Revit Family | BIM Content Creation Services

Revit Family & BIM Content Creation Services by United-BIM

Revit Family | BIM Content
Creation Services

Deliver accurate and parametric Revit Families/BIM Content in minimal file size, with Level of Detail (LOD) 100 to 500, a higher degree of visual fidelity and in the required file format (RVT, RTE & IFC)

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We Provide Revit Family / BIM Content Creation Services with Speed and Accuracy

As a Revit Family Development/Creation Services Provider, we can create parametric Revit Families & BIM Content in Revit from a specification sheet/product cut sheet, 2D CAD drawings, sketches or even from files provided in AutoCAD, Solidworks, Fusion 360, InfraWorks, 3DS Max, SketchUp, etc. Along with that, we can also convert existing 3D CAD geometry depending on our customer’s requirements.

Our BIM modelers provide generic as well as custom Revit family creation and maintenance services to Architects, MEP Engineers, Building Product & Construction Product Manufacturers & Suppliers, Furniture Designers & Manufacturers, Equipment & Product Manufacturers & Suppliers, Facility/Asset Managers and Fabricators in the format (.rfa, .rvt, .ifc) required for spatial planning, design, cost estimation, product selection, and facility management.

We have experience of developing over 100,000 custom parametric and non-parametric Revit families for all types of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and construction elements for clients across various sectors.

Our Revit Family | BIM Content Creation Services include

Architectural Families

Furniture | Foundation | Door | Window | Casework | Railing | Entourage | Ceiling | Stairs

Mechanical Families

HVAC | Pipe (Valve, Strainer, Hanger) | Duct Hanger | Air Terminal

HVAC Families

Fan Coil Unit | Air Handling Unit | Diffusers, Registers, Grilles | Fire Damper | Fitting & Valve

Furniture Families

Office | Living Room | Outdoor & Patio | Bathroom | Entertainment | Bedroom | Kitchen & Dining | Game Room

Electrical Families

Switch & Socket | Distribution Board | Transformer | Fire Alarm Devices | Lighting Fixtures

Building & Construction Product Families

Roofing | Flooring | Elevator | Doors | Paint | Finishes | Stone | Masonry | Siding | Walls | Windows | Stairs | Railings |Insulation |  Landscape | Plastic | Metal | Glass | Wood & Timber | Concrete

Structural Families

Column | Steel Section | Connections – Mounting parts, Base plates, Gusset plates | Beam Section | Stiffener | Truss

Plumbing Revit Families

Pump | Valve | Fittings | Pipes & fixtures | Fixtures (Urinals, Wash Basins, Water Closet) | Devices- (Measuring devices, Gauges)

Equipment & Product Families

CCTV | Valve | Communication, Data & Network | Computer & Servers | HVAC | Water Supply Products | Fire Detection & Alarm Systems | Fitness Equipment | Food Service | Audio Visual Systems | Integrated Panel Systems

Our Design Practices While Developing Revit Families | BIM Content

Commonly found concerns

Through our best known practices we address the 3 biggest concerns associated with Revit Family:

  • Stability – Revit family visually “falls apart” when switching between the Family Types.
  • Dimensional accuracy – Revit family has incorrect dimensions such as length, width, height
  • File size – Family file size becomes too heavy impacting project performance and file exchange

Good design practices that we follow

  • Lean family template – develop custom “lean” Revit family templates to reduce overall file size
  • Product variations – create a family type catalog (.txt) if product has more than 5 variations otherwise build the Family Types directly into the Revit Family
  • File size – create lightweight families from scratch
  • LOD – include 3 levels of detail: Coarse (LOD 100-200), Medium (LOD 300)  & Fine (LOD 400-500)  in family components
  • Test
    • Visibility test – test a family within a Revit Workset – configured project to verify visibility, project performance and coordination
    • Dimensional test – make sure every Revit family is dimensionally “flexed”
  • Standards – embed industry standard metadata –
    • MasterFormat Title & Number, OmniClass Title & Number,
    • Assembly Code/Uniformat Classification Code,
    • LEED Credit / Recycled Content Parameters,
    • ADA / Barrier Free Certifications, ANSI, UL. etc
Revit Family Creation by United-BIM

Our Revit Family | BIM Content Creation Services Focus On

  • Deliver the family with no warnings or exceptions
  • Include standard types or type catalogs
  • Organize data - types, instance shared parameters, materials, URL, etc.
  • Aim to deliver family with a file size less than 1MB for ease of portability and website upload/download
  • Include client requested Level of Detail (100 to 500) in the family
  • Label the most important reference lines as "Strong Reference" while the rest as "Weak/No Reference"
  • Deliver clean family file - purge anything unnecessary
  • Build and test family in a version that is required i.e. Revit 2020/2019/2018 etc.
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Revit Family 101

Revit Family 101 - Hierarchy and Elements in a Revit Family Explained by United-BIM_
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Revit Family 201

Revit family 201 - A 5 Step Process for Revit Family Creation
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Revit Family Development Checklist

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Our Process to Create Revit Families | BIM Content

01

Create a new family file by selecting a .RFA (Revit family) file and a suitable family template.

02

Create Reference planes and Reference lines such as “Strong” or “Weak/No”

03

Set associated parameters, dimensions, & constraints to specify a parametric relationship

04

Select a reference plane, start generating geometry using the tools: Extrusion, Blend, Revolve, Sweep. Swept Blend and equivalent Void forms.

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Lastly, flex the family to check if the parameters are working right and ensure it reacts the expected way.

Why Consider Revit Family Creation Services?

The biggest advantage of custom Revit family or library or BIM Content is, any change to a family is updated and permeated throughout the project file where this particular family is being used. As a result, the biggest benefit is ‘Speed with Accuracy’ (along with the reduced cost of failure) for the project that can be achieved with Custom Revit Family Library.

It provides detailed information of a product or a component about its physical characteristics such as its geometry and visual graphical representation.

With our Revit Family Creation services, we can provide BIM Object/Content with required level of detail i.e. LOD 100 to LOD 500. For facility management, LOD500 is required which will have details such as manufacturer name, model name, serial number, purchase date, warranty, technical datasheet, product URL etc. through the “Identity Data”.

We can provide the Revit Family in following file format:

  1. .RVT (for Revit family)
  2. .RTE (for a standardized template)
  3. .IFC (for a compressed pdf version of the file)

Benefits of Revit Family | BIM Content Creation Services

Revit families are at the core of Revit, creating Revit Family is same as writing DNA code for an element. The biggest advantage of custom Revit BIM family or library is, any change to a family is updated and permeated throughout the project file where this particular family is being used. As a result, the biggest benefit is ‘Speed with Accuracy’ (along with the reduced cost of failure).

  • Quality: It helps to create more accurate models and reduces inconsistency
  • Speed: A change made to a particular object propagates through-out the project.
  • Detailed Report: The categorized design elements helps with simplifying the construction process.
  • LOD: Revit can create an object with LOD 100 to LOD 500 level of detailing
  • Compliance: Revit family creation ensures BIM models comply with industry standards.
  • Re-usability: Loadable families are reusable across ongoing projects and in the future.
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