Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Making the Transition from CAD to BIM

Electrical Construction & Maintenance
March 2009
By James Bratton, Dynalectric -- An EMCOR Co.

In today's fast-paced competitive construction market, it's no longer enough to execute a project in the real world of girders, sheet metal, pipe, and racks. These days, requests for proposals (RFPs) on most large projects now require electrical contractors to execute the project first in the virtual world using Building Information Modeling (BIM), and for good reason. Effective use of BIM can improve design, enhance constructability, and accelerate the schedule, saving time and money for the owner as well as the project team - if only BIM software came "out of the box" designed and purposed for electrical contractors.

Yet, in the experience of EMCOR Group, Inc., headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., it's well worth the contractor's time, effort, and financial investment to make the transition. In fact, successful implementation and use of BIM requires significant investments in technology, staff, and training. With more than 200 professionals who are well versed in using BIM, EMCOR and its subsidiaries have first-hand experience with this transition.

BIM is comprised of 3D modeling concepts, information database technology, and interoperable software in a desktop computer application that architects, engineers, and contractors can use to design a facility and simulate construction. The technology enables members of the project team to create a virtual model of the structure and all of its systems in 3D and share that information with the entire project team. The drawings, specifications, and construction details are integral to the model, which encompasses building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, and quantity properties of building components. As a result, team members are able to identify design issues/construction conflicts and resolve them in a virtual environment well before construction begins in the real world.

Customizing BIM
The saying that necessity is the mother of invention certainly applies to BIM in the electrical contracting industry. Most of the development in BIM has focused on the purposes and needs of architectural and engineering firms. The mechanical contracting industry has the advantage of real-world models of its equipment and parts via third-party vendors. Software vendors have not built a BIM product that comes out of the box with content that completely meets the needs of electrical contractors and fabricators. As written, these programs simply reserve space for the conduit.

In 2002, the Los Angeles branch of EMCOR's Dynalectric subsidiary began evaluating what was then called "Building Systems" (now AutoCAD-MEP) for use in its business, as it saw interest grow among owners and general contractors. Since that time, the company has invested considerable resources - both dollars and hours - in systems, in-house customization, and training to boost the company's capabilities.

Over the course of six years, Dynalectric developed accurate, real-world models of more than 4,000 electrical system components by taking each piece and modeling it in 3D. A layer standard was determined and keyed (e.g., a layer for conduit, layer for hangers, etc.), and the system was configured to automatically place each type of component on the correct layer. As a result, when a BIM engineer models an electrical system on a project, it is as accurate as if it were installed on the job site

Moreover, the system has been customized in-house to do everything from schedules and take-offs to automatic engineering calculations - all with the click of a mouse.
The "I" in BIM
The intelligent property database corresponds to the "I" in BIM. Intelligent property data can be extracted from the model for the purposes of engineering, take-off, and prefabrication. However, it didn't come in off-the-shelf software; Dynalectric has customized the system to enable its staff to perform these functions.

One of the main benefits of customized BIM software is being able to schedule and annotate the drawings. For example, by applying intelligent property data to conduit and parts, the staff can very quickly perform a take-off of the conduit to determine the number of linear feet or quantity of hangers. To annotate all of the conduit elevations, the system pulls live data from the actual model components in the drawing; no one has to stop and look it up.

Customization has enabled the staff to perform engineering calculations on the spot. For example, if a team member needs to calculate the load on a 10-ft section of a conduit rack, he or she clicks on it. Then, a schedule table is inserted into the drawing with the total run of 30 ft (three 4-in. EMT conduits); total load of 54.48 lb of weight per foot with copper wire and conduit; total weight of 544.8 lb; and 272.4 lb of gravity load at each anchor in each rack.

A set of routines was created that works inside of the intelligent property data to calculate strut loads, which recalculates automatically as the user changes the length of the object. This enables the staff to perform live engineering calculations and "what-if" scenarios very quickly and accurately.
Evolution of capabilities
An early milestone in Dynalectric's use of BIM was a $25-million project to upgrade the Hollywood Bowl in 2003. Designed by Hodgetts + Fung architects, the project included a reconception of the arch, advanced digital sound reinforcement system, and expanded stage with a halo-like acoustic canopy.
Dynalectric used BIM to model 25,000 ft of conduit running through a complex "forest" of structural steel. Although the electrical BIM model was complex, it was still a rudimentary conduit model by today's standards. Yet, it was only through the use of BIM that the electrical contract could have been effectively planned and executed. Using 2D sections and elevations to try to understand the structure in the traditional method would have made it nearly impossible to effectively find a routing for all the required systems.

In 2005, Dynalectric was still the only contractor using BIM on the new Four Seasons Hotel and Spa Westlake Village, Calif., which was designed by WATG architects for owners Castle & Cook, Inc. More than 750,000 ft of conduit and support systems were routed for this six-story, 476,000-sq-ft structure, which includes 268 guest rooms, a spa, wellness center, TV studio, clinic, and conference center.

The Dynalectric team began by looking at the primary electrical service that was entering the main electrical room. The single line specified (20) 4-in. conduits for the two 4,000A primary feeds into the building. These raceways were routed to an already undersized and overcrowded electrical room. By modeling this area, the team was able to quickly identify the problems and clearly demonstrate the issues to the designers. For example, the staff suggested replacing more than 13 sq ft of conduit with 1.2 sq ft of busway, freeing up a large amount of space in an already congested space at no additional cost.

It is also noteworthy that more than 3,500 anchors were embedded into the structure for conduit support systems. Due to the accuracy of the model, Dynalectric was able to use 99% of these anchors.

Virtual best practices
BIM is much more than an electronic drawing tool because it allows team members full collaboration. In the best of all worlds, the general contractor (GC) is engaged in designing and implementing the BIM execution plan. This includes determining what will be modeled and at what level of detail (which varies from project to project), and facilitating mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) coordination. As every contractor knows, coordination is a give-and-take process, especially when the project is using the traditional design-bid-build delivery method, in which post-bid changes incur additional costs for the contractors.

Here's how it works in the BIM world. Each trade receives architectural and structural models from the owner. Then the trades begin routing their systems. Weekly, each trade contractor posts its systems to an FTP or other shared Web site. Typically, the GC assembles all of the models into a composite using NavisWorks Review or Manage, which enables project team members to integrate and share data and drawings from various software programs.

The composite BIM can be viewed, manipulated, and analyzed for clashes among the trades, who negotiate changes to resolve the clashes. This process continues floor by floor and quadrant by quadrant until everything finally "fits" in the virtual building.

The Miller Children's Hospital's Pediatric Pavilion at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, completed in 2007, is a good example of this concept. It illustrates the process of a BIM-coordinated project in which the GC (Turner Construction) did an outstanding job of creating a partnered environment among project team members. As designed by the architects, the Pediatric Pavilion is a 129,000-sq-ft acute care addition with seven operating rooms, a new pediatric imaging center, 48 neonatal intensive care beds, and 24 general pediatric beds, plus a 5,500-sq-ft central plant.

At the onset of the preconstruction phase, the GC brought all of the players together to assess their capabilities, determine what would be modeled, and decide what level of detail would be produced. A CAD standard and procedures were clearly defined early on in the process, including drawing naming conventions, discipline-specific layer colors, file-sharing procedures, file origins, and model detail.

Turner Construction brought the steel subcontractor on early enough in the project so that its fabrication model was available to the coordination team. This was of critical importance to the success of the project. Normally, MEP contractors must create this from the contract structural drawings. This information is rudimentary, at best, and is only intended to convey the design intent to the fabrication contractor. By the time the fabrication contractor completes his design, many requests for information (RFIs) are processed, and the model is significantly different than what was conveyed in the original design documents. The fabrication model will contain bracing and connection plate information that is not available until their model is detailed and completed. This usually impacts MEP trades significantly at a stage in the job when it is too late to mitigate problems in a cost-effective manner.
The GC also provided accurate internal/external wall and deck models, which enabled all of the MEP detailers to work from the same data set of information, reducing interpretation errors and increasing subcontractor productivity. Thanks to realistic scheduling by the GC, the project team avoided another common mistake: under-allocation of time for preconstruction. On the Miller project, the team had approximately eight months of preconstruction prior to any deliverable milestones.

Furthermore, the GC remained engaged as an active facilitator throughout the process, handling mediation of conflict resolution, management and tracking of weekly clash detection, bringing in the design team when appropriate in order to expedite information flow, coordinating schedule management, and facilitating contractor engagement with the use of NavisWorks and interactive whiteboards in the coordination meeting room.
The project was completed using the best practices of BIM and virtual construction, resulting in an efficient and productive process and a highly successful project for all involved.

Making the transition
As noted above, successful implementation and use of BIM requires significant investments in technology, staff, and training. There is no "cookie-cutter" solution. That's why going into the process with your eyes open is essential. It is not likely that there will be software that is purposed for the electrical contractor in the very near future. Be prepared to carefully evaluate the software you are considering buying. Analyze your goals, set your priorities, and start working in that direction. At the very least, making the transition from CAD to BIM requires more powerful PC hardware and new software, along with a network, servers, and high-speed telecommunications backbone that support the process. Then, it requires a considerable investment in customizing the application software. Commitment from upper management also is a must. Without their support - both financially and ideologically - moving forward into BIM will be difficult, if not impossible.

The transition also requires a transition in terms of staffing. It takes someone with a foundation of computer skills, a willingness to learn BIM technology and the process of collaboration, and the technical and intellectual capabilities to integrate this knowledge into the electrical contracting business. To become an effective building information modeler, it is not enough to understand the software. To build a virtual electrical system, one must first have considerable experience and success building them in the real world.
That is why EMCOR selected field people who have 20-plus years of electrical installation experience and an aptitude for BIM to model these systems. The mentoring approach is the best way to train people on BIM. The basic process is to give them AutoCAD classes then one-on-one 3D training. Next, they work on projects side-by-side with experienced BIM people who transfer all of the knowledge they need to work on their own. Finally, after approximately two years, they are ready to perform BIM on their own.

Although it's a long and expensive process, the benefits of BIM are worth the investment. When BIM is effectively used, it coordinates MEP trades, expands prefabrication opportunities, eliminates rework, increases productivity, decreases labor costs, and improves the consistency of the work product. BIM is no longer the future of electrical contracting - with most owners and GCs requiring this capability, especially on large projects, the future is now.
Bratton is engineering manager, virtual design and construction, in the Los Alamitos, Calif., office of Dynalectric Los Angeles - an EMCOR Co. He can be reached atJbratton@kdc-systems.com.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

US Content Extension for AutoCAD MEP 2010

You can now download additional AutoCAD MEP content from your Autodesk subscripition site.

The US Content Extension for AutoCAD® MEP 2010 software provides over 300 new pipe fittings to help mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) professionals create pipe design models and drawings for projects in the United States. Contents include:

Cast Iron (Bell and Spigot, Hubless)
Ductile Iron (Flanged, Mechanical Joint, Push On)
HDPE (Fusion)
Plastic (Hub)
Steel (Grooved)
Content is currently available in English only.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Duct Transition Extension 2010

Connect complex duct layouts with the Duct Transition Extension 2010. New duct transition tools help you connect parallel duct segments of different sizes and/or elevations.
  • Custom fittings - Insert custom fittings between 2 selected objects automatically.
  • Multiple objects - Create connections between similarly shaped duct segments, duct fittings, or Multi-View parts that are parallel to one another.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

AutoCAD MEP 2010 Product Update 1 Now Available

General Updates to AutoCAD MEP

The following defects have been fixed in AutoCAD MEP 2010 Update 1:
  • Duct Flanges are displayed incorrectly after moving a duct using grips.
  • Velocity in Duct Modify does not match the Velocity in the Properties Palette.
  • Add Selected does not work correctly when duct height is greater than duct width.
  • Takeoff for branch is not sized correctly when duct height is greater than duct width.
  • Top and Bottom Elevation are incorrect in tooltip when duct height is greater than duct width.


  • A crash may occur when closing a drawing with an EPD file that has a relative path.
  • A crash may occur when converting multiple blocks to Devices.
  • Wire will only connect to one connector on some scaled devices.
  • Device modify via grip edit doesn't move or maintain its orientation as expected.
  • The Add Automatic Property for a Device was not retrieving the Load Category or Number of Poles.


  • The formula for percentage slope by angle is incorrect. Fixing this means that an existing tool in which a specific number for percentage is stored will produce a different slope due to the new calculation.
  • Pipe layouts with Very low slope cannot be created correctly.
  • The Parallel Pipe command places new pipes on the wrong layer when systems use different layers.
  • Some Pipe created in previous versions of AutoCAD MEP snaps to fittings when opened.

Multi-View Parts

  • Some linework is missing from certain MvParts.
  • Radiator insertion fails, using the window option, if the radiator width or length is located in a basic table.
  • Radiator Import does not set property data properly.
  • Radiator valves are not aligned to the radiator when inserted using the plus grip.


  • Haloed or hidden appearance for Plumbing Lines, Schematic lines and Wires do not display correctly.


  • CollisionDetection does not work as expected.
  • "Copy to Clipboard failed" dialog will appear when copying an object that has been copy/pasted from another drawing.
  • A fatal error will occur when creating an elbow with multiple segments.

Problems in AutoCAD MEP Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility

As a result of detailed information from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, a number of problems were identified and fixed. Updates have been made in the following commands and features:

  • Export to AutoCAD
  • DuctFittingAdd
  • Switch Model Space to Paper Space
  • DuctSystemSizeCalc
  • Opening Legacy drawings

General Updates to AutoCAD Architecture

The following defects have been fixed in AutoCAD Architecture 2010 Update 1:

AEC Dimensions

  • Multiple overlapping windows may lead to incorrect dimensions.


  • AutoCAD Architecture might crash when trying to define a Display Theme style using .NET API.


  • Slabs may have the wrong elevation when imported from an IFC file due to an incorrect thickness offset.
  • Exporting a drawing to IFC may create incorrect IFC GUIDs for AEC objects.
  • Importing IFC files that contain certain material settings may crash.
  • Space exported to IFC have the IFC type of IFCTYPEOBJECT instead of IFCSPACETYPE.


  • The "New layer from Standard" button doesn't work in localized versions.
  • Layer description fields are not automatically populated in all cases.


  • Response is very slow when using Dynamic UCS and objects are Isolated.

Property Palette

  • Changing an entry to one that is the first characters of the previous entry will not work in some fields.


  • Schedules are not sorted as expected when values are a combination of numeric and alphabetic characters.


  • Some objects imported from Inventor display as points in 2D Sections.

Structural Members

  • Custom block based on 3D Solids using Boolean operations are always placed at the start point.

Wall Objects

  • AutoCAD Architecture might hang when opening certain drawings that contain modified Wall Endcaps.
  • Window openings may not be created due to Wall Plan Modifiers.
    Using Refedit on a block containing Wall Object may cause a crash.


  • Openings in Xrefs with negative Z value are placed at an incorrect position.

Subscription Benefits

  • With this update, if you are a subscription customer, a balloon notification periodically displays, letting you know how much time remains before your subscription expires. This notification will display only three times. You can also more quickly and easily access selected subscription benefits, without having to log onto the Subscription Center.

Online Renewal

  • If you meet the online renewal program rules, you can renew your AutoCAD MEP subscription online. If you have already renewed your subscription, or are not a subscription customer, these options are not available.
  • In InfoCenter, follow the directions in the alert message that displays.
  • In InfoCenter, click the Subscription Center button. Under Benefits Center, click Renew Online and follow the directions that display.


  • In InfoCenter, click the Subscription Center button. Under Benefits Center, click View eLearning Catalog. You will be prompted to sign-in to the Subscription Center.


  • You can access some subscription-only learning and technical support without logging onto the Subscription Center. This includes some eLearning lessons.

Problems Reported with the Customer Error Reporting Utility

As a result of detailed information from customers who used the Customer Error Reporting Utility, a number of problems were identified and fixed. Updates have been made in the following commands and features:

  • 3D Navigation Tools
  • Action Recorder
  • Annotation Scaling
  • Blocks
  • Check Spelling
  • Customize User Interface (CUI)
  • Database Connectivity
  • Dimensions
  • DWF
  • Dynamic Dimensions
  • External References
  • File Navigation
  • File Save
  • Graphic System
  • Hatch
  • Image
  • Keyboard Modifiers
  • Licensing
  • Migration
  • Measure
  • Memory Handling
  • Multiline Text (mtext)
  • Object Snaps
  • Parametric Constraints
  • PDF
  • Purge
  • Plot
  • Quick Access Toolbar
  • Ribbon
  • Sheet Set Manager
  • ShowMotion
  • Visual Styles

General Updates

The following defects have been fixed:

2D Drawing

  • If the PLINETYPE system variable is set to 0, STRETCH does not work as expected on arc segments of polylines.
  • When the PLINETYPE system variable is set to 0, the closing point of a polyline with segments of different widths do not display correctly.
  • If you use the JOIN command on splines, a duplicate control point is inserted.
  • When you use the JOIN command on multiple polylines, AutoCAD may crash.

3D Modeling

  • When you open a drawing that contains solids, some solids display briefly and then disappear.
  • If a grip on a mesh face, edge, or vertex is highlighted and you use the ViewCube, AutoCAD crashes.

3D Navigation Tools

  • When you use the 3DORBIT command, you cannot orbit correctly. You can only orbit around a single pivot point and you cannot orbit around a specific object in a large group of objects.

Action Recorder

  • An Action Recorder macro created in AutoCAD 2009 may fail to run in AutoCAD 2010.

Annotation Scaling

  • When there are xrefs in a drawing, changing annotation scales takes a long time.
  • When an annotative style multiline text (mtext) is rotated or surrounded by a hatch, the boundary box does not display correctly.


  • When you turn off the display of an attribute with a visibility parameter in a dynamic block, the Enhanced Attribute Editor lists attribute prompts incorrectly.
  • You cannot copy an object from an AutoCAD 2009 drawing and paste it as a block into an AutoCAD 2010 drawing.
  • You cannot use the Properties palette to set the value of a action parameter to 0.
  • When you delete a constraint parameter from a dynamic block, AutoCAD may crash.
  • You cannot stretch some dynamic blocks as expected.

Check Spelling

  • When you run spellcheck on uppercase words, AutoCAD may crash.


  • When you save a workspace, if the Enterprise CUIx file is read-only, AutoCAD crashes.
  • Toolbar flyouts close unexpectedly.

Data Extraction

  • When you use Data Extraction to extract the value of a block's multiline attribute into a table, text formatting code displays in the table.

DGN Support

  • When a DGN file is imported, some attributes are missing.

Digital Signature

  • When you open a drawing, the Invalid signature dialog box may display even if the digital signature is valid.


  • You cannot create an angular dimension between two lines in different XY planes.


  • When the background color in AutoCAD is black, some DWF underlays do not display correctly.

Dynamic Dimensions

  • When you use the COPYBASE command with Dynamic Input on, AutoCAD crashes.

Export Layout

  • When you use the EXPORTLAYOUT command on files in which Standard styles have been renamed, AutoCAD crashes.

External References

  • You may not be able to bind multiple xrefs that include nested xrefs.

File Open

  • When you try to open a drawing file from a FTP site, AutoCAD may crash.

Find and Replace

  • If you use Find and Replace, autonumbering is deleted.

General UI

  • On the status bar, the model or paperspace button may be missing, even after you have repeatedly turned it on.

Graphic System

  • When the background color is changed in an active paperspace viewport, the cursor disappears.
  • After you plot a drawing in AutoCAD, if you lock Microsoft Windows and then unlock it, AutoCAD may crash.


  • When you turn off the current layer while grip editing a hatch boundary, AutoCAD crashes.
  • When the UCSVP system variable is set to 0, hatched objects align with the WCS rather than the UCS.
  • When you grip edit a hatch with an elliptical boundary, AutoCAD crashes.


  • When you attach some TIFF images, AutoCAD crashes.
  • TIFF images may not display correctly.

Inquiry Tools

  • The AREA command fails on some polylines.

Keyboard Modifiers

  • When temporary overrides are enabled, keyboard input using the Shift key may not display on the command line.


  • Xrefs on locked layers do not display faded as expected. The LAYLOCKFADECTL system variable fails to alter them.
  • When you delete a certain layer, all layers may be deleted.
  • On the ribbon, the Layer drop-down does not display layers based on the current layer filter.


  • When you set your system time back more than 2 days, your license is broken.
  • When you use a proxy server for internet access, the License Transfer Utility fails.


  • When you have Autodesk 2009 and AutoCAD 2010 installed side-by-side, LiveUpdate does not work in AutoCAD 2009.

Measurement Tools

  • When you use the MEASUREGEOM command, the tooltip and command line results are different. The tooltip result is incorrect.
  • When you use the DIST command in model space, the results at the tooltip and the command line are different. The tooltip result is incorrect.


  • When you export certain profiles, AutoCAD crashes.
  • When you save certain profiles migrated from AutoCAD 2009, AutoCAD 2010 crashes.

Multileader (mleader)

  • When you mirror mleaders that contain blocks with multiline attributes, the mirrored attributes are incorrectly justified.


  • When you plot a drawing as a PDF file, the layer order is not alphabetized as expected.
  • When a drawing that contains layers with names that include special characters is exported as a PDF, it cannot be opened.
  • When you attach a large PDF file to your drawing, or try to attach it and then cancel the operation, performance is slow.


  • When Windows XP is set to Windows Classic theme, on any Asian language version of AutoCAD 2010, if you use the PUBLISH command, AutoCAD freezes.


  • On Windows Vista, in the Purge dialog box, when you attempt to use the Ctrl or Shift keys to select multiple items, the first highlighted item is de-selected.


  • Calculations performed by the QUICKCALC command may be incorrect.


  • When you use the RECOVER command on a AutoCAD 2000 formatted drawing file, polylines and splines in the drawing are deleted.

Reference Edit

  • When you use the REFSET command, you can only add one instance of a block to the reference set. Other instances are rejected and an error message displays.


  • Text styles from an attached xref display in the Ribbon text style control.
  • When you switch between AutoCAD Classic and other workspaces (for example, 2D Drafting & Annotation or 3D Modeling), performance becomes slow.
  • Layers with a VP Freeze for a viewport indicate the VP Freeze status even when the viewport is not active.
  • When you click the File menu in the zero doc state, AutoCAD freezes.
  • After you unload a partial CUI file, a tab remains on the ribbon. If you click the tab, AutoCAD crashes.

Section & Flatten

  • When you section solids through API, multiple memory leaks occur.


  • The SHAREWITHSEEK command may not work if the port used to communicate with Seek is blocked by a firewall.


  • When you snap to the grid, there may be a slight offset from the grid.

Visual Lisp

  • When you use the CECOLOR system variable, the value returned by using the Getvar function is incorrect.


  • In AutoCAD 2010 German, you cannot use ribbon controls to modify coordinates.


  • With the XATTACH command, you cannot select multiple xrefs.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Autodesk's AutoCAD MEP 2010 Product Launch Press Release

Autodesk hosted three virtual press conferences to launch the 2010 portfolio of design software. Detailed information on the 2010 products as well as links to archives of the webcasts are provided below.

What’s New

Enhanced Usability
  • New customizable ribbon toolbar is task-oriented with redesigned, intuitive icons.
  • Improved workspaces are tailored for tasks such as HVAC and piping systems in
    ready-made formats, which are also highly customizable.
  • New application menu helps enable easier access to a list of commands such as
    Open, Save, Export and Publish; also use the application menu to access recent
  • Gravity based designs for Sanitary Drain, Waste, Vent and Storm/Sewer drainage
    systems can now be drawn more easily with the new sloped piping functionality.
  • Pipe routing preferences have been expanded to include parts with male and female

More Efficiently Create and Edit Drawings and Drawing Data

  • Leverage multiple part catalog support and use individual catalogs for different
    material types, allowing for easier part selection.
  • Support and migrate existing customized catalogs with tools to redefine the catalog
    based content in existing drawings; upgrade and add new parameters automatically.
  • Import manufactured building components from Autodesk® Inventor® without
    undesirable loss of data.
  • Content builder enhancements allow users to create custom parametric parts with
    male, female or a combination of both connectors based on real-world piping
  • Enhanced integration with Autodesk® Seek web service lets designers search a vast
    library of 2D and 3D building products and publish customized designs to the service.
More Coordinated Construction Documents
  • New part content has been added to help produce construction documents faster.
  • Values in the Panel Schedule are automatically updated when regenerating a drawing.
  • Improved graphical display of MEP parts provides more accurate representation in
    construction documentation.
  • A new DWG to PDF driver offers merge control for plot colors, the ability to include
    layer information and a preview of the plotted PDF.
AutoCAD MEP 2010 Screen Images and Captions
  • AutoCAD MEP 2010 Familiar Environment
    Leverage the familiar AutoCAD environment and access all of the commands that you are familiar with from right within AutoCAD MEP.

  • AutoCAD MEP 2010 Task-Based
    Whether you are a small or a multidisciplinary firm save your unique individual user interface configurations that are tailored around your specific building systems design task.

  • AutoCAD MEP 2010 Multidiscipline Coordination
    Coordinate mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design the interference detection tools within AutoCAD

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Fabrication for AutoCAD MEP 2008 with EastCoast CAM

Over the past eighteen months engineering teams from Autodesk and EastCoast have collaborated to develop the first fully embedded fabrication toolset for HVAC and Piping inside. AutoCAD MEP software, the version of AutoCAD software designed specifically for mechanical, electrical and plumbing designers and drafters Working together, AutoCAD MEP has been enhanced with spool drawing, real manufacturer content and duct fabrication. The end-user benefits include 100% software compatibility with Autodesk products, a single design and fabrication user interface, elimination of object viewers and a full life-cycle sustainable design process flow.

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AutoCAD MEP Fabrication workflow demo, Dave Derocher

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Power of AutoCAD MEP for drawing and modification for Sheet Metal, Randy Swaim

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Power of AutoCAD MEP for drawing and modification for Piping, Randy Swaim