How to Use Archicad 16 MEP Modeler to Create Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems
Archicad 16 MEP Modeler is a software add-on that allows you to create and edit mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems in Archicad 16, a 3D architectural design software. With MEP Modeler, you can design and document MEP systems using Archicad's parametric objects, 2D and 3D views, and automatic collision detection features. You can also export and import MEP data to and from other applications using industry-standard formats.
In this article, we will show you how to use Archicad 16 MEP Modeler to create a simple MEP system for a residential building. We will cover the following steps:
To use MEP Modeler, you need to have a valid Archicad 16, Archicad 16 TRIAL, or Archicad 16 DEMO installation on your computer. You can download Archicad 16 from here. To install MEP Modeler, you need to locate the desired language and OS version in the list below (MEP Modeler Download Packages) and download the installer from here. Then, you need to start the installer and follow the instructions on the screen.
Creating MEP elements
To create MEP elements, you need to switch to the MEP workspace in Archicad 16. To do this, go to Options > Work Environment > Work Environment Profiles and select MEP. This will activate the MEP toolbar and palette, which contain the tools and commands for creating and editing MEP elements. You can also access the MEP settings from Options > Project Preferences > MEP Systems.
To create an MEP element, you need to select the appropriate tool from the MEP toolbar or palette, such as ducts, pipes, cable trays, equipment, or accessories. Then, you need to define the parameters of the element in the Info Box or in the Settings dialog box. You can also use the Pet Palette to modify the shape and orientation of the element. You can create MEP elements in any view of Archicad 16, such as floor plan, section, elevation, or 3D.
Editing MEP elements
To edit an existing MEP element, you need to select it and use the Edit menu or the Pet Palette to change its properties. You can also use the Drag & Drop function to move or copy an element. You can edit multiple elements at once by selecting them with the Marquee tool or by using Find & Select. You can also use Edit > Reshape > Align & Distribute Elements to align or distribute elements along a reference line or point.
Checking for collisions
To check for collisions between MEP elements and other elements in your project, you need to use the Collision Detection function. To do this, go to Document > Collision Detection > Detect Collisions. This will open a dialog box where you can specify which elements to check for collisions and set the tolerance value. You can also choose whether to highlight or list the collisions in your project. If you choose to list them, you can use Edit > Collision Detection > Collision Manager to view and resolve them.
To generate documentation for your MEP system, you need to use Archicad's documentation tools, such as labels, dimensions, schedules, lists, or indexes. You can also use Document > Creative Imaging > PhotoRendering Settings to create photorealistic images of your MEP system. You can export your documentation to various formats, such as PDF, DWG, IFC, or BIMx. 29c81ba772