Draw Cable helps you draw wires easily, either automatically (Connect Device) or manually (Draw Cable).
Wiring Type: Select the desired wire type.
Use Offset: Check this box if you want to use Offset Distance and Connect Angle when connecting objects (start and/or end). The settings here apply to both Connect Device and Draw Cable.
Offset Distance: The Offset Distance is a factor times the scale, for example if the Offset Distance is set to 2 and the scale is 1:50 the distance will be 100 mm. If an object is placed in or on a vertical surface the Offset Distance controls the distance from the surface. If an object is placed in or on a horizontal surface the Offset Distance controls the distance from the object.
Connect Angle: specify the connection angle to the object.
Draw Cable Snap: Check this box to preset an angle when drawing cable manually. If Use Offset is checked and you start from an object or end at an object then the first or last cable is constrained to the setting in Use Offset.
The picture above shows Offset Distance and Connect Angle for face-based wall families. In this example the Offset Distance is 2 and the scale 1:50.
This check box allows you to draw orthogonal wires and create corners. If it is not checked elements will be connected in a shortest way. Picture below illustrates this
Dropdown: Choose if you want the tick marks to be on, off or calculated. If the number of conductors is set in the Cable Data function the setting will be shown here. If you want to change the number of conductors you have to change them in Cable Data. If they are set to zero in Cable Data you can set the number here overriding the number in Cable Data
Tick marks on all cables: Check this box if you want tick marks on all cables. If the box is unchecked, tick marks appear on one cable no matter how many objects you draw cable between.
Connect Device: Click here to draw cable automatically by clicking on the objects. If you want the wire to follow the wall corner, press ESC once and then click on the objects you want to draw cable between.
Use this to draw cable manually. Besides offset, you can also change the angle when using this feature. The prompt sequence contains the following steps:
- Start: Start from and connect an object
- Draw: Pick points
- End: End and connect an object
Note, you can always skip any options in the sequence by clicking ESC.
This tool allows you to draw cable collections and connect cables to them. You can connect cable collections to panels and you can get information of how many cables, the types and the total weight and width in selected points. When using Draw Cable Collection command placement for the cable collection must be Place on Work Plane. If you toggle "Chain" on you can choose to draw multiple connected Cable Collections.
- Place all the elements on the floor plan/plans.
- Route all the cable collections from the panel using Draw Cable Collection
- Open the Cable Collection dialogue, select one of the cable collection elements and connect all the other cable collections with the ”+” button in the dialog. Disconnect using “-“ button. Note that the end of a cable collection needs to be touching another cable collection to be able to connect. One exception is when connecting a cable collection to the Panel. Here a gap is allowed:
- You don´t have to select the cable collections individually, you can select them by crossing and include other elements.
- Connect elements by using the Draw Cable function. Use Draw Cable to connect the elements to the cable collection. Preferably, select a device to connect and add them to the cable collection automatically. You can also draw cables manually and then add the cable with the “+” button in cable collection dialog box.
- Note! The Cable Collection function requires that the cables, objects etc are properly connected to each other.
Select Cable Collection: Click on a cable or a cable collection to display the cables connected to that cable collection. The first cable in slot number one will be highlighted.
Connected Panel: Shows which panel the cable collection is connected to. This dropdown have three options:
- No panel selected: Shows that no panel is connected or use it to disconnect a connected panel.
- Select a panel in the model: Connect a panel to the cable collection by selecting it in the model.
- Select by name: Connect the cabel collection to the selected panel in the list. It’s possible to select a panel at another level. If a panel is already connected you can change it by selecting a new panel in the list.
Refresh button: Use to update data in the dialog.
+-Button: Use to add new cable collection, new cables or connect panel to existing cable collections.
--Button: Use to disconnect existing cable collection, cables or panel from cable collections.
All: Shows all the objects connected to the selected cable collection.
Panel: Shows the panel which the cable collection is connected to. It also shows which cable collection object is connected to the panel.
Select to Highlight: Highlight cables in plan view and spreadsheet by selecting them in the plan view.
Always on top: Check this box if you want the dialog box to be always on top.
Using “Pick Points” displays the Total weight and width for the cables at a selected point on a cable collection. It also highlights the cables in the dialog spreadsheet. The weight and diameter for the cables need to be defined in the function Cable Data.
Slot #: Shows the order from the connected panel. The closest cable to the panel gets slot 1 and so on.
Circuit #: If the elements are circuited to a panel the circuit number is displayed.
Wiring type name: Shows the wiring type name.
Cable Diameter [mm]: Shows the diameter in millimeters for the cable. The diameter is set in the function Cable Data.
Cable Weight [kg/m]: Shows the weight in kg/m for the cable. The weight is set in the function Cable Data.
Total Cable Length [m]: Shows the total cable length for all the connected objects.
Longest Cable [m]: Shows the longest cable path for the connected objects. Double click the value in the spreadsheet to highlight it in the plan view.