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How did our predictions seven years ago for Building Information Modeling fair? Let’s take a look back seven years to 2009, when the concept BIM had become common parlance in the AEC community, and see if and where we’ve fallen short of, met, or exceeded expectations for our beloved BIM. How you define the acronym BIM depends on when the one claims BIM came into being. According to WikipediA, BIM was first used in papers in the mid-1980s, and the term 'Building Information Model' first appeared in a 1992 paper by G.A. van Nederveen and F. P. Tolman.[7] However, the terms 'Building Information Model' and 'Building Information Modeling' (including the acronym "BIM") did not become popularly used until some 10 years later. In 2002, Autodesk released a white paper entitled "Building Information Modeling,"[8] and other software vendors also started to assert their involvement in the field.[9] [1] For the purposes of this essay, I will pick it up in June 2007 which is when I started working at Autodesk as an MEP Technical Specialist. In 2007, BIM was the buzzword at ...

Resting Pipe on Steel Members or other objects can be difficult unless you know the tricks.   Here is the scenario:   Horizontal route needs to turn down vertically and then needs to turn horizontally to lie across steel. To route this pipe, you will want to continue the pipe run by selecting the pipe and then the + at the end of it.  You will pull down seeing an elbow in the route. You will need to set the routing line to BOP.  You will find this in the ribbon (Home tab, Routing & Elevation panel) Use the .X point filter to select the top of steel that you want the pipe to lie across Select the Steel member’s top edge and notice that the pipe will not travel past the steel when you pull in that direction.  Make sure your Ortho (F8) is turned on.  You will also notice that the red line should be on the BOP and not on the COP. Change your PLANE (compass) to a horizontal configuration to get the pipe to lie across the steel. If it is not changed, the COP ...

With the release of RMEP 2012, the workflow for creating Pipe Systems has taken on two different processes. The same is true for the HVAC systems as well, but we will be focusing on the Pipe Systems. The original process took us through selecting a fixture, then Create/Edit/Add to the system. The 2012 new process lets us create by duplication of the existing Pipe Systems and renaming them to the name we want. I will refer to these two methods as: 1) Create systems through selection –and- 2) Create systems through duplication. In my examples below I will be working with the Domestic Cold Water System specifically, but the process is the same for the other Pipe Systems as well.The picture above shows the first method, Systems by Selection. The two restroom layouts are on separate Domestic Cold Water system names: DCW1 for the first floor and DCW2 for the second floor. The two system names are listed separately in the Flow Schedule and are ‘child systems’ of the Domestic Cold Water within the System Browser.In the ...