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Detailed Features List Part B

 

DraftLogic Electrical Detailed Features List Part B

 

DraftLogic Electrical has been designed from the ground up by building electrical systems design engineers working with software engineers.  Herein we list our robust feature set & the benefits to you.  Please contact us to get further detail on any of these features or to discuss how DraftLogic Electrical can help your company.

 

Additional Systems Placement 14

Existing Support for Other Systems. 14

Manual Placement Assistance. 15

Device Specific Placement Automation. 15

Call Switch Group Assignment and Placement as Desired. 15

Unique Identifiers for Devices Automatically Generated and Assigned. 16

Auto Reload to Speed Multiple Placements. 16

Saves the Designer Time and Effort 16

Drawing Compare. 16

Automated Ceiling Grid Generation. 17

Symbol Library & Layers Specifically For Electrical Design. 17

Automated CAD Standards Compliance. 18

Annotation Organizer 18

You Are Still In Control 18

Automatic Drawing Validation. 19

What is Checked?. 19

Does the Automatic Drawing Validation Tool Do More Than Identify Issues?. 19

When Does the Automatic Validation Happen?. 19

Electrical Estimating. 20

The Only Complete Electrical Design Export into Estimating Software. 20

Completely Automatically Feed All Elements. 20

Bill of Materials Schedule Included in DraftLogic Electrical 21

 


 

Additional Systems Placement

 

Today, you can have devices from any system be included in block clusters that will be automatically placed by lighting or receptacle rules.  For example, we have a block cluster for hospital bed headboards that includes a variety of receptacles, data ports, telephone port, and nurse call symbols.  Our development team is hard at work creating complete expert systems support for other systems like fire initiating, fire signaling, and security. Until we release Automated Placement support for additional building electrical systems in a near future version, DraftLogic Electrical will assist you in designing for them with its tools to accelerate drafting, which work today for all systems.

 

Existing Support for Other Systems

Several DraftLogic Electrical schedules already support all systems—which you gain the benefit from by using the DraftLogic Electrical blocks to place all of your devices.

 

So the nurse call, security, fire, and all other devices, regardless of which system they belong to, will all have their quantities reported on the Bill of Materials (see the Bill of Materials page for more information).

 

The Legend of Symbols will include devices from all systems—but only those used in the project (see the Legend of Symbols page for more information).

 

There are six different floor plans, one of which is for the systems other than lights, receptacles, and motors (see the Floor Plans page for more information).

 

For pictures and more information, please see our website page:

 http://www.draftlogic.com/cms_pages.php?id=82

 

 

Manual Placement Assistance

 

From time to time, you will encounter a room that does not lend itself well to Automated Placement of luminaires and/or receptacles. An executive boardroom and presentation room, for example, may require several different lighting systems with special controls. In these cases, or in cases where the architect has supplied the lighting pattern, DraftLogic Electrical will still make your work easier and with reduced probability of errors.

 

Device Specific Placement Automation

DraftLogic Electrical knows what sort of placement each type of luminaire requires. Each device type thus gets the help needed to make your systems placement work easier:

o   Wall-mounted luminaires will find the nearest wall location, snap to it, and rotate to its angle to match that of the wall.

o   Strip fluorescents will find a T-bar gridline to snap and rotate to.

o   Recessed fluorescents will snap into a T-bar cell.

o   Wall-mounted receptacles will find the nearest wall location, snap to it, and rotate to its angle.

o   A floor or ceiling receptacle will go where you place it and not look for walls to snap to.

o   Fire pullstations will find the nearest wall location, snap to it, and rotate to its angle.

o   A ceiling motion sensor will go where you place it and not look for walls to snap to.

o   Wire count symbols find the nearest branch circuit wire line to snap their center to and then rotate to perpendicular to provide optimum plotting visibility.

o   And so on…each device type minimizes your work by snapping and rotating.

 

Call Switch Group Assignment and Placement as Desired

Once you have placed your luminaires, each of the switch group and switch placement and luminaire tags functions can be called to do their work for the luminaires you manually placed.

 

Unique Identifiers for Devices Automatically Generated and Assigned

Devices that require a unique identifier, like panels or motors for example, automatically provide you unique identifier names in a format of your choosing using a mix of letters and numbers, some static some cycling.  No more accidentally using the same identifier for multiple objects or struggling to remember the last sequence letter or number you used for a particular device.

 

Auto Reload to Speed Multiple Placements

The Auto Reload feature places another of the same block you have just placed on your cursor and carries over any attribute values you have set, all of which is designed to reduce the number of clicks and keypresses you need to make for placing electrical systems devices.

 

Saves the Designer Time and Effort

All of these manual placement aids add up in reducing your work:  where you may normally have to perform a hundred or more clicks and keypresses to place ten luminaires to light a room and specify the attributes of each, DraftLogic Electrical will empower you to achieve the same result with only fourteen clicks and keypresses, a savings of over 700%!  Where you may normally have to perform eighty or more clicks and keypresses to place ten receptacles around the perimeter of a room and specify the attributes of each, DraftLogic Electrical will empower you to achieve the same result with only thirteen clicks and keypresses, a savings of over 600%!

 

For pictures and more information, please see our website page:

 http://www.draftlogic.com/cms_pages.php?id=52

 

 

Drawing Compare

 

Designers have to deal with frequent changes in the architectural floor plan, sometimes without any help from the architect regarding what has changed that is relevant to the electrical design work.  DraftLogic Electrical includes the Drawing Compare feature to identify each and every difference between two drawings.  This includes, but is not limited to: new entities, moved entities, deleted entities, and visible/invisible attribute changes.

 

Indication of changes is made by providing you with summary layers for each of same, changed, new, and deleted entities.  You have the option of having any of these bolded or clouded.  The changed/moved entities can also have arrows showing where they were in the source drawing versus the new drawing.

 

This feature set offers a number of benefits to designers:  quickly and accurately identify differences between architect floor plan versions, automatically cloud electrical design changes between deliverables to other consultants and electrical contractors, and enable design team leaders to isolate changes made between design team member's drawing versions.

 

For pictures and more information, please see our website page:

 http://www.draftlogic.com/cms_pages.php?id=49

 

 

 

Automated Ceiling Grid Generation

 

In the early stages of a project, the architect may not supply ceiling grid but it is desired for early electrical design deliveries.  It is thus up to the electrical designer to supply ceiling grid. 

 

DraftLogic Electrical’s ceiling grid tool gives the designer the ability to generate ceiling grids within any closed polyline or for all room boundaries in the project that have specified 'Tbar' for their ceiling type. Thus, for example, the inner perimeter of a room can be used as the grid extents, a bulkhead line can be used, or the designer can draw an arbitrary polyline wherever desired.  

 

The grid DraftLogic Electrical draws will have cell sizes and cell angle specified by the designer.  The starting point of the grid can be defaulted to the space/room center point or be centered on a point that the user selects.

 

For pictures and more information, please see our website page:

 http://www.draftlogic.com/cms_pages.php?id=50

 

 

Symbol Library & Layers Specifically For Electrical Design

 

Including building system blocks and other blocks used for schedules and the single line diagram, DraftLogic Electrical supplies over 350 symbols 'out of the box'.

 

There are also over 60 layers, including system specific layers plus the layers that DraftLogic Electrical uses to manage its automation.

 

The breadth of the symbols and layers enables you to design each individual system and have it differentiated both in appearance and in plots and other reports.

 

For pictures and more information, please see our website page:

 http://www.draftlogic.com/cms_pages.php?id=143

 

 

 

Automated CAD Standards Compliance

 

All symbol placement code in DraftLogic Electrical places system blocks and branch circuit wiring lines on the layers designated for that specific system, making system specific plots a snap.

 

Both the automated placement of blocks and lines and the manual tools provided have CAD Standards intelligence built-in to place blocks and branch circuit wiring lines on the correct system specific layers.

 

Annotation can stay on the same layers as their respective devices or be split out to annotation-specific layers.

 

For pictures and more information, please see our website page:

 http://www.draftlogic.com/cms_pages.php?id=51

 

 

Annotation Organizer

 

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.  The few locations where satisfactory locations could not be found will be marked for your review.  You can run the Annotation Organizer on as few as one symbol or as many as the entire project contents.  Depending on how many symbols you have selected for the Annotation Organizer to run on, all of the annotation will be moved to best possible locations within seconds or minutes.

 

The Annotation Organizer is both smart and flexible.  You have the choice of orienting annotation for wall mounted devices to the same orientation as the device or keeping such annotation horizontal. When you do orient annotation to match device rotation, you have the option of running the text toward the top or bottom of the plot.  Also, you can have the Annotation Organizer look for surfaces away from the room inner perimeter to use as orientation references, so the orientation for receptacles mounted on walls in the middle area of a space can still be auto-oriented to match the receptacle rotation angle.  Finally, you choose whether to have the Annotation Organizer make best efforts to also avoid annotation collisions with xref'd entities or not.

 

 

 

You Are Still In Control

 

The Annotation Organizer Settings dialog puts you in complete control.  Use one of our supplied set of template values, create your own reusable templates to share with everyone using DraftLogic Electrical in your office, or select one-time use values.

 

You select the symbols for the annotation organizer to act upon, the size to change the annotation to, and some tolerances for how close you want to allow the annotation to be placed relative to the parent symbol and to other annotation from the same symbol.

 

You also specify the buffer distance you desire between the annotation and any drawing elements that should be considered & the DraftLogic Electrical Annotation Organizer makes best efforts at finding an annotation location that fits your requirements.

 

You can have switch ID's run with different settings than all other annotation if you want, for example you might want the switch IDs to be placed closer to each other and their parent symbol than you would like other symbols' annotation to be placed.

 

For pictures and more information, please see our website page:

 http://www.draftlogic.com/cms_pages.php?id=139

 

 

Automatic Drawing Validation

 

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 pictures and more information, please see our website page:

 http://www.draftlogic.com/cms_pages.php?id=155

 

 

 

Electrical Estimating

 

DraftLogic Electrical already stands apart from other electrical design software in the way that it vastly accelerates productivity through patented and patent-pending automation of all of: device placement, circuiting, branch circuit wiring, floor plan creation, and schedule generation.  In addition to accelerating electrical design, DraftLogic Electrical also accelerates electrical estimating! 

 

For the fastest estimates, use DraftLogic Electrical in conjunction with ConEst IntelliBid 7.0.  Using this combination, electrical estimators can focus on the important work of determining and optimizing their estimate since there is NO counting, NO scaling, NO measuring, and NO take off work for line voltage systems!

 

For those who want to accelerate their estimating work but do not use ConEst IntelliBid 7.0, DraftLogic Electrical still includes a complete Bill of Materials to base estimates from.

 

The Only Complete Electrical Design Export into Estimating Software

Go from architectural floor plan to completed electrical design and estimate up to fourteen times faster!  DraftLogic Electrical is now the only electrical design software available in the world that is able to completely automatically feed all line voltage elements of an electrical design into electrical estimating software.  Using DraftLogic Electrical and ConEst IntelliBid 7.0 together, an electrical designer/estimator can go from an architectural floor plan to a completed electrical design and estimate up to fourteen times faster than designing outside DraftLogic Electrical and manually entering their raw data into estimating software.   

 

 

Completely Automatically Feed All Elements

 

With just a few mouse clicks, DraftLogic Electrical users can send all elements of their electrical design into ConEst IntelliBid's count sheets.  After the handful of minutes export process is complete, all devices, for example luminaires, receptacles, and motors, are in their count sheets with associated detail.  This alone saves immense amounts of estimator time in counting and data entry, but is nowhere near the extent of DraftLogic Electrical & IntelliBid integration.  Panel schedules for every panel and every circuit are populated.  Every interconnection from every Branch Circuit wiring run is populated, including support for DraftLogic Electrical's multiple circuit home run groupings, saving the estimator from any take-off and scaling work.  Vast detail about each piece of switch gear, motor, and feeder is fed into their respective count sheets, saving thousands of keystrokes.

 

 

Bill of Materials Schedule Included in DraftLogic Electrical

 

DraftLogic Electrical also comes complete with an exhaustive Bill of Materials report that includes all conduit, wire, and cables for both distribution feeders and for branch circuits.  Design-build and electrical contracting companies can use the Bill of Materials as the basis for an estimate of construction costs.

 

For pictures and more information, please see our website page:

 http://www.draftlogic.com/cms_pages.php?id=150