At DTC, we were early adopters of the four dimensional building information modeling system, Autodesk Revit, which has become the AEC industry standard. We’ve been using the software since 2008, and have had the opportunity to use it on a multitude of projects – both small and large – as a result.
Our engineers have utilized Revit on several multi-million dollar projects, including LEED Gold Fairchild Wheeler High School, the 6,000-seat baseball stadium, Dunkin Donuts Park, and Branford Senior Center. Additionally, DTC engineers are even comfortable enough to use Revit for smaller projects, such as the design of a structural system to support the installation of a modern sculpture, or the routine layout of mechanical rooms to better view tight areas.
And because we are a multidisciplinary team of engineers, our in-house utilization of Revit across disciplines makes project coordination much more seamless. Our MEP and structural engineers are connected on the same server, and consequently are in live, constant coordination with one another using Revit. We also ensure added coordination with architects and construction managers by regularly sharing Revit files with our team members, typically on a weekly basis.
We use Revit to design more efficiently and more accurately, specifically using the software to perform the following:
- Clash detection run through Navisworks to avoid in design during Schematic Design, Design Development, 50% and 95% Construction Documents
- Pinch point identification of constrained areas early during MEP design
- Generation of intelligent Revit models by populating the building model with major equipment and subsequently generating equipment and electrical paneling schedules
- Utilize sections views to clarify congested areas to contractors
- Manipulation of modeling space to discover and detail unique conditions or connections that would otherwise not be found until construction
- Make use of built in schedules to accurately track and update structural elements such as foundations, columns, and beams