Electrical distribution system modeling, analysis and calculations are often accomplished in a disjointed fashion, making it difficult to manage project changes, and with limited ability for BIM integration. Adopting a new workflow to avoid this can be tricky, and often there is resistance to take the plunge required to re-tool the workflow. In this case study, we’ll learn what considerations and assessments one MEP firm took before re-engineering their electrical schematic and conceptual design workflow. Several new features in Revit 2023 helped to make the change possible, including the use of Analytical Objects, in tandem with real-time calculations and synchronous diagram modeling provided within the Advanced Electrical Design for Revit extension. We’ll consider what advantages there are with integrating diagram modeling data with the Revit model, how integrated analysis helps to optimize design, and what other tools could support a project’s electrical engineering workflow.
- Identify opportunities to improve your electrical design workflow with advancements in building information modeling.
- Utilize analytical objects to model and analyze an electrical distribution system in Revit.
- Implement a range of calculations and analysis tools for system design and equipment sizing that comply with code standards.
- Apply the methods that one MEP firm used to evaluate and adopt a new modeling workflow to reduce time spent on data re-entry.