Monday, October 23, 2017

Electrical Focused Intro of MEPPP - Demo Video

The new MEP Productivity Pack (MEPPP) has a ton of new features to support MEP design and documentation. I created a demo video which provides an overview of this new package from the electrical point of view in the YouTube video linked below. 

I recently wrote about the mechanical-focused video here: Mechanical Focused Intro of MEPPP Demo with Blake Guither.

There is so much introductory material, this is nearly a one hour presentation! This is in addition to all the short, bite-sized videos, I mentioned previously by CTC's Shawn ZirbesMEPPP Intro Videos.

Just a few highlights highlights:

  • Buit-in formulas to calculate MOCP, FLA, KVA, & more (with overrides provided for each)
  • Parametric Electrical One-line diagrams & feeder schedules in Revit
  • 420 + electrical families with over 200 symbols
  • Electrical clearence areas based on NEC guidelines
  • All family content is fully integrated with extensive schedules & tags
Additional Electrical Related Parameters
  • Motor is ECM
  • Motor coordination is required
    • Causes instances to appear in motor coordination list & apperance in electrical power views
  • Largest motor multiplier
  • Support for proper load calculations when a single family (e.g. AHU) contains mulitple power connections
Streamlines Parametric Naming
  • Removing units from naming (which facilitates Imperial & metric units)
    • i.e. Motor Power Input vs. Horsepower Input
  • Parameters set to proper HVAC or Electrical Units
Notice, in the image below, are color coded via a filter if they are Circuit and assigned to a panel, circuited, not assigned to a panel or not circuited. Also, using a technique I had shared with Steve Stafford back in 2015, (Revit OpEd post: Optional Instance Override Example Two) the room numbers can be overridden when needed - but, by default they are based on the space they are located in.

Check of the intro video on YouTube:

Using this package, along with the user guide, content and project template, it is possible to develop an NEC code-compliant electrical model in Revit. Check out this related post: Total Facility Electrical Load Estimate in Revit.

This package, along with the extensive user's guide, content and sample project, will allow many to go from using Revit as a drafting tool, to using it as a design tool. Not every firm has the time or resources to develop an in-house equivalent; this package was developed by three companies, and you don't want to know how much time went into it:)

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