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Streamlining Voltage Drop Calculations Through Building Information Modeling

Tuesday, October 17th, 2023

In this installment of the Electrical Building Design Show, on the Design Master YouTube channel, David Robison discusses an often-overlooked opportunity in electrical engineering—building Information modeling (BIM) and its application in voltage drop calculations.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Voltage drop, a critical concern in every advanced electrical design project, ensures that feeders and branch circuits maintain an acceptable voltage level. BIM can streamline and enhance this process for electrical engineers.
  • Developing a 3D model that includes all devices, including panels, switchgear, transformers, and receptacles and fixtures, all interconnected seamlessly. All these features are available in BIM and ready to be used in designs.
  • Engineers are no longer limited to only spot-checking problem areas for voltage drop, rather than the entire project. That’s the beauty of BIM: everything’s covered, and it ensures accuracy by guaranteeing nothing is overlooked.
  • And more…

The Bottom Line:

Building information modeling, although often driven by architects, holds untapped potential for electrical engineers. By embracing it for voltage drop calculations, it’s possible to achieve greater consistency, completeness, and adaptability in designs.

In the video below, David goes deeper into the points above, exploring practical implementation strategies and highlighting real-world benefits. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your electrical design process.



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