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Changing Circuit Descriptions

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

When you connect devices to a circuit, the circuit description is filled in automatically. To change a description on a circuit, you typically need to change the connected devices rather than the circuit itself.

The load description for each device is listed in the circuit. If more than one device has the same description, it is only included once.

Here are the ways you can change the description.

Panels and Other Distribution Equipment

If the circuit is a connection to another panel or distribution equipment, you need to make the change in the downstream panel. Use the Edit Distribution Equipment command.

Ribbon: DM Electrical->Distribution Equipment->  Edit Distribution Equipment

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Distribution Equipment->Edit Distribution Equipment

Select the equipment you want to edit from the list.

In the Feeder Specification section on the right side of the dialog box, there is a Description in Upstream Device checkbox. Check the box and enter the new description in the field provided.

Light Fixtures

If light fixtures are connected to the circuit, you need to make the change in the light fixture schedule. Use the Light Fixture Project Schedule command.

Ribbon: DM Electrical->Devices->  Light Fixture Project Schedule

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Light Fixtures->Light Fixture Project Schedule

On the right side of the dialog box, the settings for each load are listed. You can provide a different Load Description for each load. This description will be used in the circuit.

Receptacles

If receptacles are connected to the circuit, you can make the change in the receptacle schedule or on the individual receptacle. If you change it in the schedule, it will be changed for all receptacles of that type in your project. If you change it for the individual receptacle, it will only be changed for that receptacle. That receptacle will ignore any future changes to the description in the schedule.

Receptacle Project Schedule

Use the Receptacle Project Schedule command.

Ribbon: DM Electrical->Devices->  Receptacle Project Schedule

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Receptacles->Receptacle Project Schedule

The Panel Description for each load is listed in the Default Loads section on the right side of the dialog box. This is the default value used in the circuit description for receptacles.

Individual Receptacles

Use the Query Device command.

Ribbon: DM Electrical->Devices->  Query Device

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Modify Devices->Query Device

Select the receptacle to edit.

On the right side of the dialog box, there is an Override Schedule Load checkbox. Check the box and enter the new description in the Panel Description field provided.

Equipment

If equipment is connected to the circuit, you need to edit the individual equipment connection settings. Use the Query Device command.

Ribbon: DM Electrical->Devices->  Query Device

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Modify Devices->Query Device

Select the equipment to edit.

The default setting for the Panel Description is Same as Equipment Callout. When this is selected, the panel description will match the callout. You can select Custom to enter a different circuit description in the field provided.

Fixed Circuits

You can add a description to a specific circuit using the Circuiting command.

Ribbon: DM Electrical->Circuiting and Homeruns->  Circuiting

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Circuiting and Homeruns->Circuiting

In the Circuit Information section on the right side of the dialog box, you can set the Description field to what you want to display in the circuit description.

If the circuit does not have any devices connected to it, this will replace the default SPACE or SPARE text for the circuit.

If the circuit has devices connected, the description will be added to the front of the automatic circuit description. It does not override the descriptions that are already there.

Room Labels

Room labels can automatically be inserted in circuit descriptions. To enable this, go to Options.

Ribbon: DME: Customization->Project Customization->  Options

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Customization->Options->Edit Project List

In the Circuits, Load Types, and Wire Sizes section, set the Include room names in circuit descriptions option to Yes.

For this to work, the rooms in the building must have been defined using the Create Room command.

Ribbon: DM Electrical->Buildings and Rooms->  Create Room

Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Building Definition->Create Room

All of the rooms that the devices on the circuit are in will be listed at the end of the circuit description.

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One Response to “Changing Circuit Descriptions”

  1. Rick Miller says:

    This was a good review of “Circuit Description”.
    I learned ‘description will be added to the front of the automatic circuit description’.

    This tutorial failed to mention the insertion of Room # into a circuit description (Editor’s Note: Good catch! We added this missing information).

    Thanks. Keep up the good work.

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