Working with DIBS42’s UOB Template

Working with DIBS42’s UOB Template

In February 2024, the UOB 2.0 plugin was launched for testing, marking an exciting development for us at DIBS42. With this, our UOB Template, aimed at enhancing efficiency in BIM projects, became publicly available. The positive reception and valuable feedback have highlighted the benefits of working with DIBS42’s UOB template.

In brief, here’s how the template can help you:

1. It gives you a Quick Start: Jump in fast with everything pre-set for piping, ducts, and more, making work smoother.

2. Saves Time: Cuts setup time by up to 100%, so you focus more on the important stuff.

3. Tailored for UOB: Designed for UOB 2.0, making it super compatible and easy to use.

4. Meets Dutch Standards: Fully set up for the work in UOB, DRS, and BIM basis ILS  compliance. 

5. Ongoing Support: Regular updates keep you ahead with the latest features.

If you haven’t downloaded our template, we suggest you do so before you dive into this blog post. For working with it you also need the UOB plugin.

In this blog post, we’re going to break down how to use the DIBS42’s UOB Template effectively. Our goal is to keep things simple and straightforward because we know how overwhelming new tools can be. They are here to help us, not to scare us. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced BIM Jedi, this guide is for you.

Our manual has more in-depth information about the following topics:

  • Should you choose .rvt or .rte
  • Configuring Piping, Duct, and Cable Trays
  • Setting Up the Titleblock
  • Organizing the Project Browser and Levels
  • Naming Floorplans According to Standards
  • Utilizing Filters for Efficient Project Management
  • Working with Worksets
  • Standardizing Line Styles
  • Creating and Managing Schedules
  • Designing with Legends and Tags
  • Leveraging View Templates

But for now, let’s keep it simple.

First off, pick your starting point: the .rvt for a blank canvas or the .rte for a pre-loaded setup. We suggest getting your titleblock sorted early on—it’s like setting up a welcoming front door for your client’s project. With essentials like ducts, pipes, and cable trays ready to roll, you can dive into modeling without delay. And yes, while we’ve preset routing preferences for ease, there’s room to modify them to your project.

Before diving deeper, organize your project browser and levels. We’ve got three setups to choose from, all designed to keep your project as neat as a pin and in line with NLRS standards. And speaking of standards, naming your floorplans consistently is key. We’ve prepared five floorplans for each discipline to speed up your start. Plus, our template has numerous filters for system type, class, and more, making it a easier to navigate through your project’s components. Each discipline’s got its own prefix, so finding what you need is quick and easy.

Have you heard of Worksets? You probably did, and you might be aware that they work with .rvt only, allowing your team to tackle different aspects of the project without getting in each other’s way. With worksets, your project stays organized and everyone can see what’s going on without stepping on toes. For more clarity, we also standardized line styles for you, so we save you from worrying about your drawings not matching up. Navigate through the software settings to tweak them as needed, but this template covers the basics for all your W&E projects.

Schedules are there to keep everything from data rules to general categories organized. Adding more for specific tasks is always easier if the groundwork is already laid out. Just stick to NLRS naming conventions to keep it all in order. Plus, our legends and tags make your drawings instantly clear, showing materials, components, or symbols simply. Adjust them to fit your project as needed. In the end, we have our view templates, that are pretty useful for making sure everything looks the same across your project, whether it’s floor plans or side views. They’re really easy to adjust to make sure they fit what you’re working on.

At this point, by following this guide you should be working on your project in a more streamlined, optimized, and simpler smarter way.

Are you now ready to tackle your project?

We hope you are, and that this blog helped clear things up for you. Make sure to read the manual from the .zip file of our template as well. It is designed to improve your workflow from the very beginning. Remember, this is just our first version, and we’re really excited to hear what you think. Your feedback is key to making our template even better for you, the community, and us. So, please don’t hesitate to send us your thoughts, suggestions, or any feedback at info@dibs42.com. Together, we can make this tool the best it can be.