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Mastering Fault Calculations: The BIM Advantage

Mastering Fault Calculations: The BIM Advantage

Tuesday, January 9th, 2024

In this episode of the Electrical Building Design Show, available on the Design Master YouTube channel, David Robison tackles a common yet critical aspect of electrical building design: fault calculations. And, instead of discussing the more common manual input method which can lead to errors, building information modeling is presented as the alternative.

Some of the Items Discussed Include:

  • Panel Configurations: Panel layouts and connections are already located in the 3D model, so BIM helps eliminate errors and save time over manual transfers.
  • Feeder Lengths: With the precise panel locations available in BIM, calculating distances between panels makes it easy to enhance fault calculations.
  • Motor Contributions: The tedious task of excluding smaller motors from calculations is eliminated in BIM, ensuring a more comprehensive analysis and a smoother transfer of calculations.
  • And more…

The Bottom Line:

By harnessing data that’s already collected in a 3D model, BIM offers an invaluable opportunity to streamline and improve calculations while eliminating errors, saving time, and enhancing the accuracy of fault analysis.

The full video is below and provides practical insights and tips on implementing BIM into your fault calculations to help make a more efficient and error-free electrical design process.

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