When it comes to discussing the various facets of working on a BIM project, any Revit user will come to the same basic conclusions:
• Revit is as complex and demanding a design application that has existed.
• Due to Revit's complexity, there is a necessity of the user(s) to incorporate accurate data, and to do so precisely.
• Real-world timelines do not allow for the Revit user to dedicate extra effort to focus on the precision of the data being added to any given project. In addition, who in the firm keeps track of all the data being produced?
Even if there was extra time to catalog the data within the firm, there are differing opinions on how the entire library should be organized and maintained.
These conclusions have doomed many a BIM project from the start. With ever-shrinking resources to devote to accurate Revit content creation and management, this problem will only fester and grow over time.
The solution to this multi-faceted issue is now available – BIMXchange. Simple to download and install, the web-based browser offers users easy access to thousands of pieces of data-rich content in an easily navigable and searchable format.
As fellow practitioners, ENGworks has created the functionality of the browser with an engineer's interests in mind. The user will be able to locate content within the browser one of three ways: a manufacturer specified tree view, an alphabetically listed scroll bar of all pieces, and a search filter for quick results of specific requests. There are also preview renderings of all content, so the user is able to visually approve of the selection.
BIMXchange runs from within the Revit application itself. Since the browser is web-based, these factors translate to easy downloading of content and instant placement into any Revit project. Further, as the application evolves (browser enhancements, content additions and updates) users will benefit via email alerts in real-time. All content is stored in the ENGworks Cloud, so no effort is needed from the engineer's part to organize or manage data.
ENGworks is a member of the ACN (Autodesk® Content Network), and is considered a Premier Provider of Revit Content. The user benefits from this knowledge by understanding that all certified content available will be of the highest quality, and the data generated from it will genuinely assist in the design of the systems for which it's downloaded and inserted. This is the essence of using Revit for your BIM project.