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Mark Landsaat

Judging by the amount of comments there's a lot of people that really care about BIM.

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Mark Flayler

Mark, I wouldn't expect a lot of comments on this one because Rob's readers are more Mechanical, and the ones that DO care about BIM are the architects working with them, not the end users of Inventor. This is about collaboration that the other programs CANNOT produce with MEP products. The users of Inventor that run into this need is usually dictated by the project or company desire to create BIM content for Seek and mass use by a range of architects. I have worked with many clients that wanted to get their equipment in Seek just so Revit users can start using it and buying it without having to ask for a model or download a spec sheet and spend 15-30 minutes filling out the data they need.

Paul Southern

I am a Revit MEP electrical designer and have been fighting with trying to export out an Inventor assembly to revit for about a year now, with no luck. Today has been the closest I have come thus far. It is a pretty intense assembly (Generator) the manufacturer didn't have any clue of how to do this so I took a class and have been working on it ever since. The assembly was created in 2009 and I am using 2011. Are there any tips or directions that can be given to me to point me in the right direction. I have watched the above video numerous time and read anything I could possible find on the net. I was wondering if there is a preferred proceedure for upgrading files to a newer release. Any help would be appreciated.

Mark Flayler


Here is a look at the guts of what needs done. I am working on an AU class that will cover it more, but the magic environment you need to look at is AEC Exchange in Inventor.


As far as migrating up from Inventor 2009 to IV2011, there are administrative things to look at, but for the time being you could just open the assembly and then hit Save and Yes to All. That will migrate the assembly up to 2011 and you will not be able to open it in older Inventor.

Inside AEC Exchange you can assign connections and Shrinkwrap the file. Also not that you might have to change the UCS since Inventor and Revit define the UCS differently in a new assembly. All these tools are found there.

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