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    Thanks Thomas for your input, really helpful
    I am wondering if i am getting ahead of myself here.
    Initially i was using the Revit Systems for MEP, then i tried the Fabrication parts within revit and felt that it was more accurate than the Revit system parts, but lacking parts. I tried to update the Revit Fabrication parts but nothing seems to have changed.
    I have never used CAD MEP before and i feel like i am losing track of myself without having a full understanding of the workings of Revit & CAD MEP!
    Should i leave well enough alone, or should i get down and understand the basic setup and configuration of Revit & CAD MEP?

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    Just a quick update about myself.
    I work for a small M&E contractor, i have worked on the drawing boards since the 80's and then moved on to AutoCAD R9 and have been using AutoCAD since (No CAD MEP experience).
    Our company is quite happy to just get drawings out in 2D but the demand for revit is increasing.

    I am managing the drawings department and i need to make sure that things run as smoothly as possible, at the moment i am testing the capabilities of Revit and one thing has led to another "Fabrication Parts within CAD MEP", i think i took a few steps too soon and now feel slightly discombobulated...

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    If you are not afraid to dig deep, think hard, and put some effort into a database, go for it, otherwise, I'd just stay out of it. Use the Fab Parts that are immediately available or stick to the standard RFA-based Revit stuff.

    If you decide to go the Fab Parts route with any seriousness, you'll need to get some good training.

    The only dedicated forum for FAB is at XtraCAD.com. There are YEARS of information over there (disclosure: I financially contribute to their continued success same as I do here at RevitForum.org) That forum was invaluable to me when I got started in FAB back in '09 before ADSK bought it (MAP-Software back then and resold by TSI in the US).

    Applied Software (ASTI) in the US is doing a great job picking up the additional training requirements and documentation here in the US, but I'm not sure what's available for you over there. The original MAP-Software team was out of Blackpool and the Admin for XtraCAD is on your side of the pond as well, so I'm sure you can find some more regional resources for assistance.

    I have been using FAB Parts in Revit in a dedicated fashion now for about two years and while it's not perfect, I'm trying to give it my best. I do approach it with a decent amount of experience in CADmep, so that sets me apart.

    Content is king. (I believe James Reis said that to me.) Just as when it comes to needing good RFAs, you'll need good ITM content. Trimble is selling ITM content as well as ASTI and a newer company I just learned about called Virtual Building Supply (VBS). Don't forget there is a decent amount you can download through the CADmep interface as well.

    If you want to stick with RFA based workflows, I would also encourage you to consider SysQue by Trimble. The have a mega SQL database that feeds both ITM creation and RFA creation and their tools for working with standard RFA content are slick.

    Hopefully that doesn't make it any more confusing than what the situation already is.
    Last edited by TFuller; January 3rd, 2019 at 03:58 PM. Reason: first sentence made no sense

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