The Revolutionary New 2020 MEPPP has Arrived!

Overview of EPP 2020 New Features

Overview of MPP 2020 New Features

EPP New Release Comparison Chart

Old EPP Features
New EPP 2020 Release Features
  • All family content face-hosted (e.g. receptacles hosted to walls).
  • Family content may be placed hosted or unhosted.
  • Device symbols set and inflexible without editing family.
  • Many device, fixture, and equipment symbols feature Build-Your-Own-Symbol graphic options.
  • User manual out-dated.
  • User manual completely re-written for electrical content.
  • Switchboards allowed for multiple distribution sections, but not per-section loads.
  • Switchboard schedule method/workflow included to show loads per section.
  • No multi-section panelboard support without workarounds.
  • Multiple methods available for modeling and documenting multi-section panelboards, including Revit's new feed-thru lugs feature and a simplified method.
  • Dozens of panelboard families; frequently caused circuit disconnections when panel type changed.
  • One panelboard family supporting Surface/Flush, MCB/MLO, Single/Multisection, Loadcenter/Branch/Distribution, etc.
  • Limited busway modeling supported.
  • Method/workflow available for modeling busway, including tees, elbows, and crosses, vertical or horizontal, feeder or distribution, and bus plugs.
  • Branch circuiting primarily achieved by wires.
  • In addition to wiring, circuit tagging fully supported, with a workflow to designate source panelboards.
  • Several branch panel schedule templates which had to be chosed based on equipment properties.
  • Only one branch panel schedule template which supports MCB/MLO, feed-thru lugs (or not), any number of breaker positions, etc.
  • Branch circuiting primarily achieved by wires.
  • In addition to wiring, circuit tagging fully supported, with a workflow to designate source panelboards.
  • Equipment Connection Schedule circuit sizing manual only.
  • Equipment connection circuit information will automatically calculate. Calculations include those for OCP, wire, ground, and conduit. Calculation options available for minimum wire and conduit, OCP type, temperature rating, and more. All values may be manually overridden.
  • Content supported United States standards only (National Electrical Code).
  • Content supports Canadian Electrical Code, including for equipment clearances and automatic circuit sizing calculations.
  • Equipment dedicated space adjustable only by parameter entry.
  • Equipment dedicated space adjustable by grip and the Align command, to extend space to structure above.
  • Equipment working clearance has no overrides, and can be slid off the face of the equipment.
  • Equipment working clearance is may be manually overridden to meet specific needs and cannot be slid off the face of the equipment.
  • Only one clearance type available.
  • Clearances fall into two categories: working clearances and installation clearance. Installation clearance may be turned off in Construction Documents.
  • New Feature
  • Common electric parameters now NEMA endorsed.

MPP New Release Comparison Chart

Old MPP Features
New MPP 2020 Release Features
  • Many MPP formulas previously were using number data types which allowed for formula errors based on if user entered a whole percentage number instead of a decimal number and so on. Autodesk added an HVAC factor data type which solved this. A Pipe Dimension data type also created some opportunity.).
  • A brand new set of shared parameters leveraging new data types available from Autodesk, metric and imperial cohesiveness, new autosizing depth functionality, new improved tool tips and aligns the pack inline with what is to come related to manufacturer "product" data, equipment "ratings" and of course the unique "design" information found on every project.
  • We did have some parameters like Identity that were in all categories but were not able to consolidate geometry and common schedule information like we have done now.
  • Implemetation of a new additional set of shared parameters that have been designed to be more useful in all family categories. For the first time mechanial equipment, air terminals, plumbing fixtures, pipe and duct accessories, and electrical categories will share a coore common set of parameters for geometry, identity, installation, and definition. Some of the new ALL-category intended parameters for geometry (and schedule reporting information) are: Product Length, Product Width, Product Height, Product Depth ... for definition and installation we have parameters like: Product Type, Installation Type, Product Arrangement ...
  • Previously autosizing GRD's could only autosize from core/neck velocity criteria. Those families were also landlocked with formulas which left little room for the user to make customizations.
  • All new GRD family content. Autosizing rewritten for (3) ways to autosize now which is consistent thoughout all GRD families. Autosize GRD's by default uses a sound design rating and can easily be shifted to a design total pressure or design neck/core velocity workflow and selection. These families are metric ready.
  • There were checkboxes in previous release, sizes that had to be edited, and then also schedule language filled for unique installation or border types.
  • A new workflow has been created for GRD content that simplifies user steps to orient for placement, choose borders, choose face or ceiling size and also merges autosizing families with generic custom situations. This is accomplished with strategic default values, adding yes/no parameters to performance tables, the new design parameters and a new family that is "a whatchamacallit".
  • There were no universal flexible families available with previous releases.
  • The birth of a configurator family for GRD's, "a whatchamacallit." With linears still in development in the new content, this was needed to placehold and also fill all the other odd-job requests that are needed for truly unique custom GRD families. The family contains secrets to the future with its design and ability to look like just about anything.
  • There was a smart box family before, but it had limited geometry options and no connectors.
  • The rebirth of mechanical configurator families that are smaller, lighter, and actually contain usable values for situations in projects. A "data configurator" is meant to be th simplest family with just 1 electrical connnector and electrical formulas but no other pipe or duct connectors or really complex mechanical formulas. New nested geometry options and the simplicity of this family will make it a heavily used item on projects where a family doesn't currently exist.
  • The previous family mechanical equipment configurator was a developer tool and not user friendly for larger mass benefit.
  • An "HVAC configurator "was the first derivative from the past mechanical equipment configurator. This family is setup for HVAC equipment arrangements like air handling units, RTU's, fan coil units or things like unit heaters. In the words of a developer, this family contains a new "hopefully much simpler" workflow for flexibility and yet still has full functionality from pipe/duct connectors and the new formulas.
  • The sub-category menus were alright but did not have any common name sub-categories across family types. Clearances were the first to cross these lines and now quite a few more model items are consistenly named, with consistent materials across family categories
  • This release contains the initial rollout of sub-category based materials which make things look good at the start and make for easy material mapping for specific families by users down the road. The universial MPP content is looking to take over and fill out the "blacked out" color segment of the industry. This also involved cleanup and consolidation of sub-categories.
  • We were not able to shift the head position as easily. We could choose a reference point and X,Y,Z.
  • Articulated Cartesian arm has additional functionality related to shifting the head position for duct connectors with dimensions to an edge instead of center.
  • The pump families did not have all the placement controls as now.
  • More pump type families have been added.
  • We had working views before that were setup to show other worksets as a faint dashed. For some projects with lots of piping these dashed lines were not helpful for coordination.
  • Design and coordination views have been enhanced and built-out with all new visibility layouts for clean fresh way to view the models. The new system is filter-based that leverages monotone shading fills. By design there is a large assortment of different arrangements to get a feel for and decide your favorite. New filter and view template workflow that opens the doors for designers to take their favorite design view with them to the next project.
  • We only had 3 placeholder links before and now have many more. We did not have dependent view functionality either, which is also now included.
  • Significant build-out of project setup workflows, visibility enhancements and additional placeholder links for many more building situations with different team assortments. We now have 9 preset and cleaned placeholder links for additinoal revit models like architect core & shell models, interiors model, site models, and all the MPP sub-consultant models. Why have architects not done this yet???
  • More model groups than the previous version
  • All new hydronic boiler plant model groups with many different sizes and piping/pump arrangements. The design concept was to provide boiler plants based on MBH capacities (i.e. 800 Mbh, 1200 Mbh and up to 2000 Mbh plant total capacity). Model groups contain options for variable primary and primary/secondary piping. Why not have the most time savings and detail put into the "most expensive room" of the building?
  • Test Elements were not previously available for printing
  • Test element placement & views further organized in the model for easier review of and management by firms. Sheet sets of all elements are now available for review, created from respective dependant views. Sheets sets included in BIM360 Publish functions.
  • New Feature
  • X-ray Vision "ability." A new approach to seeing the model has been accomplished with a blend of transparency, color, and fun. The starter model includes a view placed on project starter page with the intent to show everything throughout the building as design progresses. Each discipline is shown differently.
  • New Feature
  • Identity function integrated throughout all applicable schedule views families. Tags and schedules now include combined parameters for type/instance identity labels
  • New Feature
  • Location function is integrated throughout all applicable schedule views and families. This simplifies the process for getting a space value in a family where spaces are found. It also allows intelligent sub-division of space identities
  • New Feature
  • Schedule filter functions are simplified and also expanded for more workflows. A "Schedule Filter" parameter was created to replace "Schedule Appears On," and now is set to contain values instead of exact value matches. This enables families to be found on more than 1 schedule by having multiple filter values. We also included an additional instance yes/no parameter "Appears on Schedule" for a similar item removal process for sheet schedules.
  • New Feature
  • Conditional formatting standards implemented in schedules and enhanced in design schedules for the greatest editing of Revit schedules since we start adding formulas in content years ago.
  • New Feature
  • All new performance tables across all content, and consolidates parameters and formulas across family categories.
  • New Feature
  • All new formulas across content that are consistent wherever the parameter is found.
  • New Feature
  • A large Library of fan coil unit and split system content has been added with schedule improvements for that equipment.
  • New Feature
  • A "tank configurator " has been added, since tanks are just about as common as anything else in the mechanical industry. Setups are included for arrangements similar to buffer tanks, air separators, expansion, storage, sideways tanks and elevated tanks. Does not contain the "hour-glass" tank used in the world of fashion.
  • New Feature
  • All new formulas across content that are consistent wherever the parameter is found.