Frequently Asked Questions
What is KitConnect?
KitConnect is a software technology that integrates with Revit enabling effective design reuse of repeatable elements throughout multiple projects saving design time and reducing errors.
KitConnect also helps designers take a BIM model and develop it into a manufacturable kit-of-parts to easily share with building manufacturers while reducing the burden of QA/QC.
KitConnect offers the ability to configure modules or groups while ensuring adherence to design standards. A unified enterprise library for repeated content allows controlled distribution and optimized repetition across multiple Revit projects.
Is KitConnect only used by designers of modular or prefab buildings?
KitConnect offers value in any repeatable design regardless of the intended construction method. KitConnect helps reduce the overhead of managing content and design standards on building typologies with high amounts of design repetition like hospitals, multi-family housing, office buildings, data centers. Using KitConnect for your repeatable design layouts ensures the project team adheres to the design intent while reducing time-consuming, repetitive modeling.
How are KitConnect's kit-of-parts different from Revit Groups?
Groups in Revit are a collection of associated families. A kit-of-parts in KitConnect makes these types of groups “smart” by allowing you to introduce specific design constraints affecting how each element interacts with another. KitConnect manages these rules and updates your kits accordingly.
How do constraints and rules work in KitConnect?
KitConnect includes an optioning rule allowing you to define a set of variations or options at the part, assembly, or module level. Designers can customize these components within a defined set of constraints. KitConnect also tracks the positioning of each element within an assembly. If a part is missing, in the wrong location, or is out of date, KitConnect automatically reassembles the module based on your defined rules. This process reduces the QA/QC burden throughout the life of a project.
How does configuration work in KitConnect?
Configuration is how a part, assembly, or module is arranged based on a set of rules or constraints. KitConnect allows numerous design variations based on your defined rules allowing you design freedom and flexibility while working within the constraints
What is a Kit-of-Parts?
A kit-of-parts is a collection of pre-designed and pre-engineered building components used in prefabrication and offsite construction. The organization of individual parts and materials into assemblies offers flexibility for mass customization and mass production. Elements are sized appropriately for optimized manufacturing, convenient handling, transport, and installation, a process known as Designed for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA).
However, a kit-of-parts is helpful in many applications outside of manufacturing building components. For instance, room types repeated throughout a project could be organized as a kit-of-parts to include walls, windows, doors, ceilings, furniture, and finishes. Implementing a kit-of-parts approach offers repeatable design elements that align with your company standards.
As more modern construction methods continue to expand throughout the industry, a kit-of-parts approach helps you move towards manufacturing with additional functionality for Bill of Materials (BOM) and Designed for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) features while continuing to automate the process.
Why should I use the KitConnect library instead of my own?
Most content libraries simply serve as storage. KitConnect makes your content smart with the ability to define how each part, module, or assembly relates to another through constraints. KitConnect also introduces change management processes to prevent unauthorized or accidental changes to content. KitConnect automatically updates assemblies and tracks revisions. Existing Revit libraries can be uploaded into KitConnect, offering a scalable solution to share content with more stakeholders.
How can KitConnect improve my design process?
KitConnect reduces repetitive modeling, saving you time and eliminating errors that inevitably occur when recreating content. KitConnect helps prevent the usage of out-of-date designs in projects with robust versioning controls. Working with configurable content is simple and accessible. Designers and product engineers can easily manage design rules, guidelines, and content directly from Revit to the cloud. KitConnect eliminates issues associated with distributed content management tools and enables a seamless collaborative approach through a cloud-based library to share content across multiple projects, design teams, and external project stakeholders.
Also, KitConnect facilitates knowledge capture with data-centric workflows giving all users access to a single source of truth. As changes occur throughout the lifecycle of a project, designers, manufacturers, and builders can push information back to the kit, ensuring everyone is working with relevant and current data.
How does KitConnect improve the handoff from design to manufacturing?
The design of a BIM model is inherently different from designing a building for fabrication. Changes in mindset, scope, or design, can quickly introduce costly errors into the process. KitConnect’s module configurator tools ensure adherence to DfMA constraints directly from the KitConnect cloud library. KitConnect keeps your design intent in sync with fabrication constraints, so you spend less time and overhead preventing mistakes before they hit the factory floor.
BIM to BOM (Bill of Materials) quality assurance is made easy with KitConnect’s automated audit and on-demand Bill of Materials (BOM) functionality. KitConnect monitors and compares the Revit model against our source of truth in the cloud to ensure a highly accurate, highly coordinated Revit model.