Revit: Modeling the Future

Maricopa County Court Tower
Multi-discipline Revit model illustrating the building systems of the Maricopa County New Court Tower in Phoenix, Arizona.

“To call Syska Hennessy an early adopter of Revit MEP and an advanced user of BIM tools is an understatement. It’s often said that BIM is 10% technology and 90% sociology, and Syska is an industry leader in both respects. They not only adopt tools that benefit the project and the process (even when the right tool is the more labor-intensive option), they also go about it with a positive attitude. From modeling additional items not in their scope to assist in drawing coordination, to actively participating in real-time constructability reviews, Syska's commitment to work for the good of the project is something I can always count on. With Syska Hennessy on the Virtual Design and Construction team, I’m looking forward to the successful completion of the Maricopa County Court Tower and many other projects in years to come.”

– John Tocci, Virtual Building Manager
Gilbane Construction

Maricopa County Court Tower animation courtesy of John Tocci, Gilbane Construction

Syska Hennessy Group has adopted the Autodesk Revit MEP 2010 and AutoCAD MEP 2010 suite of applications for 3D design and advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) projects. As a firm, we are dedicated to utilizing leading edge building industry software to ensure seamless data sharing and exchange with clients and partners. Therefore, we welcome the opportunity to work with our clients to select the most appropriate electronic delivery method and software for each project.

We see direct benefits to utilizing 3D design and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Specifically, we see improvements in our day-to-day collaboration with all design partners which lends to greater focus on integrated project delivery. The overall process provides an opportunity for all team members to collaborate more intensely throughout all phases to develop a better final product. For example, the development of a discipline integrated, 3D model allows our engineers to be more connected to the architectural and structural challenges, specifically related to building material selection, equipment placement and building heating and cooling loads. We’re currently working with our design partners on a variety of projects to resolve interdisciplinary conflicts, lighting fixture placement, and building energy efficiency in the early phases of the project. We feel confident that early conflict resolution can help to reduce RFIs during construction and any related change orders. Simply put – reduce construction costs.

Additionally, the development of the 3D model for design purposes allows our engineers to iteratively work between energy analysis programs, such as Ecotect, Radiance, eQuest, Trace 700 and EnergyPro. Specifically, the Revit MEP 2010 model parameters, such as square footage, material, and program, are transferred directly to these programs without any data input. This translation between programs allows the design effort to be more focused on enhancing building system performance as it relates to architectural elements, thus customizing the engineering to support the architecture and interior program. We believe the results are better building energy performance, better system integration and overall lower cost (first and operational).