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Drafting a Meter Center in Electrical RT

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

In Design Master Electrical RT 2.0.4, we added graphic families for meter centers to the default one-line diagram customization. This article explains how to use the provided graphic families to draft the meter centers in your projects.

NOTE: The directions provided assume default customization. If the customization files at your company have been modified, the names, locations, and properties of these families may be different.

Inserting the Graphic Families

We provide three graphic families to build your meter center: a “middle” graphic for the meter center itself, and left- and right-oriented graphics for the meters.

To insert the middle graphic, use the Insert Create or Insert Link command. It will be listed under the Equipment Type “Other Distribution Equipment” as “Meter Center”. This graphic will connect to other distribution equipment and respond to changes in the electrical model the same way as any other Design Master graphic.

To insert the left and right graphics, use the Revit Detail Component command, followed by the Load Family command. Go to your Electrical RT customization folder location and select DME-EQU-Meter Center-Left.rfa or DME-EQU-Meter Center-Right.rfa, depending on how you want to configure your meters. These graphics will not be connected to the electrical model; they exist for informational purposes only, and any changes must be made manually.

Customizing the Meter Center

After inserting the graphics, you will then need to adjust the size, the number of meters, and the labels for each meter. These changes are made using parameters defined in each family.

To change the height of each graphic, use the DME_Meter_Max parameter. Set the maximum number of meters for the meter center and the height will adjust accordingly.

To change the number of meters visible, use the DME_Meter_Count parameter. Each left- and right-oriented family can display 1-6 meters; if you need additional meters, copy and stack the graphics using standard Revit functions.

To change the labels for each meter, use the DME_Meter#_Name and DME_Meter#_Size parameters that correspond to the meter. When you first insert the graphic, each label will list the parameter you need to change.

Circuiting the Meter Center

As previously stated, the meter families are not connected to the electrical model and are for informational purposes only. Downstream connections will connect to the top of the middle meter center family and must be redrawn manually using the Feeder Draw or Feeder Reset commands.

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