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How Stabicad Can Help You Respond to Design Changes Effectively in Revit

We’ve all been there. You’ve just about got to the end of a big design project, or you’ve just finished one, and you receive an instruction or change control request outlining that the client wants something changed. Or maybe you’ve just discovered that a key piece of equipment is being discontinued, and you have to find an alternative.

No matter what the reason for it, or how big or small the change happens to be, you know that there’s going to be a lot of work to be done to ensure that everything in your mechanical and electrical design stays accurate and compliant, that your Revit model is correct, and that everything is going to work as planned. Everything in any design is interconnected in so many ways that even small changes can have a big impact.

Fortunately, Stabicad for Revit makes managing changes in your MEP designs faster, easier and more accurate. Here’s how.

Recalculate While You Work

Usually, when there’s a change to your design, it means you have to go back to the drawing board. And AutoCAD. And standalone calculation software. And Excel.

That’s because changes inevitably come with new calculations, and Revit just isn’t set up to do that very well for mechanical and electrical designs. So even when something small needs to change, you know that you’re going to have to do a lot of work to make sure everything related to that change still works out.

Stabicad lets you produce compliant calculations directly in the Revit model, so you don’t have to transfer information to multiple different programs and systems just to make sure it all works as it should. Essentially, it turns Revit into a specialist mechanical and electrical design software tool that is localised to various regions' regulations, such as the UK.

It even notifies you when there’s an error or a conflict and tells you exactly where it is so you can find it and fix it faster.

Built-in Library of Materials

In the construction world, and especially in mechanical and electrical design, there’s no such thing as a small change.

What might seem like a small change to your client or even to other design professionals working on the project will inevitably mean making other changes to other equipment and systems.

Stabicad makes it easier to make changes to the content in your Revit model by having direct access to a huge library of generic and manufacturer-specific products and equipment. So when you’re making changes, you don’t have to first find the information you need. It’s all ready to go in an easy-to-use nested drop-down system, so you can simply select the new products you want and get your changes done quickly.

Keep the Team in the Loop

When anything changes on any construction project, there will be countless other things affected, and it’s not always easy to tell what those things will be.

That’s why it’s so important to keep your whole team in the loop when changes are made so they can adjust their own designs and plans accordingly.

Stabicad is seamlessly integrated with Trimble Connect, so you can sync your updated designs quickly and securely to the cloud, ensuring everyone is working with the latest version of the design. You can streamline the review and approval process for your updated designs, share them with the right people, and get feedback when you need it. Trimble Connect also allows non-Revit stakeholders to review the designs, make comments and assign tasks to team members directly from their browser.

Specialist MEP Software for Revit

When it comes to the nuts and bolts of Revit, there’s no denying that it’s one of the best 3D design software platforms out there. It has been for a very long time, and it’s not likely to go anywhere anytime soon.

Stabicad is designed to take the Revit workspace and make it even better by giving you all the tools you need to run M&E calculations, make design changes, find potential errors and conflicts fast and collaborate effectively with other members of the design team.

It’s great for new MEP designs, but it really comes into its own when you’ve already got a complex design in place and you need to make last-minute changes while still maintaining accuracy and design integrity.

By eliminating most of the manual work involved when making changes to your model and keeping as much as possible within the model environment itself, Stabicad helps to make design changes faster and easier.

To see how contractor AV Unibrak has transformed their design workflows and seen impressive results, including speeding up the design process 3 times, watch this customer video.