Smart Bends

The eVolve Smart Bends Window

To further enhance project efficiency and accuracy, the Smart Bends window allows a user to choose from many different conduit benders that are commonly found in the field, and add new or custom benders to be utilized. Like many other features, this one utilizes our powerful grid menus. These menus are highly customizable and allow for on-the-spot editing of bender data. To make this feature even more efficient, different benders can be assigned to be used for specific diameters of the available conduit types. These settings can easily be shared by exporting and importing them into a project.

The Bend Lookup Tab

When adding a Bender Type, the following values must be specified for each Diameter of each Conduit Type the desired bender can accommodate in order for eVolve to calculate the bends properly.

Column headers and groups
  • Bender Type - used to define the make and model of the conduit bender.
  • Diameter - used to define the conduit's width measurement.
  • Conduit Type - used to identify the conduit's material classification.
  • Radius - used to define the desired bend radius
  • Mark 1 - the minimum distance a bend can start from the end of a conduit.
  • Deduct - a measure of the amount the conduit will shrink in length.
  • X Value - only applies to offset bends and is used to calculate the Mark 1 value.
  • Minimum Bend Spacing fields- defines the smallest allowable distance between two bends before a smaller angle is required.
  • Pending Action - displays any unresolved executions.
  • Error Message - will inform if there's been an error within the row
To Add a New Bender:
  1. From the Smart Bends window, on the Bend Lookup tab, click Click here to add a new row located at the top of the grid.
  2. Name the new bender type, then add the appropriate information into the remaining fields. The specific bend values are located in the bender manuals.
  3. Click Apply or OK to save the bender data into the project settings.

To Add Multiple Benders:
  1. From the Smart Bends window, on the Bend Lookup tab, click Export/Import.
  2. From the menu, click Export to File.
  3. Open the new .xml file, locate a section with similar sizes to the new bender, and copy it onto a blank page. Swap out the name and bend data to the new bender.
  4. Copy and paste that section back into the original .xml as an additional bender and save the file.
  5. From the Smart Bends window, on the Bend Lookup tab, click Export/Import.
  6. From the menu, click Import from File.
  7. Click Apply or Ok to save the bender data into the project settings.

NOTE: The bend information for benders is typically located in the bender manual, on the bender itself, and on the manufacturer's website. We have included the manuals for the benders that are shipped with eVolve in the eVolve resource folder. Program Files\eVolve\eVolve Electrical for Revit "xxxx"\Resources\Content\Product Data\Conduit Bends

The Bend Configuration Tab

In Bend Configuration, different benders can be applied to various diameters of multiple conduit types. When modeled, the bends for each type will automatically be created using the assigned bender data.

To Assign Benders to Conduit Types:
  1. From the Smart Bends window, click the Bend Configuration tab.
  2. Select an available Conduit Type from the menu and a drop-down will appear below it with the listed benders and diameters they are assigned to for that type.
  3. To make a change, edit the Bender Type/Name next to each diameter. Be sure it matches identically to a bender that is listed in the Bend Lookup menu.
  4. Click Apply or Ok to save the bender data into the project settings.

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