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Modeling Electrical Systems

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Exercise 4.3.1: Placing Lighting Fixtures in the Architectural Model

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Choose and place lighting fixture components.
  • Array lighting fixtures to create regularly spaced patterns.
Figure 4.3.1 - Creating an array of lighting fixtures

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Student Exercise

Download Unit4_Lesson3_Exercise1_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Open the model for this exercise in Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software.
  • Place a regularly spaced array of eighteen 2' x 2' (0.61 m x 0.61 m) troffer lighting fixtures centered on the ceiling of the corridor on level 2 of the building.
  • Copy these corridor lighting fixtures and paste aligned to similar locations on levels 3 and 4.

 

Figure 4.3.2 - Troffer fixtures in the corridor arrayed in a regular-spaced pattern

Exercise 4.3.2: Copying Shared Elements into an Electrical Model

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Copy shared levels and grids into a Revit MEP host project.
  • Copy lighting fixtures from the architectural model into Revit MEP.
  • Create working views for lighting and electrical design.
Figure 4.3.3 - Copying lighting fixtures individually

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Student Exercise

Download Unit4_Lesson3_Exercise2_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Open the model for this exercise in Revit MEP software.
  • Copy the lighting fixtures from the architectural model into the Revit MEP electrical model using the Batch Copy option to copy all of the fixtures found.

 

Figure 4.3.4 -  Using batch copy to copy of the fixtures found in the linked model

Exercise 4.3.3: Modeling Electrical Panels, Circuits, and Switches

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Add electrical panels and specifying distribution systems.
  • Create circuits to connect lighting fixtures to panels.
  • Connect lighting fixtures to switches.
  • View electrical systems in the System Browser.
Figure 4.3.5 - Creating a switch system for many lighting fixtures

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Student Exercise

Download Unit4_Lesson3_Exercise3_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Open the model for this exercise in Revit MEP software.
  • Place a 208 volt MLO panelboard for the lighting fixtures on level 1 and designate its distribution system.
  • Create a power system circuit for the pendant lights in the retail space at the north end of level 1.
  • Add a single pole switch system for the troffer lights in the level 2 corridor.

 

Figure 4.3.6 -  Creating a power circuit between a series of lighting fixtures and an electrical panel