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Detailing and production of building installation components thanks to the cooperation of Revit and CAMduct software

Designing buildings and structures is a very complex process and requires the designer, regardless of the industry, to issue very extensive documentation. While there are a lot of work techniques and tools in the form of drafting software and industry calculators with various levels of correlation for conceptual and construction projects, the creation of detailed designs, in particular workshop drawings, often requires the use of other solutions and modeling details in separate programs from the very beginning.

Due to its detail and drawings of details of building structures and installations of the building, the detailed design is used both by construction companies as a basis for the performance of works and completion of construction and by manufacturers of installation components.

By BIM technology, the detailed specification of construction installation drawings is defined by the LOD (Level of Development) standard, which is divided into several levels. LOD 400 says that the model items shown graphically are to contain information about size, shape, exact location, size of details, information used in manufacturing and assembly, and a specific system. Non-graphic documentation in the form of summaries, legends and reports is also to be attached to the project.

One of the most popular design tools in BIM technology is Autodesk® Revit® software, which enables cross-industry coordination on a single model through concurrent work. This allows for the minimization of collisions and a very fast transfer of information between designers. The program also has a package of functions that facilitate the issuance of project documentation with any degree of detail and the transfer of data to other platforms. Thanks to these solutions, the time needed to complete the project are significantly shortened, which generates large savings. From the Revit MEP 2016 version, the program also allows for the smooth cooperation of designers, constructors and manufacturers of building installation components.

A function has appeared in the program that allows you to route the installation using factories, modify them, create lists, and export components directly to production. The above tool has been strongly developed in Revit 2017, thanks to which the creation and modification of a factory-made installation have become even more accurate, and the high level of detail is compliant with the LOD400 standard. Additionally, the created installation can be equipped with suspension and support systems. In the case of ventilation design, we can send all components included in our model to CAMduct 2017 with one button.

At the heart of the Autodesk® CAMduct® program is the powerful database of parameterized components included in all building installations:

  • Ventilation installations: fittings, fans, hangers, shock absorbers, air handling units, silencers, plenum boxes
  • Electrical installations: cabinets, switchboards, fire sleeves, electrical sockets, switches
  • Mechanical installations: actuators, boilers, boilers, meters, pumps, separators, sprinklers, steam traps, valves
  • Sanitary/plumbing installations: air valves, connectors, manifolds, vents, etc.
  • Library of standard parts: brackets, plates, flanges, tees, I-sections, angle sections.

CAMduct software, in addition to an extensive database of parametric installation elements, has a built-in CAM, which allows you to go through the entire process of preparing the production of the above-mentioned installation elements.

CAMduct functionality:

  • Automatic nesting
  • Automatic generation of the cutting path and preview of head movements
  • Automatically generated runtime file per machine
  • Database of inventory sheets: new and partially used
  • Full technology of plasma, gas and laser cutting