Creating a Plumbing System: AutoCAD MEP 2013

Uploaded by Autodesk on 27.03.2012

In this video, I'll walk you through the process for creating a plumbing system.
Let's begin by adding a plumbing fixture. Select "Water Closet" from the pull down menu
and then specify "Wall Mounted Flush Valve Toilet". Select "Toilet - Flushing Valve"
from the Fixture Unit tab and place the water closet using the compass to orient the fixture
as required.
Once the Fixtures are laid out, we can start drafting the Plumbing lines. Begin with the
"Waste Line", and use the Properties palette to specify properties for the line. Choose
"Black Pipe" for the Style and "Sanitary Black Water" for the System. I can also specify
the nominal size of the pipe. Once the properties have been specified, I can draw the "Waste
Line" by picking the points in the drawing.
Next, I'll add some plumbing fittings. I'll add a "Double Swept Tee with Boss" to the
plumbing line. To help me visualize the fitting better, I can change the scale of the drawing.
Use the "Add Pipe" (+) grip to start the pipe run from the fitting. AutoCAD MEP provides
smart grips on the Plumbing Fixtures and Fittings and I'll use these grips to position and connect
the Plumbing line to the "Water Closet". While connecting, AutoCAD MEP provides the routing
options to solve any "Elevation Mismatch". By selecting "Adjust the Slope", AutoCAD MEP
will change the slope to connect to the plumbing line.
Next, let me connect the other "Water Closet" on the opposite side. To complete the design,
I'll draw the "Soil Vent Pipe" with a nominal size of "25 mm".
Let's take a look at how the plumbing lines and symbol representations update automatically
when the drawing scale is changed. Watch as I change the scale to 1:25 and notice the
plumbing linetype scale automatically change.
I also want to add one more fitting. Here I'll add an "End of Line Cleanout" fitting
to close the end of the pipe. I can again change the drawing scale to help visualize
the fitting clearly and use the "Location" grip to change the position for the Pipe run.
Notice that the plumbing line follows the change and remains connected.
Finally, I'll annotate the drawing for construction documentation. To label Pipes, choose the
"MEP Label" tool from the "Annotate" tab on the tool palette and specify "Standard - Pipe
with System Label". Next, select the Pipe run to place the label. I can repeat this
process to label multiple Pipe runs. And because this is annotative text, when the drawing
scale is changed, the AutoCAD MEP text automatically adjusts the text height so that the text will
plot out correctly.