Before you can jump in and start creating systems, you need to set up several things to ensure that the systems work as they should. There is nothing wrong with the default settings, but every firm is different—each has its own standards, procedures, and often, different design requirements. Most companies have developed standards over the years, and these are good
guidelines to follow when using a new application such as Revit MEP 2012.
The Mechanical Settings dialog box, accessed from the Manage tab′s Settings panel, contains some of the most critical settings for using systems in Revit MEP 2012 (see Figure 9.4). This dialog box was briefly covered in Chapter 2, ″Creating an Effective Project Template,″but a more indepth look is needed so that you can understand how these settings affect systems in Revit MEP 2012. All of these settings should be established in your company′s project template. Changes to them should be discussed with the Revit team as well as the CAD manager, because visibility and graphics can be dramatically affected by a minor change in this dialog box.
Several settings really affect systems graphically. For example, by choosing Duct Settings Hidden Line, you see Inside Gap, Outside Gap, and Single Line. By default, each one of these is set to 1/16″(0.5 mm). By changing the numeric size of each one of these parameters, you can get
a different look that will help match your existing standards