element creates the whirling movement required to facilitate the release of micro-bubbles and their adhesion to these surfaces. The bubbles, fusing with each other, increase in volume until the bouyancy force overcomes the adhesion force to the surface. They rise to the top of the unit from where they are released through a float-operated automatic air release valve.

View the Caleffi PLS now!

AIRSTAGE™ Conditioning Systems from Fujitsu

Indoor and outdoor units from international manufacturer Fujitsu can be downloaded from MEPcontent as Revit families, CAD files or .IFC files. Here you can find the entire Fujitsu BIM object library on MEPcontent.

Heat pumps outdoor units

Due to the inverter technology and refrigerant control technology, the EER/COP has been significantly improved. The outdoor size of the units has been reduced by optimizing of equipment. This allows for a reduction in the required installation area floor space. Installation flexibility is firther ensured due to the total pipe length of 1,000m and 150m actual pipe length. From small to large buildings, any application can be supported.

Cassette type and mini Duct type indoor units

The AIRSTAGE™ indoor units were developed to be highly efficient, compact, low noise, and to have user friendly operation. The design makes that they go well with the interior decoration and are easy to install and maintain.

Download Fujitsu content here!

The Quest for BIM Objects: 6 Proven Methods to Choose the Best Content

It can be challenging to make a decision about what BIM content to use in a project. As the MEP engineer you might sometimes be pulled in several directions by the project owner, the architect and other parties taking part in the project.

There are actually two ways to approach this decision:

  1. Make your decision based on previous experience with manufacturer items and input from stakeholders -> search for content on trusted platforms -> download and place files

  2. Regularly review the content published on trusted platforms -> research product specific information and reviews from peers -> make your decision based on your knowledge and project specifications -> download and place files

As you can see, you can either base your decision on previous experience or on newly acquired knowledge. The construction industry is changing fast, just like all industries out there, and it is essential that you stay up to date with the latest developments in order to provide the best solutions for your design, no matter if you have tried it before or not.

Admittedly, the second path requires a bit more effort than the first. Instead of relying on what you already know, you have to do research, tests and comparisons, and all of it for what?

Well, in some cases, the extra knowledge can prove invaluable. For instance, instead of choosing a traditional fuel-based energy source, such as a gas boiler, you can go for a newer system for generating energy, such as a heat pump. This way, you will reduce resources spent while considerably increasing efficiency. New solutions for MEP systems are constantly being developed and introduced to the market and in order to maintain yourself ahead of the game, you need to be aware of all of them.

How to gain knowledge and review articles fast

So what are the best ways to actually review manufacturer content and decide on your best options, without spending hours browsing online for answers? Don’t worry, we made things easy for you!

1. Every week, look for the MEPcontent newsletter in your inbox

In the weekly newsletter we include the most important updates about new manufacturers joining the MEPcontent platform or new items being published. If you click on the button below each article, you will be directed to a page where you will find valuable information about the item such as best conditions in which to use it, strengths and weaknesses or background information about the manufacturing company. You can additionally visit the website of the manufacturer itself for more technical and detailed information on the product. Even if you don’t download the items straight away, at least you know what your options are.

2. Set yourself a goal to check the platform regularly and commit to it

Emails can get buried in your inbox before you get the time to read them, but there are always ways around that, since time is one of the biggest challenges today for everybody. Create a task for yourself to visit to check for the latest content updates. The latest content added will always appear on the top of the BIM overview page. Don’t forget to select the country of your choice to view the localizations available for your region. The frequency of the reminder can be daily, weekly, every few days, or as often as you think necessary. You can use this Google Chrome extension to be sure you don’t forget the commitment you made to yourself.

3. Use bookmarks to stay organized

In order to be sure that the content you are using is up-to-date, it is actually not such a good idea to download and store files locally. When there are changes made to an item, your local library will not sync automatically with the one available online, which means that you run the risk of using outdated content. In order to avoid that, but still keep yourself organized, you can use Internet bookmarks. We recommend creating a general “MEPcontent” folder that contains several sub folders named after the manufacturers that are of most interest to you. Alternatively, you can organize your folders according to categories. For instance, the general folder ”Mechanical” can contain the sub folders “Pipes”, “Valves”, “Pumps” where you store product pages from items that you would like to use for future projects. View all the categories available on MEPcontent here. Bookmarks are a great way to keep yourself organized and to make sure that you always check for the latest content updates.

4. Follow manufacturers on MEPcontent

What many MEPcontent users don’t know yet is that you can actually follow manufacturers and get personalized notifications by email when new content from them is published. It’s just like following friends on Facebook or other social platforms to get notified about their activity. You can find the “Follow” on each product page, such as this one for a Mitsubishi Electric heat pump. Look under the manufacturer information on the right side of the screen.

5. Automatically get notified when relevant updates are published

In the news section on MEPcontent we regularly publish closely verified information about BIM and MEP to help designers gain knowledge and practical information about the industry. Some of these news items end up in the newsletter, but not all of them. In order to be sure you don't miss important updates, or if you are not a big fan of email because your inbox gets cluttered too fast, you can choose to receive these updates as browser notifications. Just do a hard refresh of the MEPcontent website (Ctrl + F5 for Windows or ⇧ Shift and Reload for MAC) to clear the cookies and click "Allow" in the window that will appear next. You can switch off your notifications at any time from your browser's settings.

6. Browse and filter articles with the MEPcontent Browser

If you want to work at the highest speed, you may want to try the MEPcontent Browser plugin. It allows you to filter on several important criteria and to select the desired items from the list of results. All of it happens right within your project environment, so you never have to switch windows while working and risk losing concentration.

Go ahead and make a pledge to yourself that you will try at least 3 of these actions in order to start choosing better BIM content for your projects!

Verified and compact 3D BIM content directly in your Revit or CAD project

Why do we need BIM content?

BIM content is essential for your project. BIM articles equipped with the correct technical and geometric parameters can be an invaluable asset in the processes of forecasting, calculating and ordering. It can potentially save a lot of time and extra costs. Here you can find out more about why MEP engineers need BIM content.

There are several aspects that come into discussion when talking about BIM content. How do you make the information is correct? And do you avoid overloading your project by using large size article files? Moreover, how will you make sure that the content you use is up-to-date with the latest changes announced by the manufacturer? Taken separately, all of these issues have their solution. Which doesn’t mean that solving them separately will be fast, nor easy.

The MEPcontent Browser

The MEPcontent Browser is a plugin that can be used both in Revit and AutoCAD to easily browse, filter and insert 3D BIM content in your projects. It is a gateway to, the largest BIM library for MEP engineers, directly from within your project environment. The plugin is free to download and to use from the MEPcontent App Store.

Uniform and high quality content

In order to provide MEP engineers with reliable 3D content, we work in close collaboration with over 300 building product manufacturers worldwide. That is how we make sure that the content we make available on the MEPcontent platform and in the MEPcontent Browser is always up-to-date, uniformly build and evaluated according to the EMCS Standard and ready to be used in your projects.

Quick access to your files

You can access the BIM library directly from within your project. No need to switch to an external window or download files locally. Using the advanced filtering options such as category, manufacturers, or availability you can find the articles that you need within seconds. If you have to take some time to decide what item you want to use, you can visit the manufacturer URL included in the article description to consult the documentation provided.

A source of BIM news

The Communication Channel available in the plugin is your constant source of information about new content releases, new manufacturers joining the platform, product updates, news from the BIM industry and a lot of valuable information to help you realize better building installations.

Download the MEPcontent Browser straight away and start working faster with BIM content!

How Building Product Manufacturers Use BIM to Grow Their Business

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

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

This Is How The Italians Adopt BIM

Image: CityLife Milano, by Deerns

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

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

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

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

So, BIM adoption seems to be increasing, right?

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

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

What challenges are there when it comes to BIM adoption?

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

What is the government’s approach to BIM?

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

Are there other ways to accelerate the BIM adoption?

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

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

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

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

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

Any final tips for starting with BIM?

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

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

ABB Control Units and Movement Detectors

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

KNX ClimaEco Room temperature controller and FanCoil control element

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

KNX ClimaEco Room temperature controllers and Sensors

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

Air Quality Sensors

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

Time Receiver GPS, SM

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

KNX Tacteo Sensors

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

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

System Pro E Comfort Consumer Unit from ABB

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

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

Download Revit families for System pro E comfort from MEPcontent!

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

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

ecoGEO Basic

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

ecoGEO High Power

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

ecoGEO Compact

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

Air unit AU12

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

About Ecoforest

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

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

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

ExcelAir joins MEPcontent

Emergency Lighting Fixtures, Sensor for Ventilation and Induction Ventilator

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

About ExcelAir

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

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

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

More information about ExcelAir products and services can be found at

Can IoT Change the MEP Industry?

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

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

Applications of IoT for MEP contractors

Tracking progress on the construction site live

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

IoT and offsite fabrication

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

Predict maintenance

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

The article continues on the Constructible platform.
September 2018

How to take on the global BIM challenge

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

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

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

A global standard for BIM content

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

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

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

Download the EMCS 4.0 here.

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

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

Reduced footprint

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


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

Reduce installation and maintenance time

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

High efficiency

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

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

ABB Twinline N55 Cabinet System with High Degree of Protection IP55

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

ABB Twinline N55 Cabinet System

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

Why choose the ABB Twinline N55 Cabinet System

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

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

This is why we need standards

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

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

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

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

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

Uniformity and quality

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

Download the EMCS 4.0 here.

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

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

Niessen Switch Range Configurator for Revit for the Spanish market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can download this App for free!