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    • Object not rendering properly. March 25, 2015
      This valve is not rendering properly.  I have tried other valves and it does the same thing.  I am using the NVIDIA Quadro 2000 graphics card recommennded from Autodesk.  The computer specs are at the below the picture.
      timbender
    • Duct add Extremely Slow March 30, 2015
      Hello, i have a problem with the Autocad MEP 2015. Everytime i try to add a duct with + symbol on duct i wait between 4-6 seconds to have a duct, the same thing at the end of the duct placing. Someone have the same problem?
      -Marco-
    • Installation Question March 29, 2015
      Hi, I needed to install a new drive, reload OS etc, question, I have projects in both MEP 2012, MEP 2015, should I reinstall both versions of the product or is it possible to save the project type as either in 2015, I know the .dwg formats differ, but the project itself is what i am wondering about as i need to share the projects with others and I remember a […]
      PhlashPhire
    • Connecting to an existing fitting with different slope March 27, 2015
      If I have an elbow in a drawing that is not at a slope of 1/8" per foot and I add a run of pipe to it and put in that I want a 1/8" per foot it will act like it is drawing it as such, but will take the slope of the fitting.  I thought there was a way to have it drawn the slope I need.  Can someone help me out?
      mrivera
    • Project Browser issue in AutoCAD MEP 2015 March 30, 2015
      Is anyone else having an issue with the project files not showing up in Autocad MEP 2015 poroject browser? We are not able to open up any of our apj (projects) in 2015, unless we open them up through windows explorer.   I am aware of the below possible solution, but according to our IT department we dont have any sort of compression on our server drives.   h […]
      reno323
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    • Navisworks 2012 Clash April 1, 2015
      I've created a Naviswroks clash model for a project and have appended PDS and Bentley Building (Architecture, Mechanical and Electrical) model files. The graphics work great. I've set up multiple clash tests and update them once per week. Once people started looking at the clashes, they found that the clash number that was resolved a week ago is no […]
      eric.eckels
    • Quantification not working March 31, 2015
      I'm a first time Navisworks user and I am trying to extract quantities from an .NWC file which was derived from a Prosteel model.I can see the object properties in the property box so I know they exist, but when I try to do a quantify there is no dimensional data in the list.The dimensional data in the property list is shown in the attachments.I think i […]
      tess.sprigg
    • Quantification not working March 31, 2015
      I'm a first time Navisworks user and I am trying to extract quantities from an .NWC file which was derived from a Prosteel model.I can see the object properties in the property box so I know they exist, but when I try to do a quantify there is no dimensional data in the list.The dimensional data in the property list is shown in the attachments.I think i […]
      tess.sprigg
    • Viewing Properties from Multiple Selections at Once March 30, 2015
      Hi, I am working on Autodesk Navisworks Freedom 2015 and trying to view properties for multiple items to compare, however, when I select all of the items, which are all pipes, in the "Properties" box all it says is "113 items selected." Is there a way to view the properties of all 113 pieces at once? Thanks!
      jpiekarz1
    • Viewing Properties from Multiple Selections at Once March 30, 2015
      Hi, I am working on Autodesk Navisworks Freedom 2015 and trying to view properties for multiple items to compare, however, when I select all of the items, which are all pipes, in the "Properties" box all it says is "113 items selected." Is there a way to view the properties of all 113 pieces at once? Thanks!
      jpiekarz1
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    • For Beginner User April 2, 2015
      Hello/hi.. First i wnt need to know.. - like 3D model software like Solidwork and etc..its autocad itself can do it? - if can in what edition support it?
      Mark_Anif
    • DWG to PDF problem April 1, 2015
      My company logo won't print properly. On occasion, this affects other elements in the drawing, important things, like numbers and text. 4 people use Autocad in my office. We use ACAD's DWG to PDF...
      qball
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    • Subcontractor “Pass-Through” Claims Still a Matter of Controversy
      Subcontractor “pass-through” claims, sponsored by a prime contractor against a public project owner, are both useful and controversial. A pass-through claim results from a claim liquidation agreement between the prime and the sub. The prime agrees to pursue the project owner, at the prime’s expense, for the subcontractor’s increased costs. The prime will pas […]
      Rob W
    • Autodesk Navisworks Animated Construction
      Autodesk Navisworks project review software can import project schedules from planning applications, enabling you to simulate and visually communicate construction schedules. In this video, Autodesk’s Paul Walker has further enhanced the 4D simulation by animating building components (using the Navisworks Animator feature) and rendered with Navisworks to cre […]
      Rob W
    • Learn more about the Design, Application and Installation of Custom and Standard Pipe Clamps
      Learn more about the Design, Application and Installation of Custom and Standard Pipe Clamps right from your computer for free. This technical presentation is this Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm. Register for the Design, Application and Installation of Custom and Standard Pipe Clamps Webinar The featured presenter, Jerry Godina has […]
      Rob W
    • What is BIM Model or Building Information Modeling?
      Building Information Modeling or BIM is the latest buzzword in construction industry worldwide. It has been flaunted on the front page of construction magazines; more seminars are being arranged throughout year and many companies are involved in developing products/tools around BIM. So, what is BIM? Why it so popular and what lies there in it […]
      Rob W
    • Apps Simplify Processes Big and Small
      Whether you’re looking for a better way to log employees’ time on a project, make a crucial measurement on the jobsite, or automate business-process management, one tool required is one you most likely already have: a smartphone. Construction productivity tools are going mobile, and the combination of advancing cellphone technology and a flurry of activity [ […]
      Rob W

Archive for the ‘HVAC Duct’ Category

AutoCAD MEP 2012 — “Add Ducts” Updated

Posted by Rob W on March 24, 2011

Lana Gochenauer showcases another enhancement that streamlines workflow in AutoCAD MEP 2012 — the updated Add Ducts command.

I was part of the beta test. Myself and several other complained about removing the Duct Dialog Box. I love it when Autodesk and it’s resellers think they know whats more productive when running 20′ of duct in their test. I still miss the Piping dialog box :-( The auto transition is nice thou, not sure why it was not in 2011, as it originated in 2009 as a subscription add on.

Posted in CAD MANAGEMENT, HVAC Duct | Leave a Comment »

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)

Posted in CAD MANAGEMENT, HVAC Duct | 1 Comment »

SEMCO Rectangular to Round & Oval Conversion Calculator

Posted by Rob W on July 31, 2010

SEMCO’S MicroLink™ Rectangular to Round and Oval Conversion Calculator is designed to aid in the conversion of rectangular HVAC layouts to round and oval duct and fittings. Enter the rectangular size shown on drawings and it will calculate the equivalent round diameter and list SEMCO’s recommended round diameter and oval major/minor. The History button will give you a printable listing of all sizes calculated during the current session. When you start up your next session, you will be prompted to clear the history for the last session.

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Posted in CAD MANAGEMENT, HVAC Duct, MEP Coordination | 1 Comment »

Duct Design Mythbusters

Posted by Rob W on April 9, 2010

By Paul Webolt

It’s often said that to do something right, you have to get back to the basics. Sometimes, the basics involve putting aside what you think to be true, and looking at it from a different perspective.

This is certainly true with duct design. There are many “myths” associated with duct design that result in common errors. Allow me to be that different perspective, as I debunk 10 common myths associated with duct design. (Read More)

Posted in CAD MANAGEMENT, Construction News, HVAC Duct | Leave a Comment »

AutoCAD MEP 2010 Duct Transition Subscription Advantage Pack

Posted by Rob W on March 20, 2010

Video overview of the new Auto CAD MEP 2010 Subscription Advantage Pack for Duct Transitions.

Posted in CAD MANAGEMENT, HVAC Duct | Leave a Comment »

Cad Tips – Autocad MEP- Device Tags

Posted by Rob W on March 7, 2010

Tags getting scaled – video 1
PROBLEM STATEMENT: We have created a tag. When we tag objects, the tag comes in too large for the annotation scale.
SOLUTION: Watch video(s) 1 thru 4

You can find the 4 video plat list here

Posted in CAD MANAGEMENT, Electrical, HVAC Duct, HVAC PIPE, Quick Reference Videos | 2 Comments »

Ask Armando MEP Video Player

Posted by Rob W on February 21, 2010

I found these a while back and autodesk has taken them down so I thought I would share them. They are older older videos but still relevant…

Armando’s MEP Video Player

Posted in CAD MANAGEMENT, Electrical, HVAC Duct, HVAC PIPE, Quick Reference Videos | 2 Comments »

***FREE*** catalog of parametric parts from Virtual Mechanical

Posted by Rob W on November 30, 2009

We invite you to try Virtual Mechanical. Designed and developed by mechanical and sheet metal professionals, we believe it is the best mechanical design build software and content package available for AutoCAD MEP.

This free catalog of parametric air terminals and fire/fire smoke dampers enable any combination of face, neck, sleeve size, and sleeve length. Click here to visit the downloads page, or click here to visit our content page and view our catalogs of real world sheet metal parts, perfect for shop drawing and design build applications.

Posted in CAD MANAGEMENT, HVAC Duct, MEP Coordination | 4 Comments »

AutoCAD MEP 2010 – Interference Detection

Posted by Rob W on September 20, 2009

Learn how to better collaborate the results of the Interference Detection tool by using some visualization techniques in AutoCAD MEP 2010.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Posted in CAD MANAGEMENT, HVAC Duct, HVAC PIPE | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

AutoCAD MEP 2010 – Schedules

Posted by Rob W on September 20, 2009

Learn how to use AutoCAD MEP 2010 & AutoCAD Architecture 2010 Schedule Concepts.

PART 1 – Concept

PART 2 – Property Set Definitions

PART 3 – Tags

PART 4 – Tables

Posted in CAD MANAGEMENT, HVAC Duct, HVAC PIPE | Tagged: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

 
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