So, the first question to address is why is this considered a cornerstone of WME MEPs future?
Initially this was trialed with only 2 data elements; the cooling load density in w/m2 and the electrical power density in w/m2. After importing this data to revit we were then able to create colour coded drawings that reflected concept stage load densities, calculate floor-wise or building wise loads and apply diversities or other calculations as was felt necessary. With this first success the basic approach was developed to an all-encompassing MEP room data sheet that can be scaled from basic concept stage information such as whether the design in that space was “shell and core” or “fit-out” all the way through to Detailed Design room data such as the number of sockets in a room or the latent gains to be considered in the cooling loads.
This approach also has the huge advantage that it allows the team to very quickly react to changes in the model as it is no longer necessary to manually update calculations or data sheets based on architectural changes as this can be conducted within minutes via running the scripts in sequence and the reviewing the output drawings and schedules. This initial step in late 2019 really set the team in a positive direction and is now the first digitlisation activity conducted on all of WMEs projects. Over time it has grown and developed and is now the key starting point for other workflows developed both with dynamo and revit but also linking through to 3rd party applications such as IES and HAP.