We are an industry where machine and computer power enhance the work of the person, in many cases, making the very jobs we undertake possible. Modeling wouldn’t be feasible if not for the computing power of today’s equipment, from Robotic Total Stations (RTS) units to laptops and cranes.
As a civil engineer, point layout was my life while serving as coordinator for the RTS (Robotic Total Station) department at a previous position. Maybe you’re in a similar situation, using point layout to create point drawings and exporting files for electrical elements.
Many times you need a quick and easy way to supply points, while still providing accurate information. There are benefits and struggles with point layout, both in the field and at the computer screen. Time is money in the MEP construction industry, and the point layout process is one place to save both.
When I started using eVolve Electrical, I was blown away with how the point layout feature has superior functionality compared to Revit plug-ins I used in the past.
Here are three benefits of using eVolve Electrical for point layout:
1. Point Placement
The points are embedded within multiple families, and there is an option to embed them into any family needed for points. You still have the option to place manual points for elements where you don’t want an embedded point. You can also edit the point’s coordinates to place it in a known location, for example if you just receive a PDF of coordinates. You don’t have to spend hours placing manual points or worrying about missing any points after changes to the design. The last thing anyone in the office or the field wants to discover after the deck is poured is that multiple points were missed.
The Point Layout tool is included with the eVolve MEP plugin – you don’t have to purchase additional software or plugins to provide point layouts for electrical elements. When you need to get electrical drawings done fast and also plan on doing point layout, it makes sense to use the plugin that gives you both. The tool exports to a CSV file or a TFL file, so it’s also very compatible with RTS.
3. Point information
Within the Point Layout feature, there are quick and easy ways to add the needed information into the points. One example is the Auto Number function. You can get a list of all the points and quickly number them. This feature will especially save time when there are changes. If an element is added to the design or if things are eliminated, all you need to do is rerun the auto number tool, and they will automatically be renumbered correctly. The tool will not allow you to place two points with the same number. So, just like placing points within AutoCAD Civil 3D, the tool will select the next available number for the point. You can easily create point layout drawings with customizable annotations for the points and schedules using the information within the points.
Having spent many hours using different Autodesk software, I’m very familiar with how features work. I’ve also created documentation for standardization of processes and features and set up RTS software. With that background, I definitely understand the benefits of using eVolve Electrical for point layout, electrical drawings and modeling. Streamlining the point layout process is a perfect opportunity to save time and money in your business.
The experts of eVolve MEP have worked in the construction trades, so they know the challenges you face and the innovations that can make a difference. Contact eVolve MEP today and learn how the industry-trained eVolve Electrical consultants can partner with you to keep your business relevant and competitive in the years to come.
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