MEP Modeler 16
The MEP (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing) Modeler is an addon to ArchiCAD® 16.
Architectural practices and architectural departments of firms using ArchiCAD can use the GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler™ to create, edit or import 3D MEP networks (ductwork, piping and cable tray) and coordinate them with the ArchiCAD Virtual Building. The MEP Modeler uses familiar tools and interface.
VAT. not included
Poor coordination between trades is perhaps the biggest reason for budget and time overruns in buildings. These problems regularly cause as much as a 2-4% cost overrun on a total project budget. Thus, owners and architects are looking to dramatically reduce coordination errors. The MEP Modeler is the best solution for architects to help achieve greater efficiency in the building process.
This price is only available for ArchiCAD 16 | Single License and ArchiCAD 16 | Multiple License customers with a current archiEDU service agreement.
Based on 2D documentation received from engineers, architects can use the powerful built-in tools to create and edit the MEP model within ArchiCAD.
The MEP Modeler consists of a rich set of capabilities in the areas for modeling, editing and coordination:
MEP Modeling Tools
The MEP Toolbox provides a dedicated set of tools to create components of the various MEP systems:
- Straight segments of HVAC ducts, pipes and electrical cable trays
- Transitions, junctions, in-line elements to connect MEP components with each other
- Equipment and terminals for automatic connection at the intake and the output locations of the MEP systems. MEP elements are parametric for easy configuration of custom dimensions.
The GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler ships with a rich MEP specific object library. This library contains specially configured MEP elements that include smart connection points for automatic connection during routing of MEP systems. Upon installation of the MEP Modeler, relevant standard ArchiCAD objects will be extended with smart connection points as well as specific MEP related parameters.
The GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler uses MEP systems to represent a group of MEP elements that are handled together, making the creation and editing of MEP elements much more efficient and consistent. When new elements are added to an existing MEP system, they will automatically take on the appropriate connection parameters: shape, diameter, and width and height values.
Editing MEP Elements
Placing MEP elements
One of the basic methods of creating the desired mechanical systems is by placing individual duct, pipe or trays MEP elements one at a time. With this method, connections are built up one-by-one and element positions are adjusted individually at the time of placement. This is a very flexible "LEGO®" type workflow where you have full control over the type, allocation and parameters of placed elements.
Smart MEP Routing
The MEP Routing function enables designers to create connected MEP elements with a series of mouse-clicks. ArchiCAD’s smart cursor and temporary guidelines provide further help in creating MEP systems from scratch, quickly and easily. Routing is available in the floor plan and the 3D window.
Editing MEP elements
A powerful set of graphical editing aids to modify the geometry of individual MEP elements of MEP systems is provided. Editing a part of an MEP system will automatically change connected elements. New connector elements may be also be added to the system.
Creating custom MEP elements
Custom MEP elements using standard ArchiCAD tools such as Walls, Slabs and GDL Objects including any MEP elements may be created and saved. These custom library parts will be automatically added to the current MEP library. They may be placed into the project or may later be re-used in other projects. Custom created MEP elements have the same smart behavior as the standard MEP library parts shipped with the MEP Modeler.
Automated Collision Detection
The GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler provides a fully-automated routine to identify and visualize conflicts between the architectural design and the engineering design of the MEP networks. Collision detection of MEP systems against the building model and among the elements of the MEP systems ensures fast and precise feedback for the architect, and streamlines coordination with the building engineering teams. MEP collision detection identifies the exact location of discrepancies on the floor plans and the 3D views. All collision entries are automatically added to ArchiCAD’s Mark Up Palette, providing easy ID access to all identified collision entries. Designers can quickly evaluate these entries and identify their location in the design with a single click. Discussions can be conducted by members of the extended design team to evaluate alternative solutions, using ArchiCAD’s Mark-Up tools.
Collaboration with Engineers
MEP systems can be directly imported into ArchiCAD from Autodesk AutoCAD MEP 2008/09/10 and Revit MEP 2010/2011/2012 applications. All AutoCAD MEP systems are identified and automatically converted to native ArchiCAD MEP elements. The ArchiCAD Connection plug-in can be freely installed with the Autodesk AutoCAD MEP 2008/09/10 and Revit MEP 2010/2011/2012 applications. Engineers using AutoCAD MEP or Revit MEP can then export their MEP design using the ArchiCAD Connection plug-in, and architects using ArchiCAD can import the MEP design database as intelligent ArchiCAD MEP elements.
Sharing and Visualizing the MEP Model
ArchiCAD's extensive export capabilities enable designers to output files in different modeling formats including the industry standard IFC 2x3 format for coordination using external applications.
The ability to visualize MEP systems in the complete building environment improves communication between architects, engineers and contractors. Visualization can be done within ArchiCAD using color codes for the various mechanical systems in combination with wireframe representation of the architectural structures. ArchiCAD's powerful rendering capabilities can be used to create photo-realistic visualizations of systems for the different trades.