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Design MEP projects more efficiently

AutoCAD® MEP software can help increase your productivity. Bring 3D scans and MEP projects to life, and automate quantity takeoffs. Create accurate documentation, including annotation and unit scaling, with easy to find and use tools.

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    Productivity & usability

  • Style Browser (enhanced) New

    Explore Style Browser enhancements for AutoCAD MEP components, including more object types. You can now view, search, and add all system definitions from the Style Browser.

    Styles for devices, panels, plumbing fittings, and schematic symbol also now appear in the Style Browser. Click the binocular button next to the Routing Preferences in the Properties palette to display the routing preferences in the Style Browser.

    The Manage Content Library dialog now enables you to add a directory to the Content Library. MEP objects are grouped together, and when you expand an object node at the bottom of the drop-down list, the contents now scroll upward so all the objects under that node are visible.  

    The behavior of selecting system definitions has been standardized so the Style Browser will always be used. System definitions now include cable tray, conduit, and other electrical objects; and duct, pipe, plumbing, and schematic objects in the Object Type list.

    Routing preferences for conduit, duct, and pipe have been added to the Style Browser, helping reduce the size of MEP templates. In addition, the Style Browser now includes panels, devices, schematic symbols, and plumbing fittings.

    The Select Drawings dialog for the Content Library now includes A360. This enables you to share styles among geographically dispersed teams.

  • Assigning circuits New

    With the new CIRCUITASSIGN command, assign circuits to one or more selected devices directly using the command line.

    You can also find:

    • Information about the last used panel
    • A list of all the panels in the current drawing
    • A list of panels with all the circuits attached to them

    The PANELASSIGN command enables you to change the panel for multiple selected devices. If you select an object that is not a device, it is automatically filtered out of the list.

    You cannot assign devices that are not appropriate for the circuit. For example, you cannot assign a data connection to a power and lighting circuit.

    These new tools help improve your productivity when assigning circuits and changing panels.

  • Elbow duct fittings

    Choose the type of elbow that best fits your design when the sizes on both sides of the duct are equal. You can select Use Reducing Elbow, Use Straight Elbow and Reducer, or the new Use Reducing Elbow If Needed setting.

  • Automated property set definitions

    You can automatically attach property set definitions to architectural objects to complete quantity takeoff calculations. Attach new, modified, or existing property set definitions to newly created objects and their styles, as well as to existing objects.

  • Annotation and unit scaling

    When you change drawing units, object tags, text, and other annotation-scaled objects are properly modified. You have the option to rescale model and paper space objects, to rescale only model space objects, or not to rescale any existing objects.

  • Display order by layer

    Control the way architectural and MEP systems are displayed on construction documents. Set an order for layers in a list, and apply the display order for objects on each layer. Preview changes to the display order before they are applied to ensure that changes are predictable.

  • Block swap

    Easily edit your components as your design changes. Assign a different definition to block instances without re-creating the block.

  • Point clouds

    Save time and increase accuracy by using point cloud data to generate existing building conditions in MEP projects within AutoCAD MEP software. Bring 3D scans to life for renovation, retrofit, and restoration projects. Visualize the points more quickly and snap to the surface of your scanned objects directly within your modeling workspace. 

  • Status bar

    The Application status bar now includes the Display Configuration and Cut Plane tools. The status bar wraps onto 2 lines so that you can see all the selected controls. The Drawing status bar has been removed. 

  • UI Finder

    Use the Finder to easily locate frequently used commands directly from within Help content. An animated arrow points to the tool location in the user interface and in the status bar and Application menu.