No electrical contractor wants to snap a wire. It can be a safety issue to the worker, you lose material, you lose productivity. At the same time, you will be hard pressed to find someone who is not looking to minimize pull locations. Moving the crew, moving the equipment with each additional pull point adds a very real cost to the number of locations you’ll be pulling at. Recently, we’re hearing of a growing trend of building owners requiring documentation and planning of wire pulls. One major upside to this trend is that the jobs that are pushing for documentation are the bigger, more power intensive jobs, the kind of jobs that will likely make use of BIM.
Here at GTP we’re hoping to provide the tools to the electrical contractor working in Revit to optimize the installation while providing the data required for documentation and improving wire take-off. Our new wire pull calculator provides automatic wire pull calculations as you coordinate your drawing and recognizes both tension and side wall bearing pressure failures. Wire data is imported automatically from the feeder schedule so there will be no redundant input of the data. The pull calculator ensures that your design is with the configurable requirements you set for your project and allows you to optimize the location of pull points by providing the information so you can minimize pull locations while still meeting safety and job spec requirements.
Taking the value of the information a step further, we’re able to compile the wire take off information for wire buyouts and material forecasting. Armed with this information you’ll be in a position to make wire buy outs, plan pulls, forecast cost, spool wires for specific installations, etc. The Wire Pull Calculator feature of the GTP Electrical Add-in for Revit enables you to ensure safe design, while improving purchasing and prefabrication workflows out of the model