Sunday, November 20, 2011

Turning Off "Isolines" in a Section \ Elevation

By default, when you cut a Section or Elevation in AutoCAD Arch./MEP, "Isolines" will display for curved and circular objects (see below picture).

After the jump learn how to fix this issue...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Section Dimensions Don't Match the Model!!

If you ever model curved or circular structures with AutoCAD Arch. | MEP and have started your company template with the OTB Arch. or MEP template you may run into this issue.  Below I have modeled a circular concrete tank and then cut a Section right through the center of the tank.  As you can see the inner diameter of the tank is 100'-0" but when I measure the Section it measures 99'-11_1/16".  This is NO GOOD!!

After the jump see how to fix this issue...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Hidden Pipes and Valves below Slab or Grade

Have you ever wanted pipes and other mechanical building elements to show as hidden when they are below grade or a floor slab?  This can be done by toggling a drawing variable in the 'Options --> MEP Display Control' tab.

By default in AutoCAD MEP, when you draw something as below (image)...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Full Depth \ Advanced topics on Architecture & MEP

Another resource for getting in-depth on AutoCAD Architecture & MEP is Autodesk University Online Classes (  At this link you have 50-100 videos on how-to topics for these two programes and much more.  Simply change the search choice to the program you desire and click search.  Most classes come with the recorded video, powerpoint, and handout.

Some classes of note:
MP318-1 - Implementing 3D Design on Water and Wastewater Projects
AB114-5 - Breaking Free of the Plan: AutoCAD® Architecture Sections and Elevations
MP318-4 - Creating Electrical Panel Schedules in AutoCAD® MEP
ME316-1V - Smokin' Hot AutoCAD® MEP 2011 Tips