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Monday, January 25, 2010

Addenda to Chapter 6 in Mastering AutoCAD MEP

Thanks to the readers that email us with questions, we are able to keep you all up to date on the latest corrections we find in the text of my/our books. So thank you in advance to everyone who contacts us.

In this update, some of our readers are experiencing issues with the MAMEP piping catalog(s) that is used in Chapter 6 of Mastering AutoCAD MEP. The issue is that the Catalog and Part ID's may be the same as the default Catalogs from AutoCAD MEP 2010. If you are experiencing a problem selecting the fittings indicated in the Create a Routing Preference exercise, please download the MAMEP Pipes.zip file and replace the MAMEP Pipes.apc and the MAMEP Steel Pipes.apc file in C:\MasterMEP 2010\MAMEP Pipe with the ones provided in the zip file.

Thank you.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Minor Corrections for Mastering Revit Architecture

One of my readers emailed me with a few minor errors in the metric dimensions in Chapter 3 or Paul F. Aubin's Mastering Revit Architecture. David Philips writes:

"on page 147, step 38.  2'4" wide door would be 710mm not 762mm page 158, step 11.  9'-0" would be 2740mm not 1800mm."


I have verified both of these errors. If you are following the tutorials in Mastering Revit, please use the value of 710mm for step 38 on page 147. And also on page 158, please use the value of 2700mm for step 11, second bullet item. 


Thanks David for pointing these out to me. 

Friday, January 15, 2010

More ACA Roofs

Here is another post on AutoCAD Architecture Roofs.

Enjoy

MEP Book Discussion at Autodesk Discussion Forums

Good discussion going on in the Autodesk Discussion Groups regarding Mastering AutoCAD MEP. Check it out here.

Why not join in on the conversation?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mastering MEP Dataset omission

Hello all. A reader recently sent me this in an email:

"Page 239 Step 13 refers to a folder and file that is not included on the CD included with the book."


Upon inspection, the reader is correct, the file is indeed missing, as is the folder that it should be in. We consolidated the dataset late in the process and looks like we missed a few references in the text. I believe that the file is now located at:

C:\MasterMEP 2010\MAMEP Commercial\constructs\Mechanical

However, to be certain, we are uploading it here as well. The file should be placed in MasterMEP 2010 directory under the Chapter04 sub-directory if that does not already exist. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Betcha didn't know you could do that with Roofs in ADT (ACA)

I have always been a fan of the Roof (not Roof Slab, the original Roof) object. I like to call it the One-piece Roof. Now, don't get me wrong, this object has been left to wither on the vine over the years and certainly can use several improvements. However, that being said, it does have some interesting possibilities that are not always easy to do with slabs. Check out this post.