We finally got a small project in where we are trying to do it completely in Revit. I could have drawn this power plan in about 5 minutes in autocad. in an hour, I have 4 receptacles and a panel placed and I am trying to circuit my receptacles. Do I need to make them a circuit, or can I just draw a wire to each one? Is there a way to edit the wire type (arc, spline, chamfered) so I can somewhat make the wire look the way I want it to? It may be far reaching but could someone show me how their power sheets are looking? We may have to change the look and way we do things, I just want to be able to do it in an easy manner. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
btw. I have attached a simple power plan to show what I am trying to achieve
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If you want to be able to Tag the devices with a Circuit Number and create a Panel Schedule, then yes, you have to create Electrical Circuits. Wiring is a separate entity, and is really an intelligent annotation family. Regardless of the load, you can manually control the number of Wires in the form of Tick Marks. In order to Tag a Wire more detailed info, (i.e. Panel, Voltage, Circuits), it mist belong to an Electrical Circuit, which is automatic when connected to an Electrical Device. Simply drawing Wires does not create Electrical Circuits.
There are two ways to draw Wiring: Automatic and Manual. Automatic will quickly generate automatic Wiring once an Electrical Circuits is created. Hover over an Electrical Component with the cursor, press TAB once, and then click to select the "phantom" wiring. Click one of the two buttons in the Ribbon or one of the little icons that appear beside it to convert this wiring into "real" wiring.
Wires can also be drawn manually using the Types listed in the Home Tab of the Ribbon. Segments of Wire from the Automatic layout can be deleted and redrawn manually as desired. Wire can be converted between Types with a setting under properties, which will allow you to change chamfered into arc wiring or vice versa.
All in all, your traditional layout can be replicated in Revit with a little elbow grease. The image below is a quick example of an electrical layout. These receptacles belong to Electrical Circuits.
*Drawn in Revit MEP 2012
The round circuit is a Junction Box: I loaded the OOTB family "Junction Boxes - No Load" and edited the family's annotation to remove the "J" and shrink the circle to 1/32" radius. When you create a circuit than contain an Electrical Device with the Part Type "Junction Box", the circuiting will want to route through that element. I clicked Arc Wire to generate the automatic layout, and then deleted the Homerun I didn't want. Then, I simply manually drew a wire from the Juntion Box to the Panel to make the new Homerun.
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