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BIM Academy on Youtube
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1. Jak zamodelować zawór odcinający
We introduced a new workflow in our residential buildings projects. We create the model of the garage (walls, columns, beams) from a 2D layout and place our 3D installations there. Thus we have a real representation of ducts and pipes. This allows us to eliminate clashes in the design phase and guarantees that they do not appear during construction. Moreover, a 3D and dynamic presentation allows the builders to better understand and visualise the routes. Full potential of this solution requires the General Contractor to use not the paper project, but the virtual mode in a dedicated (free) browser. The program enables unobstructed movement, rotation, zooming, sectioning and measuring of the virtual model.
It is already a standard procedure to design heating substations and boiler rooms in 3D. It is especially useful when there is much equipment in a tight space. Example – renovation of a 1.3 megawatt boiler room.
This is a step farther than mere 3D modeling. We designed the installations together with other designers, including the equipment supplier. All projects were coordinated within Revit and stored in the cloud. The design process took longer that usual, but was visibly more efficient.
2018 Revit + MagiCAD
3D designing helps with placing all the equipment and negotiating with the client. Example – renovation of a 3 megawatt boiler room.
2018 Revit + MagiCAD
3D modeling of objects such as heating substation is much faster and guarantees that they are constructed according to the project.
MagiCAD Sprinkler Designer for Revit is a great tool for designing sprinkler installations, including flow calculations.
Download animation: Choroszcz tryskacze
We design installations in (probably) the first building designed fully according to BIM ideology. This is Revit + MagiCAD. .
We discovered that you can use CAD Vent to model not only ventilation. Example – natural gas bolier room.
Ventilation in a shopping centre designed with CAD Vent. Unfortunately the architecture is 2D.
Download animation: Jurowiecka wentylacja
Our road to BIM
We become a member of BIM Klaster, which unites innovative and highly specialised micro, small and medium companies in Poland. Those companies include design offices, ICT and public institiusions of business and scientific nature which aim to support the innovation in Polish economy.
We routinely design heat substations and boiler rooms in 3D. We implemented 3D modeling in garages of residential buildings. We buy new computers for the entire team.
Two more BIM installation projects, unfortunately with 2D architeture. We create first families for a plumbing fixtures manufacturer.
We participate in the first (in our region) multi-discipline BIM project. It is a residential and office bulding in Augustów.
Piotr becomes an Autodesk Certified Professional and gets an instructor license for Revit and AutoCAD.
We begin a 3-year leasing on Revit and MagiCAD licenses.
Piotr begins to publish articles regarding AutoCAD and BIM in a monthy magazine – Cyrkulacje.
We start the first big project coordinated in the cloud. Part of the documentation is created in 3D or BIM. It is a new manufacturing plant in Zabłudów for Samasz company.
Piotr Szumski (son) becomes a Revit instructor in AEC Design – an Autodesk Partner.
We finish the first big project in 3D – it is not 3D yet. Ventilation in the Białystok’s home team football stadium created in CAD Vent.
We own 7 AutoCAD LTs licenses and 2 AutoCAD Revit Suites. The initial presentations and our own tries discourage us from sticking to Revit, but we begin with 3D modeling ventilation in CAD Vent.
We create and implement a quality management system (continued and modified to this day).
We replace Audytor programs with Instal-Therm due to their ability of designing on layouts – closer to BIM !
We buy new computers, plotters and printers.
We design our first project in (almost) 3D. Mechanical ventilation with VentPack from Fluid Desk.
After 9 years we change the CAD platform. MegaCAD did not become a standard and is difficult for coordination with architects. We move to Autodesk licenses.
We move to our own place. We employ more people.
We hire our first employee and move to a rented office. We have 3 computers and 2 MegaCAD licenses. The computers are connected and the files are stored on one of them, which is probly called “the server”.
I buy a licesce for MegaCAD. I create a library of fittings and my first CAD drawing – a standalone chimney for oil boiler room. I create a library of elemts for heating substations and an add-on for MegaCAD.
I receive unlimited qualifications for designing, so my wife and I start a company. The basic line of work is designing installations. We work at home.
My first relatively complex computer program. My dimploma : Computer program for designing central heating installation”. It assisted in calculating heating loads, radiators, piping sizes and hydraulic regulation. It was written in BASIC on my private Commodore VIC 20 (5kB RAM memory + external module of 16 kB). I used audio casette tapes and a black-and-white Unitra Vela TV.
My first computer program. It calculated flow and sizes of hot water and circulation pipes. Written in PASCAL on a Hewlett-Packard minicoputer.
First contact with a computer during my studies. Simple programs Written in FORTRAN on ODRA 1300 series computer.