Services Design Solution Ltd (SDS) is a building services consultancy company with offices based in Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol and Cardiff. The company provides mechanical, electrical and public health services designs for a diverse range of projects, including education, health care, commercial, public and community, defence, industrial, residential, leisure, railway and water projects. SDS has also been recognised by the Building Magazine as one of the UK’s Top 150 Professional Construction Consultants.
Digital Engineer Sergio Moreira shared with us the many ways in which they use MagiCAD for Revit at Services Design Solution and the effect that the software has had on enhancing and streamlining their daily design workflow.
Meeting the requirements of each work stage
SDS provide building services designs which mainly take place during three specific RIBA stages of a building project. MagiCAD is utilised in numerous different ways throughout these design stages. “We start on RIBA Stage 3 with main runs for ductwork and pipework and use connection nodes to help us select equipment. On Stage 4A, we calculate final sizes and pressure drops using MagiCAD’s generic product families, as well as our own, since non-MagiCAD product families can also be easily imported into the software. On the final stage, we commonly access and use the MagiCAD manufacturer-verified MEP database of families within Revit to produce a LOD 300 to 350 standard deliverable,” explains Sergio.
A positive experience
For SDS, the overall experience of using MagiCAD for Revit has been very positive and the range of tools in MagiCAD has simplified and increased the efficiency of their daily modelling and coordination design work as well as the ability to quickly perform UK-aligned engineering calculations in Revit.