FES Revit/CAD Specialists

What is Revit & how will it affect my business?

Autodesk Revit is a new approach to building design.  Rather than creating a set of drawings to describe a building, Revit enables the planners to create a complete digital model of the project.  Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a realistic 3D model of the design.  All data is interrelated.  If a sink is moved in one view, it is moved in all views.  If the designer does not reflect this move in the piping diagram, Revit will “wave a red flag.” Project participants have access to an up-to-date and complete digital model, greatly reducing errors and time chasing problems during the construction process.
At the completion of the building, the owner will have a digital model.  This can be used in management of the building and its contents throughout the life of the building.  The model will greatly aid in any future refurbishments.  Many state and local governments are requiring that any new public buildings be developed with BIM.
These are reasons why architects are so insistent that all design partners in a project be using Revit.  They can easily see in the electronic model if the kitchen floor sinks are in conflict with the locations of the structural floor beams.
Everything in Revit is a Family.  Walls are families; doors are families; roofs are families; and items of foodservice equipment are families.  Typically an item of foodservice equipment is represented by a 3D graphic with certain details that appear only in Plan View. Each family contains properties that identify it in various ways and carry the utilities and materials of that item.
Furthermore, a family can have parameters that affect its size, appearance, and configuration.  A worktable family can morph into different dimensions. Refrigerator door swings can be changed. These are known as Family Types.  An electric oven is a Family.  Each of the possible electrical configurations (208v, 240v, 460v) is a Type.
Autodesk purchased Revit (“Revise Instantly”) in 2002 and has since added Revit Structure and Revit MEP to the original Architecture package.  Its programmers have been working hard to integrate the AutoCAD .dwg format into Revit projects, but unfortunately the Revit .rfa format is so different from the AutoCAD .dwg format, that no direct conversion is possible for families.  This also applies to Pro/E and Solidworks.  Inventor, another Autodesk design product, can export files that can be used to create Revit Families.  In general, to take advantage of all the features Revit offers, Families must be constructed in Native Revit Format. 

Few design industries are as dependent upon equipment symbols as Commercial Foodservice Design.  We rely upon accurate representation of foodservice equipment for both layout planning and utility information.  To date there have been no common standards for AutoCAD foodservice equipment symbols other than our Layering System.

Autodesk has released several documents encouraging Revit Content Providers to meet certain requirements in order to be available on Seek, their web based distribution site.

Our equipment industry has in excess of 40,000 model numbers.  These families will be created by consultants, dealers, manufacturers, and Revit content creators.  It seems logical that we develop standards for our industry based upon Autodesk’s recommendations.  When many equipment items, from many different sources appear in a single 3D kitchen design, it is to be hoped that the appearance be as harmonious as possible.

Foodservice Equipment Symbols, LLC. worked with FCSI, other industry partners and particularly Paul Aubin, noted Revit authority and author, to create a set of Standards that will promote conformity among the many providers of Revit Content.

You will find a copy of the Section 114000 Revit Foodservice Equipment Standards elsewhere on this site.  Please also look for the 114000 Shared Parameter File which is the industry standard for Foodservice Equipment Utility Standards
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