Spool Definition

Overview

eVolve Mechanical offers three methods of defining a spool.

  • Define Spool - uses either a window selection or crossing window selection where any selected element (connected or disconnected) are included in the defined spool.
  • Define Spool Run - this method depends on ITM elements being connected. The user selects the first and last element of a spool, eVolve finds the connected path, and combines the selected elements into a defined spool.
  • Auto Spool - this method depends on ITM elements being connected and automatically traverses the path creating spools based on user-defined parameters and hard-coded rules.

The Create/Define Spool window

NOTE: The Create/Define Spool's predefined selection filter can be modified via the Selection Configuration. Please see the link in the Relevant Articles below.

  1. Starting Spool Name - The value specified will be applied to all spools created in the session. While the name may be alphanumeric, it must end with a numeric value.
  2. Create Sheets(s) on Finish - If enabled, eVolve will create the sheets for the defined spool(s) on finish using the title-block defined in step 3. If disabled, the spool sheets may be created within the Prefab Manager.
  3. Title Block - If Create Sheet(s) on Finish is enabled, the selected Title Block will be applied to all defined spools.
  4. Title Block Type - If applicable, this field is used to define the type of the selected title block family.
  5. Open Created Sheet(s) - if enabled, all created sheets will open after completing the session.

    NOTE: Spools may be defined and created at the same time, or they may be defined the created through the Prefab Manager.

Naming Spools

Spool names may be automatically generated by utilizing the parameters of the elements contained within the spool. While users can specify a value to apply to defined spools, the Starting Spool Name dialog is also a menu containing Revit and eVolve parameters. The parameters may be appended or chained together to provide a more descriptive name.

The bolded value below will generate the following spool names

Electrical Examples

  • <eE_ConduitRun_System> - <eV_LBS_Id> - 01
    • Branch - L1A-01
    • Feeder - L2B -02
    • Fire Alarm - L3C -03

Mechanical Examples

  • <eM_Service Name> - <eM_Service Type> - 01
    • Return Air 2wg - Rectangular Duct -01
    • Return Air 2wg - Rectangular Duct -02
    • Return Air 2wg - Round Duct -03

Define Spool

To Define a spool

  1. From the eVolve ribbon, click Define Spool from the Prefabrication panel.
  2. From the Create/Define Spool window, enter a spool name, select desired option, and click OK.
  3. From the drawing area, using a window selection or crossing window selection, chose the desired elements to spool and click Finish in the Options Bar.
  4. Continue to select elements to spool or click Finish in the Options Bar to complete the session.

Define Spool Run

To define a spool run

  1. From the eVolve ribbon, click Define Spool Run from the Prefabrication panel.
  2. From the Create/Define Spool window, enter a spool name, select desired option, and click OK.
  3. From the drawing area, click an element to start the run, click element(s) to end the run, and click Finish in the Options Bar.
    NOTE: When selecting the spool's endpoint(s), keep in mind spools may have more than one endpoint. e.g. A spool may contain a tee/branching run.
  4. Continue to select elements to spool or click Finish in the Options Bar to complete the session.

Auto Spool

Based on the specified dimension, eVolve essentially creates a bounding box, and traverses the path from the specified start point and direction to determine which fittings will fit into the enclosed area. After the spool is defined, eVolve continues traversing the path to the end of the run.

  1. Length - used to specify the length of the bounding box.
  2. Width - used to specify the width of the bounding box.
  3. Height - used to specify the height of the bounding box.
  4. Weight Limit (lbs) - used to specify the maximum weight of a spool.
  5. Spool Full Length Parts - when enabled, eVolve will add duct/pipe straights with their default or "auto" length value to the spool. If unchecked, duct/pipe with a default length or greater will not be added to spools.

    TIP: This feature requires a minimum of two parts to make a spool. If your rules cause the program to skip certain elements such as full-length straights then there may be parts that do not get spooled.

To Auto spooling

  1. From the eVolve ribbon, click Auto Spool from the Prefabrication panel.
  2. From the Auto Spool Options window, specify desired dimensions, weight, and options, then click OK.
  3. From the drawing area, click an element to start the run, then click the direction in which eVolve will Auto Spool. A Notice window appears displaying the spool count.
  4. From the Notice window, click OK.
  5. From the Create/Define Spool window, enter a spool name, select desired option, and click OK.

Example of Define Spool Run

Relevant Articles

Prefab Manager

Selection Configuration


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