If you had to sum up in a couple words what the new eVolve 5.0 products offer, it’s flexibility and responsiveness.
The goal of the eVolve MEP development team has been to enable MEP customers to build what they model. That team, comprised of people from the MEP industry, is dedicated to solving industry problems. Using openness and collaboration, the team encourages customers to be involved in roadmapping and new feature ideas for the software. Client involvement helped bring about version 5.0.
For example, for a long time a “point loads” feature has been requested so modelers can have an analysis of the load a hanger is supporting. Through conversations with customers, the team caught a vision of what they needed and created it.
The team meets with customers as often as possible, including a monthly customer “hangout” for feedback on features. In addition, in the customer portal, they can submit ideas and vote on ideas by others.
When designing features, the team considers what an MEP Revit modeler spends the most time on, for instance making adjustments. With out-of-the-box Revit, you have to place hangers, do clash detection, then make adjustments. So, 5.0 was designed to do the clash detection and automatically make placement adjustments in minutes.
eVolve MEP features continue to improve as customers provide feedback. Collaboration makes the product better and, in turn, makes the customers better.
The MEP industry is challenged to find skilled modelers. Companies have to decide whether to take someone comfortable with technology and teach them how to build in the field, or if it’s more effective to take someone from the field and teach them technology and how to model. The goal with eVolve MEP 5.0 was to make the software more intuitive, so people with less experience can do the work.
Both eVolve Electrical and eVolve Mechanical address customer pain points through customization and flexibility. Every company does things a little differently, and that flexibility is built into 5.0.
Standout eVolve Electrical feature: Smart Bend Families – Customers can save 60-70% of modeling time by using Conduit Bend Optimization Tools. The software optimizes racks for true prefabrication, and the data needed for prefab is reported out. This feature helps the field too, because it’s a true representation of how the model gets built.
Watch this six-minute video for details about other enhancements.
Standout eVolve Mechanical features:
- Point lift functionality
- Renumbering workflows
- eVolve Origin ITM database
- Support for Revit 2022
Watch this three-minute video for more details.
eVolve Electrical and eVolve Mechanical augment the work that gets done and enables MEP companies to be more profitable.
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Listen to episode 97 of the Bridging the Gap podcast, as part of the development team of eVolve MEP joins me to unpack all the enhancements to the 5.0 release.