Updates to Revit for Electrical Design

Navid Hoorzad

Yes folks it's happening, Autodesk added new features to Revit for Electrical design!

Since the release of Autodesk Revit 2017.1, Revit has evolved enormously to allow design intent to be more thoroughly captured within the model without reliance on third party software or complex and time consuming workarounds.  Two of the new adopted features are important and easy to implement into your current and future Revit projects so they are features that you must know.

First is the Electrical Apparent Load Calculation options now found under Electrical Settings. Keep in mind that this is a project wide setting and only one option can be picked per project. 



This allows the default calculation to be set to:

Sum of True Load & Reactive Load





Sum Apparent Load


Follow Link for complete list of electrical formulas used in Revit. 


The second feature is the Electrical Circuit Pathway which allows for editing of the circuit pathway to Farthest Device, All Devices or Custom. This also includes a total length all in one easy-to-use location.



The Custom mode allows for intuitive layout of the circuit path in plan view.



You can also work in a 3D view and use the Path Offset feature to fully customize the path with different elevations. 



Don't forget to Add or Delete Control Points (by right-clicking the path) to create additional branches.




Want to know if you're getting all you can from your Revit setup? Consider a health check with IMAGINiT.

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