Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding in wires, part of Fire-Alarm Systems Design with Revit.
- Some firms like to show the wires, some just show tags on each device, some show nothing. Let's worry in this lesson about showing the spaghetti right now. If your circuits are in place, wiring can be a real treat. It's pre-automatic, sometimes too automatic. The objective here is to look at a few different ways to wire up a plan. To get started, I'm going to jump into my Revit project in my wires model. In the control panel, I want to go to fire alarm, floor plans, level one.
The first room I want to look at wiring is, of course, the boardroom 124. If we hover over any one of our devices and hit our tab key, we'll see that Revit will route the wiring for you, kind of. I'm going to do that again. I'm going to hover over my smoke detector. I'm going to hit tab. Then I'm going to select it. Once it's selected, we see two little icons right here, convert to wire, or we have two icons here which do the same thing.
I'm going to click on arch wire. What it's going to do, it's going to physically wire up that room based on an automatic wiring routing. Of course, I'm going to grab my tag and move it out of the way a little bit and it will also home run it for me, pointing in the general direction of our panel. I'm going to come up here and I'm going to grab my home run. We could reverse our tics, but if we remember correctly, we turned all of our tics off in our electrical settings.
What I can do is I can pull this back or up or down a little bit if I don't like exactly where it is. If we get too close, it'll start to bend a little bit funny. We can still grab the grip in the middle and move that back up and in and we can grab our home run and move it in. Let's go to office 125. Hover over a device, hit tab, and then select it. Remember, we hover first, we tab, then we select. This time I'm going to go with chamfered wire.
Then I'm going to hit escape. I'm not a big fan of this, but it works. For my home run, I'm going to edit it again, so I'm going to try to move it back up and see if I can't point it down. It's a little bit funny and I'm going to point it like that. Because it's not an arch, it's straight, it's a little harder to control. What I'm going to do here is I'm going to wire these two up manually. This time, I'm going to click on wire and what we need to do is we need to find this snap.
That way, Revit will cut the wire back. I'm going to pick here and arch it and I'm going to click the snap and I'm going to hit escape. I'm going to add another wire. I'm going to make sure I hit the snap point. I'm going to come straight down. I'm going to point it towards our panel. Revit knows that because we're not going to another device that it's automatically going to be a home run. I'm going to wire up this room automatically. This time, I'm going to click the blue arch right here.
I'm going to move my kitchen tag out of the way. Wire up my hallway and my exam. I'm going to click on arch wire. If we want, we can delete any one of these wires and route them separately. That's no big deal. I'm going to grab this wire and I'm going to move it back. There we have it. This is how you wire up a plan. It's really pretty easy. It just takes some getting used to when you're trying to draw from snap to snap, but if you like how Revit routes it, you're good to go.
- Linking to architecture
- Creating views
- Adding wall and ceiling devices and control panels
- Placing a cable tray and conduit
- Adding circuitry
- Working with drawing sections
- Importing AutoCAD files