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PowerCad Software
Enhancing your electrical design workflow in Autodesk® Revit® with a live 2D schematic of your connected panelboards.

General Usage Instructions

Once installed, a PowerCad-PNL will appear in the Add-Ins tab on your ribbon. To open up the electrical schematic select the Electrical Network icon. This will open a separate screen where you can find the commands detailed in the commands section of the help file. For this app to work the Panelboards must be correctly modeled as Transformers, Panelboards or Switchboards and linked with a circuit.

The cable length between the boards is displayed on the diagram. This cable length is calculated by Revit and is the addition of the lengths along each axis between the boards.  The units displayed are the same units set for the project.

PowerCad-PNL also provides a link to PowerCad-5 for detailed electrical design, by exporting the panelboards and their connections into PowerCad-5. PowerCad-5 is a separate software package for modeling complex electrical L.V. Distribution Networks.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description

Export PowerCad-5

This command loads PowerCad-5 and exports the boards and their connections to PowerCad-5 for detailed electrical design. For more info on PowerCad-5 please visit our website www.PowerCad.com.au. Requires PowerCad-5 version or later.

Electrical Distribution

This command displays the interactive electrical distribution diagram for the project in a separate window.

Show cable length

Check box turns on and off the cable length on the electrical distribution diagram. The cable length displayed is the length generated by Revit and simplistically is the sum of the X, Y and Z distance along the axis between boards.

Zoom to Panelboard

Right mouse click the Panelboard you want to find in your model and select " Zoom to Panelboard in Revit". If the Panelboard cannot be found in the current view you will be prompted to accept changing views.


Zooms the diagram in and out to either set zoom percentages with the buttons or type a specific zoom percentage into the box. "Fit" adjusts the zoom to a percentage that fits the whole diagram on the screen.

Rename Panelboards

To rename Panelboards in your Revit model. Right mouse click the switch board you want to rename and type the new name into the white dialog box.


Check box turns on and off the grid behind the electrical distribution diagram


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10/11) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

Known Issues


Company Name: PowerCad Software
Company URL: www.PowerCad-R.com
Support Contact: support@powercad-r.com

Author/Company Information

PowerCad Software

Support Information

For questions issues or suggested upgrades please email us at support@PowerCad-R.com

Version History

Version Number Version Description


Autodesk® Revit® 2024 Support Added


Autodesk® Revit® 2023 Support Added


Revit 2022 Support Added


Revit 2018 Support New screen layout
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