Friday, May 02, 2014

Revit MEP - Wish for a Secondary Option

When we select an electrical panel (Electrical Equipment category) Revit will display the Distribution System parameter on the Options Bar to make it easy to assign one.

I think the Options Bar is suffering from an ongoing case of nobody loves me anymore or at least an identity crisis of sorts. The persistence of the Properties Palette means that there is some redundancy between it and the Options Bar. We can change parameters in either place, Revit doesn't care. It's just a little confusing at first glance, at least for new users...but I digress.

Transformers have a parameter called Secondary Distribution System. I think it is fair to say that this parameter is overlooked easily and often. That's because it is hiding in the Properties Palette in the Electrical - Loads group, along with a bunch of read-only parameters.

Later when we attempt to use Select Panel it pokes us in the eye when we can't choose the transformer. I'd like the Options Bar to respond like this when we select a Transformer. Subtle change but adding it here would make this less subtle.

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Joseph Taft said...

Like it, but I think it should say "Primary Distribution System" and then "Secondary Distribution System".

Veeranna Guggari said...

Transformer has a two connection incoming and outgoing, incoming side called primary and outgoing called secondary, if primary has a 3 phase 440 votes than secondary side single phase 220volts this type transformer called step down transformer manly we have 3 type transformer
1 step down
2 step up
3 1:1