DM Electric versus DM Electrical for Revit
Posted 02 May 2017 - 05:42 AM
We've invested time and $$ in DM Electric and we have gotten pretty good at it, so I'm hesitant to switch to something new. Our experiences with Revit (we own it and do use it on occasion with one client who requires it) have not been good in terms of productivity and the lesser quality of the end product. In terms of electrical design it's just a bad product in our opinion.
That said, has anyone else in this situation switched to Revit and DM Electrical for Revit in lieu of DM Electric (CAD)? If so, what are your comments? Is it just as good as DM Electric once DM for Revit is added? If not, is it somewhat close or is it still a bit of a nightmare with production taking 25% to 50% more manhours?
This is a big business decision for me, so any and all comments are appreciated.
Posted 09 May 2017 - 05:18 AM
Posted 10 May 2017 - 05:32 AM
"DM Electrical is far ahead of Revit when it comes to productivity and calculations. We utilize both products and depending on the complexity on average Revit projects take up to 3 times longer to implement compared to DM projects. There is a huge learning curve switching from AutoCAD to Revit. You need someone on staff who can make and customize families for use in Revit projects. Unfortunately the Architects seem to love Revit and are forcing engineering firms to do work in Revit. We would rather work in DM than Revit."
Posted 10 May 2017 - 08:16 AM
DM for Revit helps. Revit out of the box has its own families for panels and schedules, but are basic. DM for Revit strength is the ability to calculate voltage drop and do fault calculations for example, as well as manipulate feeders, branch circuit sizes and panel breakers very similar to DM for CAD. There has been some growing pains with Revit and DM for Revit but Dave is pretty responsive in helping remedy any problems.
I would recommend the DM for Revit software.
Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:48 AM
"DM Electrical RT in Revit only helps streamline the panel and load calculations it doesn’t help with the fixture/device layout."
This comment highlights an important distinction between the two products.
Electrical for AutoCAD does everything. We have complete control of the whole design which allows us to provide a lot of power and functionality.
Electrical for Revit adds to what already exists in Revit. As much as possible, we try to use what Revit already does. We replace some things that don't work, like feeder and wire sizing. We add things that are missing, like fault calculations. Some things we can't change, like device insertion. This customer was expecting our Revit add-in to do more than it does. We do what we can, but we are limited by how Revit works.
Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:50 AM
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