FireAcad Steps to Create BIM File For Revit®

Follow the steps below and you should be able to successfully Create BIM file for Revit®.


FireAcad Startup

Run FireAcad and you will be able to create a drawing or bring up an existing drawing. (It is very important to use the proper units for your drawing!)


FireAcad Resort Command

Run FireAcad's RE-SORTING command after sprinkler drawing is created or if using an existing drawing.


FireAcad Make 3D Option

Create 3D piping by selecting "3D PIPING" and then "MAKE 3D". When this dialog box appears, click on "GouraudShaded" and then click "OK" button. After that, the 3D drawing will be created. Now you can run Revit MEP with the same version as your AutoCAD. At this point, you may choose to leave FireAcad open or close depending on whether you have enough memory.

FireAcad Revit® Startup Screen

Navigate to the top left corner and then click on the "Big R". Then hover the mouse on new or click on the arrow so a sub menu will appear on the right. Afterwards, click on "Project". A dialog box appears prompting you to choose a template. Leave everything default and just simply click on the "Browse..." button and another dialog box will appear prompting users to choose whether US Imperial or US Metric. Either one will always appear as default depending on how you installed Revit. Once in a corresponding folder, the file will show as "Electrical-Default_Metric, Mechanical-Default_Metric, & System-Default_Metric. This is for Metric only template and for Imperial, it will not say "Metric at the end". So, open "Mechanical-Default_Metric" Template and click "OK" button to finish off and will automatically proceed to a blank drawing screen.


FireAcad Revit® File List

Inside Revit®, click on "Add-Ins" located above the ribbon and then click on the "External Tools" icon within the ribbon. The "FireAcad BIM" will appear. After that a Fire List dialog box will appear as shown above. From there on, the user can select IRP (imperial) file or MRP (metric) file from c:FireAcaddwg1 directory. which was created earlier on in the process. A series of saved drawing files will be listed. Select the appropriate drawing file and then click "OK" button to complete the task.

FireAcad Revit® Convert Progress

After clicking the "OK" button, the above bar will appear which will generate the file you selected to a Revit® produced sprinkler drawings.

FireAcad Revit® Warning

Often times, Revit® can encounter a problem with your drawings which will prompt you to solve the problem which Revit assumes it is a problem and thus, it can be ignored. Other times it will be a serious Revit problem to an extent that the message cannot be ignored and thus, you must address it. A similar message will appear as shown above.


FireAcad Revit® Drawing Screen

Unfortunately, you may think after generating FireAcad 3D objects it appears as if it did not do anything (blank screen). To solve the issue, as shown above, you will have to use your mouse wheel and scroll until the objects appear on the screen. This should not happen but can happen at times.

FireAcad Revit® Conversion Complete

To switch to 3D view from a 2D drawings, you can perform 2 ways. The first way is to navigate to the Project Browser located on the bottom left and look under "3D Views". Expand it if haven't already, and there should be an item called "{3D}". Double click it and it will change from 2D drawing to a 3D drawing. The second way is that if you do not see a "3D views" listed in the Project Browser, simply navigate to the top shortcut icon and you should be able to see a house icon called "Default 3D View" if hover for a second. Click it and you should see the same results.
To change the visibility graphics (appearance) of the piping look, simply navigate to Detail Level and Visual Style located at the bottom of the screen located between the actual drawing scale (1:100) and the sun icon. If you hover over the two icons for a second, you will see the description and the name. You must set the "Detail Level" to "Fine" and then set the "Visual Style" to "Consistence Colors" or "Realistic". Depending on the size of the drawing and the capability of your computer. It is not advisable to choose realistic as it takes time to regenerate and plus it regenerates if you zoom in or out. You can try once and if it appears slow, change it to "Consistence Colours".

Congratulations, you can now begin to use this drawing to modify by using the Revit functions or overlay to your existing architectural drawings to check interference.