AutoCAD MEP 2009

Mechanical Tutorial

April 2008

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 . . Exercise 1: Drawing Sized Duct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 . . 1 Using This Tutorial . . . . . 80 v . . . . . . . . . 22 Exercise 3: Adding Zones . . . . 77 .Contents Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . 27 Exercise 4: Exporting and Importing gbXML Data . . . . . . . . . . . . Lesson 4: Drawing a Supply Duct System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exercise 3: Modifying the Duct System . . . . . . . . . 45 . . . 4 Exercise 2: Creating a Drawing Based on a Template . Exercise 4: Annotating Duct Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lesson 1: Starting a Drawing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exercise 2: Adding Sidewall Grilles . . . . .Lab Support Exercise 1: Adding Equipment . . . . . . . 8 Exercise 3: Viewing Configuration Settings . Exercise 2: Drawing 1-Line Duct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 . . . 35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Lesson 2: Determining Loads and Air Flows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Exercise 1: Creating Space Styles . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Exercise 4: Inserting a Reference Drawing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exercise 3: Sizing Duct . . . . . . . . . 35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Lesson 3: Drawing a Supply Duct System . 4 Exercise 1: Specifying a Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lab Zone . . . . . . 16 Exercise 2: Modeling Spaces . . . . . Zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 . . .

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Each lesson contains step-by-step exercises you can perform to achieve the goal of the lesson. you can extract the files again to reset the 1 . each of which addresses a particular task. You must extract the project files in order to complete any part of this tutorial. referred to as datasets. Drawings. Using This Tutorial This tutorial is divided into lessons. The lessons in this tutorial are designed to build upon your knowledge of AutoCAD®. ventilation. you can proceed to a specific lesson. you learn how to use project tools to start a drawing. If you are not familiar with basic AutoCAD functions and commands. You can complete the tutorial from beginning to end or. you learn how to create part of a heating. the Properties palette. In the process. In this lesson. see the online AutoCAD® Help. you learn the primary concepts of how to use AutoCAD® MEP 2009 to draw HVAC systems and produce construction documents. and MEP snaps. If you are not familiar with these features. see “Getting Started” in the AutoCAD MEP Help. are included in the project files. You also learn how to use AutoCAD MEP features to evaluate a floor plan for heating and cooling loads. Extracting the Project Datasets You must extract the project files in order to complete any part of this tutorial. If you edit any of the project files.Starting An HVAC Drawing 1 In this tutorial. These lessons also assume you are familiar with basic AutoCAD MEP features such as tool palettes. if you are an experienced user. and air conditioning (HVAC) system for a research laboratory.

com/autocadmep-tutorials. To check the profile setting. they may be different. You can search My Documents\Autodesk\MyProjects to see if the Research Laboratory dataset has already been extracted. Follow the steps in the corresponding readme. go to http://www. Working with Metric Content This tutorial requires that the Global content pack be installed as part of the AutoCAD MEP installation for your workstation. metric templates. Verifying the Current Profile In order to complete the tutorial. If you are running Windows Vista.autodesk.zip. you must have your current profile set to AutoCAD MEP (Global). for example. and an AutoCAD MEP (Global) user profile. While you may be accustomed to using imperial units in your day-to-day work. the lessons in this tutorial cover all of the same tasks necessary for you to complete designs and create construction documents using either metric or imperial units. The Global content pack is made up of metric content.project to its original state. the English language version of the tutorial files is english_tutorials_AutoCAD_MEP_2009. To extract the project datasets.txt file to download the ZIP file and extract its contents to your hard drive. Locate the tutorial ZIP file for your language. in AutoCAD MEP click 2 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . NOTE This tutorial references Windows XP file paths.

For more information. and select the Add or Remove Features option. Using This Tutorial | 3 . If AutoCAD MEP (Global) is not the current profile. refer to the online AutoCAD MEP installation guides. this means that the Global content pack was not installed when AutoCAD MEP was installed on your workstation. If AutoCAD MEP (Global) is not listed as a choice in the Options dialog.Format menu ➤ Options. To rerun the installer. To add the Global content pack to your AutoCAD MEP installation at any time. rerun the installer. double-click the shortcut to launch AutoCAD MEP with the Global profile set as current. If you installed a shortcut for the Global profile. select it from the list and click Set Current. open the Add or Remove Programs dialog in the Control Panel. The name of the current profile is indicated at the top of the Options dialog. and click Change/Remove.

5 Click OK. the new project is highlighted to indicate that it is the current project. For Project Name. you specify a project using the Project Browser. . select HVAC. Then. you learn how to configure a project and use Project Navigator to start a drawing.Lesson 1: Starting a Drawing In this lesson. 2 Open the Project Browser using one of the following methods: ■ ■ On the Navigation toolbar. click Project Browser Click File menu ➤ Project Browser. In the Project Browser. 4 In the Add Project dialog: ■ ■ For Project Number. Exercise 1: Specifying a Project First. click New Project . enter 1. 3 In the lower-left corner of the Project Browser. enter HVAC Sample. You also learn how to reference a floor plan drawing in a current drawing. Specify the current project 1 On the Workspaces toolbar. you use Project Navigator to create directories for the AutoCAD MEP drawings. The right pane contains an HTML 4 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing .

page. 6 Click Close. Use Project Navigator In the Project Navigator. you can create and store HTML pages in the project location. Exercise 1: Specifying a Project | 5 . To facilitate sharing project information. When you start AutoCAD MEP. but the project is still active until you change to another project. the Project tab displays general information about the project. The Project Browser is closed. the current project is the last one specified before the software was closed.

You assign construct drawings to floors. and enter the desired value. such as floor elevation or height. 6 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . 8 In the Levels dialog. and then use those floor assignments when creating view drawings. click Edit Levels. 9 To edit values. 10 Click OK. click in the field. click Add Level .7 To add a level.

you can create a view of an HVAC plan for an entire floor. you only need to modify the construct drawings. Because the views reference the constructs. For example. which are used to manage different types of drawings: ■ Constructs are drawings that model a unique portion of a building system. You can create general views. Views comprise one or more constructs that show a specific view of a building. an HVAC plan for one floor can be a construct. Views and sheets are updated either automatically or by regenerating a view. move the cursor over the title bar. it minimizes so that just the title bar is visible.11 Review the other tabs on the Project Navigator. They are generally plotted or published to DWF™. click Autohide. Exercise 1: Specifying a Project | 7 . and the sheets reference the views. When you move the cursor off Project Navigator. then reference them onto views and sheets to create construction documents. You create constructs of building plans. and section/elevation views. To open it. For example. detail views. ■ ■ 12 To minimize Project Navigator to make more room for drawing space. Sheets are construction documents or presentation documents that contain fully-annotated views and details. Create an HVAC constructs directory 13 Click the Constructs tab.

object style definitions. you learned how to create a project and use Project Navigator to specify floor levels. click Edit Project. View the default template for the project 1 In the Project Navigator. You also created a new construct category. 8 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . 15 Change the name of the new category to HVAC. and display settings. click the Project tab. Template files are specified in the project settings. system definitions. In this exercise. and click New ➤ Category.14 Select the Constructs directory. Exercise 2: Creating a Drawing Based on a Template A drawing template contains information such as layer settings. right-click. 2 In the Current Project heading.

expand Templates. Create a new construct drawing 6 In the Project Navigator. click the Constructs tab. 8 Right-click. A tooltip displays the complete file path. This is the default template you use when starting a new construct drawing. and click New ➤ Construct. This is the default template specified in the project settings. select HVAC. 10 Move the cursor over the Drawing Template field to view the full file path. 7 Under Constructs. Exercise 2: Creating a Drawing Based on a Template | 9 . 5 Click Cancel. and enter HVAC Sample.3 In the Project Properties dialog. 9 In the Add Construct dialog. 4 Move the cursor over the field next to Common Model/View Template. click in the field for Name.

and click Save Current Dwg as Construct. You can open a new drawing from Project Navigator by double-clicking the drawing name. The new construct drawing is added to the HVAC category under Constructs. Open the drawing. 12 Click OK. it is not automatically opened in the software. 10 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . you learned how to use a template to create a new construct drawing. TIP In addition to creating a new drawing from the Constructs tab. When you create a new construct drawing. right-click the construct category where you want to place it. you can also add an existing drawing to a project. In this exercise.11 Select Level 0 to assign the construct to the ground floor.

Open a new construct drawing 1 In the Project Navigator. expand HVAC. you view layer key settings for objects. you viewed project settings such as building levels. on the Constructs tab. and templates. 5 In the right pane. Next.Exercise 3:Viewing Configuration Settings In the Project Navigator. click Global Descriptive (256 Color) (MEP). You do not need to create layers as you draw. View layer key settings 3 Click Format menu ➤ Layer Management ➤ Layer Key Styles. 4 In the left pane of Style Manager. These settings control how your systems look and function in the drawing. In this exercise. Exercise 3:Viewing Configuration Settings | 11 . such as preferences and system definitions. Layer keys are used to add layers as you draw systems. 6 Scroll to Duct. you view other important configuration settings. 2 Double-click HVAC Sample to open it. click the Keys tab. elevations.

you draw a duct system.Low Pressure for the system. The layer that the part is placed on is based on the part type and system definition. Calculation values are defined for the system definition. Because this layer standard is descriptive. you can use different calculation values for medium-pressure duct systems and low-pressure duct systems.The layer specified is H-Ductwork-G. this setting determines its layer and other settings. Aecb Model (Global). The template you specified for this drawing. For example. 9 In the left pane of Style Manager. For example. These settings control the appearance and function of parts in a system. You specify Supply . These values are used when calculating duct sizes. Layer keys are configured for parts and systems. TIP Layer keying allows you to efficiently manage layers in your drawing. you view system definitions. click Supply. When you assign a system to a component. you can turn off a layer for a specific system. the second part indicates the element. Note the layer key. under Duct System Definitions. 11 Click the Design Parameters tab. such as color and linetype. contains a custom. 12 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . The duct segments are placed on the H-Supply-G layer. When you add a part. For the H-Ductwork-G layer name. Ductwork indicates the part. and G indicates the data type is graphics. you specify a system for it before placing it in the drawing. the element is described rather than assigned a code. The first part of the layer name indicates the discipline. 12 Click the Rise and Drop tab. 10 In the right pane. View system definitions 8 Click HVAC menu ➤ HVAC System Definitions. where Supply indicates supply air duct. Next. For example. click the Design Rules tab. the H indicates the HVAC. descriptive layer key system. or use filters to turn off specific objects on the layer. and the last part indicates the data type. 7 Click Cancel.

these settings control layout behavior. a takeoff or tee (whichever is specified here) is added to complete the connection. You can use these settings to add labels. ➤ Duct ➤ Preferences. These settings are important because they specify which parts are inserted during layout. For example. if you specify a right angle in your layout geometry. 20 Click Cancel. 18 Click the Parts tab. You can use it to override the display properties for objects. You can change these default parts at any time.This tab specifies the rise and drop style used to display vertical directions in the system. 16 Click the Routing tab. the elbow specified here is inserted into your duct run. When you draw duct runs. For example. if you connect a new run at the midpoint of an existing duct. 14 Click Cancel. you viewed important configuration settings for ducts. or add a hatching pattern to visually enhance specific duct parts in the drawing. These settings control how new duct runs connect with existing duct objects. you view settings duct preferences. to duct segments as you draw them. such as size. This tab specifies general display settings for the system components. you can turn off contour lines for duct. 13 Click the Display Properties tab. which control how the ducts display and function. For example. 19 Click the Connections tab. and you viewed duct preferences. 17 Click the Ducts tab. View duct preferences 15 Click HVAC menu. which control how ducts behave as you draw them. Next. You viewed system definitions. Exercise 3:Viewing Configuration Settings | 13 . You can specify any part that is included in the current parts catalog. In this exercise. They also control how air terminals such as diffusers are connected to a branch duct.

and click Xref Overlay. An overlay does not add its drawing data to the current drawing. As you develop construct drawings based on this floor plan. click Zoom Extents . and select the Research Laboratory 3 In the Project Navigator. If not. If you attach a drawing as an xref. you insert an architectural floor plan as a reference drawing. double-click it on the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. you add all of the reference drawing data to the current drawing. The floor plan displays in the drawing window. however. It is recommended that you use 0. For construct drawings. 4 Right-click 2nd Floor. Click OK. browse to \Constructs\Architectural\Floor Plans. you can xref them into views and other constructs by 14 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . 5 On the Navigation toolbar.0 for the XYZ insertion coordinates. which can help minimize file sizes. All elements in the xref floor plan drawing are screened as gray. Add an external reference 1 Verify that HVAC Sample is the current drawing. 2 Open the Project Browser project.Exercise 4: Inserting a Reference Drawing In this exercise. overlays are recommended. it is recommended that you attach xrefs if you want the reference drawing geometry to display on the sheet. you can attach it or overlay it. Reference drawings are also referred to as xrefs (external references) in the software. For view drawings.0. When you add an xref drawing.

add an xref by dragging it from the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator onto the current drawing. and click Clip Xref. Its elevation (Z coordinate value) is also updated to a value relative to the host drawing. Xrefs that are not added in this way are lost when the project is refreshed. 7 Right-click.0.0. 11 Move the cursor to the second point as shown. making it easier to work on this specific portion of the building. and it is determined using the elevations of the levels to which the 2 drawings are assigned. 8 On the command line. In later lessons. Exercise 4: Inserting a Reference Drawing | 15 . The floor plan is selected. Next. place the cursor over any linework. NOTE When you are working with a Drawing Management project. and click to specify the opposite corner. it is attached instead of overlaid. This maintains accurate locations for each subsequent system designed around the floor plan.inserting them at 0. you add duct systems to the west side of the building. Clip the reference drawing 6 To select the floor plan. and placed at the X.Y coordinates of 0. and click.0. When you add an xref by dragging it from the Project Navigator onto a drawing. enter n for New boundary. 10 Click outside the lower-left corner of the building to specify the first point of the rectangular boundary. 9 Enter r to define a rectangular boundary. referenced using its full file path. you clip the reference drawing to display only the west side in the drawing.

or classification. you create space styles.The west side of the floor plan is visible. You use spaces to model rooms. you evaluate the floor plan to determine heating and cooling loads. 16 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . 12 On the Navigation toolbar. Exercise 1: Creating Space Styles In this exercise. and then you assign engineering data necessary for determining heating loads. You export space data in Green Building XML (gbxml) format that can be used in an external analysis program. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. click Zoom Extents . In this lesson. Space styles define the room type. you learn how to model interior spaces for a building plan. and air flow requirements. You then viewed settings that affect the construction and appearance of your systems. You also added an architectural floor plan drawing as a reference and clipped it so that you could focus on the portion of the drawing you will be working on. 13 Close the current drawing. you created a project and created a new drawing based on a template. Next. and the east side has been clipped from view. You import a gbXML file with analysis results. Lesson 2: Determining Loads and Air Flows In this lesson. for a space. cooling loads.

If the Research Laboratory is not displayed. and the HVAC tool palettes group opens. click Yes. 2 Open the Project Browser using one of the following methods: ■ ■ On the Navigation bar. 3 In the Project Browser. If you are prompted to repath. double-click Research Laboratory to specify it as the current project.Specify the tutorial project 1 On the Workspaces toolbar. it may not have been extracted. If the Research Laboratory project is not in this location. the HVAC menu is available from the menu bar. See Extracting the Project Datasets on page 1. browse to My Documents\Autodesk\My Projects. . When the HVAC workspace is active. The Windows default location for My Documents is C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\My Documents. Exercise 1: Creating Space Styles | 17 . verify that HVAC is the current workspace. click Project Browser Click File menu ➤ Project Browser.

The ceiling grid displays. 6 Under Constructs.4 Click Close. you change the display configuration to MEP Basic 2-Line. click MEP Design. click the Constructs tab. Open the dataset drawing 5 On the Project Navigator. click Zoom Extents . The current display configuration for the drawing is MEP Design. 8 On the Navigation toolbar. 7 Double-click HVAC_L02_E01 to open it. Next. In this configuration. spaces are visible in top view. expand HVAC ➤ Lesson 2. Change the display configuration 9 On the application status bar. and ceiling grids are turned off in top view. 18 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . and select MEP Basic 2-Line.

under the current drawing name. and click OK. 13 Change the name of the new style to Laboratory. expand Architectural Objects ➤ Space Styles. 12 Right-click Space Styles. however. 15 In the Edit Property Set Data dialog. verify that SpaceEngineeringStyles is selected. and click New. Hidden lines are not used. For views and sheets. on the General tab. so drawing performance is enhanced. click Property Sets. Exercise 1: Creating Space Styles | 19 . 16 In the Add Property Sets dialog. 11 In Style Manager. or by clicking the name twice. you may want to use other display configurations that use hidden lines or display only certain systems as non-screened. Add property sets for lighting and equipment loads per area 14 In the right pane. click Add Property Sets . You can change the name on the General tab. Create a space style for the laboratories 10 Click Format menu ➤ Style Manager.The drawing updates to the current display configuration settings. TIP MEP Basic 2-Line is a good display configuration to use for fast layout.

click . For AreaEquipmentLoad. For AreaLightingLoad. Specify a classification based on a mechanical standard 19 In the right pane of Style Manager. click the Classifications tab. 20 For Space Occupancy. enter 40 W/SM. 17 In the Edit Property Set Data dialog: ■ ■ ■ For GbXmlSpaceTypeOverride. 18 Click OK.Note that the property sets are added to the style and displayed in the Edit Property Set Data dialog. 20 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . select LABORATORYOFFICE. enter 20 W/SM.

enter 15 W/SM. configure property sets and a classification for Laboratory Support: ■ ■ ■ ■ For GbXmlSpaceTypeOverride. right-click Laboratory. and click Paste.2 W/SM. expand ASHRAE 62. Exercise 1: Creating Space Styles | 21 . 26 Using the same method.1 2004 ➤ Educational Facilities. and select Science laboratories.21 In the Select Classification dialog. For AreaLightingLoad. Specifying a classification for a space style assigns the required outside air flow values for that room type based on the applicable standard. Create another style for laboratory support rooms 23 In the left pane of Style Manager. enter 0. The values for all room types are included in the software. specify ASHRAE 62. 24 Right-click Space Styles. For AreaEquipmentLoad. For Classification. 27 Click OK to close Style Manager. 22 Click OK. and click Copy. 25 Select Laboratory (2) and change the name to Laboratory Support.1 2004 ➤ Offices (ASHRAE 2004) ➤ Office Space (ASHRAE 2004). select OFFICEENCLOSED.

you generate spaces to model the interior spaces of rooms in the xref. open the Analysis tool palette. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator.28 Close the drawing. 22 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . double-click HVAC_L02_E02 under Constructs ➤ HVAC ➤ Lesson 2. you learned how to create space styles. 2 Click the Space tool. and lighting and equipment loads. Exercise 2: Modeling Spaces In this exercise. You specify space styles for the appropriate rooms as you add the spaces. Generate spaces for labs 1 On the HVAC tool palettes. In this exercise. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. 3 On the Design tab on the Properties palette: ■ For Style. Next. select Laboratory. you add spaces to the floor plan. The classification and load settings are used to calculate outside air flow.

5 Click inside Lab 247 to add a space. For Offset Boundary. select Extrusion. select By style. 4 In the drawing area. For Geometry Type. select Aecb_Space_Name_Tag. Exercise 2: Modeling Spaces | 23 .■ ■ ■ For Tag. The room perimeter is detected by the space tool. move the cursor over Lab 247.

so you configure the spaces to match. for Name. The lab rooms have open ceilings. 13 Using the same method. 10 On the Properties palette. use the Laboratory Support style for all spaces. add spaces to the following rooms. Change space heights to match the building plan 14 Select the space for Lab 247. 24 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . 11 Under Basic ➤ General. 222 Lab Hood 247 Common Space 223 and 224 8 Press Enter. Generate spaces for lab support 7 Using the same method. click the Design tab.6 Press Enter. Add names to the spaces 9 Select the space for Lab 247. rename each space with its corresponding room name. 12 Press Esc to deselect the space. ■ ■ ■ Lab Support 221. enter Lab 247.

enter 0. For Justification. 17 Press Esc to deselect the lab space. For Height above ceiling. For Ceiling thickness. 18 Select the other spaces. enter 3960 mm. For Default surface height. enter 0. Exercise 2: Modeling Spaces | 25 . and specify the following values: ■ For Overall space height. For Floor thickness. enter 3660 mm.15 On the Properties palette. enter 3660 mm. Because the other rooms have suspended ceilings. enter 3960 mm. For Ceiling height. For Height below floor. select Top of floor. click the Design tab and scroll to Component Dimensions. enter 0. 16 Specify the following values: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ For Overall space height. enter 300 mm. they require different settings.

If you do not override any values. and EquipmentLoad to override these calculated values. select Top of floor. then the calculated values will be exported when you export the building data to gbXML. enter 0. For Height above ceiling. You can manually specify values for OutsideAirFlow. The default lighting and equipment loads are calculated based on room area and the load per area values specified in the space style. For Height below floor. LightingLoad. click the Extended Data tab. For Justification. 21 On the Properties palette. At this 26 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . For Ceiling thickness. You can manually specify another room type here if you want to override the style setting. View space engineering data for gbXML export 20 Select the space for Lab 247. enter 1010 mm. enter 300 mm. enter 50 mm. enter 3660 mm.■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ For Ceiling height. note the property sets. 19 Press Esc to deselect the lab support spaces. Under Property Sets ➤ SpaceEngineeringObjects. Under Classification. For Floor thickness. For Default surface height. 2600 mm. note the classification defined for the space style.

point. double-click Constructs ➤ HVAC ➤ Lesson 2 ➤ HVAC_L02_E03. review the settings for the lab support space. In this exercise. you add zones and attach spaces to the zones. you do not need to specify any other information for the gbXML export. space classification. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. and loads defined in the space style. You must attach spaces to zones prior to exporting to gbXML. Exercise 3:Adding Zones In this exercise. Dataset On the Constructs tab of Project Navigator. and attach spaces to zones. which was calculated using the room area. you add zones. Next. 23 Using the same method. Exercise 3:Adding Zones | 27 . 22 Press Esc. 24 Click File menu ➤ Close. You also viewed the engineering data for the spaces. you learned how to generate spaces.

2 Click the Zone tool.Add zone markers 1 On the HVAC tool palettes. and press ENTER. 3 In the drawing area. specify the insertion point for the lab zone marker outside of the floor plan as shown. open the Analysis tool palette. 28 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing .

11 On the Properties palette. 9 Using the same method. Specify design temperatures for zones 10 Select both zone markers. 7 Under Basic ➤ General. and press ENTER. rename the second zone as Lab Support Zone. 13 In the Add Property Sets dialog. on the Extended Data tab of the Properties palette. for both DesignTempCooling and DesignTempHeating. 6 On the Properties palette. enter 22 degrees. enter Lab Zone. 12 Click Add Property Sets . Rename the zone markers 5 Select the first zone marker. click the Extended Data tab. 8 Press Esc to deselect the zone marker. and click OK. Exercise 3:Adding Zones | 29 . for Name. click the Design tab. 14 With both zone markers still selected.4 Specify the insertion point for the lab support zone marker as shown. select ZoneEngineeringObjects.

Lines connecting the zone to the attached space are displayed. Attach spaces to zones 16 Select the Lab Zone marker. 19 Using the same method.15 Press Esc to deselect the zone markers. attach the remaining spaces to the Lab Support Zone. 18 Select the space in Lab 247. 17 Click the Attach Space or Zone grip. 30 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . Review space and zone configuration 20 Select one of the zone markers. NOTE You can also open the Space/Zone Manager from the Design tab on the Properties palette. and press Enter. and click Space/Zone Manager. 21 Right-click.

Next. In this exercise. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. In this exercise.22 In the Space/Zone Manager. Exercise 4: Exporting and Importing gbXML Data You can use gbXML files in external analysis tools to calculate heating and cooling loads for a building plan. Exercise 4: Exporting and Importing gbXML Data | 31 . You import an analyzed gbXML file that includes calculated load and air flow values. 23 Click OK. you learned how to add zone markers and attach spaces to zones. you export space and zone data using gbXML. 24 Click File menu ➤ Close. you export the zone and space data using gbXML. You can expand spaces to view surfaces and openings associated with the space. You can use Space/Zone Manager to review space and zone configuration. verify that Show All Zones and Spaces and Show Space Surfaces are selected in the lower-left corner.

select the Lab Zone marker. Importing an analyzed gbXML file 5 Click File menu ➤ Import from gbXML. enter 5-digit postal ZIP code. enter Research_Lab_export. The zones are detected by the gbXML Export dialog. select 2 Zones. click the Extended Data tab. 2 In the gbXML Export dialog: ■ For File name. browse to My Documents\Autodesk\My Projects\Research Laboratory\Constructs\HVAC\Analysis. 4 When the export is complete.Dataset On the Constructs tab of Project Navigator. double-click Constructs ➤ HVAC ➤ Lesson 2 ➤ HVAC_L02_E04. ■ ■ ■ 3 Click Start. For Building type. 32 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . 7 To view zone calculations. For Select Objects. 6 In the Import gbXML dialog. and click Save. 8 On the Properties palette. since the filename is referenced in the gbxml file.xml. Some analysis packages use a ZIP code for specifying psychrometric data. select Office.xml. select HVAC_L02_E04. The calculation results are applied to the appropriate spaces and zones as property sets. browse to My Documents\Autodesk\My Projects\Research Laboratory\Constructs\HVAC\Analysis. For ZIP Code. Export data to gbXML 1 Click File menu ➤ Export to gbXML. and click Open. click Close. NOTE The export file and the import file with the calculation results must have the same filename.

Exercise 4: Exporting and Importing gbXML Data | 33 .The total air flow. and heating load for the zone are displayed under Property Sets ➤ ZoneEngineeringCalculatedData. cooling load. NOTE Note that the calculated zone data is not optimal. you only analyzed only a portion of the building. For training purposes.

9 Deselect the zone. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. and viewed them for spaces and zones. a completed drawing named Completed_Spaces is included in the project datasets in the Constructs\HVAC\Lesson 2 directory. For reference. you learned how to use spaces and zones to configure data used for load and airflow calculations. and view the calculated data on the Properties palette. select the Lab 247 space. In this lesson. You can use tags to show calculated airflow values on spaces. you exported the data in gbXML format. You can also use schedules to show calculation results in a table. 10 Click File menu ➤ Close. After you modelled and configured spaces. You imported calculation results. 34 | Chapter 1 Starting An HVAC Drawing . You can use this information when designing HVAC systems. For more information. see “Using Space and Zone Calculated Data” in the AutoCAD MEP online help.

Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. you add ceiling diffusers and VAV boxes for the Lab Support zone. Lesson 3: Drawing a Supply Duct System . You add flow values to the ceiling diffusers so that you can calculate duct sizes later. 35 . you learn how to draw a 1-line duct system and convert it to sized 2-line duct using a duct calculator. double-click HVAC_L03_E01 under Constructs ➤ HVAC ➤ Lesson 3.Drawing a Duct System 2 The lessons in this chapter show how to use the features of AutoCAD MEP to draw a duct system.Lab Support Zone In this lesson. Exercise 1:Adding Equipment In this exercise. Set up the drawing 1 On the Workspaces toolbar. verify the current workspace is set to HVAC. You also learn how to modify a duct system.

Add ceiling diffusers 2 Pan and zoom so that Lab Support 221 is centered in the drawing area. 4 Right-click Object Snap . see “Pointing Device Buttons” in the online AutoCAD help.In the drawing. TIP An efficient way to navigate the drawing area is to use the scroll wheel on the mouse. The current display configuration is MEP Design No Spaces. Ceiling grids are visible in this display configuration. click the Object Snap tab. and click Settings. the floor plan is referenced. The round duct is part of a medium pressure system that supplies 100% outside air to the laboratories. 3 On the application status bar. Turn the wheel to zoom in or out. or double-click the wheel to zoom extents. For more information. You can use these features even if a command is active. 36 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . verify that Object Snap is selected. You use the ceiling grid to place diffusers. The oval duct is part of a medium pressure system that supplies a mixture of outside air and return air. 5 In the Drafting Settings dialog. hold down the wheel and drag to pan. and portions of 2 main supply ducts are also referenced.

7 On the HVAC tool palettes. Exercise 1:Adding Equipment | 37 .6 Select Node. 8 Click the Diffuser tool. open the Equipment tool palette. and click OK.

You do not need to specify elevation.9 On the Part tab in the Add Multi-view Parts dialog. 10 For Part Size Name. 38 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . scroll to 600 x 600 mm Square Faced Ceiling Diffuser. 11 Click the Flow tab. select 600 x 600 mm Square Faced Ceiling Diffuser .250 mm Neck. and select it. The diffuser will snap to the ceiling grid (2600 mm).

TIP To minimize the dialog while the command is active. NOTE If you are running Windows Vista.12 For Flow (Each Terminal). move the cursor over the title bar. To restore it. click the pushpin in the upper-right corner. Note the node snap displays at the ceiling grid intersections. it minimizes so that just the title bar is visible. the pushpin is not available. When you move the cursor off the dialog. 13 In the drawing area. enter 120. Exercise 1:Adding Equipment | 39 . specify the insertion point in the location shown.

and click to complete the part insertion. specify the insertion point for the second diffuser in the location shown. and click to add the diffuser. 16 Use the compass to rotate it 90 degrees. 15 With the Add MvPart command still active. 40 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System .14 Use the compass to rotate the diffuser 90 degrees as shown.

18 Select one of the ceiling diffusers. and use the Basic Modify Tools on the right-click menu to move or rotate the part. The Add Multi-View Part dialog displays. right-click.17 Press Enter to end the command. If you insert a diffuser in the wrong location. Common Space 223. you change the diffuser from a 250 mm neck to a 200 mm neck. Exercise 1:Adding Equipment | 41 . Because Lab Support 222 has a small airflow requirement. 19 Right-click. and click Add Selected. you can select it. 20 Add ceiling diffusers to Lab Support 222. and Common Space 224 as shown. You also specify a lower flow value. and it is configured with the settings for the selected diffuser. Modify diffuser flow values 21 Select the diffuser in Lab Support 222.

28 Enter 150 for Flow.200 mm Neck. click the Flow tab. Next. click the VAV Box . enter 70 for Flow. 26 Right-click. for Part Size Name. and click OK. 31 In the Add Multi-view Part dialog.22 Right-click. 25 Select the diffusers (3 total) in Common Space 223 and Common Space 224. 24 Click the Flow tab. for Part Size Name. Add VAV boxes 29 On the application status bar. you modify the flow for the Common Space diffusers. and click MvPart Modify. select 600 x 600 mm Square Plaque Face Ceiling Diffuser . 23 In the Multi-view Part Modify dialog.Shut-Off tool. 27 In the Multi-view Part Modify dialog. 42 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . and click MvPart Modify. deselect Object Snap your VAV boxes do not snap to the ceiling grid. and click OK. so that 30 On the Equipment tool palette. select 200 mm Shut Off VAV Box.

32 For Elevation. 33 In the drawing. specify the insertion point in the upper-left corner of Common Space 223 as shown. Exercise 1:Adding Equipment | 43 . enter 3000 mm.

Duct 2-Line from the list. and click to insert it. click MEP Design.34 Use the compass to rotate the VAV box 90 degrees. add another VAV box to Common Space 224 in the approximate location shown. 44 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . for current display configuration. 36 On the application status bar. 35 With the command still active. and select Mechanical .

verify that Use Takeoff is selected. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. you draw 1-line ducts to connect the main supply duct to the VAV boxes. and select Mechanical . 3 In the Duct Layout Preferences dialog. Add duct from the main supply to VAV boxes 1 You specify duct and drawing settings to help draw duct more efficiently. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. double-click Constructs ➤ HVAC ➤ Lesson 3 ➤ HVAC_L03_E02. 2 Click HVAC menu ➤ Duct ➤ Preferences. click MEP Design. you connect the equipment with 1-line duct. and you can convert it to sized 2-line duct. Exercise 2: Drawing 1-Line Duct | 45 . On the application status bar. 37 Click File menu ➤ Close. click the Connections tab: ■ Under Connect with Duct. for current display configuration. Exercise 2: Drawing 1-Line Duct In this exercise. You also connect the diffusers to the VAV boxes. you placed equipment for a duct system. In this exercise. Next. Although 1-line duct has an unspecified size and shape.The ceiling grid is turned off to improve visibility for drawing duct.Duct 1-Line from the list.

4 Click OK. and click OK. 7 In the Drafting Settings dialog. Using object tracking. you will use them extensively when drawing the duct systems in this tutorial. you can line up ducts with other objects in the drawing. click the Object Snap tab and scroll down to AutoCAD MEP. 8 Verify that Duct Curve and Duct Connector are selected. Using AutoCAD MEP snaps. 9 Make sure Object Snap is selected. 5 On the application status bar. 46 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . and click Settings. select Flexible. select Ortho Mode an d Object Snap Tracking .■ Under Terminal-Duct Connection. Ortho Mode restricts ducts to horizontal or vertical orientation as you draw. you can snap to AutoCAD MEP objects. 6 Right-click Object Snap .

open the Duct tool palette. 14 Click to start the duct run. move the cursor over the 1-line takeoff on the vertical supply duct as shown. 13 In the drawing area.Medium Pressure. For Elevation. You do not need to match the Exercise 2: Drawing 1-Line Duct | 47 . A duct end connector snap displays. and click the 1-Line tool. select Supply . enter 3150 mm. and click to specify the next point in the location shown below. 12 In the Add Ducts dialog: ■ ■ For System.10 On the HVAC tool palettes. 11 Scroll to By Shape.

16 Before specifying the next point. and note the tracking line. 15 Click to specify the next point in the approximate location shown.dimensions shown. you only need to approximate the layout location. Move the cursor horizontally away from the VAV box. 48 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . move the cursor over the VAV box to display the duct end connector snap.

Specify the next point on the tracking line so that the duct endpoint is aligned with the center of the VAV box. 18 Press Enter to accept the connection. Exercise 2: Drawing 1-Line Duct | 49 . 17 Specify the last point on the duct end connector snap of the VAV box as shown.

move the cursor over the top end of the second VAV box to display a duct end connector snap as shown. Click the duct curve connector snap. 20 Click the snap. 50 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . and draw a right-angle run to the other 1-line duct as shown. 21 The software automatically generates routing solutions to connect the VAV box to the duct.19 With the command still active.

and enter a to accept that routing solution. enter 3150 mm. select Supply . Add duct from VAV boxes to diffusers You hide the floor plan so that you can preview routing solutions in 3D. Repeat until you see a 90-degree joint previewed.Low Pressure. 26 In the Add Ducts dialog: ■ ■ For System. Exercise 2: Drawing 1-Line Duct | 51 . and use tracking to align the end of the duct with the diffuser as shown. 23 Press Enter to end the command. 24 Select any part of the floor plan. enter n to preview the next routing solution. right-click. For Elevation. 27 Select the end snap on the VAV box outlet. click the 1-Line tool.22 On the command line. 25 On the Duct tool palette. and click Isolate Objects ➤ Hide Objects.

29 Click to specify the last point on the end snap of the diffuser. 30 On the command line. Flexible duct is inserted from the point before the diffuser to the end snap of the diffuser.28 Click to specify the next point just before the diffuser. 52 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . enter a to accept the routing solution.

33 Move the cursor over the approximate location on the duct as shown. and click the curve snap. Verify that System is Supply . Exercise 2: Drawing 1-Line Duct | 53 . 32 On the Duct tool palette. click the 1-Line tool.Low Pressure.31 Press Enter to end the command. and elevation is 3150 mm.

35 Click to specify the next point just before the diffuser.34 Click to specify the next point as shown. 54 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System .

37 On the command line. and click the end snap. Exercise 2: Drawing 1-Line Duct | 55 .36 Move the cursor directly to the diffuser as shown. enter a to accept that routing solution.

41 Select the VAV box. 39 Press Enter to end the command. 43 In the Add Ducts dialog. 40 Pan and zoom to display the other VAV box and diffusers. 56 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System .Low Pressure.38 With the command still active. verify that System is Supply . connect the other diffuser as shown. 42 Click the Add Duct grip on the outlet. and elevation is 3150 mm. using the same method.

44 Use tracking and routing solutions to add duct from the VAV box to the diffuser as shown.

45 Press Enter to end the command. 46 Select the next diffuser to the right, and click the Add Duct grip. 47 Move the cursor to the duct, and click the curve snap.

48 Press Enter to accept the connection. 49 Using the same method, connect the other diffuser to the duct. When completed, your system should look similar to the one shown.

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50 To show the floor plan, right-click anywhere in the drawing, and click Isolate Objects ➤ End Object Isolation. 51 Click File menu ➤ Close, and click No when prompted to save the drawing. In this exercise, you connected equipment with a 1-line duct system. Next, you use a duct size calculator in the software to convert the 1-line duct to sized 2-line duct.

Exercise 3: Sizing Duct
In this exercise, you use a duct size calculator in the software to convert 1-line duct to sized 2-line duct. You also modify the ducts to change sizes, add transitions, and move locations. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator, double-click Constructs ➤ HVAC ➤ Lesson 3 ➤ HVAC_L03_E03. Check connectivity 1 Select the duct connected to the main supply duct. Prior to calculating duct sizes, check connectivity to ensure all ducts and equipment are connected. If parts are not connected, they are not considered when calculating sizes.

2 Right-click, and click Connected Objects ➤ Show Connected Run.

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All ducts and equipment are highlighted to show that the system is connected.

3 Press Enter. 4 Select the same duct again, right-click, and click Calculate Duct System Sizes.

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the calculation parameters for each system are applied to the appropriate parts of the system being sized. and 3 as shown. click Close. configure the settings in sections 1. 7 If prompted by the Save to Xref dialog. 8 When the duct calculations are complete. NOTE The calculation parameters are specified in the duct system definition in Style Manager. 6 In section 4. 2.5 In the Duct System Size Calculator dialog. click Start. Because there are 2 system definitions used in this system (low pressure and medium pressure). 60 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . click Yes.

and move it straight up to just below the takeoff as shown. you move transitions to more appropriate locations. click its top location grip. 10 Select the transition just before the elbow in the location shown below. Exercise 3: Sizing Duct | 61 .Note that all 1-line duct has been converted to 2-line duct with the calculated dimensions. You can use associative movement to move parts of the duct system without breaking connectivity. Next. Move transitions to see associative movement 9 Pan and zoom to Common Space 224.

62 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System .A duct segment is automatically added to connect the elbow with the transition. 11 Press Esc to deselect the transition.

move the other 2 transitions to the locations shown.12 Using the same method. Exercise 3: Sizing Duct | 63 .

Move VAV box to see associative movement for equipment 13 Select the VAV box in Common Space 223. and press Esc to deselect it. and move it straight up as shown. 64 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . Modify runout diameters 15 Pan and zoom to Common Space 224. Note how the runouts stretch to the new location without breaking connectivity. 14 Click to place it close to the wall as shown. and select the duct shown.

19 If prompted by the Custom Size dialog. click Yes.The duct sizes calculated for the runouts do not match the neck diameters on the diffusers. 16 Right-click. 18 When prompted by the Maintain Connection dialog. select Modify to next junction/transition. change Diameter to 250 mm. 17 In the Modify Duct dialog. and click OK. Exercise 3: Sizing Duct | 65 . and click Duct Modify. and click OK.

The runout is resized. Next. In this exercise. You used associative movement on transitions and equipment. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. 21 Click File menu ➤ Close. resize all runouts to match diffuser neck diameter. and you modified duct sizes. All diffuser necks are 250 mm except for the diffuser in Lab Support 222. you complete this duct system by connecting flexible duct to the diffusers. you calculated and sized the duct system. 66 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . 20 Using the same method. which is 200 mm.

select 300 mm Shut Off VAV Box. enter 2900 mm. you learn how to draw and modify sized duct by creating a duct system for the Lab zone. and connect it to a main supply duct. Add a VAV box 1 Pan and zoom to the area outside of the Lab Support 228 room.Lab Zone | 67 . 3 In the Add Multi-view Parts dialog. 4 For elevation.Shut-Off tool.Lab Zone In this lesson. You also annotate both duct systems. 2 On the Equipment tool palette. Lesson 4: Drawing a Supply Duct System . you draw sized duct. Exercise 1: Drawing Sized Duct In this exercise.Lesson 4: Drawing a Supply Duct System . for Part Size Name. click the VAV Box . double-click Constructs ➤ HVAC ➤ Lesson 4 ➤ HVAC_L04_E01. and you tag equipment for scheduling. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator.

and click the Add Duct grip on the outlet. For Shape. For Diameter. and use the compass to rotate it 90 degrees so that its outlet is facing into Lab 247. For Connection Type. Click to insert it. Add duct to Lab 247 7 Select the VAV box. enter 500 mm. 68 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . select Slip Joint. 6 Press Enter to end the command.5 Place the VAV box in the approximate location shown. select Round.Low Pressure. 8 In the Add Ducts dialog: ■ ■ ■ ■ For System. select Supply .

you add an end cap to the open end.9 Pan and zoom so that you can see Lab 247. as shown. 10 Press Enter to end the command. expand Round ➤ Endcaps. and click the Endcap tool. 12 In the Add Duct Fittings dialog. 11 To finish this duct. and specify the endpoint for the duct just before it reaches the wall. Open the Fitting tool palette. and select DW144 Round Duct Endcap. Exercise 1: Drawing Sized Duct | 69 .

15 Click the duct end connector snap to place the endcap. and Diameter is 300 mm. Connect VAV box to main supply duct 16 Pan so that you can see the VAV box and the main supply duct. 70 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . pan and zoom to the end of the duct. select 500 mm Diameter DW144 Round Duct Endcap. and click the Add Duct grip on the inlet end. 14 In the drawing area. 17 Select the VAV box.Medium Pressure. 18 In the Add Duct dialog. verify that System is Supply . and press Enter twice.13 For Part Size Name.

and click the end snap. move the cursor to the supply duct.19 Lay out the first part of the run as shown. Exercise 1: Drawing Sized Duct | 71 . 20 After you specify a point inside Lab Support 227 as shown.

Note that. the software automatically rotated the 45-degree elbows to connect parts at different elevations. and connected to the main supply duct. you added 2-line duct. Next. Front view with all other objects hidden 22 Click File menu ➤ Close. because the main supply duct fitting is at a different elevation than the duct run.21 Preview the routing solutions. 72 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . and accept the one with 45-degree angles for both joints. In this exercise. you add grilles to the duct in Lab 247. and click No when prompted to save the drawing.

enter 3150 mm. you add sidewall grilles to the duct servicing Lab 247. select Sidewall Grilles. double-click Constructs ➤ HVAC ➤ Lesson 4 ➤ HVAC_L04_E02. 3 For Part Size Name.Exercise 2:Adding Sidewall Grilles In this exercise. select 300 x 100 mm Sidewall Grille. 2 In the Add Multi-view Parts dialog. 4 For elevation. and click the Air Terminal Grille tool. Add a grille 1 Open the Equipment tool palette. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. Exercise 2:Adding Sidewall Grilles | 73 .

74 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . enter 100 l/s. 7 Press Enter to end the command. 6 In the drawing area. and for Flow (Each Terminal). click to place the grille just below the duct as shown.5 Click the Flow tab.

and move the cursor to the main duct to display a curve snap. Exercise 2:Adding Sidewall Grilles | 75 . Press Enter to end the command. 9 Click the curve snap to connect the grille to the duct branch. click the Add Duct grip. The takeoff is oriented in the wrong direction.8 Select the grille. 10 Select the takeoff to activate the grips.

The takeoff should be positioned as shown. and the duct between them. the grille. and click Preview. specify the settings as shown. and press Esc to deselect the part. 14 In the Array dialog. 76 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System .11 Click the flip grip (blue arrow) to orient the takeoff properly. 13 Right-click. and click Basic Modify Tools ➤ Array. Use the array command to add more grilles 12 Select the takeoff.

select the duct. you add transitions to the branch duct. Break the branch duct 1 Pan and zoom to view the branch duct in Lab 247. you added grilles to the duct. Exercise 3: Modifying the Duct System In this exercise. 2 On the command line. you break the branch duct so that you can reduce the run. Next. Exercise 3: Modifying the Duct System | 77 . right-click. and click Connected Objects ➤ Show Connected Run. 18 Click File menu ➤ Close. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. In this exercise. You used the array command to add multiple instances of the same grille. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. double-click Constructs ➤ HVAC ➤ Lesson 4 ➤ HVAC_L04_E03. The arrayed grilles are connected. 16 To check connectivity between the new grilles and the duct. enter break. and you resize the duct from the main supply to the VAV box. 17 Press Enter.15 Click Accept.

5 To resize the duct downstream from the break. 78 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . 4 On the command line. select the downstream duct. and resize the duct using the instant duct size calculator. note the downstream grille airflows detected in the Capacity field. To calculate the duct diameter based on this capacity. click the Calculate Size button next to the Diameter field. and click OK. add another break just beyond the eighth grille. and click Duct Modify. 6 Right-click. enter @ to specify the second break point in the same place as the first. select Modify to maintain connection to next part. 10 Using the same method. Resize VAV box supply duct 11 Pan and zoom to the duct between the main supply duct and the VAV box. 7 In the Modify Duct dialog. 9 When prompted by the Maintain Connection dialog.3 Click once just beyond the fifth grille as shown. 8 Click OK.

select Modify to maintain connection to next part. for Diameter. and click Duct Modify. For this joint. Click OK. enter 630 mm. select Modify to next junction/transition. In this exercise. This resizes the duct all the way to the main supply fitting. and click OK. 15 When prompted by the Maintain Connection dialog. a transition will be added so that the elbow diameter remains the same. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. This is the size of the main supply fitting. 14 In the Modify Duct dialog. Exercise 3: Modifying the Duct System | 79 . 16 When prompted by the Maintain Connection dialog for the other end. This completes the duct system design. 13 Right-click. you learned how to modify duct by adding breaks and calculating duct sizes.12 Select the duct shown. you annotate the duct systems. Click OK. 17 Click File menu ➤ Close. Next.

Exercise 4:Annotating Duct Systems
In this exercise, you add duct size labels to ducts. You also add flow arrow symbols to the grilles. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator, double-click Construct ➤ HVACs ➤ Lesson 4 ➤ HVAC_L04_E04. Add labels to ducts 1 Pan and zoom to the Lab Support zone. 2 Open the Annotation tool palette, and click the Add Label tool. 3 On the Design tab of the Properties palette:
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For Style, select Standard. For Layout Method, select One by one.

4 On the Properties palette, click Select Objects 5 Select the ducts shown as shown.

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6 Press Enter.

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7 Specify the location on the duct for each label.

8 With the command still active, pan and zoom to the Lab zone. 9 Add labels to the ducts as shown, and then press Enter to end the command.

10 Press Enter to end the command. Add custom flow arrows 11 On the command line, enter symboladd. 12 In the Properties palette, click the Design tab. 13 For Style, click the style name.

In the Select a style dialog, for Drawing file, select <Current Drawing>. Select Arrow - Supply. Click OK.

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14 In the drawing area, pan and zoom to the first grille on the right.

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15 Use tracking to align the endpoint of the arrow with the duct end snap on the grille, and click to place the arrow as shown.

16 Enter 270 for rotation angle, and press Enter twice.

17 Use the array command to add arrows to the rest of the grilles. Use the same settings you used in Exercise 2 for the grilles.

18 Click File menu ➤ Close, and click No when prompted to save the drawing. In this exercise, you added annotation to the duct systems. Next, you tag equipment for scheduling.

Exercise 5:Tagging Equipment
In this exercise, you add tags to the sidewall grilles. This adds property sets to the grilles. You can specify property set values, and use them in schedules. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator, double-click Constructs ➤ HVAC ➤ Lesson 4 ➤ HVAC_L04_E05.

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Create a new tag tool 1 You make a copy of the tag tool. and click Properties. 5 Enter Tutorial Air Terminal for the name of the new tag tool. change the tag tool properties to a tag style that only displays a tag ID and airflow value. open the Tag and Schedule tool palette. 8 In the Tool Properties dialog. 7 Right-click the Tutorial Air Terminal tool. select Aecb_Mechanical_Air_Terminal_Device_III_Tag. Modify the new tag tool Next. 3 Right-click in the tool palette. and click Copy. 6 Open the Tag and Schedule tool palette. On the HVAC tool palettes group. Right-click the new tag tool. and click Paste. for Tag name. and click Rename. 4 Scroll to the bottom of the list where the new tag tool was pasted. under Tag. 9 Click OK. Exercise 5:Tagging Equipment | 83 . 2 Right-click the Air Terminal 1 tool.

click OK. and click Select Similar. 11 Pan and zoom to the first sidewall grille on the right. You can pan and zoom to select the grilles without exiting the command. and press Enter. 15 Select the rest of the grilles.10 On the Tag and Schedule tool palette. 13 In the Edit Property Set Data dialog. You will edit property sets after you place the tags. and select it. click the Tutorial Air Terminal tag tool. enter m to tag multiple objects. click OK. 16 In the Edit Property Set Data dialog. 12 Specify the tag location as shown. Press Enter. click the Extended Data tab. 18 On the Properties palette. 14 On the command line. Select the tags so that you can edit the property set values. right-click. 84 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . 17 Select a tag.

19 Specify the property set values as shown. and click Edit. specify the settings as shown. 20 Scroll to Property Sets From Referenced Style. Exercise 5:Tagging Equipment | 85 . 21 In the Edit Referenced Property Set Data.

These values are used in the diffuser schedule. Prepare construct for view drawings 24 Check to make sure that the Automatically add scales to annotative objects when the annotation scale changes icon is enabled . 22 Click OK. right-click the Tutorial Air Terminal tool and click Delete. 86 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Duct System . 23 On the Tag and Schedule tool palette.

you learned how to draw sized duct. select 1:25 for the Annotation Scale. 27 Click File menu ➤ Close. You also tagged equipment. For reference. You added grilles by using the array command. In this lesson. and configured property set values that can be used in schedules. 26 Change the annotation scale back to 1:100. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. Exercise 5:Tagging Equipment | 87 . You modified duct using the instant duct sizing calculator. The labels scale accordingly.25 On the application bar. Now the annotation will be visible in the plan views (scaled 1:100) and detailed views (scaled 1:25). a completed drawing (Completed_HVAC_Plan) is included in the Constructs\HVAC\Lesson 4 directory of the project dataset.

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