Note: See also the ARCHICAD Connection PDF document for details on how it works; this document is available from the Help menu of the AutoCAD plug-in’s dictionary editor.)
MEP Elements are GDL Objects, with parameters and settings similar to object-type elements in ARCHICAD. MEP Elements work just like regular ARCHICAD library parts, but also have additional, MEP-specific parameters.
MEP Modeler comes with an extensive MEP Library of specially configured MEP Elements. If you are using the MEP Template provided with the Add-on, this library is loaded automatically.
a Straight segment, such as a duct with identical geometry at either end. Examples: Duct tool, Pipe tool and Cable Carrier tool.
a Bend. Some Bends are inserted automatically during Routing, or as a result of editing MEP elements, if two otherwise unconnectable elements require that a bend be inserted.
a Transition. This is a straight segment whose geometries at its two ends are unequal. Transitions are used to connect two MEP elements of different width/height/shape.
a Junction. These include a Tee junction, a Wye junction, and a Take-off.
a Terminal – for example, a ceiling diffuser or a grille or a sprinkler placed at the end of a pipe or duct. A Terminal has only one connection port.
Inline element, such as a valve or filter, placed inside the route. Inline elements are straight segments open at both ends.
Equipment – such as a furnace, with one or more connection ports. A single Equipment element generally is generally assigned to multiple MEP Systems (e.g. Heating, Exhaust Air), and are connected to multiple (Pipework, Ductwork) MEP element types.
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