3 Key Features in Revit 2017 for MEP Designers

With the 2017 release of Revit, the vertical offerings (Architecture, MEP and Structure) have been consolidated into just Revit (sometimes called “one-box”). This left some Revit users wondering what this meant for them. The answer is simple: Revit now contains the capabilities of all three verticals in one application. So, if you were previously using one of the Revit vertical offerings, you can now do everything you could do before and more!

Want to see what’s new? We’re hosting a 90-minute Arrive & Drive on July 12th in Scottsdale, Arizona to give a hands-on look at this year’s feature enhancements in Revit. If you’re not in the area and can’t make it, here are three key features in Revit 2017 for MEP.

Design to Fabrication Optimization

Revit 2017: MEP Design to Fabrication

To prepare a model for detailed coordination modeling and construction, you can now convert design level of detail model elements to construction level of detail elements using the Design to Fabrication tool. This tool will present a list of potential related services for selected design level of detail duct and pipe elements. The converted elements are generated according to the rules defined in the fabrication services. The new tools and enhancements enable you to more quickly iterate from a design level of detail model to a fabrication level of detail model.

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Route and Fill

Revit 2017: MEP Route and Fill

To help automate the fabrication model layout, the new Route and Fill tool enables you to select two open endpoints of a run and give you options to connect them. You can preview which fittings will be inserted in each option. Additionally, you can specify which fittings are required and only allow solutions that incorporate those fittings. This provides a lot of control over automating the layout between the two open ends, including sloped runs.

Electrical Apparent Load Calculation Options

Revit 2017: Electrical Apparent Load Calculations

Some new design improvements all you to better communicate the engineering data with Apparent Load Calculation Options, Temperature Difference Parameter Type, and accounting for the Pressure Drop at tap fittings functionality. You now have control over which method you prefer to use to calculate the electrical loads with Apparent Load Calculation Options. There are two options to choose from to meet load tabulation preferences: sum of the true load and reactive load (default) or sum of the apparent load (a more simplified approach.)

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If you’re in the Phoenix area, join us on July 12th for a 90-minute hands-on look at what’s new in Revit 2017 for MEP. You can also check out our What’s New blog series to learn more about all of Autodesk’s 2017 releases.

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