Schneider Electric Launches Revit Extension, Advanced Electrical Design

Product offers more intelligent, unified and connected workflows, company says.

Engineers and designers can work in one environment to develop designs that adhere to local and regional codes and standards, company says.

This solution provides core design and analysis functionality and functionality that simplifies electrical planning, design and analysis with a BIM-based, unified engineer-to-designer solution. Image courtesy of Schneider Electric and Autodesk and BIM Electrical Corp.

Schneider Electric has unveiled Advanced Electrical Design for Autodesk Revit at the Autodesk University conference. Schneider Electric formed BIM Electrical Corp. as a result of its strategic partnership with Autodesk, to bring this building information modeling-based electrical design solution that integrates directly with Revit, creating a more complete BIM solution that connects teams, data, and workflows across the electrical and energy landscape project lifecycle. 

This solution provides core design and analysis functionality and functionality that simplifies electrical planning, design and analysis with a BIM-based, unified engineer-to-designer solution, focused on sustainable electrical distribution systems design.  

“Our alliance leverages Schneider Electric’s global engineering and sustainability expertise to offer Advanced Electrical Design for Autodesk Revit, enabling electrical engineers to play a leading role in designing high performance buildings for Electricity 4.0 in the new energy landscape,” says Daniel Stonecipher, VP, chief product officer eCAD at Schneider Electric. “Advanced Electrical Design for Revit is a prime example of how industry leaders can work together to provide greater value to each user and contribute to solve the energy challenge.” 

“Together with Schneider Electric, we aim to empower electrical engineers to drive long-term digital transformation that results in more sustainable and energy efficient buildings,” says Nicolas Mangon, vice president of AEC Industry Strategy at Autodesk. “Advanced Electrical Design for Revit extends the benefits of BIM to electrical engineers and designers, streamlining how they work and adding deep engineering capabilities in the BIM-based workflows. This new comprehensive and connected workflow improves execution, reduces project timelines, and controls costs.”  

This electrical design solution assists electrical engineers and designers in four key areas to help in their electrical planning process: 

  • Plan: Layout power sources, equipment and loads of a project’s electrical system using the new drag-and-drop diagram with high-level calculations. 
  • Analyze: Analyze total demand loads of each subsection of an electrical system, including distributed energy system modeling. 
  • Optimize: Update across energy design and ensure proper equipment sizing; data automatically update across diagram workplaces synchronizing your electrical plan. 
  • Document: Easily generate reports like load letters or cable schedule using automated real-time calculations.

The advanced BIM-based electrical design solution allows electrical engineers to boost project efficiency by enabling planning and load analysis before a physical model is even provided. Customers can use that same data during project design and analysis. 

“Autodesk brings its digital and software expertise while Schneider Electric brings its knowledge from the physical world, merging their respective leadership to deliver an advanced BIM-based solution that benefits any BIM professional looking to make informed decisions when accessing renewable sources of energy,” adds Marc Nezet, SVP Energy Management Software Transformation, Schneider Electric. 

To learn more about Advanced Electrical Design click here.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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