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How to Use One-Line Diagrams

Monday, November 30th, 2015

This page teaches you how to use one-line diagrams in Design Master Electrical and Design Master Electrical RT. Each topic is taught on a separate page.

Our recommendation is to start at the first topic and work down from there. Each new topic builds on the lessons from the previous topics. The goal when you are done with all the topics is for you to be a one-line diagram power user! You will be able to quickly create one-line diagrams using our software. The appearance should closely match your existing company standards. Any changes to your design will be automatically synchronized with the one-line diagram.

You can also skip straight to a topic of particular interest. If the lesson is confusing, try reviewing the topics you skipped.

Create Your One-Line Model: Before you an create a one-line diagram, you need to have created at least some of the panels and transformers in your project. Learn how to create them in Design Master Electrical and how to transfer them from your Revit model in Design Master Electrical RT.

Automatic Generation and Customization Options: The first draft of your one-line diagram can be generated for your automatically. The appearance can be customized to match your existing drafting as closely as possible. Explore all the different customization settings that we have, from the common to the obscure.

Labels: Labels on the one-line diagram are updated automatically as you make changes to your design. Learn how to insert and format to provide the documentation your one-line diagram needs.

Creating Custom Blocks: The blocks we ship with our software will not match the graphics you currently use on your one-line diagram. Learn how to create new blocks that work with our software to keep your one-line diagram looking as much like your current ones as possible.

Feeders: The automatically inserted feeders will not always be in the right location. Learn about how to move them around and update them to make the connections between panels readable.

Making Changes After the Initial Generation: Designs change. Using our one-line diagram makes it easy to keep up. Learn about adding new panels, moving panels, updating and changing graphics, and generally keeping your one-line diagram synchronized with the rest of your design.

Meters: Meters are not explicitly modeled or automatically inserted in the one-line diagram. However, they can be manually inserted and updated.

Inserting Ground Wires and Other Graphics: Our one-line diagram features do not draw everything you might need.  Fortunately, you have the best drafting package in the world (AutoCAD!) to fall back on when necessary!

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