Lecture    MP3578
Autodesk® Revit® MEP in High-Voltage Power Substation Design
Roy Qian
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This class presents a real-life case study of a successful power substation design project using Autodesk Revit MEP software. It not only covers normal mechanical, lighting, power, security, hydraulic, and fire protection design, modeling, and documentation, but also introduces innovative ways of designing high-voltage cables in tight 3D building and tunnel spaces to meet the strict bending radius requirements. The solution provided some unprecedented methodology for high-voltage substation designers to resolve coordinated multidisciplinary 3D design issues. The methodology readily takes into account bending radius, electrical clearance, cable joints, site work, high-voltage cable position alternating and penetration in tunnels, high-voltage cable connections to Gas-Insulated Switchgear (GIS) and transformers through conduits and cable trays, lighting, and ventilation design.

Key Learnings

  • Overcome the documentation constraints of Revit MEP
  • List things to consider carefully when doing multidisciplinary coordination
  • Use Revit MEP as the core of an integrated approach for designing high-voltage substations
  • Use flexible pipes to simulate high-voltage cables


 Roy Qian
Roy Qian
Roy is currently Autodesk® Revit® MEP Senior Specialist at Beca Group, working on Beca's global BIM strategy development as well as providing technical directions of Revit MEP implementation. He has been mainly involved in MEP CAD design drafting, and some software system development projects for the past 17 years. Since early 2008, Roy has successfully led and completed a number of high profile Revit MEP projects across New Zealand and Australia, and has become one of the leaders of Revit MEP implementation in the industry with lots of first-hand project experience. Roy has spoken extensively on Revit MEP topics in the past few years, including: 2011 AU Las Vegas, 2011 AU China, 2011, 2010, 2009 Revit Technology Conferences in Australia.

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