A look at Revit content we created for Vertiv's HPL battery cabinet.

Continuing with our series on Revit content for manufacturers, this week we're showcasing an HPL battery cabinet created for Vertiv. Vertiv, which previously operated as Emerson Network Power and includes brands such as Liebert and NetSure, specializes in power and thermal management across multiple industries including retail, education and government.

Battery Cabinet

The Vertiv HPL battery cabinet provides a well-balanced, safe and powerful energy storage system with 38kWh (200kW/cabinet).  The cabinet works with most current and legacy Vertiv three-phase UPS systems.

We split the unit for Vertiv into two Revit families – one with and one without a conduit box on the top of the unit. The family with conduit box essentially has more conduit connectors in set positions with a different make-up at the top of the unit.

Both Revit families have the same instance options to control standard or seismic mounting brackets, bracket visibility and clearance zone visibility.

Revit instance options.
Instance options.

As with any good Revit content, everything you see in the model is flexible and controlled through a series of parameters. A lot of these controls will never be seen by the end user, as they are placed in the Other parameter group. But we can take advantage of them to easily update the family when required. This allows the client to enjoy a longer "lifespan" from their content while reducing their overall costs.

2D Geometry

Most of the formulas shown above are actually involved in controlling 2D elements such as lines and masking regions. We always produce Revit content in which 3D geometry is only visible in 3D views. So we create 2D geometry for elevations and plan views, which enables a faster workflow for the end user and provides greater control over project deliverables.

While separate 2D geometry for 2D views offers the best user experience and results within Revit, it also requires expertise and attention to detail to ensure that 2D lines and masking regions don't create any issues when flexing the family or selecting different parameter options. In this particular family, rather than creating extra 2D elements that hide according to the bracket choice, we implemented a series of control parameters so that the same elements can make both the standard and seismic brackets in 2D views.

Parameters and Materials

In terms of data, the HPL battery cabinet Revit families contain all of the mechanical and electrical parameters and other information that can be used in Revit systems. We also pay close attention to materials and material assets to ensure realistic visualizations in Revit's Fine level of detail and renderings. All of this means that the same Revit family can be used from design stage through to construction as well as in mock-up images for the client.

Revit render showing Vertiv HPL battery cabinets.
Render showing Vertiv HPL battery cabinets.

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