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Libraries: Customization & Application

 

DraftLogic Electrical Libraries: Customization and Application

DraftLogic Electrical is the only building systems design expert system.  We created DraftLogic Electrical by combining existing proven technologies to build an application that is much more that the sum of its parts. We started with the industry leading Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, AutoCAD, and Microsoft’s powerful relational database, SQL Server. We then expended over 25,000 person hours to build an application on top of the AutoCAD and SQL Server base that would hold the knowledge of a building electrical systems designer and be able to apply that knowledge to a floorplan provided to it. The result is the patented DraftLogic Electrical expert system.

 

LIBRARY OVERVIEW

 
We call these databases of stored knowledge the Project Library, the Room Library, the Luminaire Library, and the Design Parameter Library.  The other pages in the DraftLogic Electrical section of our website explain how our expert systems computer code benefits you.  Herein we will tell you about each of the expert system databases.
 
Out of the box, we provide you with all expert system data you need for a number of common project types. At a minimum, this is a good start for most projects and in some cases may not even need expansion. User-friendly forms make it easy to add to or modify the expert system data so that DraftLogic Electrical finishes your projects your way.
 
More information about each of the four Libraries is available at our website, either from the ‘DraftLogic Electrical > Expert System Databases’ topline menu or by going to this page and selecting each library’s subpage for more detail.
 
Let us know if you have further questions about the four Libraries over and above the information on the website.
 

LIBRARY CUSTOMIZATION

 
All the data for the four DraftLogic Electrical Libraries resides in a SQL server database at your site & is shared between all your DraftLogic Electrical users.  Library-only users can also be responsible for maintaining Library data since the Library dialogs are completely independent of AutoCAD.  All four Libraries become yours to add definitions to, change any of the existing definitions, or delete definitions from—you are in complete control.
 

LIBRARY DATA APPLICATION

 
The data in the four Libraries affects DraftLogic Electrical at many points.  
 
The most prevalent information is that contained in the Project Library, as the 100+ settings therein affect all of the DraftLogic Electrical automation.  Fear not, we include many ready-to-go templates which you can use either as-is or with only a few changes required!  Also, once you set up a Project Library entry for a particular job type and client, it is highly likely that you can use it as-is or almost as-is for future work of the same type.
 
The Room Library data has the most effect on DraftLogic Electrical’s Automated Placement function, but also has some settings that affect Automated Circuiting, Automated Branch Circuit Wiring, and Automated Room Creation.
 
The Design Parameter Library affects both the automated and manual placement of Room ID blocks & also the details of panels used during DraftLogic Electrical’s Automated Circuiting function.
 
The Luminaire Library contains the luminaire definitions for your site.  The data in this Library is used to: specify a luminaire for each luminaire related block in the design, provide data for the Luminaire Catalogue, and provide data for the Luminaire Schedule.  The Room Library also accesses the Luminaire Library data for selection of luminaires to be used in Automated Placement for each room definition.
 
All of DraftLogic Electrical’s automated processes provide the designer with the option of applying the automation to the project drawing as a whole or only to specific areas of the project.  The designer can thus apply different settings to different areas of the project for the vast majority of DraftLogic Electrical’s functionality.  An example would be Automated Circuiting wherein the designer can run all service areas (i.e. locations that a specific panel or panel room services) using the same circuiting settings from the Project Library or select specific service areas to run with certain circuiting settings and run other areas with other settings.  For the very few cases where this is not available, we have provided manual overrides or tools for the designer to specify their exact desired end result.
 

LIBRARY SUMMARY

 
If you desire further information about any or all of the four Libraries and their customization / application, we can go through them in detail in a WebEx session, provide you with the user manual that goes into great detail on each of them, and in the near future will have a training video available for each Library.