Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Tina Smilkstein


The construction industry needs engineers. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers, better known as MEPs, comprise a large number of employees who design and assist in the building of commercial structures. In particular, electrical engineers design power distribution systems for these buildings, including the power, lighting, low voltage, and fire protection subsystems.

Here at Cal Poly, architectural engineers enrolled in ARCE 257 create authentic structural plans for a fictitious two-story structure. This senior project transforms these structural plans into an architectural model and creates a power distribution system for the entire building. This is done through a building information modeling (BIM) software called Revit.

In this project, the architectural model is used to create floor plans where the separate power and lighting subsystems are drafted. Electric panel schedules define the loads on each circuit used within the subsystems. Finally, a single line diagram will present the overall architecture of the power distribution system by exhibiting the interconnections between the larger pieces of electrical equipment. The final product compiles of all this information onto personalized electrical construction sheets.