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Design and Drafting Assistance Overview

 

Building Electrical Systems Drafting Specific Tools

One of the reasons behind Autodesk’s success is that they have done an excellent job of providing tools to benefit all AutoCAD users in general. As a user’s work becomes more and more specialized, however, it is neither reasonable nor feasible for Autodesk to provide the ever more specialized tools that would make the user’s work easier.

Since DraftLogic Electrical has been designed and built specifically for building electrical system design, it is within our mandate to build tools for electrical designers. We have thus created a number of tools that either meet specific needs of the electrical designer or make repeated tasks of the electrical designer easier.

 

Drawing Compare

A typical electrical design project involves getting an updated floor plan from the project architect…and then another…and another…you get the picture! Many times, changes are not marked between the various versions, leaving it up to the electrical designer to go through the sets of plans with a fine tooth comb to try and catch any and all changes relevant to the building electrical systems design.

DraftLogic Electrical provides a drawing compare tool designed to both remove the chance of missing any changes AND to drastically cut down the time spent reviewing differences between plans. The drawing compare tool performs and object by object comparison of two DWGs and reports on all changes: moved objects, new objects, deleted objects, and unchanged objects.

See the Drawing Compare page for more details.

Compare Feature Preview

 A sample source, changed, and compare results
drawing.  Counters and walls have been changed
and marked up by the Compare Feature.

 

CAD Standards

Many products built for a particular engineering discipline require you to set up basic layer and symbol standards prior to using the product. This can easily mean days of work for someone in order to prepare the software before anyone can use it. Not so with DraftLogic Electrical—it comes ready to use ‘out of the box’ with a complete set of layers and symbols.

All functions in DraftLogic that place symbols in the drawing, including so called ‘manual placement’ functions, automatically put symbols on the layer that their symbol and system type applies to.

Since we know that different folks like to work in different ways, we provide both tool bars and tool palettes to use with the provided symbols.

See the CAD Standards page for more details.

 

Accelerating Drafting

As we implied earlier, even ‘Manual’ isn’t so manual in DraftLogic Electrical. Usually, when a software manufacturer advises you must manually do something, it means that you are totally on your own back in the basic environment in order to accomplish the task. Not the case with DraftLogic Electrical! There are tools provided to speed the most mundane of tasks, increasing your accuracy and reducing the chance of errors even as the tools help you get your work done faster.

Since we don’t block any AutoCAD functions, you still have the option of using raw AutoCAD functions when the situation calls for it.

See the Accelerating Drafting page for more details.

 

Ceiling GridSample of Mass Ceiling Grid Function

In the early stages of projects, the electrical designer is sometimes asked to provide draft lighting plans including a ceiling grid that the electrical designer has to create.

DraftLogic Electrical provides ceiling grid tools to make this process easier. The ceiling grid tool can be applied to any shape of area, including an arbitrary polygon, one room, or any number of rooms. You specify the grid size, rotation, and starting point.

The Mass Ceiling Grid tool takes this one step further and puts ceiling grid of your specification only in rooms in the project that you have indicated as having a T-Bar ceiling, no matter how scattered they are throughout the project. DraftLogic Electrical will find the T-Bar specified rooms and put ceiling grid in them without you having to manually selection and apply ceiling grid to each one.

See the Ceiling Grid page for more details.

 

 

 

 

Annotation Organizer

On a large project you will spend at least a couple days just dealing with annotation overlapping each other, blocks, and architectural features.  You probably have choice words for the times when you spent many hours cleaning up annotation only to have the architect rework the entire project, forcing you to move most of your devices and deal with annotation overlaps again.

Wouldn't it be nice to cut annotation clean up time down to 1/20th or so of what it takes you today?  With DraftLogic Electrical, you can do exactly that!  The Annotation Organizer function will go through your project symbol by symbol and move the annotation for each symbol into a location that does not conflict with other objects that will be plotted to the same sheets for your clients.

See the Annotation Organizer page for more details.

 

 

Automatic Drawing Validation

DraftLogic Electrical will automatically repair common DWG issues like zero length lines or zero length segments hidden in polylines.  It will also identify common issues with DraftLogic Electrical drawings, like a room that is missing a room ID block.  We found that these types of issues were slowing our users down, so our June 2012 release included the new Automatic Drawing Validation to repair/identify what it could, thus further accelerating your project completion!

See the Automatic Drawing Validation page for more details.