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July 2018
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New functionality: Export, adjust and import Schedules from Revit to Excel within a minute

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

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

To try out this app for free and export Schedules from Revit to Excel, please visit our app store today!
February 2018
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BIM content is everything

Content. It is essential for BIM projects.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Requirements for BIM content

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions about this article? marketing@mepcontent.com

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A new Electrical App with functionalities not available in Revit

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

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

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

Free trial
The Stabiplan Electrical Schematics App can be downloaded on store.mepcontent.com. Get free access for one week to the full functionalities of this App. The App will save you a lot of time and helps you get a clear overview of your main panels and sub panels.
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10 BIM trends in the MEP industry in 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download the Easyflex Revit families here!
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First ESBE article on MEPcontent!

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

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

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

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

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

Download your Hisense Revit families and AutoCAD files here for free!
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Rolux exterior Wall System from Ubbink available on MEPcontent

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

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

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

Download Revit families for Rolux ducts and fittings for the Exterior Wall System 80-125 here and starting using them in your BIM project right away!
January 2018
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Small distributors from Spelsberg free to download from MEPcontent

New Revit families for small-scale distributors from Spelsberg are now available on MEPcontent. Simply sign in to your free account and use the articles in your BIM projects straight away.

The AK series of small distributors (AK-F, AK Plus, AK Compact) have a high air exchange rate and are very efficient in preventing condensation and the intrusion of foreign particles.
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Webinar Electrical Schematics for Revit on Tuesday Feb 13th - BIM Insights Session

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

With a special offer for those who attend the webinar.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heat pump outdoor units, ducted system and 4-Way Cassette are already available to be downloaded for free as Revit families. More BIM files for Hisense products to come soon!
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LOD, lod or loi? This is how you deal with them

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

Level of development [LOD]

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

Level of detail [lod]

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

Level of information [loi]

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

Taking a LEAN approach to LOD

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

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

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

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

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

How does it work?

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

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

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

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

Start saving time by using the functionalities of the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves app now!
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Vaillant AuroTHERM solar panels free to download

Vaillant AuroTHERM families are now available on MEPcontent!

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

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

Additionally, they are resistant to snow and do not suffer from dust or bad weather.
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Join the pilot user group and get first hand free access to 4 new MEP apps and functionalities

Dear MEP engineer, BIM specialist or installation designer,

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

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

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

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

Kind Regards,
The MEPcontent apps team
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6 Common Mistakes Most Specialists Make When Designing Piping Systems and How to Solve Them

Designing piping systems in Revit can be quite a hassle. We have been talking with quite some MEP engineers and designers over the last months, and found out that there are common issues for all of you. Pain points we’ve heard from specialists like you:

1. I have to spend a lot of time changing systems in Revit from generic content to manufacturer specific content.

You have received a model with a generic piping system from your consulting engineer that you want to change to a system from your preferred supplier. This can prove to be very difficult. Content provided by manufacturers does not match your actual system, the correct fittings are not available or autorouting preferences are not set within Revit. Making a generic system work for your specific project can take hours.

The manufacturer specific piping content in our recently published Product Line Placer for Piping app for Revit works seamlessly with plain Revit content. Changing from generic to manufacturer specific systems will be a matter of seconds instead of hours.

2. It is very hard to change from one manufacturer to another manufacturer’s system.

Did you just design a piping system for a specific manufacturer, but now your contractor decides to change to another supplier? Fear not, you will not have to design your entire piping system again. The Product Line Placer for piping allows you to just select another manufacturer and change the entire piping system, including fittings and bends. Using the ‘apply types’ function, you can be sure the new piping system is equipped with the correct product and trade information such as article number and GTIN. All thanks to the app.

3. I am tired of working with the pre-defined Revit options.

Revit is a comprehensive tool offering a lot of functionalities. Too many functionalities to really work for you perhaps? Creating your own Revit library for piping systems, including autorouting settings, means really a lot of work. And what if manufacturers decide to change important technical details? You will have to setup a new library all over again and update all your custom made products. The Product Line Placer will do all of this work for you, pre-configuring autorouting settings and equipping piping systems with the correct bends and fittings, linked to the cloud based MEPcontent database. No fiddling with your piping systems settings needed anymore.

4. I have to search for working, actual family packs and other BIM content all over the internet (ideally fabrication ready families).

Wow, there are quite some manufacturers and BIM platforms out there offering content for your MEP systems. The big problem? For some reasons they all have different standards when it comes to level of detail, connectors, naming and size. We know it’s important for you to work with content that is light, compact, that works for your entire project, but still has the right data attached to it. That is why we made sure our content is (manufacturer) data based. In this way your systems will always be flexible and not have enormous, unnecessary levels of details. Still, you will have the right connectors, article numbers and deeplinks available within your project. Also, we made sure we added all relevant manufacturers to the app so you no longer have to go through endless hoops to download a single connector from a website you might not know very well. Are you missing a manufacturer? Let us know and we’ll try to add it to our app as well.

5. Issues connecting piping systems with other equipment such as valves and pumps.

Having a decent piping system is one, but obviously you have to add valves, pumps to it and connect it to existing systems as well. Finding or even creating correct fittings, connectors, valves and pumps is a time consuming job. But hey, we’ve got you covered here as well. Stop using content that you have to edit or customize yourself, and start using our content for valves and pumps which work seamlessly together with the piping app. Designing a complete MEP systems from now on will be a piece of cake.

6. The content I find online is often of inferior quality, forcing me to create my own content.

There is only one way to solve this. Work with a content platform you can trust. Such as MEPcontent. And when you miss content you often work with, we can talk to the manufacturer (we have over 290 manufacturers we cooperate with on a frequent basis) and use your case (and that of the 30k other MEP engineers, designers and modelers using MEPcontent) to convince them to have their products BIM ready and available to download for free from MEPcontent. We keep the content up-to-date through our cloud services and content update sessions with manufacturers. The great thing about the apps is that they can do the downloading for you! So you only have to focus on your project and the deadlines to be met.
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Revit apps: what are they?

Revit plugin, Revit extension, Revit add-in, Revit add-on and Revit apps, what are they?After a quick Google search I could not find a clear page to explain it to me.

Marketing is a great field to be working in. But at the same time it can be difficult when it comes to correct and uniform naming and branding or categorization.

Also if you look at other synonyms like Revit applications, Revit plug-ins, there is no answer on the question: What is it? For those designers, (MEP) engineers, installers and draftsmen out there working with Revit and want to know what it is, I have the answer for you on this page.

What is it?
It comes down to this: a great piece of additional software on top of Revit.

Software designed with functionalities (and often unique BIM data access) you cannot find in Revit.

Why would you need it?
To complete a certain specialized workflow (like drawing piping systems with manufacturer specific content, ideally the content from manufacturers you work with) or do something which cannot be done in Revit alone such as configuring switch ranges if you are an electrician working in Revit.

Here at MEPcontent, we call them apps. Because we see them as applications on top of Revit and would like to keep things short and simple. Therefore apps (a shortcut term for applications). But whatever you want to call it, it comes down to be something on top of Revit. More specified, more localized, more customized to help you to get the job done, faster.

Where to get it?
If you are a MEP specialist, you can go to store.mepcontent.com to download our free or paid apps depending on the content you need. Guaranteed by our developers (based on 28 years of experience in MEP) to solve issues you face on a daily base. And checked by the marketing or customer success team (by email and phone calls) for relevance. By contacting real-life users globally to ask for feedback, additional content, or anything users might be missing.

By the way, the number of apps is expanding every month, so please make sure you check store.mepcontent.com often and download the (free) apps you need.

If you want to work with a more advanced app with access to content from up to 7 piping manufacturers, you can download the paid version of the MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Piping here.

Please tell us if you have any questions or when you have feedback about the apps. Because no matter how you call them or how we call them, they should work great nevertheless and we are here to make sure they do.
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Spelsberg: New socket combination items available

New socket combination items from Spelsberg are now available on MEPcontent!

Sign in to your free MEPcontent account and download the new content: socket empty enclosures, small-scale distributors, socket casings, distribution boxes and enclosure from the AKI and STV series.

The socket combinations are available for download as Revit families, and can be loaded into your project immediately.
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Fujitsu joins MEPcontent!

Another one of the world’s largest manufacturers has joined the MEPcontent platform! We are happy to welcome Fujitsu to our extensive BIM library for MEP specialists!

Indoor units and heat pumps are already available for download in .rfa and .dwg formats, to be used in both Revit and AutoCAD projects.

The Fujitsu range of air conditioners are powerful and efficient. They provide cooling and heating, and have a deserved reputation for reliability and are value for money. The wide range of indoor unit types make them suitable for most applications with built-in inverter technology reducing running costs and carbon footprint. Fujitsu air conditioners use environmentally friendly refrigerant and all new models have an A/A energy label.

The flexibility of the installation is increased due to the ceiling hanging, ceiling cassette, floor and wall mounted types available and the possibility to connect up to 4 units.
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Flowcon Green valve

The Flowcon Green Pressure independent control valve is now available for use in your BIM projects. You can easily configure the valve with the required actuator, bodies, pressure/temperature plugs or union end connections. Many configurations of the valve are available within the Revit family, all equiped with correct GTIN and article number. Once you have configured the valve according to your requirements, the data on your schedule will be correct and is ready for ordering.

Download the Flowcon Green valve now from MEPcontent.
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Ubbink Air Excellent family pack

The Ubbink Air Excellent Revit family pack is available as of today for use in all countries on MEPcontent.

Air Excellent is a modular air distribution system from Ubbink that can be used in all common mechanical ventilation systems, with or without heat recovery. It is fast and efficient to design a complete ventilation system with the Revit template thanks to the predefined auto routing settings. Download the family pack here.
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Webinar heating system design on Thursday Jan 18th - BIM Insights Session

Welcome to the new BIM Insights Sessions in 2018!

Hope you had some great days off and wishing you all the best for 2018.

What will be new in 2018 is the focus on workflows of MEP engineers. We want to involve engineers more in our webinars and address typical workflows recognizable by specialists in the field. Specialists like you!

The webinar of Thursday Jan 18th (starting at 3 pm CET) will focus on how to place manufacturer specific and generic high-quality content related to valves and pipes in Revit. And to demonstrate how MEPcontent apps can be of help in doing just that.

There will be plenty of time (within the 30 min webinar) to ask anything you want about this workflow and our webinar hosts will gladly provide you with answers.

Do you have a specific workflow you want to see explained during the webinar? Let us know (marketing@mepcontent.com) and we will try to reach out to you as soon as we can.

Hope to see you (again) at the webinar on January 18th.
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Hager Vision Distribution Board

BIM files for the renewed Hager Vision distribution board have been published on MEPcontent. Composite dividers up to 40A offer a completely assembled housing construction solution. Easy for the installer, reliability for the resident.

The vision group divider has been a familiar face in many Dutch homes for more than 20 years.

In 2017, Vision was renewed at more than 15 points, following an extensive development process in which Dutch installers participated.
The result is a group distributor that is packed with cleverness and where ease of assembly is the main starting point. The pipe entry piece offers extra space, the cable routing is unobstructed and the QuickConnect spring clamping technology makes the fastest safe connection.

Download the Revit family, CAD file and IFC file now on MEPcontent.
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Design, order and realize projects with Revit apps

BIM projects are often known for their long preparation time. But actually, it's by cleverly handling information in the model through handy apps for Revit that you can save a lot of time in all phases of the project - from design to order and maintenance.

Lightning fast design
You can already start saving time in the design phase. Make sure you work with correct, up-to-date BIM data and use the content that manufacturers make available online. For example, you can design and manage switching systems at lightning speed with the ABB Busch-Jaeger Switch Range Configurator for Revit, with guaranteed up-to-date product information. This way there’s no need to create families yourself anymore and you don't run the risk that the information in the model is not correct.

Order quickly from the model
Thanks to the new Rexel Wholesaler App for Revit (free downloadable from the MEP content store), you no longer needlessly spend time on a complicated ordering process. You can now order your products from the model with just a click. With the handy app you can easily import article numbers, stock information and gross price into the model. Thanks to the link with the Rexel product range, which consists of more than 250,000 products for construction, industry, utilities and retail, you can easily upload product data into the drawing.

Realization
Thanks to the direct link from the model to the order system, the right parts are delivered on location, which fully correspond to the modeled installation. Thanks to the information available in the model, technicians on location know exactly how to install the products and can find additional information about the products in the installation, which saves a lot of time.

Management and maintenance
Not only during construction, but also during management and maintenance, the BIM data saves time. For example, technicians can use their tablet or VR glasses to see in advance which products have been used and how they have been assembled. This means that they can go well-prepared and perform the right actions on location efficiently. Even when parts need to be replaced, they can see the stock status of these parts directly via the Rexel Wholesaler App.

Rexel Wholesaler App
With the handy apps for Revit like the Rexel Wholesaler app, you can make smart use of the available data during several project phases. Would you also like to boost your projects and realize them faster? Download the app now for free on store.mepcontent.com to use directly in your BIM projects.