Under new management!

I am happy to announce that the newest edition of The Aubin Academy Master Series: AutoCAD MEP 2012 is in the final proofing stages. We are just days away from release now. This year the book will be published under a new imprint and publisher: yours truly! Our previous publisher Cengage Learning has transfered the rights to us. We are publishing the newly revised and updated for 2012 title under the imprint G3B Press. (There is a back story to this name, but I will save it for another day). Books will be manufactured on-demand using the CreateSpace service. CreateSpace is an Amazon company providing print on demand services for books, CDs and DVDs.

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***UPDATE: Ordering is now LIVE for this book! Click the link on the book page above to learn more and place an order. For a limited time, use discount code: YPTMBGMF at checkout to save $12.00 off the cover price! This code will be valid for a limited time only. You must use the CreateSpace eStore link on the book page to input this code. Thanks for considering our new book.


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The Aubin Academy Master Series: AutoCAD MEP 2012

13 Responses to Under new management!

  1. Dallas says:

    Hi. I’m just now learning MEP and it seems a lot of the content depends on the base content from Autocad Architecture, like the Style Manager, Display Manager, Layer Key states, multiview blocks, Documentation objects, Etc.
    Does your MEP 2012 book cover all these aspects, or should one also study the Architecture 2012 book. It looks like you used to have the ‘advanced implementation’ books which might have covered these issues?

    Also, since your partnering up with Amazon, any chance this book will also be available for the Kindle?

    Thanks so much,

    • Paul F. Aubin says:


      You are correct, many topics are common to both programs. We cover those aspects of styles, display, layer keys, etc that are relavant to MEP. The Architecture book would provide a nice compliment to the MEP book, but the MEP book stands on its own. You do not need to study the Architecture book first. You are correct, I did write an implementation guide for version 2007. It has not been updated since then, but much of it is still relavant in current releases, so you will find it to still be a good resource for both Architecture and MEP.

      I have no current plans to release a Kindle edition. I am looking into an ePub version and will consider Kindle, but the feedback I have received thus far on Kindle is that the images do not translate well to Kindle.


  2. chris says:

    Regarding your book “Revit Architecture Master the Family Editor Series – Complete Set”: Will it work for MEP users? Or, do you have an MEP version?

    • Paul F. Aubin says:

      Hello: Master the Family Editor Series is actually a collection of five DVDs. It is not a book. There is a 40 page PDF that goes with the DVDs, but this is just supplemental to the video training on the disks. The examples are architectural, but all the concepts would work in MEP. However, I do not cover any connectors in the series. We do cover connectors and MEP specific Families in the Aubin Academy Master Series: Revit MEP 2011 book. There is a complete Family Editor and Connectors chapter therein.

  3. chris says:

    Thanks, Paul! I ordered the book.

  4. Renato says:

    I am new to the autodesk world of engineering applications, and I am trying to get self-training through boks. However, I am having a hard time to understand the differences between an “AutoCAD MEP 2012” and an “Autodesk REVIT MEP 2012” book (and, why not say, application). To me, sounds like they’re both the same, but … I consider the “autodesk REVIT” more of a modeling tool whereas “autocad MEP” (w/o the word REVIT) would be more of a design tool. If you could help clarify those, I’d appreciate. Thanks.

    • Paul F. Aubin says:

      The primary differences between the applications is workflow… which I’ll touch on shortly. The ‘meat’ of the applications and what they are commonly used for, namely, modeling duct, pipe, conduit, cable tray, mechanical and electrical equipment, electrical devices, etc… and creating construction documentation of those systems, serve quite similar goals… and thus, probably the cause for confusion for the newly initiated. When you start looking at finite details you start to find differences, i.e., slightly different graphical representations, differing availability of content, different sets of ???default??? data, etc.

      As far as workflow is concerned, at a fundamental level, the core difference is that typically for some projects in Revit, you can maintain all the data in a single file (.rvt), including the ability to create views (i.e., per level/per discipline floor plan views, for example) from that single model/dataset. Contrast to AutoCAD based workflows where typically, a separate model/drawing (.dwg) is maintained per level/per discipline. In other words, in Revit, you start with all the data/model in one place, and the software facilitates segregating ‘views’ for you. In an AutoCAD based workflow, it is the responsibility of the user to segregate the data into separate files/views. In Revit, therefore, it can be quite easy to see the ‘whole picture’ of the project… whereas in AutoCAD, to do the same, you have to ‘assemble’ the individual parts to see the whole. In a practical sense, however, many users, especially when working on larger projects, end up splitting the building into multiple Revit (.rvt) files (and there are a variety of approaches and reasons for doing so).

  5. Renato says:

    Thank you very much. In a broader sense, then, what you’re telling me is that there has been a more traditional approach which is being (gradually) updated (revised) into a “new” way of using Autodesk technology to conduct (collaborative) design. Whether or not the new approach will replace the traditional one (for good) is a matter open for debate, but, for now, I guess that it would make sense to consider your other book entitled “The Aubin Academy Master Series: Revit MEP 2011” (2012 when -if- available) as an excellent candidate to supplement the above. Am I correct ?

    • Paul F. Aubin says:

      Yes there are lots of changes taking place in the industry. Many of these changes are well established and becoming moreso each day.

      If you are interested in both products, then yes, the Revit MEP book would be a good choice. We are finishing up the 2012 edition soon. Hopefully it will be out in October. Thanks again.

  6. Alan E Falconer says:

    I am interested in purchasing text book on instruction for Architectural CAD 2012

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