Overview: In this lesson you learn how to create HVAC and piping segments, and how to manipulate these segments using different tools.
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
- Insert profiles into your BIM model.
- Apply a profile to an existing line or solid in your model.
- Connect different flow segments to each other.
- Alter the positioning of segments without losing their connection.
Tutorial: How to use MEP modeling tools
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About BIM Profiles panel
The BIM Profiles panel in BricsCAD makes it possible to insert a variety of preset profiles into your model. It covers three main domains: mechanical, engineering and plumbing profiles (also known as MEP).
Note: If the BIM Profiles panel is not displayed on the right hand side of your screen, right-click on the toolpanel on the right hand side, then check BIM Profiles.
You can access the BIM profiles panel by clicking the I-beam on the right hand side of your screen.
You can filter based on domain (1) or country standard (2), or you can search using the searchbar (3). The menu (4) in the right corner allows you to access the BIM Profiles dialog box. Clicking the menu icon displays a context menu with a couple of options.
Now the BIM Profiles context menu expands.
Select Open profile dialog... (5) in the menu to open the Profiles dialog box.
Filters the profiles list by:
: Save the currently edited profile
: Crate a new profile
: Delete the selected profile
: Opens the Project Info dialog box.
|8. Custom fields||Set the type, standard, name, and size of a profile|
|9. Preselect shape||Select a shape from the drop-down list|
|10. Profile properties||Shows the properties of the selected profile|
Using the BIM Profiles panel
Drag and drop the desired profile from the BIM Profiles Panel to the model space.
This command works the same as if you were drawing lines.
You can define the start point and the next point(s) by clicking in the model space or using the dynamic dimension field. After reaching your final point, press Enter to end the command.
Note: The software automatically generates the connections between the different segments, except if you chose a Structural Steel profile.
BricsCAD BIM makes it possible to apply a profile to an already existing line in your model by using the BimApplyProfile command.
Menubar: BIM > Apply profile
Toolbar: BIM > Attach profile
Quad: Model tab > Apply profile
Applying profiles to an already existing line or solid
Select the line or solid you want to apply the profile to and launch the BimApplyProfile command.
After pressing Enter, the same DialogBox as explained above appears.
Choose the desired profile and press the Select button in the bottom right corner.
Pressing Enter ends the command; the profile is now applied to the line or solid in your model.
BimLinearSolid lets you draw default or chosen profiles like you would draw lines.
Menubar: BIM > Linear Solid
Toolbar: Structure/HVAC > Linear Solid
Quad: Model tab > Linear Solid
Drawing with profiles
- Launch the BimLinearSolid command.
- You can use default Rectangular or Circular profiles or select one in the model or in the Profiles dialog box.
- After choosing your profile, you can define the start point and the next point(s) by clicking in the model space or using the dynamic dimension field.
- After reaching your final point, press Enter to end the command.
Note: The software automatically generated the connections between the different segments, except if you chose a Structural Steel profile.
It's also possible to connect different segments using the BimFlowConnect command.
Menubar: BIM > BimConnect > FlowConnect
Toolbar: Modify > Connect > FlowConnect
Quad: Model tab > FlowConnect
Connecting different segments to each other
Select the segments you want to connect and launch the BimFlowConnect command.
If there are multiple options, you can cycle through these by pressing the Ctrl-button.
End the command by pressing Enter, the segments are now connected.
The Drag command makes it possible to alter a segment of a drawn profile without losing its connection to the other segments.
Menubar: BIM > Drag
Toolbar: Modify > Drag
Quad: Model tab > Drag
Altering the positioning of segments
Enable the selection of sides and ends:
- Click the icon on the BIM toolbar.
- Type DisplaySidesAndEnds, then type 1 or ON.
If you now hover over a segment, you can select a face perpendicular to the section of the profile.
Select a face and launch the Drag command.
Now you can click a new position for the segment or use the dynamic dimension field to enter a value for the displacement.
Note: The software automatically regenerates the connection between the segments. If you do not want this, you can press Ctrl before choosing the new position of the segment to unconnect the profiles.
Procedure: Using the MEP Modeling tools to draw and connect profiles
- Open the drawing that contains the MEP model.
- Open the BIM Profiles panel on the right hand side of your screen (see Dockable Panels)
Filter on HVAC and select the Rectangular 12"x 8" profile, drag it to the model space.
- Define the start point of the profile.
Click on the midpoint of the yellow rectangle.
- Turn Ortho on and define the next points of the profiles by using the dynamic dimension field.
Go up 3.5, go 3.5 to the left and go 21 horizontally.
If necessary, you can make the profile do a quarter turn by entering Q.
Note: The software automatically generates the connections between the segments.
- Connect the other rectangular ducts to the one we have just created.
Select the ducts together with the main duct and launch the BimFlowConnect ()command.
- Create a duct from the flow terminal.
Launch the BimLinearSolid () command and select the flow connection point.
The connection point contains information, so the software automatically creates a circular duct.
- Connect the ducts from the flow terminal to the rectangular duct.
Select the main duct and the duct from the flow terminal and launch the BimFlowConnect () command.
- Connect the other flow terminals to the rectangular duct.
Select the other flow terminals and the rectangular duct and launch the BimFlowConnect () command.
BricsCAD uses the information from the flow connection point to determine that the flow terminals should be connected using a circular duct.
Note: The flow terminal on the back is connected to the back of the rectangular duct.
Procedure: Using the MEP Modeling tools to alter profiles.
- Type XRef in the commandline and check the 'load' box next to the structural model.
- Use MultiSlice () to divide the rectangular duct.
Enter 3.04 in the dynamic dimensions field and press Enter to end the command.
- Alter the positioning of the rectangular duct, so it doesn't interfere with the structural model.
Select the upper face of the duct and launch the Drag ()command.
Note: BricsCAD preserves the connections with the circular ducts, you can change this by pressing Ctrl if you want to unconnect the ducts.
Move the duct down 0.23.
- The structural model doesn't interfere anymore with the MEP Model, while the connection between the ducts of the flow terminal and the main rectangular duct was preserved.