After working with a variety of DraftLogic Electrical users for some time, it became apparent that certain issues in the drawings were much more common than any others. These are issues related to room and floor boundaries & duplicate symbols. In order to minimize the time that these issues cost our users, DraftLogic Inc. has added an automatic drawing validation tool to DraftLogic Electrical.
What is Checked?
Most of the ways that a room or floor boundary can go wrong are checked, things like unclosed polylines, overlaps, missing or too many floor match symbols and room IDs. Including these and other checks that are done, there are well over twenty conditions checked in this first release of the automated drawing validation tool.
Does the Automatic Drawing Validation Tool Do More Than Identify Issues?
In addition to checking for common issues, the automatic drawing validation tool will resolve issues that have only one possible resolution, saving you immense time in tracking down and fixing this type of issues. So things like unclosed polylines, zero length lines, zero length segments in polylines, and completely duplicate blocks are all automatically dealt with and reported to you.
When Does the Automatic Validation Happen?
The automatic validation happens on load of any DWG and also at critical points in the reporting process, for example before the single line diagram or panel schedules are created. You can trigger it anytime you want using the ‘Check Blocks & Polys’ tool from near the bottom of the Drawing Discovery tool group on the Command tool palette.
For More Information
See the detailed forums entry about the drawing validation tool at this forums page.
Above we see the Drawing validation results for a drawing with lots of issues.
Don't worry, you have to make a real effort at doing absolutely everything
wrong in order to have all of these types of things reported!
These results are from our test drawing that attempted to trigger all types
of issues that the Automatic Drawing Validation is looking for.