BIM / Revit
Recognizing a shift in the industry towards BIM (Building Information Modeling), Heapy Engineering began embracing this process early in 2006. Since that time Heapy Engineering has completed a multitude of BIM projects. Currently, 100% of our projects are designed with a BIM software platform. Once we began immersing ourselves in the BIM process, we made a conscientious effort not to limit ourselves to a single product in order to effectively serve the needs of our clients in regards to the final deliverable they require. Not limiting ourselves to a single BIM product platform has allowed us to gain a much deeper understanding of these products and how they interact with each other. This has helped our clients become more successful with their projects in regards to the BIM process they too are trying to embrace. BIM allows Heapy Engineering to enhance our designs, thus making the project more affordable and efficient for our clients.
To date, our BIM projects have been completed with Autodesk’s Revit and AutoCAD MEP products as well as the Bentley Microstation product. We use the Autodesk Navisworks product as a model aggregator to perform more thorough clash detections than the aforementioned products. We have an understanding of IFC’s and the XML schema in order to transfer project information from one software platform to another. We use several energy modeling software package’s like Trane Trace 700, Carrier HAP, and eQUEST to name a few. We utilize those products to perform energy analyses for our projects. In addition, we also utilize Autodesk’s Simulation CFD product to perform computational fluid dynamics to verify design intents for complex project conditions. We can also perform a detailed lighting analysis using the ElumTools product within Revit.
We have established excellent project work flows and working relationships with our architectural partners who have also embraced the BIM process. We have included a project example showing how we have completed our projects utilizing our BIM tools of Revit, AutoCAD MEP and MicroStation. Our Engineering Resource team is dedicated to monitoring the development of the GSA BIM Standards, which includes the standardization efforts by the National Institute of Building Sciences and the US Army Corps of Engineers, as our firm firmly believes that BIM is the way of the future and we have invested heavily in the BIM process. Our Engineering Resources team also regularly participates in speaking engagements and instructional seminars, in various parts of the country, for professional organizations. Those organizations include:
- American Institute of Architects
- American Society of Plumbing Engineers
- Society of Professional Engineers
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers
- Autodesk University
In an effort to maintain a high level of expertise within our company, our Engineering Resources team regularly provides training and assesses our employees’ skill sets.