What is a Kit-of-Parts?
A Kit-of-Parts is a system of reusable components that can be mixed and matched to create an almost endless array of design options and building types. This is often a rules-based system driven by various constraints (manufacturing, constructability, design standards, etc.).
Is a Kit-of-Parts constrained only to Modular designs?
No, it’s not. A Kit-of-Parts can be used by anyone, even if they are not taking a prefab, modular, or Industrialized Construction (IC) production approach. Implementing a Kit-of-Parts approach gives you repeatable design elements that include design guidelines or constraints that you want your company to adhere to. As you begin to move toward manufacturing, it’s easy to progress to using additional features such as Bill of Materials (BOM), and prefabrication-focused or IC-focused workflows, which continue to automate the process.
How will KitConnect improve my design process with a Kit-of-Parts?
We make working with a Kit-of-Parts easy and accessible. With KitConnect, your expert designers and product engineers can manage DfMA rules, design guidelines, and content directly from Revit to the cloud and share that cloud library across multiple projects, design teams, and external organizations. With our single source of truth managed in the cloud, we eliminate distributed systems of content management, design guidelines, and parts tracking with our integrated Revit to Web solution. We lower the barrier of entry to work with configurable content so all of your designers can focus on what they do best… making great buildings.
Is KitConnect used only for modular or prefab designs?
No, it’s not. KitConnect can be used wherever you have repeatability. A bathroom layout that may be used repetitively throughout a building is an excellent example of content that could exist in the KitConnect Content Library. The content does not need to be produced off-site, it can be constructed in the traditional means and methods on a job site. By using KitConnect you ensure that you and your team adhere to the design intent while reducing repetitive modeling.
Why is the KitConnect Content Library different from other libraries out there?
It’s because the content within the library is coupled with rich information such as how it is pieced together, or simply its constraints allowing us to run an audit that behaves almost like a model checker.
We already have an extensive library of Revit content. Can KitConnect help us manage it in the cloud?
Yes, it can. The KitConnect Content Library is in the cloud which makes it a scalable solution to share your content with more stakeholders. When you already have an extensive library, you can make them KitConnect-ready and then publish them to the KitConnect Content library, or you can create the parts in Revit and publish them to the KitConnect Content Library.
Why is it better to reduce repetitive modeling?
Reducing repetitive modeling saves you time, eliminates errors that inevitably occur when recreating content, and prevents the usage of out-of-date designs in projects by using the versioning feature.
What constraints or rules can I apply to my content in the KitConnect Content Library?
KitConnect provides two types of rules or constraints today. The first one is an optioning rule that allows you to define a set of possible variations or options that are available for a part, assembly, or module. This rule allows a design team to customize the parts/modules within a set of defined constraints. Second, KitConnect tracks every part within an assembly or a module and how they're positioned relative to one another. This allows us to run an audit on your Revit model to check for accuracy. If any part is missing, it's in the wrong location, or it's simply out-of-date, we can automatically put everything back together. This rule dramatically reduces the QA/QC burden throughout the life of a project.
How can KitConnect preserve and protect your Intellectual Property (IP)?
We have established that building and maintaining a Kit-of-Parts is really the best way to capture and manage your IP, so it doesn’t leave the company when your employees do. Today, KitConnect protects IP when it’s confined to a single company. It does not only capture your design modules, but also the associated rules and constraints that define how those components go together, how they must be fabricated and installed, and what materials are needed to facilitate and automate the process. So in short, your rules are your IP. If you can manage them in KitConnect, then you have a system to capture and own them, particularly because it's often just trapped in the heads of the designers.
What do you mean by ‘Configuration’?
Configuration is the process of arranging a part/assembly/module while adhering to a set of rules or constraints to get a desired design outcome that meets the specific requirements of the building you are designing. The building constraints can be based on site conditions such as structural requirements, aesthetic requirements, and programmatic needs. Configurations allow numerous design possibilities from a very small ruleset, so while constrained, there are still many design variations or freedom.
How will KitConnect enhance our continuous improvement process for DfMA?
In AEC, change is a constant. It's important to capture knowledge throughout the lifecycle of a project, from designers, manufacturers, and builders, and push that knowledge back into the Kit. Our data-centric workflows give all your users access to the single source of truth, whether they're working in Revit or the Web.
Prefab & DfMA
What is DfMA?
DfMA stands for Designed for Manufacturing and Assembly. In AEC this is how a module, building system or component is designed to be efficiently manufactured in the factory, and easily assembled on-site during construction.
We are not a prefab company. Will KitConnect work for me?
Even if you're in the early days of your prefab or DfMA journey, KitConnect can work for you. We've set out to make working with configurable, modular/DfMA content easy and accessible. It turns out that many of the same benefits can be found if you are working with any repeatable design elements that are used again and again across multiple projects. If you're working on hospitals, multi-family housing, office buildings, data centers, or other typologies with standard design elements, and high amounts of repetition, KitConnect will help you reduce the overhead of managing your content and your design standards. And as you journey further down the DfMA path, we'll be right there with you to support even more complex DfMA workflows.
How will KitConnect improve our handoff from design to manufacturing?
BIM to BOM quality assurance is made easy with KitConnect's automated audit and on-demand Bill of Materials (BOM) functionality. We monitor your Revit model against our source of truth in the cloud to ensure a highly accurate, highly coordinated Revit model. And with KitConnect's module configurator tools, you can rest assured that your design teams are adhering to the DfMA constraints directly from your cloud library. Errors during manufacturing due to bad data handling can have enormous cost impacts. KitConnect keeps your design intent in sync with fabrication constraints so you spend less time and overhead working to catch errors before they hit the factory floor.