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Modeling Plumbing Systems

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Exercise 4.4.1: Placing Plumbing Fixtures in the Architectural Model

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Place plumbing fixture components in restrooms.
  • Copy plumbing fixtures to similar locations on other levels.
Figure 4.4.1 - Placing a lavatory plumbing fixture component

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Student Exercise

Download Unit4_Lesson4_Exercise1_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Open the model for this exercise in Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software.
  • Place toilet and urinal fixtures in the restrooms on level 1 of the building as shown in Figure 4.4.2.
  • Copy the plumbing fixtures to similar locations on levels 2, 3, and 4.

 

Figure 4.4.2 - Plumbing fixtures placed in the restrooms

Exercise 4.4.2: Copying Shared Elements into a Plumbing Model

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Copy shared levels and grids into a Revit MEP host project.
  • Create working views for plumbing design in Revit MEP.
  • Copy plumbing fixtures from the architectural model into Revit MEP.
Figure 4.4.3 - Copying plumbing fixtures to the Revit MEP host project

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Student Exercise

Download Unit4_Lesson4_Exercise2_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit 
  • Open the model for this exercise in Revit MEP software.
  • Copy the plumbing fixtures from the architectural model into the Revit MEP plumbing model using the Batch Copy option to copy all of them.
  • Open the 3D Plumbing view to verify that the fixtures are copied into the Revit MEP plumbing model.

 

Figure 4.4.4 -  Plumbing fixtures copied into the Revit MEP host project

Exercise 4.4.3: Modeling Sanitary Systems

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Create a vertical riser.
  • Place horizontal branch pipes.
  • Connect branch pipes to the riser.
  • Connect plumbing fixtures to branch pipes.
  • View sanitary systems in the System Browser.
Figure 4.4.5 - Creating a branch pipe to a vertical riser

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Student Exercise

Download Unit4_Lesson4_Exercise3_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Open the model for this exercise in Revit MEP software.
  • Copy the horizontal branch pipe on level 2 to similar locations on levels 3 and 4.
  • Connect the toilet fixtures on level 2 to the horizontal branch pipe with the Connect Into tool.
  • Connect the sanitary connector of the sink and urinal fixtures to the horizontal branch pipe using similar steps.

 

Figure 4.4.6 -  Plan and 3D views showing plumbing fixtures connected to horizontal branch pipe