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June 28th, 2008
Autodesk Presents Revit BIM Experience Award

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PR – Autodesk, Inc. today announced that Design West Engineering, a San Bernardino, California-based mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering consulting firm, has been selected to receive a Revit BIM Experience Award.

To date the firm has used Revit MEP software to complete
design and construction documentation for 12 projects, and has extensively
used Revit MEP models to collaborate with multi-discipline design and
construction teams. The Revit BIM Experience Award is presented to
commercial firms, educational institutions and individuals for innovation
and excellence in implementing the Autodesk Revit platform for BIM (which
includes Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP software
applications) on one or more projects.
"We've had a great experience moving to BIM and adopting Revit MEP,
including on our most recent project designing the highly complex MEP
systems for the new Sea Life Aquarium at the LEGOLAND California theme
park," said Robert Cronk, principal, Design West Engineering. "Using a
Revit-based BIM process on the aquarium project enabled the
multi-discipline design team to detect interferences before construction,
stay on top of updates and remain on schedule. As the industry continues to
adopt BIM, we look forward to even greater collaboration with architects
and structural engineers using the Revit platform."
Design West Engineering is a full-service mechanical and electrical
engineering and energy consulting firm based in San Bernardino, California.
Established in 2000, the firm specializes in mechanical, electrical and
telecommunication engineering applications and energy efficiency projects
for a wide range of building sectors, including education, medical, civic,
residential and commercial. In addition to the new Sea Life Aquarium at
LEGOLAND California, other notable projects include the City of Avalon
Civic Center (Catalina Island, Calif.), Omri & Boni Restaurant (Palm
Desert, Calif.) and the University of Southern California Norris Building
(Los Angeles, Calif.). Other Autodesk solutions used by the firm include
AutoCAD MEP and Autodesk Buzzsaw.
BIM is an integrated process built on coordinated, reliable information
about a project from design through construction and into operations. By
adopting BIM, architects, engineers, contractors and owners can easily
create coordinated, digital design information and documentation; use that
information to more accurately visualize, simulate, and analyze
performance, appearance and cost; and reliably deliver the project faster,
more economically and with reduced environmental impact. Microdesk, an
Autodesk Premier Solutions Provider, provides Design West Engineering with
training and implementation support.
Multi-Firm Team Uses BIM for Sea Life Aquarium at LEGOLAND
Design West Engineering was selected as the MEP consultant for the
28,000 square-foot LEGOLAND Sea Life Aquarium, which is slated to open this
August at the Carlsbad, California theme park. The Design West team used
Revit MEP to model the building's MEP systems, and then used the model to
communicate the location and requirements for the HVAC ducts with the
architecture and structural engineering teams. This enabled the architects
to ensure there were no interferences with the complex ductwork system. A
German aquarium design expert also collaborated with the team by submitting
AutoCAD drawings which were incorporated into the shared Revit model. The
model was used to generate construction documentation, which reduced time
delays associated with costly on-site building change orders and RFIs. The
LEGOLAND theme artists were also able to leverage the Revit model to create
a cohesive decorative scheme that incorporated the exposed ductwork
"Autodesk is delighted to highlight Design West Engineering's extensive
use of Revit MEP by presenting a Revit BIM Experience Award to the firm,"
said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Autodesk AEC Solutions. "We'd also
like to recognize their use of Revit MEP with the IES Virtual Environment
tools to improve building performance and practice sustainable design on
the new Coachella Valley Middle High School in California that will open in
September of 2011."

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