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February FAB Hangout: Eaton Bus Duct Content for Revit + eVolve™ Updates and Improvements
At some point in your career, you’ve probably heard someone say, “Work smarter, not harder.” Sometimes, there’s not a simple way to figure out how to work smarter—it’s hard to know what’s missing. The experts at Applied Software are here to help. Watch the electrical FAB team's February FAB Hangout to learn about Eaton Bus Duct Content for Revit and explore updates and improvements on eVolve during. During this hangout, we discussed how to improve workflows with Eaton Bus Duct Content for Revit. With their BIM friendly models of electrical distribution products, you can easily integrate Eaton equipment right into your drawings. We also highlighted LOD 350+ and dynamically adjustable Revit bus duct families, as well as catalog information.  The hangout finished with an overview of improvements and updates for eVolve. Learn how this already beneficial add-on for Revit, developed by electrical contractors for contractors, is getting even better. Through single-click automatic sheet set creation for shop fabrication, automatic bills of material, and detail level as-built drawings, eVolve helps you reduce waste without any extra effort. Don't miss these best practices ...

So I am doing my first AU class this year on eVolve. It's not to late to get in and get a look a look at the offering that is flipping the lid on the electrical fabricator's process. I will be speaking and as well will have Aaron Thompson as a co-speaker for this class giving a brief history on why we took the journey. Come check us out this year at Autodesk University.   Class Info: MEP21690 - eVolve Your Electrical Models to Fabrication Come see the eVolve Revit software add-in from the end user’s perspective. The eVolve add-in facilitates in electrical design and detailing the automation of numerous manual tasks in detailing/installation drawings needed for fabrication, all via the Revit software platform. Corbins Electric, developer of this add-on, has taken Revit software for electrical to the next level. Revit software users now have highly intelligent custom family components, modeling tools, drawing creation tools, and visual-graphics tools. These tools improve productivity, efficiency, and accuracy—all to reduce waste and cost on the design and fabrication processes. Come hear Corbins explain why it was ...

eVolve’s 3D Move tool One of the best tools for Revit you aren’t using   The 3D move tool takes a family selection and places it to another point. This works much like a snapping tool and gets you right where you want to be. In this example I will take a strut and place 2 families at the very top of the strut using this tool. The strut is at a different elevation than the other 2 families. In a 3D vie lets snap these two items in place. Run the 3D move by selecting it or using the shortcut. Select a point on the wire-way. Next select a location on the strut. The wire-way will now snap to that location. It will snap just like the picture below placing it on the top of the strut. Now we will do the same for the conduit and place it on the top of the strut. Begin by start by selecting 3D Move, and then the base of the conduit.  Be sure to be aligned with the outside edge and the red centerline.    Then select the face of ...

How to Mix System family conduit with eVolve<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>   We get asked the question sometimes. “Can I mix the two together”.  While I don’t suggest it, it can be done. There are a few things to consider. Have a good knowledgebase on Schedules and parameters. With this information you can bring together most items in with eVolve content and have it look good in a schedule. Let’s take a look at three runs in a project. One of the system type, one of eVolve content and one with a mixed bag.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> <data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> Below we have sheet and some variations of scheduling for the out of the box system conduit. <data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> <data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>   Take notice of the 4 types of Schedules that Conduit run schedule has the most to offer, Length, Type, and a Diameter. The problem lies in that you have to make the conduit schedules exclusive from the rest of your fittings and whatever else you want to buy.  In Conduit Fittings you can count the elbows but no real data. So you will wind up make a bunch of different schedules and crossing your fingers ...

Create Family clearances that will can be controlled in Navis and Revit<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> <data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> In some projects you are asked to show clearances for equipment. So you may think fine I will draw a box to represent the clearance and it will grow with the component etc. Before doing so think about a few things. Do you need to be able to segregate or turn off this Clearance in Navis Works or produce Views that can control it in Revit. Here are some options for you.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> First Create a Sub category in the Family level that you will use throughout the project as the Norm or create this name at the company level so that in any project this is a recognizable name. If you have variables of this name, it will be case sensitive and you will gain additional instances in the Project.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> <data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> Now create the standard definitions of line type and color to signify your clearances. You can also define a custom material at this level. The Next step is to draw the shape for clearances. Assign the constraints to the shape ...

ATLANTA, July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Applied Software®, a leading systems integrator in the AEC, construction and manufacturing industries, today unveiled eVolve™ Fabrication, a new fabrication software solution for electrical contractors. Developed by electrical contractors for contractors, eVolve reduces waste by facilitating detail-level as-built drawing production, and by automating shop drawing sheet set creation with linked bills of material using a single click – no extra effort. eVolve also makes Just-in-Time delivery a reality for both the shop and the field, virtually eliminating the need for pre-stocking inventory. "Most electrical contractors are on the lean journey for greater efficiency, but are struggling to see how requiring BIM adds value to their operations," said Richard Burroughs, president of Applied Software. "eVolve will allow our clients to fabricate faster at a lower rate and install faster, as well." "With eVolve Fabrication, we tracked and documented a reduction in rework from 50 percent down to 2 percent as we moved fabrication from the field into the pre-fabrication shop, where safety issues and installation inefficiencies were mitigated simply by fabricating in a fully ...

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