The previous two parts of this three part series discussed attaching conduit with surface connectors to panels and changing the conduit location on a panel surface. Links to the first first two parts of this series are available at the bottom of this post.
This post discusses the options available for locating multiple conduit connections on a single surface of Revit MEP 2011 electrical panels and other equipment.
New Connector Options
Two new types of connectors are available in the Revit MEP 2011 Family Editor; a conduit connector and a cable tray connector.
When you select either of the new connector tools you will find that the Option Bar offers the opportunity to add either a Surface Connector or an Individual Connector. With the two connector types you can choose whether to provide the users of your customized equipment families the flexibility of repositioning and adding connectors on-the-fly while modeling or customized equipment with predetermined conduit connection locations that cannot be changed without entering the Family Editor. Each type of connector has its benefits and trade-offs, as described below.
You will find that once you move the default surface connector centered on a surface to any other location on the same surface as shown in Part 2 of this series and then follow one of the two options for connecting conduit to a panel as described in Part 1 of this series (see the links at the bottom of this post), that a new surface connector automatically appears in the default, center of surface location, ready for you to connect to. The software will keep producing additional surface connectors at the surface center provided the position is available - that it is not occupied by a surface connector. See the example below.
Individual Conduit Connectors
If you have specific pieces of equipment that have conduit connections at known, fixed positions you might consider predefining their locations in the Family Editor so that you can then quickly connect to them while modeling; similar to connecting pipes to fixtures.
When using Individual Connectors you are trading up-front time spent adding and positioning the fixed connections in the Family Editor and the flexibility of moving your conduit on the surfaces of your equipment for faster, simpler connection times when modeling.
With individual conduit connectors we can predefine the radius of the connector. However, we can change the size of the conduit attached to either the surface or individual connectors in Properties as shown below.
This post is Part 3 of a 3 Part Series Entitled: Revit MEP 2011 Conduit to Panel Connections
- Part 1: Connecting Conduit to a Surface in Revit MEP 2011: http://tinyurl.com/yyfouxo
- Part 2: Moving Conduit Connected to a Surface Panel in Revit MEP 2011: http://tinyurl.com/y6tlcz8