Definitions: Distribution Equipment and Branch Circuit Device

We have two definitions that are unique to our software: distribution equipment and branch circuit device. Revit does not have categories that exactly match these terms. The electrical industry as a whole also does not have words that match these terms. We use these terms in our software because they help explain how our calculations use the Revit model.

Distribution Equipment

Distribution equipment refers to the equipment in the project that provides power to other equipment or devices.

In real-world terms, distribution equipment includes panels, transformers, switchboards, bus ducts, and other equipment like that.

In Revit, distribution equipment includes all the electrical equipment that have their Part Type set to Panelboard, Other Panel, Transformer, or Switchboard.

In Design Master Electrical RT, the settings for distribution equipment are set in the Panel Edit command. They are fed by feeders. Fault and arc-flash calculations happen only at distribution equipment, not at branch circuit devices.

Branch Circuit Device

Branch circuit devices are electrical devices that are connected to distribution equipment that do not have anything else connected to them.

In real-world terms, branch circuit devices include receptacles, light fixtures, switches, mechanical equipment, kitchen equipment, and other devices like that.

In Revit, branch circuit devices are either electrical fixtures or electrical equipment with their Part Type set to Equipment Switch.

In Design Master Electrical, branch circuit device settings are set in the Instance Edit and the Circuit Edit command. They are fed by branch circuits.


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