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Sunday, August 8, 2010

CFdesign for Revit - The next level of BIM and Analysis

During my weekly "Conversation about BIM" conference call last Friday, we were discussing GBxml when I brought up CFdesign.  I was surprised that no one was familiar with the product, so I thought I'd share it with you. Of course, it's one of the many BIM products my company sells, so contact me if you'd like more informaiton.

Source: http://www.cfdesign.com/Will-CFdesign/Work-with-My-CAD-Tool/Revit.aspx

CFdesign for Revit
CFdesign 2010 allows MEP engineers for the first time to run air flow and thermal design studies seamlessly from the Revit environment. Previously, traditional CFD software presented too many technical and time consuming barriers to be used by engineers at AEC firms.
CFdesign provides a straightforward flexible workflow with full associativity to the Revit model. Now real world validation can be conducted on models at their desktop to understand how design changes can help achieve environmental objectives and energy certifications. (view more AEC applicaitons)

Watch how CFdesign can help you make better design decisions faster and easier.
Results Visualization & Design Decisions

CFdesign 2010 has a new flexible decision-making environment called the Decision Center. This tool empowers you to make smart design decisions, quickly by extracting and comparing specific results values from each of your designs and scenarios. CFdesign then creates a complete performance picture by comparing all the results against the targeted critical performance values. CFdesign’s comprehensive air flow and thermal simulations capabilities allow engineers to explore and gain clear insights earlier in the design process and deliver projects efficiently with fewer risks.


Watch how quickly you can setup a design study from Revit.
Workflow & Revit Integration

CFdesign provides a straightforward flexible workflow with full associativity to the Revit model. This integration means Revit users won’t have to export/import their models.The Design Study Manager is a new utility which helps you organize and keep track of your Revit models and design studies. Now, when launching your BIM model from Revit to CFdesign, this new utility automatically opens and lists all of the CFdesign files it finds on the local workstation. Each design file is presented in a tree view along with associated scenarios when expanded and can be updated without exiting CFdesign. Manage analysis results and scenarios from inside Revit.


Architectural Engineering
Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms face a variety of environmental control challenges from atriums to data centers. The push to deliver green solutions with maximum efficiency has added the need to explore new tools. Many firms are searching for the best way to integrate building information modeling (AutoCAD, Revit, MicroStation) with a user friendly design and analysis tool. CFdesign removes the barriers and pains AEC firms have faced for years. Now you can conduct real world testing on your models to understand how design changes can help you achieve environmental objectives and energy certifications.

CFdesign Solves Tough Problems
  • Thermal comfort
  • Data center cooling
  • Energy audits
  • Solar loading
  • Condensation
  • Clean rooms / pharmaceuticals
  • Smoke egress / LMA
  • Occupant Safety
  • Thermal bridging
  • External Wind Loading

Customer Briefs
Morson Projects was asked to produce an analysis of the car park (parking garage) to show that the mechanical ventilation would provide a minimum number of air changes per hour and what is known as an eight-megawatt fire to show that the ventilation system will clear smoke adequately enough within 60 seconds.

Genesys Engineering worked with engineers from Blue Ridge Numerics to deliver an HVAC redesign for the Yale School of Medicine laboratory.
Berner uses CFdesign to assist and accelerate the development of air doors that can stop 30 mpg gusts and work in openings up to 30-ft high. The ability to conduct extensive early stage design reviews prior to the construction of a physical prototype gives Berner engineers the ability to efficiently sort through all the ‘what ifs’ until all product quality and innovation objectives are achieved.

HVAC
CFdesign allows you to reliably simulate and optimize the design, placement, and performance of critical components and systems like hydraulics, pneumatics, valves, blowers, fans, pumps, compressors, heatsinks, heat exchangers, cooling fans, power supplies, manifolds, HVAC components, motors, turbomachinery, even entire electronics systems all while on the “digital drawing board”.

CFdesign Solves Tough Problems
  • Design challenges like balancing airflow without increasing pressure loss, noise reduction, and including the detailed effects of blowers, fans, and heat exchangers are easy to answer in a CFdesign analysis.
  • Time can be spent more on making an optimized design rather than worrying about the details of analysis. Design variation can be made quickly in your native CAD system and associatively analyzed in CFdesign
  • System-level blower, choke valves, filter media, and fans make modeling large systems easy and fast
  • Mixing boxes for commercial, residential, automotive, and ECS can be analyzed quickly to gain insight on the different positions of vanes, baffles, etc.
Customer Briefs


Aprilaire introduced the first evaporative flow-through-design humidifiers in 1954 and has been a technology leader ever since. CFdesign is a vital in their never-ending quest to walk the thin line between too much and too little humidity.
Genesys Engineering worked with engineers from Blue Ridge Numerics to deliver an HVAC redesign for the Yale School of Medicine laboratory.
Berner uses CFdesign to assist and accelerate the development of air doors that can stop 30 mpg gusts and work in openings up to 30-ft high. The ability to conduct extensive early stage design reviews prior to the construction of a physical prototype gives Berner engineers the ability to efficiently sort through all the ‘what ifs’ until all product quality and innovation objectives are achieved.


Download Whitepaper Moving from Physical to Digital Prototyping 

Some cool photos for you:

Clean room entrance showing scalar contaminant entrance upfront in design process 
http://www.cfdesign.com/image/legacy/wcfd/hvac/clean_500pix.gif


Data Center Cooling
http://www.cfdesign.com/image/legacy/wcfd/AEC/Data-Center-LG.jpg

Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD)

http://www.cfdesign.com/image/legacy/wcfd/AEC/Lobby-Thermal-Comfort-LG.jpg

Laboratory Airflow Distribution http://www.cfdesign.com/image/legacy/wcfd/AEC/Lab-HVAC-LG.jpg



Atrium Solar

http://www.cfdesign.com/image/legacy/wcfd/AEC/Atrium-Solar-Loading-LG.jpg

Atriums HVAC systems
http://www.cfdesign.com/image/legacy/wcfd/AEC/Piano-atrium-LG.gif

External Wind Loading on Buildings http://www.cfdesign.com/image/legacy/wcfd/AEC/Solar-Observatory-External-Wind-Loading-LG.jpg

External Wind/Wake http://www.cfdesign.com/image/legacy/wcfd/AEC/External-air-flow-LG.jpg


HVAC Ducting and Vents
http://www.cfdesign.com/image/legacy/wcfd/hvac/room/_500pix.gif

Website: CFdesign for Revit:

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