AutoCAD MEP Essential Training
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AutoCAD MEP Essential Training

with Eric Wing

Video: Configuring representations by object

There is a lot going on in this program. So, let's jump in to AutoCAD, let's go over to get started.
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  1. 1m 22s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 20m 7s
    1. Starting from a template and using the interface
      4m 9s
    2. Setting the environment
      2m 45s
    3. External referencing
      3m 27s
    4. Setting default display configurations
      4m 30s
    5. Adding spaces
      5m 16s
  3. 35m 11s
    1. Setting up a power plan
      3m 9s
    2. Adding receptacles
      3m 13s
    3. Adding panels
      2m 25s
    4. Creating power circuits
      3m 59s
    5. Adding wiring
      3m 13s
    6. Adding lighting fixtures
      3m 11s
    7. Setting up a lighting plan
      1m 55s
    8. Adding lighting switches
      1m 47s
    9. Tagging
      1m 33s
    10. Adding cable trays
      3m 58s
    11. Adding conduit
      3m 7s
    12. Creating electrical schedules
      3m 41s
  4. 44m 37s
    1. Setting up a ducting plan
      2m 9s
    2. Adding a rooftop unit
      3m 47s
    3. Adding VAV
      2m 35s
    4. Adding air terminals
      3m 10s
    5. Routing ducts
      7m 25s
    6. Adding dampers
      3m 34s
    7. Adding equipment
      2m 34s
    8. Adding waterside equipment
      3m 48s
    9. Adding chilled-water piping
      3m 44s
    10. Adding hot-water piping
      3m 1s
    11. Adding valves
      2m 37s
    12. Tagging HVAC plans
      4m 0s
    13. Creating schedules
      2m 13s
  5. 25m 40s
    1. Setting up a plumbing drawing
      2m 25s
    2. Adding plumbing fixtures and floor drains
      2m 42s
    3. Creating plumbing lines
      6m 4s
    4. Adding gas boilers
      5m 0s
    5. Adding strainers and accessories
      3m 19s
    6. Tagging plumbing plans
      2m 24s
    7. Plumbing fixture schedules
      3m 46s
  6. 25m 14s
    1. Adding detail components
      3m 52s
    2. Creating isometric riser diagrams
      3m 35s
    3. Adding label curves to pipe
      5m 2s
    4. Creating 30-degree isometric drafts
      4m 15s
    5. Adding oblique text
      3m 13s
    6. Creating viewports and sheets
      5m 17s
  7. 15m 16s
    1. Creating a section
      3m 15s
    2. Creating a section line
      3m 12s
    3. Enabling live sections
      2m 59s
    4. Merging linework into a section
      2m 21s
    5. Refreshing and updating the sections
      3m 29s
  8. 15m 18s
    1. Working with display configurations
      6m 4s
    2. Configuring representations by object
      2m 42s
    3. Configuring electrical objects
      3m 8s
    4. Configuring HVAC objects
      3m 24s
  9. 8m 52s
    1. Creating HVAC systems
      3m 52s
    2. Adding piping systems
      2m 21s
    3. Demolishing objects
      2m 39s
  10. 18s
    1. Next steps

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3h 11m Intermediate Jul 18, 2014

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AutoCAD MEP helps you build the systems—mechanical, electrical, and plumbing—that connect buildings to the outside world. This course will help you draft, design, and document these systems using MEP's powerful toolset. Author Eric Wing touches on project setup, as well as external referencing and display configurations, before diving into individual modeling scenarios. In one chapter, he'll show how to create electrical power plans and lighting plans with receptacles and lighting fixtures. In the next, it's a mechanical plan, with rooftop units, VAV boxes, ducts, and diffusers. Last, you'll work on a plumbing plan and system. Then he ties the drawings together with smart tags and schedules, and creates section and elevation versions of your plans. Dive in now and learn to eliminate tedious drawing tasks while creating more accurate documentation with MEP.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a power plan
  • Creating power circuits
  • Adding wiring and lighting fixtures
  • Setting up a ducting plan
  • Routing ducts
  • Creating plumbing lines
  • Adding gas boilers
  • Adding detail components
  • Creating viewports, sheets, sections, and elevations
  • Configuring electrical and HVAC objects
  • Creating HVAC systems
Eric Wing

Configuring representations by object

There is a lot going on in this program. Not only do we have to create a combination of Display Settings for Environment, but we can also drill in and control the settings for individual objects as well. This video will focus on the third setting in the Display Manager Dialogue, representation by objects. We will first start a new drawing, then we will add some pipe. Once we do that, we're going to take a look at how that pipe is controlled through the representation by objects dialogue.

So, let's jump in to AutoCAD, let's go over to get started. We're going to start a new drawing using a predefined template. That template will be AECB model, U.S imperial, CTB. Let's go ahead and go to our workspace switching. Let's go over to piping. There are two pallets. Let's grab some chilled water supply. I'm going to pick a line here. I'm going to come up, I'm just going to sketch in some pipe. I'm going to hit escape a couple times. Let's change from MEP Design in our display configuration to MEP Basic Two Line.

This will turn on our double lines. Now what I want to do is see how pipe is actually represented. Let's go to display manager. Now let’s journal into representations by objects. Every single object that we can possibly put in a drawing is shown here. Let's scroll down to Pipe. I'm going to double click on Pipe. Now we can do 1 Line, 1 Line Screened, or 2 Line. Let's select 2 Line, because that's currently what we have set. Now we can go to Layer, Color, Linetype, Hatching, Other for Custom Block Displays.

Or Version History, which really doesn't have much relevance. Let's go to layer color line type. Let's go to center line. Let's turn that on in the visible column. Let's click apply and let's click OK. Now what will happen is, anytime we draw a pipe, the center line display will be turned on. If we go back to the Display Manager, we'll see that we have Configurations, Sets, and then, finally, Representations by Object. The three work in concert with one another.

Let's close out of this display. So the next time you want to turn on center lines of pipe, or duct or anything else for that matter, you know how

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