AutoCAD MEP 2009

Electrical Tutorial

April 2008

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Exercise 1: Adding Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exercise 2: Adding Lights . . . . . . . . . 48 . . . . . . . Lesson 3: Lighting for Lab Support . . . . . . . . . 8 Exercise 3: Viewing Configuration Settings . . .Contents Chapter 1 Starting an Electrical Drawing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Using This Tutorial . . . . Exercise 1: Adding Panels and Circuits . . . . . . . . . 19 . . . 19 Lesson 2: Lighting for Lab 247 . . . . . 48 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 . . . 14 Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Lesson 4: Drawing a Power Plan . . . 1 Lesson 1: Starting a Drawing . . Exercise 4: Wiring Lab Support Lighting . . . . . . . . . . 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram . . 56 . . . . . 72 v . . . . . . . . Exercise 3: Finishing the Lab 247 Lighting . . 65 Exercise 1: Generating Receptacles in a Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Exercise 2: Manually Placing Receptacles . . . . . Exercise 2: Adding Emergency Lighting . . . . . . Exercise 3: Adding Junction Boxes and Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 . . . . . 4 Exercise 2: Creating a Drawing Based on a Template . . . . 11 Exercise 4: Inserting a Referenced Drawing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Exercise 1: Specifying a Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 . . . . . . . . 78 . . . . . . Exercise 3: Completing the Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 vi | Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 . . . . Lesson 5: Drawing a Schematic Diagram .Exercise 3: Customizing a Device Style . . . . . Exercise 1: Starting the Schematic Diagram Exercise 2: Continuing the Diagram . . . . . . 78 . .

you can extract the files again to reset the 1 . You must extract the project files in order to complete any part of this tutorial. if you are an experienced user. you learn how to start a drawing. You can complete the tutorial from beginning to end or. Using This Tutorial This tutorial is divided into lessons. You also learn how to work with projects and reference a floor plan drawing.Starting an Electrical Drawing 1 In this tutorial. These lessons also assume you are familiar with basic AutoCAD MEP features such as tool palettes. In the lessons in this chapter. you learn how to create part of an electrical system for a research laboratory. Drawings. you can proceed to a specific lesson. referred to as datasets. each of which addresses a particular task. see “Getting Started” in the AutoCAD MEP Help. If you are not familiar with basic AutoCAD functions and commands. the Properties palette. If you are not familiar with these features. and MEP snaps. Each lesson contains step-by-step exercises you can perform to achieve the goal of the lesson. The lessons in this tutorial are designed to build upon your knowledge of AutoCAD®. Extracting the Project Datasets You must extract the project files in order to complete any part of this tutorial. you learn the primary concepts of how to use AutoCAD MEP to draw electrical systems and produce construction documents. In the process. are included in the project files. If you edit any of the project files. see the AutoCAD® Help.

Verifying the Current Profile In order to complete the tutorial. Working with Metric Content This tutorial requires that the Global content pack be installed as part of the AutoCAD MEP installation for your workstation. metric templates. NOTE This tutorial references Windows XP file paths. If you run Windows Vista. in AutoCAD MEP click 2 | Chapter 1 Starting an Electrical Drawing . Locate the tutorial ZIP file for your language. you must have your current profile set to AutoCAD MEP (Global). Follow the steps in the corresponding readme.zip. they might be different. open your browser to the following URL: http://www. and an AutoCAD MEP (Global) user profile.autodesk. the lessons in this tutorial cover all of the same tasks necessary for you to complete designs and create construction documents using either metric or imperial units.txt file to download the ZIP file and extract its contents to your hard drive. the English language version of the tutorial files is english_tutorials_AutoCAD_MEP_2009. To extract the project datasets. You can search My Documents\Autodesk\MyProjects to see if the Research Laboratory dataset has already been extracted. for example. To check the profile setting. While you may be accustomed to using imperial units in your day-to-day work.com/autocadmep-tutorials. The Global content pack is made up of metric content.project to its original state.

rerun the installer. If AutoCAD MEP (Global) is not listed as a choice in the Options dialog. and click Change/Remove. If AutoCAD MEP (Global) is not the current profile. this means that the Global content pack was not installed when AutoCAD MEP was installed on your workstation. select it from the list. double-click the shortcut to launch AutoCAD MEP with the Global profile set as current. For more information. Using This Tutorial | 3 . The name of the current profile is indicated at the top of the Options dialog. To rerun the installer. If you installed a shortcut for the Global profile.Format menu ➤ Options. refer to the online AutoCAD MEP installation guides. and click Set Current. open the Add or Remove Programs dialog in the Control Panel. and select the Add or Remove Features option. To add the Global content pack to your AutoCAD MEP installation at any time.

For Project Name. click Project Browser Click File menu ➤ Project Browser. the new project is highlighted to indicate that it is the current project. 4 In the Add Project dialog: ■ ■ For Project Number. select Electrical. 5 Click OK. you use the Project Navigator to create directories for the AutoCAD MEP drawings. enter 1. 3 In the lower-left corner of the Project Browser. 2 Open the Project Browser using one of the following methods: ■ ■ On the Navigation toolbar. . Specify the current project 1 On the Workspaces toolbar.Lesson 1: Starting a Drawing In this lesson. enter Electrical Sample. you learn how to configure a project and use the Project Navigator to start a drawing. After you specify the current project. you specify a project using the Project Browser. Exercise 1: Specifying a Project First. You also learn how to reference a floor plan drawing in a current drawing. The right pane contains an HTML 4 | Chapter 1 Starting an Electrical Drawing . In the Project Browser. click New Project .

page. When you start AutoCAD MEP. The Project Browser is closed. To facilitate sharing project information. the current project is the last one specified before the software was closed. Exercise 1: Specifying a Project | 5 . Use the Project Navigator In the Project Navigator. but the project is still active until you change to another project. 6 Click Close. you can create and store HTML pages in the project location. the Project tab displays general project about the project.

and then use those floor assignments when creating view drawings. click in the field. 9 To edit values. click Add Level . and enter the desired value. 6 | Chapter 1 Starting an Electrical Drawing . You assign construct drawings to floors. click Edit Levels. such as floor elevation or height.7 To add a level. 8 In the Levels dialog. 10 Click OK.

you can create a view of an electrical plan for an entire floor. Sheets are construction documents or presentation documents that contain fully-annotated views and details. Because the views reference the constructs. and section/elevation views. and the sheets reference the views. Exercise 1: Specifying a Project | 7 . click Autohide. Views and sheets are updated automatically when you open them. ■ ■ 12 To minimize the Project Navigator automatically to make more room for drawing space. For example. For example. Views comprise one or more constructs that show a specific view of a building. which are used to manage different types of drawings: ■ Constructs are drawings that model a unique portion of a building system. you only need to modify the construct drawings. an electrical plan for one floor can be a construct. detail views. You create constructs of building plans. or when you manually regenerate a view. and then you reference them onto views and sheets to create construction documents. You can create general views. They are generally plotted or published to DWF™.11 Review the other tabs on the Project Navigator.

Template files are specified in the project settings. To open it. In this exercise. 15 Change the name of the new category to Electrical. click Edit Project. you learned how to create a project and use the Project Navigator to specify floor levels. move the cursor over the title bar. the Project Navigator minimizes so that just the title bar is visible. and display settings. 2 In the Current Project heading. Create an electrical constructs directory 13 Click the Constructs tab. object style definitions. View the default template for the project 1 In the Project Navigator. right-click. system definitions. Exercise 2: Creating a Drawing Based on a Template A drawing template contains information such as layer key styles. 14 Select the Constructs directory. You also created a new construct category. 8 | Chapter 1 Starting an Electrical Drawing . click the Project tab.When you move the cursor off the Project Navigator. and select New ➤ Category.

select Electrical. This is the default template specified in the project settings. and select New ➤ Construct. 9 In the Add Construct dialog. Exercise 2: Creating a Drawing Based on a Template | 9 . expand Templates. 10 Move the cursor over the Drawing Template field to view the full file path. This is the default template you use when starting a new construct drawing. A tooltip displays the complete file path. 7 Under Constructs. and enter Electrical Sample. 8 Right-click. Create a new construct drawing 6 In the Project Navigator. 5 Click Cancel. click the Constructs tab. click in the field for Name. 4 Move the cursor over the field next to Common Model/View Template.3 In the Project Properties dialog.

When you create a new construct drawing. 10 | Chapter 1 Starting an Electrical Drawing .11 Select Level 0 to assign the construct to the ground floor. Open the drawing. it is not automatically opened in the software. In this exercise. you can also add an existing drawing to a project. TIP In addition to creating a new drawing from the Constructs tab. you learned how to use a template to create a new construct drawing. 12 Click OK. and click Save Current Dwg as Construct. right-click the construct category where you want to place it. You can open a new drawing from the Project Navigator by double-clicking the drawing name. The new construct drawing is added to the Electrical category under Constructs.

you view layer key settings for objects. click Global .Exercise 3:Viewing Configuration Settings In the Project Navigator. expand Electrical.Descriptive (256 Colors) (MEP). click the Keys tab. The layer specified is E-ElectLightClg-G. View layer key settings 3 Click Format menu ➤ Layer Management ➤ Layer Key Styles. such as preferences and system definitions. elevations. 4 In the left pane of Style Manager. Open a new construct drawing 1 In the Project Navigator. on the Constructs tab. and templates. 2 Double-click Electrical Sample to open it. 6 Scroll to the layer key LIGHTS. Next. You do not need to create layers as you draw. you viewed project settings such as building levels. In this exercise. 5 In the right pane. you view other important configuration settings. Layer keys are used to add layers automatically as you draw electrical systems. These settings control how your electrical systems look and function in the drawing. Exercise 3:Viewing Configuration Settings | 11 .

When you assign a system to a component. View system definitions 8 Click Electrical menu ➤ Electrical Settings ➤ Electrical System Definitions. descriptive layer standard. 12 Click the Display Properties tab. ElectLightClg indicates the part. You specify the 230V Lighting Devices (Ceiling) system for each component. This tab specifies the rise and drop style to use to display vertical directions in the system. such as color and linetype. 9 In the left pane of Style Manager.The template you specified for this drawing. 12 | Chapter 1 Starting an Electrical Drawing . Layer keys are configured for parts and systems. click the Design Rules tab. and G indicates the data type is graphics. you view system definitions. TIP Layer keying allows you to efficiently manage layers in your drawing. and the last part indicates the data type. When you add a part. the element is described rather than assigned a code. These settings control the appearance and function of parts in a system. the first part of the layer name indicates the discipline. switches. 10 In the right pane. uses a layer key system based on a custom. 7 Click Cancel. 11 Click the Rise and Drop tab. Because the layer standard is descriptive. this setting determines its layer and other layer settings. For example. Aecb Model (Global). you specify a system for it before placing it in the drawing. Using that layer standard. or use filters to turn off specific objects on the layer. the second part indicates the element. For example. the E indicates electrical. you draw an electrical lighting system that consists of lights. Next. For the E-ElectLightClg-G layer name. The lights are automatically placed on the E-ElectLightClg-G layer. and wires. The layer on which the part is placed is based on the layer keys for the part type and system definition. where ElectLightClg indicates the ceiling light system. click 230V Lighting. you can use filters in the Layer Manager to turn off a layer for a specific system. Note the layer key.

Next.This tab specifies general display settings for the system components. you can turn off contour lines for conduit. 20 Click the Circuiting tab. 21 Click Cancel. This tab contains the voltage settings for 1-pole. View electrical preferences 18 Click Electrical menu ➤ Electrical Settings ➤ Electrical Preferences. View cable tray and conduit preferences 22 Click Electrical menu ➤ Cable Trays ➤ Preferences. For example. Demand factors are assigned to load categories and load categores are assigned to device connectors. or add a hatching pattern to visually enhance a particular conduit in the drawing. You can also specify the ambient temperature to use for wire size calculations. View load category definitions 14 Click Electrical menu ➤ Electrical Settings ➤ Load Category Definitions. Exercise 3:Viewing Configuration Settings | 13 . The estimated demand load is displayed in the Circuit manager and in the Panel Schedule. 2-pole. 13 Click Cancel. 16 In the right pane. 23 Click the Routing tab.Dwelling Units. 15 In the left pane of Style Manager. 19 Click the Voltage Definitions tab. click Lighting . The estimated load for a device is calculated by using the load and the value for the demand factor. The last settings you view are for cable tray and conduit. You can use it to override the display properties for objects. Next. 17 Click Cancel. and 3-pole systems. you view electrical settings that are applied to all electrical systems as you draw them. This tab specifies settings for circuit naming and load checking. you view load category definitions. click the Demand Factor tab.

to cable tray segments as you draw them. Exercise 4: Inserting a Referenced Drawing In this exercise. You can change these default parts at any time. browse to My Documents\Autodesk\My Projects\Research Laboratory\Constructs\Architecture\Floor Plans. 3 In the Select Reference File dialog. 25 Click the Parts tab. 27 Click Cancel. These settings control how new cable tray runs connect with existing cable tray objects. if you specify a right angle in your layout geometry. Add a referenced drawing 1 Verify that Electrical Sample is the current drawing. such as size. 24 Click the Annotations tab. and click Cancel. 29 Review the layout preferences for conduit. 14 | Chapter 1 Starting an Electrical Drawing . the elbow is automatically converted into a tee. you insert a floor plan as a referenced drawing. These settings are important because they specify which parts are automatically inserted during layout. If not. For example. these settings control layout behavior.When you draw cable tray runs. You can use these settings to automatically add labels. 2 Click Insert menu ➤ DWG Reference. You can specify any part that is included in the current cable tray parts catalog. double-click it on the Constructs tab of Project Navigator. 28 Click Electrical menu ➤ Conduits ➤ Preferences. For example. 26 Click the Connections tab. if you connect a new run to an existing elbow. The conduit layout preferences are very similar to those for cable tray. the elbow specified here is inserted into your cable tray run. Referenced drawings are also referred to as xrefs (or external references) in the software.

■ 6 Click OK. TIP If offices in different locations are working on the same project. For Path type. and Z are 0.The Windows default location for My Documents is C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\My Documents. click Zoom Extents . 5 In the External Reference dialog. 4 Select 2nd Floor. and click Open. and verify that X. click Overlay. 7 On the Navigation toolbar. Exercise 4: Inserting a Referenced Drawing | 15 . clear Specify Onscreen. specify the following settings: ■ ■ For Reference Type. select Full path. Y. you might want to specify Relative path for Path type. For Insertion point.

Its elevation (Z coordinate value) is also updated to a value relative to the host drawing.0 for the X. As you develop construct drawings based on this floor plan. When you add an xref drawing. it is attached instead of overlaid. overlays are recommended. you add all of the reference drawing data to the current drawing. The floor plan is highlighted. However. An overlay does not add its drawing data to the current drawing. and it is determined using the elevations of the levels to which the 2 drawings are assigned.The floor plan displays in the drawing window. It is recommended that you use 0. you can attach it or overlay it. NOTE When you are working with a Drawing Management project.0. Clip the referenced drawing In the next lesson. For construct drawings.Y coordinates of 0. 16 | Chapter 1 Starting an Electrical Drawing . it is recommended that you attach xrefs if you want the reference drawing geometry to display on the sheet. and placed at the X. you add lighting systems to the west side of the building. 8 Select the floor plan by moving the cursor over any linework. This makes it easier to work on this specific portion of the building.0. This maintains accurate locations for each subsequent system designed for the floor plan. When you add an xref by dragging it from the Project Navigator onto a drawing. you can add them as xrefs in views and in other constructs by inserting them at 0. for view drawings. If you attach a drawing as an xref. You will now clip the referenced drawing to display only the west side in the drawing.0. add an xref by dragging it from the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator onto the current drawing.Y. Z insertion coordinates.0. and clicking. thus it can help minimize file sizes. referenced using its full file path. Xrefs that are not added in this way are lost when the project is refreshed. All of the architectural elements in the xref floor plan drawing are automatically screened as gray.

14 On the Navigation toolbar. 11 Enter r to define a rectangular boundary. You also added a reference to an architectural floor plan drawing. and you clipped it so that you could focus on the portion of the drawing in which you will be working. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. you add an electrical panel to the floor plan. and select Clip Xref. Exercise 4: Inserting a Referenced Drawing | 17 .9 Right-click. In this lesson. 13 Move the cursor to the second point as shown. Next. The west side of the floor plan is visible. click Zoom Extents . 10 On the command line. you created a new drawing based on a template. and click to specify the opposite corner. 12 Click outside the lower-left corner of the building to specify the first point of the rectangular boundary. You also viewed electrical settings that affect the construction and the appearance of the electrical systems. 15 Close the current drawing. and the east side has been clipped from view. enter n for New boundary. and you draw a lighting plan.

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verify that Electrical is the current workspace. This drawing is to be used as the project database. you add a panel to a drawing. You can assign multiple drawings to a single project database drawing. You create a panel. and you learn how to add wire runs. and junction boxes. you learn how to create a lighting plan using AutoCAD MEP. Exercise 1:Adding Panels and Circuits In this exercise. and configure a project database that can be used to manage circuits for multiple drawings. You also learn different ways to tag lights for scheduling. 19 . you learn how to add devices such as lights. and the Electrical tool palettes group is opened. switches. and you configure circuits for the panel. You use Circuit Manager to calculate wire sizes.Drawing a Lighting Plan 2 In the lessons in this chapter. Lesson 2: Lighting for Lab 247 In this lesson. Specify the tutorial project 1 On the Workspaces toolbar. the Electrical menu is available on the menu bar. The project database controls the circuit configuration for a project. When the Electrical workspace is active.

20 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . it might not have been extracted. See Extracting the Project Datasets on page 1. click Yes. double-click Research Laboratory to specify it as the current project. 3 In the Project Browser. click Project Browser Click File menu ➤ Project Browser. The Windows default location for My Documents is C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\My Documents. If you are prompted to re-path the project files. If the tutorial project is not in this location. 4 Click Close. 7 Double-click Electrical_L02_E01 to open the construct drawing. Open the dataset drawing 5 In the Project Navigator. .2 Open the Project Browser using one of the following methods: ■ ■ On the Navigation toolbar. and expand Lesson 2. browse to My Documents\Autodesk\My Projects. click Zoom Extents . 6 Expand Electrical. click the Constructs tab. 8 On the Navigation toolbar. If the Research Laboratory tutorial is not displayed.

and select Nearest. Object 10 Right-click Object Snap. click the Object Snap tab.Add a panel 9 On the application status bar. . 11 In the Drafting Settings dialog. 12 Click Clears all object snaps in the group. and click Settings. 13 Click OK. and Dynamic Input . select Ortho Mode Snap . Exercise 1:Adding Panels and Circuits | 21 .

22 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . 16 Click the Surface Mounted tool. You can use these features while a command is active. 17 On the Design tab of the Properties palette. NOTE An efficient way to pan and zoom in a drawing is to use the scroll wheel on the mouse. 15 On the Electrical tool palettes group. hold it down and drag to pan. select Surface 1. specify the following settings for the HP1 panel: ■ Expand General. open the Panel tool palette. Turn the wheel to zoom in or out. and for Style.14 Pan and zoom to Utility Room 225. or double-click it to zoom extents.

select Yes. enter 1. Exercise 1:Adding Panels and Circuits | 23 . enter 100. For Voltage phase-to-phase. enter 240. and for System. and for Name. Expand Advanced. enter 230. Expand Design Data. 19 For Create Circuits. For Phases. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 18 On the Properties palette. For Rating.■ ■ ■ Expand Location. and for Align to objects. and click Circuit Settings directly beneath it. specify Yes. For Elevation. enter 1000. expand Advanced ➤ Circuits. enter HP1. For Voltage phase-to-neutral. 230V Lighting (230V LIGHTING).

For System. 230V Lighting. For Number of 1-pole circuits. enter 2. specify the following settings: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ For System Type. For Number of 3-pole circuits. enter 0. select Power and Lighting. 21 Click OK. enter 2.20 In the Circuit Settings dialog. enter 0. For Number of 2-pole circuits. enter 230. For Total number of slots. 24 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . For Voltage (for 1-pole circuits).

and press Enter.22 Move the cursor to the wall as shown. click Create a new EPD file. 27 Click the top middle grip as shown. and click the Nearest snap to snap to the nearest drawing geometry. 24 For filename. and click the Show all insertion points grip. Exercise 1:Adding Panels and Circuits | 25 . The panel automatically aligns to the wall. you learn how to move the panel along the wall to refine its location. 26 Select the panel. The panel is moved 600 mm to the left. enter Sample and click Save. and move the panel directly to the left along the wall. 23 When prompted to create a new or open an existing electical project database file. 25 Press Enter to end the command. 28 Enter 600. The Nearest snap should be active. Next. which in this case is the wall.

You can add more circuits to a panel at anytime using Circuit Manager. objects snaps. and dynamic dimensioning input to place panels precisely. 26 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . expand HP1 (Current Drawing). Note the 2 circuits created when you added the panel. and expand Power and Lighting. 31 In the left pane of Circuit Manager.29 Press Esc to deselect the panel. Configure circuits Next. you configure 3 circuits for the lighting plan. TIP You can use the insertion points on the panel. 30 Click Electrical menu ➤ Circuits ➤ Circuit Manager.

you will be able to share circuit information across all project drawings. 2 In the Electrical Preferences dialog. and click Open. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. double-click in the Description field. 34 On the File menu. 4 Browse to My Documents\Autodesk\My Projects\Research Laboratory\Constructs\Electrical\EPDs. Exercise 2:Adding Lights | 27 . and enter Lab 247 Fluorescent.epd. and click No when prompted to save the drawing.) L02_E02_EPD is specified for Project Database. click Close. click Open. In this exercise. By using the project database. click the Electrical Project Database tab. 33 Repeat the previous step for circuit 2. You reference the project database drawing that contains the panel and circuits. Specify a project database 1 Click Electrical menu ➤ Electrical Settings ➤ Electrical Preferences. double-click Electrical_L02_E02 under Constructs ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 2.32 For circuit 1. Exercise 2:Adding Lights In this exercise. to enter Lab Support Fluorescent for the description. (This drawing is the same as the one created in the first exercise. 3 For Project Database. 5 Select L02_E02_EPD. you learned how to add panels and configure circuits. you add lights to Lab 247.

Configuring a device style to include a load alleviates the need to enter a load each time you add a device. 12 For Style. select <Current Drawing>. 11 On the Properties palette. 7 Click OK. you enter the command instead of using a tool because you will select a device style stored in the drawing that is not used by any of the tools. select Ortho Mode 10 Enter deviceadd. NOTE You can also start the DEVICEADD command by selecting a preconfigured device tool on one of the tool palettes. In this case. The device style (Type C Pendant Fluorescent) is configured with a load of 96 VA per fixture. ■ . 28 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . Add a pendant fluorescent light 8 Pan and zoom to the right side of Lab 247.6 Select Use Relative Path. 9 On the application status bar. click the Design tab. click the style name. In the Select a style dialog. for Drawing file.

13 Expand Layout. and for Align to objects. Exercise 2:Adding Lights | 29 . and for Layout method. 15 For Elevation. ■ Click OK. 14 Expand Location. enter 3500. select No.■ Select Type C Pendant Fluorescent. select One by one.

16 Expand Advanced. select 230V Lighting (230V LIGHTING). 30 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . and for System.

18 Move the cursor to rotate the light as shown.17 In the drawing. and click to insert the light. specify the insertion point in the approximate location shown. Exercise 2:Adding Lights | 31 .

22 Specify the insertion point for the tag as shown. click OK. 24 Press Enter to end the command.19 Press Enter to end the command. and select the Light ID tool. 23 In the Edit Property Set Data dialog. 25 Select the light. 32 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . Add a tag to the light 20 On the Annotation tool palette. 21 Select the light.

For Row Offset. 29 In the Array dialog. expand Advanced ➤ Design Data.26 On the Properties palette. For Rows. For Columns. 30 Click Preview. Exercise 2:Adding Lights | 33 . enter 2. enter C. 28 Right-click. enter -2400. For Column Offset. and for ID. specify the following settings: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Select Rectangular Array. enter -1200. and click Basic Modify Tools ➤ Array. Array the light 27 Select the light and its tag. enter 2.

displays as scaled to its actual dimensions. select any junction box tool. click the Design tab. select <Current Drawing>. for Drawing file. Select Round Plain Junction Box. 34 For Style. and right-click to accept. Add a junction box 32 On the Power-Lighting Device tool palette. They display symbolically and connect to wires. Click OK. and connects to conduit. 34 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan .31 Preview the array. The equipment junction box is an MvPart. ■ In the Select a style dialog. click the style name. 33 On the Properties palette. ■ ■ NOTE The style-based junction boxes available on the worksheet (and on the Power-Lighting Device tool palette) are different than the junction box available on the Equipment tool palette.

Exercise 2:Adding Lights | 35 . 36 Specify the insertion point approximately in the center of the light cluster as shown. specify the settings as shown.35 On the Properties palette.

scroll to the AutoCAD MEP settings. Wire the junction box to the lights 38 On the application status bar. and press Enter twice. and click Settings. deselect Ortho Mode 39 Right-click Object Snap . 40 In the Drafting Settings dialog. 36 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . enter 0 for rotation.37 On the command line. .

specify the settings as shown: ■ ■ Expand General. 43 On the Properties palette. Expand Location.41 Verify that Electrical Curve and Electrical Connector are selected. select PVC Multi. and for Segment. select Arc. and for Style. Exercise 2:Adding Lights | 37 . 42 Enter wireadd. and click OK.

44 Move the cursor over the junction box. 230V Lighting Wiring (230V Lighting). and click on the electrical end connector. 38 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . and for System.■ Expand System.

Exercise 2:Adding Lights | 39 . NOTE If the wires are not drawn exactly as shown (and they cross instead). 46 With the command still active. you can select them one by one and modify the layout of each using the Location grips. press Enter twice to end the command and not add a home run wire. 47 Repeat the 3 previous steps to add wires from the junction box to the other lights. 48 After you add the last wire.45 Click the electrical end connector on the light to specify the endpoint for the wire. enter n for new run.

Assign the lights to a circuit 49 Select a light, right-click, and click Select Similar. All lights are selected.

50 On the Properties palette, under Advanced ➤ Circuits, click Electrical Properties.

51 In the Electrical Properties dialog, under Connector Properties, for Show circuits from panel, select HP1 (L02_E02_EPD) from the drop-down list. 52 For Circuit, select 1 from the drop-down list, and click OK. The 4 lights are assigned to circuit 1. Add an array of the lights to the rest of the room 53 Select the lights, tags, junction box, and wires. 54 Right-click, and click Basic Modify Tools ➤ Array.

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55 In the Array dialog, specify the settings as shown.

56 Preview the array, and right-click to accept.

NOTE If you want to refine the location of the lights relative to the floor plan, you can select all of the lights, click Basic Modify Tools ➤ Move, and move the lights. Check circuit loads 57 Click Electrical menu ➤ Circuits ➤ Circuit Manager. 58 Under HP1, select Power and Lighting.

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Note that circuit 1 shows the total load for the circuit.

59 On the File menu, click Close, and click No when prompted to save the drawing. In this exercise, you added lights, tags, junction boxes, and wires.

Exercise 3: Finishing the Lab 247 Lighting
In this exercise, you finish the lighting plan for Lab 247. You add switches and add labels to the home run wires. You also check connectivity. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator, double-click Electrical_L02_E03 under Constructs ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 2. Add switches 1 On the application status bar, right-click Object Snap click Settings. 2 In the Drafting Settings dialog, click the Object Snap tab. 3 Select Nearest, and click OK. 4 On the application status bar, select Ortho Mode Snap . and Object , and

5 On the Power-Lighting Device tool palette, select the Switches Single Pole Switch tool.

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enter 900. Exercise 3: Finishing the Lab 247 Lighting | 43 . and for Insert tag.6 On the Design tab of the Properties palette. Expand Tag. specify the settings as shown: ■ ■ Expand Location. select *NONE*. and for Elevation.

9 Press Enter to end the command. and click Add Selected. 44 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . and click to place it. 11 Select a wire between one of the junction boxes and a pendant light. Use the Nearest snap to place the switch on the wall. The Properties palette is now configured for the same system and style as the selected wire. right-click. Finish the wiring 10 Deselect ORTHO.7 Specify the insertion point for the switch as shown. 8 Rotate the switch as shown.

press Enter to add a home run. Click the electrical snap on the junction box to complete the wire segment. right-click. and click Add Selected. and specify the endpoint for the home run. Exercise 3: Finishing the Lab 247 Lighting | 45 . 16 Use electrical snaps to draw a wire from the switch to the junction box as shown.12 Starting on the left side. 15 Select a wire. 14 Zoom in to the area of the switch. 13 After you select the last junction box. add wire to connect the junction boxes as shown.

Next. 46 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . Add home run tags 18 On the Annotation tool palette.17 Press Enter twice. The lighting plan for Lab 247 is complete. click OK. you check connectivity in the systems. Press Enter to end the command. 20 In the Edit Property Set Data dialog. and specify an insertion point for the label. 19 Select the home run on the pendant lights. select the Home Run Label tool. 21 Select a wire or device in the pendant light system.

right-click. you finished the lighting plan by adding wires. and since they typically do not contribute a load to the circuit. 26 On the File menu. including the wiring. 24 Select the part again. home run labels. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. such as power and lighting. 23 Press Esc to deselect the objects. Exercise 3: Finishing the Lab 247 Lighting | 47 . The junction boxes and switches are configured with the general system type. This time the entire system is highlighted. 25 Press Enter. These devices are all assigned to the same circuit. In this exercise. click Close. Note that all of the lights are highlighted.22 Right-click. Devices of the general system type can connect with other system types. and click Connected Objects ➤ Show Circuited Objects. and click Connected Objects ➤ Show Connected Run. they do not need to be assigned to a circuit. and switches.

select Object Snap 4 Right-click Object Snap. 3 On the application status bar. Set up the drawing 1 On the application status bar. a completed drawing named Completed_Lab_Lighting is included in the Constructs\Electrical\Lesson 2 directory.For reference.Lighting. you continue developing the lighting plan by adding lights to the lab support areas. 2 Pan and zoom to Lab Support 221. change the current display configuration to Electrical . double-click Electrical_L03_E01 under Constructs ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 3. 5 In the Drafting Settings dialog. and click Settings. click the Object Snap tab. 48 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . Lesson 3: Lighting for Lab Support In this lesson. you add recessed fluorescent lights to a ceiling grid. Exercise 1:Adding Lights In this exercise. . Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator.

and select Node and Nearest.6 Click Clears all object snaps in the group. Exercise 1:Adding Lights | 49 . 7 Click OK.

for Drawing file. specify the following settings: ■ ■ Expand Layout. ■ ■ 12 On the Properties palette. select <Current Drawing>. and for Layout method. Select Type A Recessed Fluorescent. 10 On the Properties palette. click the Design tab. 11 For Style. select One by one. click the style name. ■ In the Select a style dialog. and for Align to objects. Expand Location. 9 Enter deviceadd. 50 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . select No. Click OK. turn off the room labels layer: 2nd Floor|I-Area-Labl.8 In order to improve visibility and object snapping while placing devices in the ceiling grid.

16 Place the first light in the location shown. and for System. For Circuit. 15 Click OK.■ Expand System. select HP1. the light inherits the elevation of the ceiling grid. and click the Node snap. Do not change the value for Elevation. 13 Click Electrical Properties. select circuit 2. 14 In the Electrical Properties dialog: ■ ■ For Show circuits from panel. select 230V Lighting (230V LIGHTING). Exercise 1:Adding Lights | 51 .

select the Light ID tool. and click to place the light. 52 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . and press Enter to end the command.17 Move the cursor as shown to rotate the light 270 degrees. Add tags to the lights 19 On the Annotation tool palette. 18 Add lights in the locations shown.

and use the Quick Select dialog to filter the selection set to include only the tags. TIP If you need to make a minor adjustment to the location of the tags. untagged lights. click OK. expand Advanced ➤ Design Data. 23 In the Edit Property Set Data dialog. you can create a selection set that includes the lights and the tags. enter A. then click Quick Select on the Properties palette. 24 Select all of the lights and tags. 22 Enter m (Multiple).20 Select one of the lights. Exercise 1:Adding Lights | 53 . and press Enter. 21 In the Edit Property Set Data dialog. click OK. 25 On the Properties palette. and for ID. and then select all of the remaining. Press Enter to end the command. You can then move the tags using the MOVE command. and then specify the location of the tag as shown.

double-click Electrical_L03_E02 under Constructs ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 3. 1 Select the light as shown. ■ In the Select a style dialog. click the style name. Exercise 2:Adding Emergency Lighting In this exercise. 54 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . click the Design tab. 27 Close the drawing without saving it. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. In this exercise. you added lights to a ceiling grid. for Drawing file. 3 For Style. you convert recessed lights to emergency lights.26 Press Esc to deselect the lights and tags. 2 On the Properties palette. select <Current Drawing>.

4 Press Esc to deselect the light.■ Select Type A Emergency. ■ Click OK. The light is changed to an emergency light. Exercise 2:Adding Emergency Lighting | 55 .

6 Select both emergency lights. and now they are circuited even though they are not yet wired. and click Connected Objects ➤ Show Circuited Objects. 7 On the Design tab of the Properties palette.5 Use the previous steps to convert another light in the location shown. click Close. In this exercise. 8 Press Esc to deselect the lights. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. you add junction boxes and switches to the lab support rooms. enter A1. you assigned the lights to a circuit on the Properties palette. 56 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . 10 Right-click. for ID. 11 On the File menu. You do not have to connect a device with wire in order for it to be considered circuited. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. Exercise 3:Adding Junction Boxes and Switches In this exercise. Note that all of the lights are highlighted. double-click Electrical_L03_E03 under Constructs ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 3. 9 Select one of the regular or emergency fluorescent lights in the Lab Support areas.

4 On the Properties palette.1 Change the display configuration to Electrical to turn off the ceiling grid. enter deviceadd. select Object Snap Tracking 3 On the command line. select <Current Drawing>. ■ ■ 6 On the Design tab of the Properties palette. ■ . Expand Tag. 5 For Style. and use object tracking to align the junction boxes with each other. Exercise 3:Adding Junction Boxes and Switches | 57 . 2 On the application status bar. Press Enter to end the command. 7 Add 8 junction boxes to the locations shown. Click OK. select *NONE*. click the Design tab. Specify 0 for Rotation after you place each junction box. select the Switches Single Pole Switch tool. In the Select a style dialog. Select Round Plain Junction Box. select No. specify the following settings: ■ ■ Expand Location. click the style name. and for Align to objects. 8 On the Power-Lighting Device tool palette. and for Insert tag. for Drawing file.

9 Add switches at each doorway as shown. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. 58 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . 10 Close the drawing without saving.230V Lighting Wiring tool. In this exercise. 1 On the Wire tool palette. select the Wire by System . you complete the lab support lighting by adding wiring. double-click Electrical_L03_E04 under Constructs ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 3. Exercise 4:Wiring Lab Support Lighting In this exercise. you added junction boxes and switches.

After you specify the first point of a wire segment. remember to enter n when you want to start a new run without closing the command. When drawing runs. This enables you to route wire around drawing objects. you can click an intermediate point for arcs. Exercise 4:Wiring Lab Support Lighting | 59 .2 On the Design tab of the Properties palette. specify the settings as shown: 3 Add wire runs to connect the lights to the junction boxes and the switches as shown.

8 On the Circuit Manager. click Calculate Wires .You can also change the segment to Spline to draw wires requiring more complex layouts. select Power and Lighting. select circuit 1. 9 In the Calculate Wire Sizes dialog. After you add wires. 60 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . 6 In the left pane. and adjust the column widths to view the wire size calculations for circuit 1. 7 In the right pane. 11 Repeat the 4 previous steps to calculate wire sizes for the other circuit. 4 Use the Home Run Label on the Annotation tool palette to add a home run label as shown in the previous image. and click OK. you can modify their placement by selecting a wire segment and moving its Location grips. 10 Scroll to the right. under HP1. and click OK. Lab 247 Fluorescent. Calculate wire sizes in Circuit Manager 5 Click Electrical menu ➤ Circuits ➤ Circuit Manager. select Change All.

and click Annotative Object Scale ➤ Add/Delete Scales. Exercise 4:Wiring Lab Support Lighting | 61 . note that the tag (like all of the other tags in the drawing) supports only the 1:100 scale representation. 14 On the drawing window status bar. not as (gray). 13 In the Annotation Object Scale dialog.Add an annotation scale to the tags 12 Select any tag. the icon displays as (colored). verify that the setting to Automatically add scales to annotative objects when the annotation scale changes is enabled. Click OK. right-click. When the setting is enabled.

62 | Chapter 2 Drawing a Lighting Plan . and click Annotative Object Scale ➤ Add/Delete Scales. 18 Change the annotation scale back to 1:100.15 On the drawing window status bar. and select 1:25 from the list. 16 Select any tag. click the current annotation scale. 17 Note that the tag (and all of the other tags in the drawing) now supports both the 1:100 and 1:25 scale representations. right-click.

Completed_Lighting_Plan.19 Close the drawing without saving. The file. Exercise 4:Wiring Lab Support Lighting | 63 . is located in the Constructs\Electrical\Lesson 3 directory. a completed drawing is included with the project dataset. For reference.

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you place receptacles in a room using a layout method that enables you to generate receptacles with a set distance between each one. double-click Electrical_L04_E01 under Constructs ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 4. You learn how to place receptacles using automatic and manual methods. Lesson 4: Drawing a Power Plan In this lesson. you learn how to use AutoCAD MEP to create a power plan and a power distribution diagram. Exercise 1: Generating Receptacles in a Room In this exercise. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. and you also learn how to move devices using Location grips and automatic alignment.Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram 3 In the lessons in this chapter. and move devices from one circuit to another to prevent an overload condition. you learn how to use features to create power plans. You also check circuit loads. Turn on overload checking 1 Click Electrical menu ➤ Electrical Settings ➤ Electrical Preferences. 65 .

click the Circuiting tab. 66 | Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram .2 In the Electrical Preferences dialog. For Associative. Generate a space 5 On the application status bar. For Create type. 7 On the Power-Lighting Devices tool palette. select the Space tool. select Generate. specify the following settings: ■ ■ . select Object Snap 6 Zoom in to Common Space 224. select Yes. 3 Under Overload. verify that Check Overload when circuiting and Display Overload in Circuit Manager are both selected. 4 Click OK. 8 On the Properties palette.

Click OK. spaces are used solely to place devices. For electrical drawings. click the Design tab. Select Duplex Receptacle.9 Move the cursor inside Common Space 224. Generate receptacles 12 Enter deviceadd. 11 Select the Space label. 10 Press Enter to end the command. and press Delete to delete it. for Drawing file. It displays as a line around the room perimeter. ■ In the Select a style dialog. The space is added to the room. click the style name. 14 For Style. ■ ■ Exercise 1: Generating Receptacles in a Room | 67 . and it is on a non-plotting layer. 13 On the Properties palette. select <Current Drawing>. and click.

click the Electrical Properties icon. Expand Location. select *NONE*. and for Elevation. select 230V Power (230V POWER). Expand Tag. ■ ■ ■ ■ 16 Under Circuits.15 On the Properties palette. specify the following settings: ■ Expand Layout. Expand System. and for Layout method. select Distance around space. and for System. and for Insert tag. For Distance between. This will place devices at a specific distance interval around the room. enter 1800. enter 450. 68 | Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram .

18 Click OK.17 In the Electrical Properties dialog. select LP1 for Show circuits from panel. Exercise 1: Generating Receptacles in a Room | 69 . and select circuit 1 for Circuit.

Note how a preview of the device layout is displayed. 21 When prompted with the overload warning. and press Delete to delete them. 23 Select the receptacles as shown.19 Move the cursor to the space outline. click Yes. 20 Click to place the devices in the approximate location shown in the previous image. 70 | Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram . 22 Press Enter to end the add devices command.

Move devices to another circuit 26 Select the receptacles on the bottom wall and the left wall of Common Space 224. 28 In the Electrical Properties dialog.Check the circuit loads 24 Click Electrical menu ➤ Circuits ➤ Circuit Manager. Exercise 1: Generating Receptacles in a Room | 71 . specify circuit 2 for Circuit. 27 On the Design tab of the Properties palette. select Power and Lighting. 25 Under LP1. under Advanced ➤ Circuits. Note how circuit 1 is highlighted in red to display an overload condition. click the Electrical Properties icon. and click OK.

Manually insert a device 1 On the application status bar. 72 | Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram . 3 In the Drafting Settings dialog. you learned how to use a spaces to layout receptacles in a room. In this exercise. . click the Object Snap tab. and click Settings. select Power and Lighting. you manually place devices.29 Press Esc to deselect the receptacles. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. You also use grips and auto-alignment to move the devices in a room. You also used circuit features to check for overloads. and note the new loads on circuits 1 and 2. Note how the overload condition has been removed. Exercise 2: Manually Placing Receptacles In this exercise. 30 Under LP1. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. and you fixed an overload condition by moving some devices to another circuit. select Object Snap 2 Right-click Object Snap. double-click Electrical_L04_E02 under Construct ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 4. 31 Click File ➤ Close.

click the Design tab. 10 Click the Electrical Properties icon. enter deviceadd. select LP1 for Show circuits from panel. Select Duplex Receptacle. 8 For Style. select Yes. 7 On the Properties palette. and click OK. 6 On the command line. ■ ■ 9 On the Properties palette. select One by one. Click OK. 5 Click OK.4 Click Clears all object snaps in the group. select circuit 2 for Circuit. Exercise 2: Manually Placing Receptacles | 73 . and for Layout method. select <Current Drawing>. click the style name. and for Align to objects. for Drawing file. and select Nearest. ■ In the Select a style dialog. 11 In the Electrical Properties dialog. specify the following setting: ■ ■ Expand Layout. Expand Location.

Zoom in or out as necessary to align the receptacle along the wall in the desired direction. 15 Press and hold Ctrl. the device will automatically align to the object to which you snap. Copy the receptacle to another wall 14 Select the receptacle. and click the Show all insertion points grip. 13 Press Enter to end the command. Because you selected Yes for Align to objects on the Properties palette. 74 | Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram .12 In the drawing. place the receptacle on the bottom wall of Common Space 223 as shown. and select the bottom-center insertion point as shown.

move the receptacle to the left wall to display a Nearest snap as shown. In this exercise. you learned how to manually place devices. 18 Press Enter to end the command. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. You used auto-alignment to automatically orient devices along wall surfaces. Dataset Exercise 3: Customizing a Device Style | 75 . 17 Zoom in or out as necessary to orient the receptacle in the room. and press Esc to deselect the receptacle. You also learned how to use insertion point grips to move and copy devices. you create a custom device style to configure a circuit load for a device. Note how the receptacle automatically aligns to the wall surface. 19 Click File ➤ Close. Exercise 3: Customizing a Device Style In this exercise. and click the Nearest snap to place a copy of the receptacle.16 While still holding down the Ctrl key. You create a junction box style for junction boxes that service variable air volume (VAV) boxes.

For Load Phase 1. Creating a custom style 1 Click Electrical menu ➤ Devices ➤ Styles. 5 In the right pane. 4 Select Square Junction Box (2). 2 In the left pane of the Style Manager.On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. and click Copy. enter VAV Square Junction Box. select Power and Lighting. and for Prevent Override. select Yes. 8 Specify the following settings: ■ ■ For System Type. 6 For Name. enter 2500 VA. 11 On the Properties palette. and click Paste. double-click Electrical_L04_E03 under Constructs ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 4. 76 | Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram . click the Design tab. Add the junction box to the drawing 10 Enter deviceadd. right-click Square Junction Box. 9 Click OK. click the General tab. 7 Click the Connectors tab. 3 Right-click Device Styles.

select <Current Drawing>. Exercise 3: Customizing a Device Style | 77 . Click OK. Note how the load you configured for the VAV junction box device style is applied to circuit 3. 15 Place the junction box approximately in the middle of Common Space 224 as shown. 17 Click File ➤ Close. a completed drawing named Completed_Power_Plan is included in the Constructs\Electrical\Lesson 4 directory. ■ ■ 13 Expand Layout. 14 Use the Electrical Properties worksheet to assign the junction box to circuit 3 of panel LP1. you learned how to work with devices to create a power plan. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. In this exercise. click the style name. you learned how to create a custom device style. For reference. You specified this style for the device when you added it to the drawing. and press Enter to end the command. ■ In the Select a style dialog. select One by one. for Drawing file. and for Layout method. 16 Use the Circuit Manager to view the circuit loads for the devices in this power plan. Select VAV Square Junction Box. In this lesson.12 For Style.

Exercise 1: Starting the Schematic Diagram In this exercise. select <Current Drawing>. You add the main utility transformer. ■ . Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator. for Drawing file. In the Select a style dialog. 4 On the Properties palette. and press Enter twice to end the command. enter 0 for Rotation. click the Design tab. 78 | Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram . select Ortho Mode 3 Enter symboladd. double-click Electrical_L05_E01 under Constructs ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 5. 1 Select Schematic on the Workspaces toolbar. select E-400V Power for System. Select Transformer Electrical. ■ ■ 6 On the Properties palette. 2 On the application status bar. and you add the fuses and the switches for the main distribution panel. you create part of a schematic diagram for a power distribution system.Lesson 5: Drawing a Schematic Diagram In this lesson. 7 Place the transformer in the drawing as shown. click the style name. Click OK. you start the diagram by adding symbols and drawing schematic lines. 5 For Style.

and press Enter. select E-400V Power (400-PWR). 10 Move the cursor down as shown. select Wire. specify the following settings: ■ ■ For Style. Exercise 1: Starting the Schematic Diagram | 79 . For System.8 Select the transformer and click the add grip. 9 On the Design tab of the Properties palette. enter 1200.

12 Move the cursor down again as shown. and enter 2000.11 Move the cursor to the right as shown. and press Enter. enter 3300. 14 Select the schematic line and click the add grip. 13 Press Enter twice to end the command. 80 | Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram .

Exercise 1: Starting the Schematic Diagram | 81 . 18 Click the schematic curve connector as shown to add another line. 17 Enter n to add a new run. and enter 2000. 16 Press Enter.15 Move the cursor down as shown.

21 Move the cursor to the first line as shown. 82 | Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram . and click to place the fuse. select the Fuse tool. 20 On the Electric tool palette.19 Press Enter twice to end the command. 22 Move the cursor to rotate the fuse along the schematic line. and click the schematic curve connector to specify the insertion point.

25 On the Properties palette. ■ In the Select a style dialog. Click OK. and then end the command. click the Design tab. Select Single Throw Electrical.23 With the command still active. enter symboladd. 24 On the command line. click the style name. place 3 more fuses as shown. for Drawing file. 26 For Style. select <Current Drawing>. ■ ■ Exercise 1: Starting the Schematic Diagram | 83 .

You add circuit breakers for other distribution panels. you add to the schematic diagram by adding more schematic lines and symbols. 28 Click File ➤ Close. Exercise 2: Continuing the Diagram In this exercise. and click No when prompted to save the drawing. 2 On the Electric tool palette. 84 | Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram . 1 If the Schematic workspace is not active. you added schematic symbols and lines. and you add some high and low voltage panels. double-click Electrical_L05_E02 under Constructs ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 5. In this exercise.27 Place the switches before each of the fuses as shown. select the Schematic Line tool. select Schematic on the Workspaces toolbar. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator.

Exercise 2: Continuing the Diagram | 85 . draw a line 600 mm down and 600 mm to the right as shown.3 Starting at the end of the last line. 4 On the first line. add schematic lines as shown.

select the Motor tool. and add 3 circuit breakers as shown. select the Circuit Breaker tool.5 On the Electric tool palette. 7 On the Electric tool palette. 6 Add the motor symbol to the end of the middle line as shown. 86 | Chapter 3 Drawing a Power Plan and a Schematic Diagram .

10 For Style. Select Panel Generic Electrical. click the style name. ■ In the Select a style dialog. 12 On the command line. click the Design tab. 14 For Style. Click OK.8 On the command line. select <Current Drawing>. enter symboladd. ■ ■ Exercise 2: Continuing the Diagram | 87 . for Drawing file. click the style name. Select Transformer Electrical. select <Current Drawing>. ■ ■ 11 Add 4 panels as shown. 13 On the Properties palette. for Drawing file. click the Design tab. ■ In the Select a style dialog. enter symboladd. 9 On the Properties palette. Click OK.

15 Add a transformer between the panels as shown.

16 Click File ➤ Close, and click No when prompted to save the drawing. In this exercise, you added circuit breakers for the distribution panels, and you added panels.

Exercise 3: Completing the Diagram
In this exercise, you label the components to complete the power distribution diagram. Dataset On the Constructs tab of the Project Navigator, double-click Electrical_L05_E03 under Constructs ➤ Electrical ➤ Lesson 5. 1 Enter rectang.

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2 Draw rectangles as shown to represent the main and secondary distribution panels.

3 The rectangles are on layer 0. Select the rectangles, and select Z-Schematic-G on the Layer Properties toolbar to place them on the same layer as the other components. 4 On the Annotation tool palette, select Text Tool. 5 Specify the text location as shown.

6 Press Enter.

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7 Enter the following lines of text:
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500 kVA UTILITY COMPANY TRANSFORMER 230/400V SECONDARY

8 When you are done entering lines of text, press Enter to end the command. 9 Select the text, right-click, and click MText Edit. 10 Select all of the text in the text box. 11 On the Text Formatting toolbar:
■ ■ ■ ■

For Style, select Standard. For Font, select romans. Deselect Annotative .

For Text Height, enter 100.

12 Press Esc to deselect the text.

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you completed a portion of a power distribution diagram. you added text to label the main components of the diagram. a completed drawing named Completed_Power_Diagram is included in the Constructs\Electrical\Lesson 5 directory. In this exercise. 14 Click File ➤ Close. Exercise 3: Completing the Diagram | 91 . and click No when prompted to save the drawing. In this lesson. For reference.13 Add text to the following areas as shown to complete the diagram.

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