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Thomas Fuller, PCI Skanska

It looks like the first critical necessity is to have Revit families that accurately match up to *.itm files to maintain integrity. Is this what TSI's Building-Data is providing the Aussies? Will Autodesk ever take on the responsibility of providing a truly easy and accurate interoperable workflow by providing OOTB content that maintains integrity in both Revit and FABmep?

It looks like you are mapping Tube R250-X to an actual Revit pipe type. Can that be done with duct? What is the purpose of MEP Curve based? Do you get actual pipe segments based FABmep setup of standard pipe lengths in Revit, or does it come in as one connected segment between fittings despite the length of run? Exactly what happens to the duct when it comes back to Revit?

The $64,000 question is actually, "Is this a temporary fix for interoperablility, or can we expect to see the former MAP software engineers provide us with a Revit MEP product that is worth a damn in sheet metal?"

Allow me to beat the dead horse again. Piping is straightforward because all content is largely static. Revit MEP sheet metal is not easily manipulated for complex duct sytems but it is fantastic for working in a team environment of designers and engineers. Please, please, please find a way to better bring the capabilities of both software systems together in a logical, easily iterative and user-friendly method.

I have not had the opportunity to test this method due to a number of factors, but I am a consistent user of both CADmep and Revit and the benefits to the design teams of better and more accurate software is of major value (at least to my firm).

This workflow might be in my future, but I would like to know more about how the systems behave once they are brought into Revit. Can we manipulate the sytems once inside Revit? Can we send the systems back to FABmep again, if necessary, for use of spooling features or additional reports?

Could I receive a .RVT file with this import having been done to it?

Thanks for the info!


Do you have to install Revit MEP 2013 or is Revit Building Suite 2013 sufficient?

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