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jtechsmith
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Any low voltage contractors using MEP?

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02-09-2013 10:20 AM

Looking for some advice from designers and drafters who work for low voltage comapnies that use MEP for designing there systems in a building. Tips on how you use the program, what customizations have you created, etc. I'm in the need for some good tips on how to use the wire tool and customizing panels effectivly for seting up my system.

 

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Joshua.Benoist
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Re: Any low voltage contractors using MEP?

02-11-2013 08:36 AM in reply to: jtechsmith

Here in support, I have seen a lot of companies using wire for low-voltage.  MEP will not size low-voltage wires and will not make special low-voltage panel schedules that work different from power panel schedules.  So users tend to use the wires for low voltage plan diagrams. Then use regular AutoCAD tables for scheduling.

 

Hope this helps,

Joshua

 

 


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Re: Any low voltage contractors using MEP?

02-12-2013 08:39 AM in reply to: Joshua.Benoist

Following up.  Did the info help?  Does anyone else here in the forums have info to add?  Jump right in.

Joshua

 

 


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Re: Any low voltage contractors using MEP?

02-12-2013 08:48 AM in reply to: Joshua.Benoist

I guess it gives me some bit of an idea. Question though, if lots of people and companies are using wire for low voltage why not make this accommodation in the software along with panels. Out of the box it has some low voltage icons such as smoke detectors. If there is a way I can custom create a panel for such information. Is there any known third party plugin programs for this? Low voltage equipment and hardware is still a major part in building infrastructure.

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Joshua.Benoist
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Re: Any low voltage contractors using MEP?

02-12-2013 08:56 AM in reply to: jtechsmith

This feature does not yet exist in the program.

 

We do believe that a low voltage feature that includes low voltage panel schedules would be very helpful to have in the program, and feel that you raise a very good case for enhancing the product. 

 

If you would take the time to go here: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=1109794

 

This is a feedback page where customers can make suggestions. This page is monitored by product managers who affect real change and this request can go a long way in changing the product for the better.

 

Have a great day.

 

Joshua

 

 


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Re: Any low voltage contractors using MEP?

02-12-2013 08:58 AM in reply to: jtechsmith

quick update 2014 before its released! :smileyvery-happy:

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Mark_Richards
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Re: Any low voltage contractors using MEP?

04-18-2013 01:13 PM in reply to: jtechsmith

Late reply but here it is..

 

We use MEP extensively for fire alarm but out of the box it's useless, we had to beat it into submission over the course of years.  We have created devices with property sets for device addresses, horn mA, speaker watts, Etc.  We have schedule tables which extract this info to show NAC load per circuit, addrssable device details, etc.  

 

All of our blocks for creating riser diagrams have a wipeout as part of the block and are designed to work on a pre-defined grid template.  It's pretty quick.  We have a similar aproachfor data nad security.

 

I have attached a sample sheet, the address you see on devices is a smart tag, created from property set data, same with the NAC circut on  horns, device totals, Etc, all automatically created.

 

Good luck.

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jtechsmith
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Re: Any low voltage contractors using MEP?

04-19-2013 05:14 AM in reply to: Mark_Richards

Incredible. Thanks for responding. I will send you a message later for I have several questions regarding how the heck to program blocks as panels and proform the functions. We have some great blocks that list attributes and model numbers etc. Our big problem is how to add battery and panel load calculators into a panel block.

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mgerbasio
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Re: Any low voltage contractors using MEP?

12-30-2013 02:32 AM in reply to: jtechsmith

I found AlarmCAD which can work with or without AutoCAD. It's expensive and I'll probably get the stand-alone version since its the same price. It isn't as smooth as AutoCAD, I'm finishing the 30 day trial.

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VitalyF
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Re: Any low voltage contractors using MEP?

01-01-2014 11:34 AM in reply to: jtechsmith

Hi,

 

This is an example of the use of wires and devices to create the table "from - to"

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus - this free utils Guide (rus) and other

 

Sample MEP project

 

Guide ENU

 

 acadvaf@yandex.ru

 

Vitaly

 

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