Tips, Tricks & Resources For MEP Detailers

Archive for August, 2010

FREE Live Webcast: Successful BIM Without the Wash

Posted by Rob W on August 20, 2010

Join Autodesk and McCarthy Building Companies  for this free one-hour webcast to explore how implementing Autodesk BIM solutions as an integrated process across project team members has helped McCarthy to work more productively and demonstrate real value to its clients.
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
10:00-11:00 a.m. Pacific Time
1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Many firms market their use of BIM, when in fact they may only use BIM for visualization and presentation, performing basic 3D CAD modelling, and producing traditional 2D paper drawings or CDs. BIM is more than just 3D modeling software–it is an integrated process that allows professionals to explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally, before it is built. BIM allows builders to rely on coordinated, consistent information to visualize, simulate, analyze, document, and deliver projects on time and within budget.
In this webcast, Adam Lega and Connor Christian of McCarthy Building Companies will demonstrate how McCarthy chose Autodesk BIM solutions for their construction projects to help them work more productively and win more business. They will discuss five practical tips that can help you recognize the hype and set expectations that meet reality, illustrated by real-life examples of BIM projects from McCarthy’s portfolio.

Register today to learn more!

If you miss this you can usually watch them later at the same link.

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NEC Panel Clearance

Posted by Rob W on August 17, 2010

The National Electric Code requires min. 3’0″

there are several rules defined in section 110.26 of the NEC; for 600 volts or less it is:

  • left to right the minimum clearance is 30″ or the width of the equipment, whichever is larger
  • in height, there should be 6′ 6” minimum height to stand in front of the equipment (exception for dwelling units for panels 200 amps or less)
  • the depth in front of the equipment varies depending on the voltage and surfaces of the opposite wall behind you: if the voltage is 150 volts to ground or less the depth of clearance is 30″: as stated above; if the voltage is higher it depends of whether the opposite wall is insulated or not: if insulated the depth is 3′ 6″, if not insulated (such as cement block) the depth is 48″

I refer to these rules as the “refrigerator rule”: the clearance in front of the equipment in question requires a dedicated clear space roughly the size of a large refrigerator.

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Style Manager

Posted by Rob W on August 15, 2010

Making A Reusable Style Drawing

We have created some Styles in Style Manager, like Schematic Symbols, Systems, Property Sets, Tags, etc. These Styles exist in our current drawing. What do we do with these Styles to make them reusable in future projects? Where is the best place to store them?
SOLUTION: Watch Video(s) 1 to 3

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Quality Low Priced Monitor Stands

Posted by Rob W on August 13, 2010

Tyke Supply is a family owned and operated business. We are located in sunny central Florida. Tyke Supply was started out of need to bring high quality low priced monitor stands direct to customers and businesses. We purchase directly from the manufacturer. This enables us to provide you with the best possible prices. We have single piece pricing and quantity pricing. Our monitor stands are of the highest quality, and the best on the market. Our monitor stands will bring multi-tasking to a whole new level.

I personally have three of their stands and I was very skeptical at the low cost however; these are good quality for the price.

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RAID Setup Guide

Posted by Rob W on August 12, 2010

RAID Explained

Watch this quick tutorial to learn about the differences in RAID levels and how they work to protect your data.


This episode of NCIX Tech Tips Linus is going to show you all the steps to set up RAID 0 & RAID 1 in your system. This video is part of his series of RAID Setup Guide. Watch the video to find out more!

RAID 5 & RAID 10

Today Linus does a follow up to our RAID0 and RAID1 video and he covers some of the more complicated types of RAID, including the ones that are more optimized for dedicated RAID cards.

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Rotated Areas in a 2D Drawing

Posted by Rob W on August 6, 2010

Use the User Coordinate System to make it easier to work on angled portions of your 2D

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Cad Tips – Autocad MEP- Beveled Takeoffs

Posted by Rob W on August 6, 2010

When a branch diameter is close or equal to the main, our beveled, conical or bell mouth takeoff, in AutoCAD MEP 2009 and newer versions, look different than in 2008 and earlier versions. From 2009 onwards, they show a contour sticking up from the side of the main.

SOLUTION: Watch Video(s)

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Build A Custom Windows Recovery Disk!

Posted by Rob W on August 3, 2010

Protect Your Data by building a custom recovery disk. Here’s a step by step tutorial that shows you how rebuild your system in the event of a catastrophic disk failure… and learn about Rescue CDs and Slipstreaming while you do!

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Autodesk NavisWorks 2009: Essentials AOTC

Posted by Rob W on August 1, 2010

In this courseware, using hands-on exercises that demonstrate the functionality of the Autodesk® NavisWorks® 2009 Review, Simulate, and Manage features, students learn how to open, review, and run object-interference checks on 3D models. Students also learn how to link to task-scheduling files and create 3D construction simulations. Using the Animator and Scripter tools, students create interactive animations. In addition, students learn how the Presenter tools can help them to create photorealistic images and animations. This courseware provides students with the skills and knowledge to use NavisWorks 2009 effectively.

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