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This Video will display how to place multiple CTEXT reports onto one piece within a model. Hope this helps!

This video will display the process of retrieving your lost utility bar inside of Fabrication Remote Entry. Unlike CAMduct or ESTmep, there is no easy way to retrieve it once it has been closed out inside of the program.Thanks for Watching!

This video will display the new Group by Option within Fabrication 2017, allowing you arrange the items within a job based off of certain criteria. Check it out and leave me your feedback!

Adding fall to a Design Line is a fairly simple task but here is a trick to make sure your Design Lines stay connected to your equipment after applying fall to it.

The Positioner in Autodesk's Fabrication CADmep is a pretty handy little tool. Check out this video and I will show you a few things that you can do with it.  

I am often asked the best way to distinguish which cut files are for liner tables vs which are for plasmas. This video will display my suggested setup inside of CAMduct to handle liner files vs metal files, including spacing between parts and common line cutting.

Configuring Revit to use your company database is an essential part of making the transition from "Design Build to Pre-Fabrication". Autodesk provides basic Imperial and Metric databases to use as a generic exchange. If you have already made an investment in a ITM Parts database you can make your exchanges between Revit and CADmep look exactly like your current ITM content models.  What is ITM Content? First the location of the Database folder for Revit 2017 and beyond. (C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Fabrication 2017) Next the sample path for ITM content parts. (C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Fabrication 2017\Imperial Content\V3.04\Items\Imperial Content\*--*)

This video will demonstrate how to apply Custom Data and Takeoff Information directly to each individual piece if it differs from a standard:

This is part 2 of the newest Annotation features in Revit 2017 for Fabrication. They have provided a set of new Mechanical, Pipe, and Electrical containment tags to utilize or make your own. The Fabrication Hanger tag was not included with the Fabrication tags in this release but I will show you how to make it from scratch. https://knowledge.autodesk.com/community/screencast/ee7364ff-04f1-4a1d-a7c2-d5cb42293219    

This will be a 2 part post on the newest Annotation features in Revit 2017 for Fabrication. They have provided a set of new Mechanical, Pipe, and Electrical containment tags to utilize or make your own.  Here are the newest tag families for each discipline. Keep your eye's open for (part 2) of Revit for Fabrication Annotation. I will be posting a instructional video of how to create your own Hanger Tag. This tag was not included with the Fabrication tags in this release but I will show you how to make it from scratch. Fabrication Duct Tags   Fabrication Pipe Tags   Fabrication Containment (Elec.) Tags

For Immediate Release ATLANTA – July 08, 2016 – Applied Software®, a leading systems integrator in the AEC, construction and manufacturing industries, is excited to announce the promotion of William Spier to Director of Fabrication. With 22 years in the industry, William brings a wealth of knowledge in design to fabrication solutions and prefab workflows, across numerous disciplines including plumbing design, power and lighting, HVAC, architectural and energy design and CFD.   William started as a designer with a consulting engineering firm where he project managed plumbing design on Nordstrom store projects. William has worked in several AEC industries, including O&M design work with Merck, Inc., a major pharmaceutical account for Johnson Controls, Inc., as well as managed the piping virtual design coordination team for Midwest Mechanical Contractors. In the last eight years prior to joining Applied Software, William served as an MEP and Design to Fabrication Subject Matter Expert for Autodesk.   “I am thrilled to lead the fabrication team at Applied Software,” said William Spier. “This is an industry experienced team of highly innovative, motivated and forward thinking individuals, who ...

The Current Workflow: When I first started doing BIM Coordination 4 years ago, the typical workflow went like this: The subcontractors created a 3D model using design or fabrication software The subcontractors uploaded their model to an FTP site at a designated time The BIM coordinator downloaded the design / fab models & created a federated Navisworks model The BIM coordinator ran clash tests using Navisworks & generated clash reports The Coordination Team met & discussed the Clashes The process repeats. The Problem: When I ran coordination meetings, this process was pretty successful, but it was slower than it should be. For the most part, coordination moved along, but there were often times where clashes would go untouched for weeks at a time - multiple weeks. The most common answer I recieved about why the clashes weren't promptly fixed, "I didn't know what the <other coordination team member> was going to do with this clash. I was waiting on him." ...

I have an updated post that has a simpler download method. You can find it here. Autodesk on 11/28/13 added over 7,000 parts to their imperial catalog on the Building3dContent.com site, from Victaulic, Nibco and Anvil. This made me think that it would be a good time to put together a how-to on getting that content into your configuration.

I had reports with incorrect hanger rod diameters for years using CADmep. It drove me nuts to print a report and then change the rod sizes by hand before giving it to purchasing. The problem was that the rod size was tied to the hanger not to the pipe so when insulation is added to the pipe the hanger would oversize but so would the rod. I have since fixed my hangers and they now report out correctly and here is how you can do the same. Click on image to enlarge.