The RFA Interpreter enables you to use parametric content in RFA format that is readily available from manufacturers on the internet, extending Bentley’s interoperability even further. What is RFA? An RFA is Revit’s file format for storing their parametric families (parametric components) and are similar to AECOsim's PAZ files for parametric components.
The RFA Interpreter in AECOsim Building Designer WILL allow the RFA to:
The RFA interpreter in AECOsim Building Designer DOES NOT support:
The process of reading that RFA content is broken into two stages: (1) Import the data from the RFAs into the DataGroup catalog and (2) Place the RFAs into your project.
In step 1, a Wizard helps you map the RFA category, properties, and object styles to the equivalent AECOsim Building Designer category, properties, and Parts & Families. Each Type that is defined in the RFA becomes a DataGroup Catalog Entry. After going through this mapping process, the RFAs will look, act, and report similarly to how the existing AECOsim Building Designer content does.
In step 2, you will use the existing AECOsim Building Designer tools to place the RFAs. The Place Door tool will place RFA-based doors. Place User Defined will place most architectural furniture and equipment. Currently, a new Place Mechanical tool will place RFA-based air handling units, plumbing equipment, and other mechanical and plumbing content.
See the linked video, highlighting the RFA interpreter using RFA content within AECOsim Building Designer.