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Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP) Engineering

Design more efficiently, improve building system performance, and collaborate more effectively with MEP design software

Workflow for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering

Overview

Design, simulate, and document complex building systems more accurately and efficiently with Autodesk’s comprehensive MEP solutions. Optimize MEP designs, increase collaboration, and meet project and sustainability goals with Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows.

Workflow

Products

  • Early conceptual design

    Modeling: Save time creating and analyzing multiple design iterations with tools to quickly create conceptual massing models.

    Analysis: Perform cloud-based whole-building energy analysis to create more sustainable, energy efficient designs.

    Design insight: Gain insight earlier in the design process to make more informed design decisions sooner.

    Visualization: Quickly and easily transform designs into 3D immersive presentations.

    Decision making: Interact, navigate, and create renderings for powerful visualization, presentation, and decision making.

    Documentation: Document early conceptual design iterations based on whole-building energy analysis.

  • Detailed design & modeling

    Design: Create building systems with greater accuracy and efficiency using intelligent 3D models to support each step of the project.

    Modeling: Model more accurately and meet building envelope specifications through access to industry engineering information and tools.

    Visualization: Create realistic renderings and design visualizations quickly and easily

    Documentation: Document building systems to create construction documents that accurately show design intent.

    Design coordination: Keep documentation coordinated and consistent, no matter how many times the design changes.

  • Energy analysis

    Preliminary energy analysis: Use cloud-based analysis tools to quickly gain insight into energy consumption of design concepts.

    Comparisons: Compare energy consumption of multiple design options.

    Integrated analysis: Meet industry and owner requirements for building system efficiency by using integrated analysis early when changes are easier and less costly to make.

    Detailed energy analysis: Perform whole-building analysis, review design options, optimize efficiency, and work toward carbon neutrality earlier and throughout the design process.

    LEED and Energy Star analysis: Make more informed decisions to support LEED certification and Energy Star ratings.

    Air and thermal flow simulation: Use cloud-based tools to inform decisions early and optimize ventilation performance, air quality, and thermal comfort.

    Certification: Move conceptual heavy simulation tasks to the cloud and implement strategies like radiant heating and cooling to realize significant energy savings.

  • Collaboration

    Design coordination: Improve model coordination and indifference checking between architects and engineers.

    Clash detection: Quickly and easily perform clash detections during design, and resolve clashes before construction.

    Detailed design coordination and clash detection: Reduce change orders by coordinating architecture and engineering designs before construction begins.

    Coordinated model: Create a single, coordinated model for reviewing, simulation, and coordination of project information.

    Data management and collaboration: Enhance collaboration between internal and external team members.

    Collaboration during construction: Collaborate more closely by viewing and editing files on mobile devices or the web, and see updated changes instantly.

  • Visualization

    In-process design rendering: Use model data to create realistic renderings.

    Visualization: Visualize and communicate design ideas from within your design software.

    In-process design rendering: Use cloud-based services to produce renderings without tying up your desktop.

    Evaluation: Quickly produce a variety of renderings to evaluate design options with the project team.

    Communicate design intent: Differentiate your firm’s work with client presentations that feature interactive animations and design alternatives.

    Create interactive presentations: Clearly communicate design ideas and options to clients through interactive presentations.

    Market and sell designs: Create cinematic-quality renderings and visualizations to impress clients and better market and sell design ideas.

All products for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering

Autodesk Building Design Suite integrated building design software

Building Design Suite
Integrated building design tools featuring BIM and CAD.

Autodesk AutoCAD design and documentation software

AutoCAD
CAD design, drafting, modeling, drawing, and engineering software.

Autodesk BIM 360 Glue cloud-based collaboration software

BIM 360 Glue
Cloud-based software for project coordination and collaboration.

Autodesk Fabrication CAMduct software for duct fabrication and manufacturing

Fabrication CAMduct
Software for duct fabrication and duct manufacturing.

Navisworks Manage
Project review tools for design simulation and validation testing.

Autodesk Vault Collaboration software for AEC professionals

Vault
Project collaboration software.

Autodesk Revit software for Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Revit
BIM tools for architectural design, MEP, and structural engineering.

Autodesk 3ds Max Design software for architects, designers, civil engineers, and 3D visualization specialists

3ds Max Design
3D modeling, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing software.

Autodesk Buzzsaw collaboration software as a service (SaaS)

Buzzsaw
Cloud-based document, design, and data management software.

Autodesk Fabrication ESTmep cost estimation software

Fabrication ESTmep
Cost estimation software for the MEP building services industry.

Autodesk Point Layout construction layout software

Point Layout
Create, export, or import coordinate data for construction field layout.

Autodesk Vault Collaboration software for AEC professionals

AutoCAD LT
2D CAD software for drafting, detailing, and editing.

AutoCAD MEP
Drafting and documenting tools for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing.

Autodesk Vault Collaboration software for AEC professionals

AutoCAD 360
Cloud-based CAD editor app available for web and mobile.

Energy Analysis for Revit
Cloud-based software for analyzing energy usage.

Autodesk Fabrication CADmep software for detailing and fabrication of building systems

Fabrication CADmep
CAD software for the detailing and fabrication of building systems.

Green Building Studio
Web-based energy analysis software.

Autodesk Green Building Studio web-based energy analysis service

Rendering in A360
Cloud-based near- photorealistic rendering.

Autodesk Simulation CFD software for fluid flow and thermal simulations

Simulation CFD
Fluid flow and thermal simulation tools.


Industry trends and topics

BIM breaks down barriers

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent model-based process that provides insight for creating and managing building projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact. Meeting the increasing global demand for BIM, Autodesk BIM software for architects includes a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for design, visualization, simulation, and collaboration that uses the rich information in the intelligent model to inform better decision making and break down the barriers to better business.
Learn more about BIM

Sustainable design creates a better future

To help you meet the need for a more sustainable world, Autodesk provides tools to help you make more informed decisions and implement green architecture, engineering, and construction. Incorporate sustainable design practices with faster and more accurate analyses conducted in the cloud.
Learn more about sustainable design

Autodesk supports BIM interoperability

Data exchange standards help project teams move BIM models and information from one 3D modeling software application to another, facilitating more efficient, collaborative workflows. Autodesk’s work on our data exchange development protocols underscore our ongoing commitment to support industry BIM interoperability efforts and open source development methodologies.
Learn more about BIM interoperability 


What customers are saying

Products they used

Dunham Associates

Mechanical and electrical consulting firm Dunham Associates uses Revit MEP Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to design, analyze, and document complex building systems and gain a competitive edge.

RLF

Offering integrated architecture, engineering, and interior design services, RLF uses Autodesk BIM solutions to design and coordinate a fast-track government health facility—on time and on budget.

Haskell Architects and Engineers, P.A.

With help from BIM, this leading Florida design-build contractor greatly improves coordination on a complex medical facility design with a geographically dispersed team.

 Haskell Architects and Engineers customer story

ATP Architects and Engineers

European design firm uses intelligent Revit models and a BIM-based approach to create a green shopping mall in Slovenia.

 ATP Architects and Engineers customer story