Insert Plan View Block

The Insert Plan View Block command is used to locate distribution equipment on the drawing. The location is used to calculate the length of the feeders between distribution equipment. The feeder length is used in the fault current calculation, voltage drop calculation, and takeoffs.

To insert distribution equipment on a drawing, go to

Ribbon: DM Electrical->Distribution Equipment-> dm_elec-panelblock Insert Plan View Block

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Distribution Equipment->Insert Plan View Block

Insert Distribution Equipment Block Dialog Box

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See the Plan View and One-Line Diagram Block Settings section for more information about the settings in this dialog box.

Distance from Distribution Equipment: The distance the clearance extends in front of the distribution equipment, in inches.

Distance to Left: The distance the clearance extends to the left of the distribution equipment, in inches. Use this field if the clearance is required to be wider than the equipment.

Distance to Right: The distance the clearance extends to the right of the one-line device, in inches. Use this field if the clearance is required to be wider than the equipment.

Distance above Distribution Equipment: The distance the clearance extends above the distribution equipment, in inches. This distance is not displayed on the drawing. It is used when the equipment is exported to an IFC file.

Inserting a Distribution Equipment Plan View Block

Select the distribution equipment block to be inserted and press the OK button.

You will be prompted to specify the location on the drawing where the block will be inserted.

Specify insertion point:

After you specify the location for the distribution equipment, you will be prompted for the rotation angle.

Specify rotation angle:

After you specify the rotation angle, you will be prompted to insert the callout. See the Inserting Notes and Leaders on the Drawing section for more information about inserting the callout.

Copying and Erasing Distribution Equipment Plan View Blocks

A distribution equipment shown on the drawing cannot be copied using standard AutoCAD commands. If you attempt to do so, the copied device will automatically be erased. This will occur when using both the AutoCAD COPY command and the AutoCAD MIRROR command. If you want to copy a distribution equipment, use the Copy button on the appropriate distribution equipment dialog box.

Similarly, erasing a distribution equipment from the drawing only removes the block. It does not delete the entire device from the database. To erase a distribution equipment, use the Delete button on the appropriate distribution equipment dialog box.


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