The basic layout is combined with information from the 1-line diagrams to populate the model with the electrical components. Since every project has specific requirements, submittals play a key role providing detailed information about the exact items being installed during construction. This information is used to create “families”. A family is a grouping of information that provides the distinct size, shape, and characteristics of a component in order to create a virtual “twin” inside the model.
Once the model is completely populated, it undergoes clash detection and coordination. This is a collaborative effort that involves all trades working on the project. The team can easily identify conflicts such as pinch points, trades running into each other, buildability issues, and architectural variances needed for system installation and resolve them before construction.