I wish REVIT MEP would do half the things you guys do!
I wish REVIT MEP would do half the things you guys do! Have you talked Autodesk about a joint merger or something. REVIT is what were using but it doesn't do a laundry list of things. Auto-populating panels with correct breaker sizes and wires based upon NEC and company standards. Doesn't computer AIC/Fault based upon the criteria needed. Won't let me choose what circuit I want to use. On and on! I talk to the guys around here everyday and the $840 yr compared to $5000 is kicking REVIT's Butt! Please go teach them how we Engineers and Designers really use this kind of software. I don't know any other way to put this, I pray for the day you guys teach REVIT MEP how to do it right.
Be careful when you say “never”, right? Turns out, we did end up implementing an add-in for Revit MEP. I’m not sure it’s quite half what our AutoCAD software can do, but it is a start.
You can learn about the add-in here:
You can make suggestions for other improvements here:
John Reed commented
I am becoming concerned at Autodesk will try to squeeze DM out of the ballpark. They have done this in multiple ways in the past by either buying up the competition or simply creating a monopoly where design professionals feel pressured to go with the most popular platform rather than the best one. We have all gone on board with Autocad (most of us have) and now suddenly Autodesk has a new product that makes ACAD no good after all these years. I hate to see such a great product as DM get muted by another such squeeze-play. I have several architectural clients, some using Autocad, some using Revit. The Revit vendors are telling them that they will have problems if their consultants don't make the switch to Revit as well. I feel that there are a millions holes in this argument, but the Architects are listening anyway. Not sure what the answer is, just venting! I have been searching for good MEP software for years. Now that I have finally found it, I am left wondering if its too late!
Writing a version of DM that runs on Revit MEP is not something we ever plan to do. Autodesk likes to continually start over. First Softdesk 8, then Autodesk Building Systems (renamed AutoCAD MEP), then Revit MEP. Maybe they'll finally get to implementing the fun stuff with Revit MEP. In the mean time, we plan to keep plugging away on the platform we have. There's room in the market for both programs.
Don St.Pierre commented
Unfortunately, we as a company are trying to standardize on Revit MEP, (which is trash in the current version, but in 5 years it might give you run for the money... ). So my main wish is for a version of DM to work within Revit MEP.
Thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately, we don't control what gets implemented in Revit MEP. All we can do is offer engineers an alternative.
Drayton Bailey commented
Not to mention the awesome takeoff feature.