Autodesk presents BIM award to Design West Engineering

Autodesk announced that Design West Engineering, a San Bernardino, Calif.-based MEP engineering consulting firm, received a Revit BIM Experience Award.


Autodesk Inc. Design West Engineering , a San Bernardino, Calif.-based mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering consulting firm, received a Revit BIM Experience Award. To date the firm has used Revit MEP software to complete design and construction documentation for 12 projects, and has extensively used Revit MEP models to collaborate with multi-discipline design and construction teams. The Revit BIM Experience Award is presented to commercial firms, educational institutions, and individuals for innovation and excellence in implementing the Autodesk Revit platform for BIM (which includes Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, and Revit MEP software applications) on one or more projects.

"We've had a great experience moving to BIM and adopting Revit MEP, including on our most recent project designing the highly complex MEP systems for the new Sea Life Aquarium at the LEGOLAND California theme park," said Robert Cronk, principal, Design West Engineering. "Using a Revit-based BIM process on the aquarium project enabled the multi-discipline design team to detect interferences before construction, stay on top of updates, and remain on schedule. As the industry continues to adopt BIM, we look forward to even greater collaboration with architects and structural engineers using the Revit platform."

In addition to the new Sea Life Aquarium at LEGOLAND California, otherk Buzzsaw.

Design West Engineering was selected as the MEP consultant for the 28,000-sq.-ft LEGOLAND Sea Life Aquarium, which is slated to open this August at the Carlsbad, Calif. theme park. The Design West team used Revit MEP to model the building's MEP systems, and then used the model to communicate the location and requirements for the HVAC ducts with the architecture and structural engineering teams. This enabled the architects to ensure there were no interferences with the complex ductwork system. A German aquarium design expert also collaborated with the team by submitting AutoCAD drawings, which were incorporated into the shared Revit model. The model was used to generate construction documentation, which reduced time delays associated with costly on-site building change orders and RFIs. The LEGOLAND theme artists were also able to leverage the Revit model to create a cohesive decorative scheme that incorporated the exposed ductwork elements.
"Autodesk is delighted to highlight Design West Engineering's extensive use of Revit MEP by presenting a Revit BIM Experience Award to the firm," said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Autodesk AEC Solutions. "We'd also like to recognize their use of Revit MEP with the IES Virtual Environment tools to improve building performance and practice sustainable design on the new Coachella Valley Middle High School in California that will open in September of 2011."
Read an online interview with Mark Galle, principal, and Joel Londenberg, Revit project manager, Design West Engineering.

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