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AutoCAD MEP

 

Enhance productivity and design accuracy

AutoCADŽ MEP software automates tedious drafting tasks to help mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) designers and drafters create more accurate construction documentation faster. Share, collaborate, and coordinate with architects, engineers, and contractors easier using reliable DWG technology.

ˇ         DESCRIPTION

MEP software for designers and drafters

AutoCADŽ MEP software helps you draft, design, and document building systems. Create more accurate designs within a familiar AutoCAD-based environment. Increase productivity and reduce errors with automated drafting tasks, manufacturers parts, and interference detection. Support mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems throughout the building lifecycle with reliable DWG files.

 Features

Collaboration

AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture support
Work on flat 2D AutoCAD floor plans or AutoCAD Architecture geometric model architectural floor plans with AutoCAD MEP design software.
Reference architectural floor plans developed in AutoCAD-based software for better design, and improve documentation coordination with MEP system designs created in AutoCAD MEP software. Use the referenced architectural floor plans to design, tag, annotate, and create construction documentation of MEP system design.


Automatic space and zone calculation
Assign engineering spaces from existing 2D architectural floor plans or AutoCAD Architecture geometric designs.
Calculate room measurements automatically, including square footage, meters, and volumes per area. Space and zone information is used when exporting to gbXML for import into Green Building Studio web-based energy analysis service and/or third-party analysis programs.


IFC data support
Create, manage, and share MEP CAD data with others in the design process with Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data.
IFC export recognizes MEP objects from within AutoCAD MEP and exports them along with MEP Systems and their connectivity to corresponding IFC Building Services entities and types.


AutoCAD 360 (formerly AutoCAD WS) mobility
The AutoCAD 360 web and mobile application for AutoCAD MEP lets you view, edit, and share DWG drawings via a web browser or mobile device.
Store AutoCAD drawings and project files in an easy-to-access online workspace. View and edit your designs online or on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Share and collaborate more easily with others.


Web-based help and learning tools
Use Exchange to access a community filled with pertinent learning information.
An enhanced user experience provides access to integrated web-based help content, tips and tricks, and aggregated content to help support your continued learning.
If you are a Subscription member, you can connect to the Subscription Center from Exchange to receive the latest product information and extensions to enhance your workflow.

Construction and content

Project Navigator CheckOut NEW
CheckOut makes changes outside of the project structure to avoid frequent, unnecessary xref change notifications.
CheckOut also helps prevent team members from reacting to incomplete temporary changes or tests. No one else can view your changes until the file is checked back into the project structure.


Project Navigator CheckIn NEW
When you CheckIn a drawing, it is saved automatically. Team members will be notified of the updated version.
Users can add comments to a new file upon CheckIn to ensure team members clearly understand the changes. With automatic saving of multiple backup versions, you can also quickly return to a previous state of a drawing.


Enhanced documentation
Enhanced documentation features help you create, rationalize, and document 2D views.
Create 3D models in AutoCAD MEP design software and convert them to 2D for documentation needs. Utilize improvements in the command line with the ability to auto-complete and differentiate commands and system variables. Improve the appearance of your documentation with access to a diverse palette of fonts and colors. Improve drafting and modeling productivity with associative arrays improvements.


Integrated content search
Quickly search for and access design files, objects, and content from within AutoCAD MEP design software with AutoCAD Content Explorer.
Easily search local and network drives for files containing content and objects to use within the design environment. This allows for more consistent company and industry standards, as well as real-world content.


AutoCAD block and symbol conversion
Individually convert or batch-convert single or multiple AutoCAD blocks, MvBlocks, or MvParts to a device or schematic symbol.
Extrude standard 2D blocks to create a 3D solid, and then add connectors to create AutoCAD MEP content for your mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) designs. In addition, convert your AutoCAD blocks to orthographic symbols, as well as isometric symbols to facilitate your schematic design documentation.


Drawing management
Manage project drawings more easily by creating coordinated views based on MEP design parameters.
Create and manage project drawing sheet sets for all MEP construction documents. MEP design team members can access a centralized project directory of the most current documents, from project templates to sections and elevations.


Pipe content and routing preferences
Use routing preferences inside the application with sloped piping and male x female routing.
Take advantage of specific piping content created for AutoCAD MEP. Routing preferences support the use of male x female fittings to create more realistic pipe designs.

Productivity and usability

Anchored object preview NEW
Ducts, cable trays, pipes, conduits, and other anchored objects can be viewed as they're moved or rotated.
 

Electric Project Database (EPD) backup NEW
EPD backup creates multiple copies of previous EPD files for easy recovery.


Color-coded version differentiation NEW
The Visual Compare feature uses color codes to easily spot geometry differences between two versions of the same drawing.


Expected linework display NEW
Improved section results enable the color of linework to display as expected.


Real-time change review NEW
Command Preview allows you to see changes in real time before the command is integrated.


Movable style viewer NEW
The Style Viewer tool can be moved to the left or right edge of the Style Manager or Edit Style dialog.


Automated property set definitions
Automatically attach property set definitions to architectural objects to easily complete quantity takeoff calculations.
Also, existing property set definitions can be attached to newly created objects and their styles. New or modified property set definitions can also be attached to existing objects.


Annotation and unit scaling
When drawing units are changed, object tags, text, and other annotation scaled objects have the expected appearance relative to other objects.
In addition, many AutoCAD settings, such as linetype scale, are now properly modified when units are changed. You have the option to rescale model and paper space objects, to rescale only model space objects, or not to rescale any existing objects.


Display order by layer
Set an order for layers in a list, and apply the display order for objects on each layer.
Preview changes to the display order before they are applied to ensure that changes are predictable. Control the way architectural and MEP systems are displayed on construction documents.


Block swap
Easily edit your components as your design changes. Assign a different definition to block instances without re-creating the block


Point clouds
Use point cloud data on MEP projects within AutoCAD MEP software. Bring 3D scans to life for renovation, retrofit, and restoration projects.
Visualize the points more quickly and snap to the surface of your scanned objects directly within your modeling workspace. Use point cloud data to create existing building conditions for use in MEP project design.

 

 

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