Autodesk Revit MEP software and BIM-ready product models from Taco Inc. help Vanderweil Engineers develop better quality designs in less time.
Since 1920, Taco Inc. has provided clients in the residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional building industries with high-quality, hydronic-based components for use in heating and cooling applications. The company’s current product offering includes energy-efficient heat exchangers, expansion tanks, zone control products, and more. A key component of Taco’s success is its commitment to leading the HVAC industry in technological innovation and new product development. “Our goal is to make life as easy as possible for our mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering customers, so they can focus on working more efficiently,” says Eugene Fina, commercial product manager at Taco. That’s why Taco recently began creating digital models of its entire product line for inclusion in Autodesk® Seek web service for access by Autodesk® Revit® MEP software users who have adopted a building information modeling (BIM) workflow. “MEP engineers can incorporate these models in their designs and keep working without interruption—and without losing sight of the big picture.”
Vanderweil Engineers and KlingStubbins, the building architect, delivered the project using a design-assist variant of integrated project delivery (IPD). KlingStubbins used Revit Architecture software. The contractor, Bovis Lend Lease, participated throughout the entire design process. “This approach demanded constant communication among the disciplines,” says Scott Robbins, project manager at Vanderweil Engineers.
“The end game was coordination,” says Robbins. “We needed to provide fast, accurate connections to everything.” Inclusion of the information-rich Taco models in the Revit MEP model was crucial, helping to save valuable time, increase accuracy, and enabling Vanderweil Engineers to deliver a more buildable product. “There’s no question that’s a real selling point.”
Bovis Lend Lease appreciated the Taco models because they minimized the need for further coordination and enabled its designers to immediately add additional levels of detail, such as hangers or flanges. To promote full coordination by the consultants, KlingStubbins led weekly clash detection sessions using Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage software.
“There’s no question that Taco has done more than any other manufacturer to create advanced product models that support the BIM process and made them easily accessible by including them in Autodesk Seek, as well as on their corporate website,” adds Robbins. “They are far ahead of everyone else.”
Taco is equally sanguine about its investment in the new models. “We feel very confident about the product models and believe they will lead to greater adoption of Taco products across the industry—especially when used in conjunction with Autodesk Seek.”
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