I don't understand why MEP settings contain Standard Bend Angles
, but in fact, uses any angle to make a routing the shortest. Feels like they are useless - on matter what you set, nothing changes. Or am I missing smth?
Manufacturers don't provide elbows with 37.89° or any other unusual, especially for sewer. I wish MEP had the option for elbows (also Tees) to
1. Use standard angles bends only
2. Any angle.
3. Combine (if possible) - kinda standard angles are preferred, but to prevent a path from becoming too twisted, use standard/or_not+
1 non-standard angle (smth like an exception for simplicity of a path).
Also would be useful to add the possibility to rotate equipment, pipe's elements in any direction (x,y,z).
I also agree with everything @Braza said before. Ofc we'd love to get all library Valerij has created
. But as far as I know, he has lots of similar elements (pipes, valves) - the only difference is the manufacturer (M
). Frankly speaking, a few mm won't change much. So we could use for instance one M. It'd be much better if you manage to M
become interested in that their products should be presented in AC MEP, so they would sponsor this development.
About calculation/analysis - a nice feature, but require too many efforts to make it from the start (pressure loss and etc. for pipes; ducts is doable - at least to calculate dimensions and pressure loss, based on info from air terminals).
I use the polish program Audytor for calculations heat loads and pipes. They've made a plugin for exporting all of the objects after calculations to Revit (http://en.sankom.net/programs/audytor-set-for-revit
). If audytor made the same plugin for AC (or vice versa), it'd be enough (I'm talking right now not about that specific program, but any other that you'd find appropriate for this goal, it's just easier to explain the idea).
MEP pipes - when I have built 2 different pipes with the same path, but need to change diameter for one - it's not convenient:
___a) the whole rout is selected->settings of pipe->change Ø --> changes ONLY Ø pipes; elbows, tees remain with the same Ø. We'd be nice to change Ø of all selected
___b) why only at the window of automatic routing is possible to choose Ø from the pop-down menu. When the pipes have been built and you go to settings to change the Ø, there is no pop-down menu. I need manually to change Ø, nominal Ø and thickness. That all should be chosen from standard pipes Ø;
___c) sometimes I need an additional hotspot for elbow -> not to rotate it, but change the angle of the elbow;
___d) I use an interactive schedule to sum total length. It works fine. The problem appears when I want to do the same with heating floor pipes - the schedule doesn't count the length of "elbowed pipe". In AC elbows are other elements than pipes, but in real life, it is simply one piece of pipe, just twisted. Is it possible to add some kind of checkmark in the settings of the system - do I want that length of elbows was added to the total length of pipes?
___e) another thing with the length sum of pipes in a schedule - actually it's a rare situation that I need each
piece/segment of pipe. Usually, all I need is a total length of pipe for different Ø. I can't add this schedule as a table - tooo long
p.s. the interface isn't in English (attachments), but settings buttons/options should be at the same place