20.03.2019 | By Petri Luomala

MagiCAD Electrical offers a comprehensive BIM solution for the design and calculation of electrical, lighting, telecommunication and data systems. We discussed with Mika Pohjolainen, our Product Development Engineer for MagiCAD Electrical, to find out what he thinks are some of the features in the software that are most appreciated by electrical design professionals.

How is working with MagiCAD Electrical different from plain Revit?

“The MagiCAD Electrical module is seamlessly integrated into Revit, so you can simply do more in the same workspace. Routing tools speed up modelling work, clash detection helps identify clashes automatically and switchboard schematics can be easily created, you just select what to include and that’s it.”
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Do you have an example of how MagiCAD Electrical helps designers?

“A good example would be when designers need to measure cable lengths. Without Electrical you would need to manually define cable routes for each circuit using Revit’s functions. With Electrical you can draw cable packets to your cable routes and define a start point to a switchboard. All cables connected to that packet will then get accurate cable lengths from the device to the switchboard.”
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How does MagiCAD Electrical help improve collaboration?

“We’re using BCF (BIM Collaboration Format) files that allow electrical designers to communicate with other disciplines and with the project lead. Also, many of the tools like clash detection, reporting, IFC export and provisions for openings allow designers to exchange information during a project.”
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What is the benefit of integrated calculations in MagiCAD Electrical?

“You can calculate cable sizes, power demand estimates, voltage drops, and these are all done directly in the Revit model. Without MagiCAD you would need to recreate your network in some external software and manually transfer the results back to your Revit model.”
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