Frequently asked questions with answers regarding 3D modeling of installation systems using Edificius-MEP
In this blog post we have collected the the most frequently asked questions with answers to get a deeper insight into the Edificius MEP environment dedicated to installation systems modeling.
We’ll be specifically taking a look at electrical systems modeling, which is also one of the new extraordinary features available in the BIM 3 version of Edificius.
What is MEP
The acronym MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) refers to the BIM design of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
MEP systems are important part of the building services that allow you to obtain an overall model of the architectural, structural and plant design, so as to avoid errors and inconsistencies between models.
Which systems can I model with Edificius-MEP?
With Edificius-MEP you can model directly in 3D mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that are integrated in the architectural model, so to always have control over possible interferences and incompatibilities between the various installation systems and without having to switch from different views.
What are the advantages of using Edificius-MEP?
Edificius-MEP allows you to maintain control of the 3D model, with the possibility of modeling without limits and without obstacles.
One of the great advatages of using Edificius-MEP is being able to view how each single system component is articulated in space and how it interacts with the whole installation system already during design stage, by reducing the possibility of design errors.
In addition, you can hide some parts of the model to have an overview of the systems and find the best solution to integrate them with the structure and other components of the building.
What is Smart MEP?
Smart MEP is an innovative modeler that allows you to obtain connections between various elements of the same type (e.g. between two ducts), automatically generating all the fittings. In short, Smart MEP modeler makes the software behave adaptively, showing exactly what the users expects automatially.
Smart MEP dynamically modifies objects shape and geometry by:
- automatically inserting curves and other fittings
- changing the geometry dimensions
- automatically connecting objects thanks to intelligent port connections.
Furthermore, you can create an infinite BIM objects library with the perametric MEP object configurator.
How to use Edificius-MEP to model electrical systems?
Working with Edificius-MEP is very easy. From the
Drawingmenu, select the section dedicated to electrical systems which are grouped into:
- pipes and corrugated
- ducts and trays
- accessories and general switchboards
- equipment and devices.
You have access to a wide collection of MEP objects to insert in your architectural model and create a complete electrical system.
Can I create new elements to be inserted in the electrical system project?
With the BIM MEP objects configurator in Edificius, you can create any specific component or installation system during the project design process in three different ways:
Create a new MEP object by using the parametric configurator– when the window pops up, you can select the category and type of object and, subsequently, insert object characteristic data;
Create a new MEP object by importing the 3D model from a file– select the 3D object from the specific folder, then associate it to a category, insert and/or modify the object data and finally insert and/or modify the connectors;
Create a new MEP object by converting an architectural 3D block– select the 3D object and, with the use of the magic wand, associate it to a category, then insert and/or modify the object data and finally insert and/or modify the connectors.
How to obtain installation systems project drawings?
In Edificius-MEP you can quickly produce all the project drawings such as area views, floor plans, elevation views, cross-sections and 3D views of the installation system. You can add legends to the documents with the
MEP object legend command by selecting the elements of your interest.
You can also label all the objects on the 2D work space in a quick way. In fact, the software recognizes the element and automatically shows all the object data in the labels.
All project drawings are dynamically connecred to the drawing environment, therefore when modifying the project you will have all the project drawings always updated.
Can I group all my project drawings in a single working drawing?
You can print the project drawings individually or arrange them in a single working drawing.
Choose the format and title block and drag & drop the generated graphic tables complete with legends and symbols. You can also enrich it with photos and realistic views of the systems, obtaining a very professional result.
The above can also be applied to tables and schedules.
They can be printed on paper, exported in different formats or even dragged directly onto the working drawing in order to have all the technical details of the objects shown on the project drawing.
Can I share my electrical system project created with Edificius-MEP with other professionals?
With Edificius-MEP you can both import and export your installation systems project in IFC format.
The IFC is an open and non-proprietary data format that facilitates the interoperability and exchange of information relating to the BIM model between the various figures involved in the same project.
Can I browse the installation systems BIM model?
You can browse the 3D model of the systems in different ways by taking advantage of the Real Time Rendering module that allows you to experience the model from your computer or by using the Immersive Virtual Reality.
Using a VR headset you can walk within the model and explore or change the objects:
- explore the whole project, look in all its details, as if it were already built, obtaining a realistic perception of spaces, environments, materials and the interference between the different systems modeled
- the use of controllers allows you to cross the various environments and query any attachments and documents associated with the objects
- by applying the transparency function, you can observe the layouts and all the system components while browsing the virtual environment, obtaining immediate feedback on the most appropriate design choices
- the project presentation becomes a dynamic and interactive experience with the advantage of testing, in real time, all the changes requested by the client.