We attended a webinar on September 11, 2019 that was put on by Autodesk® to highlight the new systems analysis functionality in Revit 2020.1. We are no stranger to HVAC systems analysis; we have been using Trane Trace® to calculate and analyze heating and cooling loads in building for years. Our analysis has largely been disconnected from our BIM models, the exception being some marginal gains we have been able to leverage through schedule data and GBXML exports.
Today marks a potentially new chapter opening as we learned about Autodesk's new system analysis tools in Revit 2020.1. Autodesk's Ian Molly demonstrated some of the possible workflows using the geometry resident in a linked architectural model. He demonstrated how the model geometry could be leveraged to develop system analysis ranging in complexities from the most basic conceptual system to a highly detailed system comprised of multiple RTUs, VAV systems and more.
During his presentation he mentioned there are some notable limitations that should be considered but this seems like a pretty existing step in the direction of BIM integration. You can view our recording of the webinar below. As time allows in the future we will dig deeper into these tools and test out the new functionality on our own.