Training on the “Circuiting” command.
Good afternoon. This is David Robison with Design Master Software. Welcome to our training. Today we are going to be looking at the Circuiting Command in Design Master Electrical. Welcome everyone who’s having the chance to join us live. We are recording these and we’ll be posting them to the website so anyone who didn’t attend it can see it later or you can review it. We’re working on getting those posted. There is a chat box in your BLISS interface so if you have any questions feel free to type them in the chat or kind of keep an eye out there and try and answer those questions as they come in. Otherwise, we are going to talk about the Circuiting Command. I’m going to do a half an hour session on that. Then we’ll kind of open it up for questions on that or any other general electrical questions you have and then after that, if there are no additional questions, I probably can keep talking on the Circuiting Command for the rest of the hour. So let me pull up AutoCad and let me pull up my notes and we can begin.
So we have the Circuiting Command, it’s in the Circuiting Section on the ribbon. It’s available on the pull-down menus as well. And this is the commands that we’re going to be looking at today. We’re just kind of walked through as much of this as we can cover. This command is focused on working with and making modifications, essentially to your branch circuits in your project for getting all your settings, breaker sizes, wire sizes right on those. This is not for feeders. Feeders if you go to a circuit that has a feeder on it, like this transformer, we disable the vast majority of options in the dialog to actually make changes to the feeders. Those are always done over in the definition of that piece of distribution equipment. So like this transformer, if we’re going to change this feeder, you’d have to go hunt down that transformer and make your changes here. We’re not going to look anymore at that but just be aware that if you’re working with feeders, go into the distribution equipment, make the changes there because we don’t let you do it over here.
There are a couple of command buttons we have on here that are just convenient buttons. They are available on other places in the software but we have them here so that if you need to get around stuff and other places, you can. The first is what I just showed, this “Edit” button so when you choose your distribution equipment, you can obviously circuit to it. If you need to make any changes to it, you just press “Edit” and we’ll pull that up, that dialog up for you. So that’s a convenient way to go make changes to your panel if you need to make an adjustment to the bust size or anything like.
We also have the “Move Circuits” command. This button just flips you over to the Move Circuits, where you can swap, and copy, and merge, and there’s probably a whole session that we can do on this at another time. But just know that if you do need to get to the Swap Circuit or Copy Fixed Loads you can do that here. And then the Circuiting button here takes you back. And finally, just in terms of the convenience buttons we have, we have the “Draw Homerun and Loops” and the “Draw Homerun” command. These are exactly the same as the commands here, the “Drawn Homerun and Loops” and the “Draw Homerun Only” command. If you circuit a bunch of stuff off and you want to start drawing homeruns, you can do it straight from the Circuiting Dialog, you can also do it from the ribbons and the pull-downs as well. Be aware those buttons are there, just the convenience, they are not special to the Circuiting Dialog but we do have them there if you need them.
The basic functionality for this Dialog Box is to connect devices to your circuits. So you got your lists of circuits here and you can connect devices on your project to them. I’m going to take a panel which has an appropriate voltage, and we can click the “Circuit Devices” button, you can go select a couple pieces of light fixtures, and it will connect them. It’s worth noting, you can also double-click, you won’t see it but I’m going to double-click here, if I can get my double click to work and it will do the same thing. So, you can either select the button or you can double-click. Down at the command line when you are circuiting, be aware that there are some options happening down there. So we’re trying to give you a little bit of information about what’s going on.
As you connect devices, we update you with the current load on that circuit so if you have a couple more light fixtures on that circuit, you’ve got a connected load of 0.5 KVA, throw on some more light fixtures, now it’s 0.715. It will keep letting you know what your connected load is. It will also give you your breaker size, so that actually if you bump up to the next breaker size, you’ll see that here. It also says that if you press “Enter” once, it will increment to the next circuit. So if we press “Enter,” we can go to L1-5 and we can start circuiting to that circuit instead. If you press “Enter” twice, it takes you back to the Circuiting Dialog, to go and make other changes here. That’s the “Circuit Devices” button.
We also have this “Circuit to Phase” button. This is for connecting devices to specific phases of a multipole panel, if you’ve got them. The common uses for that are, when you’ve got site lighting and you’ve got the two-pole site lights that you’re connecting to a 3-pole breaker and you kind of want to rotate them around it to balance out the load. You can do that. Or if you’ve got multiple receptacles and light fixtures that you want to have it on a combined homerun, and so you want to have the common trip. You can connect them that way. I’m actually going to create a three pole breaker here to demonstrate that. If you have a three-pole breaker, when you click “Circuit to Phase” the first thing it says, is “Hey, which phase are you connecting to?” So it knows where we’re actually making our connection. I’ll take the B Phase here. We can select a couple of light fixtures and it connects them to that circuits on the breaker. We have new options at the command line now. If we press “Enter” once rather than incrementing immediately, it gives you a couple of options. One is if you just press “Enter” again, it goes back to the Circuiting Dialog. You can also do Set Phase by pressing “S” or selecting it, depending on where you like to use it on the AutoCAD interface.
We can also increment the circuit. So “Increment Circuit” will just go to the next circuit. Set Phase allows you to choose a different phase to circuit to. Here we could choose to connect to the C Phase on L1-11 there. Select those light fixtures and when we go back to the Circuiting Dialog, you see that 9 and 11 have been filled in so we’ve connected to those poles on that circuit. And then the A Phase is currently empty. When you have the breaker like this, where you’ve got loads on different phases. If you run the “Change number of Poles” command on it, will actually keep everything on the same pole, and just make the breakers, and the single pole breakers. You can also take devices that have been previously circuited and I could take these and group them into a three-pole breaker. So if I change this to a three-pole breaker here, it puts everything together on that three-pole breaker but it actually keeps them on the circuits they were on before. So they’re still separated between those poles, just on a three-pole breaker. That’s the functionality that we’re trying to handle there and so that you see it requires, if you’re combining circuits and you’re combining the neutral in the homerun you need to have a common trip and so this is how you handle the Avatar software. You don’t want to just combine them, you actually have to have a common breaker for them. So that if one trips, they all trip together. That’s changing number of poles. We have commands here for just shifting things around a little bit.
If you really need to start shifting around, the “Move Circuits” allows you to kind of swap just arbitrary locations, so that’s helpful for that. But we do also have here the “Insert Circuit,” and “Remove Circuit.” And this will just put a space wherever you have the cursor here. So I’ve got Circuit 3 selected. I click “Insert Space” and it shifts everything down, adding a space there. So we can just keep clicking “Insert Space” then we’ll be able to get a bunch of spaces there. If you run out of room and you have stuff at the end of the panel, it won’t let you put certain spaces in because there’s no room at that point. In the same way, you can remove a circuit, and if it’s a space, it will remove the space and pull everything up. If you run that on a circuit that’s got stuff on it, it will complain and tell you, “I can’t do that.” Hopefully, then you’ll figure out what you wanted to do instead.
The other option we have for kind of rearranging circuits is the “Compressed Circuits” command, which is down here. What this does is it takes all of the spaces and it moves, pushes them all down to the bottom of the panel, and all of your loads up to the top. If we have…you know, you’ve been doing a bunch of work on your design, and just over the course of the project, you’ve added things to circuits, removed them. You know, you’re panel is starting to look a little scattered, in terms of where things are connected. You come in here press “Compress Circuits,” and it pushes all the breakers up so all those lightings are going to…lighting circuits go up to the top. All the straight spaces go down to the bottom.
This kind of also has one other useful feature, which is kind of not the intended functionality but it does come in handy. Every now and then, on occasion, you get duplicate circuits, like you’ll have a 99 listed. That’s just our software with a bug. Any useful software’s going to have bugs in it. Our software occasionally has a bug. So occasionally, you’ll get an extra circuit in there and typically, you send it to support. You say, “What do you?” And the first suggestion will always make, or the first thing we’ll try before we make the suggestion is we’ll say, run compressed circuits because if you do that it kind of renumbers everything for you. So if you’ve got duplicated numbers, it will figure that out and get rid of the duplicates. It also pushes everything to the top so you might have to, you know, put some spaces back in there but at least you can get your projects back to a working state again. If you do that run into that, obviously, we try and keep those bugs out of the software, we remove them as we find them but sometimes, they’re just like, “Well, we don’t know how that happened, this is how you fix it.” If that doesn’t fix it, then you can send it to us, and we’ll make other suggestions as well. But that’s at least the first thing to try.
On the right hand side here, we have all the information about the circuit. So we just display some information about the circuit so you can know what the connect load, the wire sizes on that circuit. And then we give you the option to set the breaker and the wire sizes for it. By default, all of this is set to size automatically. So we’re pulling the loads, and everything, and figuring out what your breaker size based upon what’s connected to it. But then you, as the engineer, always have the ability to come in and override this. And whatever you set here, this is kind of the final word. If anything is set here, all your other settings are ignored, and we trust that this final spot is where you actually made the right choice.
If you really want to override things, you just come here, and you can override whatever else is going on in the project. If we set this to a 50 amp breaker, we’re always going to get a 50 amp breaker, regardless of what else we choose to circuit to it. Same with the conductor amps, if you choose a specific size wire, it’s always going to use that size wire, regardless of what’s connected. Again, the same for neutral and ground. You can choose a different conduit size and we’ll tell you the conduit fill. So if you need a larger wire for future expansion purposes, you can do that. If you want to, you can do a smaller conduit, and…or you can just leave it to this sizing automatically.
The Layer System here controls the layers and colors that are used on the loops, and on the feeder lines in the one line diagram. The default setting, they are all set to default to start and that default is actually pulled from options as to what that layer system is. If we go over to our “Options,” we have choices here for what the Default Layer System should be for your circuits. Let’s see if we can figure out where that is. Here it is, “Default circuit layer system.” We have a lot of options. The first choice is “Same as Distribution Equipment.” Basically, if you have a new panel all of the circuits are new. Existing panel, all of the circuits are existing, unless you override it. You can also change it to say, “Hey, I want all my circuits to be new,” or, “all of them to be existing, unless I override it.” In that way, if you have a new panel, you could have existing circuits, or existing circuits would look like they have new existing panels so it would look like they have new circuits. So we’ll leave that to be the same as the distribution equipment but then if you have a circuit that you want to change the layering on, this is where you do it. This is again both for the looping on the drawing and for the feeder in the one line diagram.
If I come to my air handler here. It’s both here on the drawing, we’ve got the homerun there, and then if I throw in a one-line diagram up there, it also has a feeder here that’s representing that branch circuit. If we go into circuiting, and we change that from default, which is new to existing, it updates this one automatically. It kind of goes and tracks it down, and changes that layering for us. When we update the one line diagram. It will also recognize that and so it puts in the existing layering there as well. That’s how you control the layering of both of your branch circuits and your one line, and on your drawing.
The “General Lighting Circuit” option controls whether we consider this a general lighting circuit. Those are circuits that are doing the lighting that is covered by the demand factors in NEC 220.42. Basically, you have your general lighting. It’s based upon the NEC requires you to have a value based on the area of the building. The Load at the panel level is chosen based upon the area of the building. But then you still have to circuit light fixtures to it, and say, “This light fixture is going to be fed from this circuit.” If you include the circuit, the light fixture load of what’s connected, plus the area load, you’re basically double counting and the load on your panel ends up too high. So if you set this to “Yes,” what it means is, “Okay, I’ve got things connected to hear and we need to show that as a load on that breaker but when we come to the panel level, we’re going to ignore this load and we’ll assume it’s part of the area calculation.”
A lot of times people end up with a bunch of zeros on their panel schedule and it’s usually because they’ve change this setting at the panel level to have all of their circuits be general lighting circuits. And so if you do that, nothing is going to show up at the panel level and then everything is zero. This value you can change here for the individual circuits. You can also change it for the panel so the default for what all the settings are on the panel. Typically, in the panel, you want this set to “No” [inaudible] service calculations leave that set to “No” or “Default” which should be “No.” And then on the specific circuits where you have general lighting, set it to “Yes” and everything works out the best that way.
Looking at the “Description” you can fill in a description here. If I put in the Description, say “Existing” it goes in the front of your Circuit Description. You can always add a value here quickly to your Circuit Description. If you have a space and you type in something, I want to call this a “spare,” It will override what’s there. And space and spare are terrible names because they are just one letter difference. So just make it a little more clear that there’s a different value being displayed. If you just have a space, it will totally replace the description. If there’s a description from another circuit, device connected will add it to that. You can also click “More” and this gives you additional options for what you’re doing for your Circuit Description. You can set a prefix, which is what the default box is there. You can set a suffix, which will end up at the end of the circuit description.
You can also set a replacement, if you don’t want to use the Circuit Description that’s being pulled in from your devices. So we could do “PRE” and “POST” and then we’ll have a longer circuit description with those values there and then we can also just replace the whole thing. And even if you have a prefix or a suffix, it will go away. You always have the replacement option so that you can override. If you’re having to use the “Circuit Description Replacement” a lot, then you probably can go to the device level and make some changes so that the defaults are a little bit better for you. If you have the replacement there, there are times when you need it definitely and it’s useful for those times but if you’re having to use it a lot, there’s probably an easier way with the software. Because we don’t want you to spend your whole time typing in circuit description replacements. That’s a bad use of the software. So if you are doing that, no, probably at another time we’ll look at different ways you can get your circuit descriptions to fill in better.
The starting phase is for circuits that are not on panels. So the panels always go ABC, ABC as you go 1,3,5,7. So you can’t actually change the “Starting Phase,” it’s disabled. It will tell you what it is. This is “B” but it’s not going to let you change it. If I go… I’m going to make it Switchboard. We call it “S” and we’ll go to the “Circuiting.” Now we don’t have any odd, even split, we just have a whole list of breakers and they all default to being three-pole breakers, and they all start on Phase A. If you need to…Typically what happens is you have some single pole breakers here. And if you leave everything on Phase A, your switchboard ends up totally out of balanced, and that’s not good for your design.
The way you make the adjustment if you come here, you can change the “Starting Phase” from “A” to “B.” So if I add just a load there and then a load here, if we insert that Switchboard Schedule, we can see that it’s pulling those phases for us. We’ve set starting Phase A of Circuit 1…yes, Circuit 1, starting phase is A, Circuit 2 starting phase is B. So it’s rotating nicely for us. And I’ve got the Set Fixed Load. This is where you can just force a value on your circuits. Generally, you want to put in your devices, connect them to the panels that way so you got your drafting, and all your stuff on your floor plans matching up nicely with what’s being connected to your circuits but there are times when you have existing loads and so you don’t want to lay all that out. Or there’s just stuff that you want to have as a load on the panel but you don’t want to do the drafting of the floor plan. Here’s where you can specify that.
We have all of our load types listed and you can specify the fixed loads for all of them. For a couple of them, we have multipliers where you can set the demand factors or typically quantity counts if we’re doing something like kitchen, where we need to know how many devices there are. If this circuit represents more than one piece of kitchen equipment, you could say this is two pieces of equipment, and then when it does the panel level calc, it will pull up the right demand factor, based on how much is connected, how many devices are connected to the panel. You also have the option for the Circuit Descriptions. Here, this is the same as what this “More” button does, just in this dialog also so a different way to get to those circuit descriptions. I should point out, and I will do it on this circuit here, that if you have multiple phases, if you have a three-pole breaker, you get an option for circuit description on each of those phases. Typically if it’s a piece of equipment, everything is going on with Phase 1 so it’s all nicely labeled there. But if you want to do something on Phase 2 or 3, you can add descriptions to those phases as well.
Now if you have a lot of data entry you need to do, we do have a nice set of shortcuts intended to make this a little bit easier. Some people, believe it or not don’t even use the drafting portion of our software. They just use it as a panel schedule program, basically an Excel replacement. So they do everything as fixed loads, and then they draft their stuff separately. So we have options totally from the keyboard be able to make all of these changes. Once you have pressed the “Set Fixed Loads” you can obviously use Tab. And so if I press “Tab” the cursor jumps between the different fields. We also have these letters next to all of these fields and those are there because those are shortcuts to get to those fields. We have them grouped in threes. Apparently, we added a new one, we need to fix that because they should be in threes. They’re grouped in threes so that you can cycle between those couple with just that letter. If I want to get over here to…say I want to get to this small appliance the “Laundry” values, if I do “Alt,” when you press “Alt” it will show all the underlines, those are the letters you can press to go to those fields and if I press “Z,” it will go to the first one. If I press Alt+Z again, it steps to the next one. So I can cycle between those four without too many clicks.
If I need to get back to the cooling loads, I can do Alt+D, so it will again, cycle between those three. So that way, you know, you can take your hand off the mouse, use your keyboard shortcuts to cycle between the different fields, and fill in a bunch of information. So I can put “1” there, and I could come over here and put in the load. Then if you press “Enter,” it will put the focus over on the circuit so when you press up and down, you can actually go select the different circuit easily. You can also press “Tab” and go over to the even side or Shift+Tab and go back to the odd. From here, you can do Alt. Again, it will highlight all the field that you can press for. Command+Alt+S will do the Set Fixed Loads again. Come set some loads. Now you can press “Enter” and go choose another circuit. We also have this “Next” and “Previous.”
Obviously you can click those buttons and cycle between your circuits. If you want to do this all from the keyboard, we actually have a comma and a period shortcut. They’re kind of small, they’re kind of hidden, this is actually common to a lot of our other dialogs but if you look at your keyboard it’s kind of a two little angled brackets. So the comma goes as previous to the left or left and backward. And then the period is the one pointing to the right, going the other way. So you can use “Alt” in those two to cycle between your circuits so you can just step there till you get to your other circuits, again without taking your hand off the keyboard if you want to do a bunch of data entry. Is it as fast as an Excel spreadsheet? Probably still not but this gets you a little bit closer if you do have a bunch of data entry. This is certainly not our most efficient workflow. That would be putting your devices in and it’s circuiting them but if you aren’t doing that for a portion of your project, this will help out with that.
– Are those keyboard commands published somewhere, if somebody wanted to have them set aside as reference?
– We do not have a list of those anywhere. So maybe we should. If you do ever want to know what is available, just press “Alt” and that will bring up the highlights. If I close this, this should go away. By default, none of the letters are underlined. If you press “Alt,” it then brings in these underlines, if you look closely at your buttons and whatnot. And so that letter that’s underlined is the one that you can press. That’s at least the way to discover it, if you don’t remember what you can do. The period and the comma, you just kind of have to know those because those are pretty tiny. Like I said, those periods and commas those are actually common. If we like go over to our panels, you’ll see that the previous here has the comma, the next has the period. From here, you can do the same thing and cycle between all of your panels.
A couple releases ago, we had people asking for tandem breakers and so we added those. Actually, people are asking for three things, they wanted tandem breakers or they wanted peanut breakers or they wanted mini breakers. It turns out all those are the same thing. So we call them tandem breaker that seems to be close to a standard tandem or mini or what you can at least find on manufacturer’s websites. I don’t think any manufacturer officially calls them a peanut breaker. If you go into Home Depot, they have tandem breakers on their website. But Square D has some references to mini breakers as well. We call them tandem breakers. If you do create tandem breaker, it’ll take this Circuit 5 and you’ll get a Circuit 5A and a 5B.
So you’ve got two breakers in that single spot now that you can connect. Not terribly frequent that you would use this for a new construction. It’s kind of the existing stuff, either the existing conditions or if you’re adding, you know, you need to fit another circuit in there, you don’t’ have space on the panel, you can use that. And then if you put one in and you don’t need it anymore there is the corresponding “Remove Tandem Breaker” command, which will pull that breaker and put it into a single. If there’s stuff connected to both circuits, it ends up putting them both on that circuit for you, just so that they’re some where connected. Rounding out our commands here. We’ve got the “Select Circuit from Drawing.” You run that command, press that button. And here you can just select an arbitrary device and it will go highlight that circuit for you. So if you want to make a change to something and you don’t want to go track down where it is on all your panels, you can use the “Select Circuit form Drawing.”
Kind of the inverse of that is the “Find Circuit on Drawing.” That’s where you’ve got a circuit and you don’t know where the stuff is, you click “Find circuit” and it will tell you, “Hey, here’s that circuit.” It highlights it and it kind of draws a little arrow, a line between all of the devices. To get rid of all that highlighting, you just ran a regen and it will disappear, it’s not permanent. That way you can find that circuit and then do whatever you need to do with it.
Lastly, we have a couple of recalculate buttons, and these are mostly for convenience again. But they do exist on this dialog box. The “Recalculate Panel Load Total,” that’s the same recalculate that happens when you update panel schedules. It says, “Do you want to recalculate the load between panels?” This does the same thing. That’s mainly to update these values here because when you select your panel we tell you what the loads are and this will make sure that it’s been recalculated to pull in any new loads you’ve added. We also have the recalculate circuit which will take the circuited you selected, and make sure that it’s calculated completely correctly. And then the “Recalculate All Circuits,” which will do that for all the circuits.
Now generally, 99.9% of the time, all of your circuits are always going to be correct. Our software as you add and remove items, is updating the circuits automatically. The panels we don’t do automatically, we have to run the panel load total just because that’s a longer calculation. Circuits are pretty straightforward so we do those as you make changes. That said, there are definitely times where something gets out of synch, and then you do have to come back and recalculate that circuit. And so you can run this command and it’ll make sure that it’s pulled in all the loads properly for you. But that’s generally a fairly rare occurrence but that never actually happens. And that’s the circuiting command in half an hour. Are there any questions on that or anything else? Because actually I was able to cover everything I wanted to show you there and that’s a little half hour.
– You’re planning on showing the Move Circuit Command at another time?
– I was but if I don’t get any questions, we’ll probably take a look at that as that’s something interesting. And we’ve got more time. Here’s a question, “How do you wrap the text in the description box so it doesn’t run on the panel schedule?” That’s a good question, you’ve got the longer circuit description and you obviously don’t, you want your panel schedule to look nice. Our panel schedules do wrap the text and our newer ones, if you’re using any of the ones that are the yellow, and red color scheme, have that built in. If you have older panel schedules, or ones that you’ve customized, it might not have it so you might have to make some changes.
First of all, just how that functionality works. If I type in a long circuit description. Yeah, I’ll put it here. Now we’ve got a longer description there. If everything is setup right in your blocks, when you update your panel, it will automatically see that, “Hey that description is too long.” And It will add the space it needs to wrap that text. There’s a couple of things you need to have set-up in order for that to work. If that’s not working, then there’s two things that you need. If I use my customization so there’s our panel schedules are made up of a bunch of blocks. If I turn off object grouping, you can see that we’ve got the header block, which I’ve highlighted there. This circuit, each circuit gets a block. One has a block, Circuit 3, Circuit 5. And then there’s actually a tiny little block between each circuit which we use to expand those pieces. So you need to make sure that the circuit block is set up right and this little wrapping block is set up right. You can either take a look at those blocks from the drawing or you can actually use our customization to open those blocks.
So if I got to my Distribution Equipment, schedule blocks, we’ve got here a list of all the blocks that make up those schedules. So if you have blocks for Circuit A, B, C and then for the wrap. The top right you have the option to edit that block and this will go find that block for you and open it up. So if I click “Edit Block” here is that block. And we’ve got our attributes, which we are using to figure out where to put all the text. “D1” is for the Circuit Description. “DEND” which is over here, tells the software where to end the text, and to start wrapping if necessary. So that basically defines the width. You need to have the “DEND” so it knows to wrap the text. So you need to make sure that’s there and then in the circuit wrap block, you just need to make sure it’s set to something so that there is a block, so that it has something to stretch down. And that block is not very exciting. It’s just a bunch of lines that it uses to stretch out and that shouldn’t actually have any attributes in it at all. So if you have a long description, hopefully it wraps properly, automatically. If it doesn’t, check that you’ve got the “DEND” and that the wrap block is set right. If you do have trouble tracking all that down because that gets into some kind of some tricky AutoCAD stuff to get set right, contact us and we can help you get that all set-up properly. Because we have experience and can make it happen for you.
I’m not seeing any other questions so we will go off script and we will look at the Move Circuit command. So this command started its life as the Swap Circuit command, to move circuits back and forth. And then we slowly added more and more functionalities so we had to rename it, and it became the move circuit command. Specifically, we added a Copy Fixed Loads command, and then a merge, where you can take two circuits and put them together. A lot of this is actually the same as what you have on the Circuiting Dialog. You have two panels and their circuit’s listed here. You’ve got kind of the left-hand panel and the right-hand panel. So you’ve got the panel that you’re choosing, and then the circuit that you’re working with. So I could go to L1 and choose a circuit. I can also go over here. I can choose L1 and then I can move stuff within a single panel or I can actually choose a different panel to move stuff to a different panel. Both worked. We tell you what your voltage are on your panel and your circuits because sometimes if they don’t match, we don’t let you do some swaps and whatnot.
The “Insert Circuit,” “Compress Circuits,” “Remove Circuits,” those commands are exactly the same as the circuiting dialog. We have them for the left-hand panel, also for the right-hand panel. So if you’re moving stuff around you can add and remove spaces easily. Then we’ve got the changed number of poles. You need to have a three-pole breaker for any of your swapping or take a three-pole and make it a single pole. The “Change Number of Poles” is available for that. So all of those commands are exactly as on the circuiting dialog, and the circuiting will take you back to that circuiting dialog. So the things that are special to this dialog are the Swap button, the Copy button and the Merge.
So Swap, we kind of try and indicate with the arrows, what’s going on. So we swap the circuit on the left, with the circuit on the right. If I click this button, it’s going to take this lightning circuit and this space and it will swap them. It’s not really a Move Circuit because there’s always something on the other side that you’re going to, even if it’s a space. So that kind of just looks like we’re moving from one to the other. So it looks like a move but if I chose and say, a lighting circuit on the left and the lighting circuit on the right, we can actually just swap them. So it’s not just moving one to the other. It’s taking those two circuits and swapping the panels what they are on. And when you do this, we then update all of your labels, and everything in your panel schedules, and everything else. So that’s Swap.
The Copy Fixed Load has little arrows going to the right. So “Copy Fix Load from Here” so we take the fix loads on the left-hand circuit, Copy Fixed Loads to Here and we put them over here on the right-hand side. So that’s where under circuiting you’ve come in here say, “I’ve set a fixed load.” We’ve got some receptacles, 1 KVA of receptacle on the circuit, and then we want to have 10 circuits that look like that. If we go back to Move Circuits, we can take that load here on the left, select the next space or any space. It doesn’t have to be on this panel, it could be on a different panel again. Click “Copy,” it will take the fix loads and actually everything on the right-hand side of this dialog. So all of the breaker settings, and all of the wire settings, anything you’ve done over here, it copies all the other information to the other circuits. So all of your fixed settings, it moves over there. And it also increments on the right to the next circuit, so if you have a bunch in a row that are exactly the same, you just keep clicking “Copy” and it will keep making the copies. So if I click copy it copies at increments to 17. Copy to 17, increments to 19. So if you have a bunch you can set a bunch of them that way.
Another place, this is useful, again, because it copies everything here on the right. If I want to take the circuit and say, “Okay this is a general lighting circuit.” Say, “Yes.” I can then copy that setting to a bunch of others. It might be an easier way, or if you got some fix breakers or something. You can do that with the copy and the Move Circuit command. And finally, we have the Merge button so Merge To Here on the left and Merge From Here on the right. So the left circuit is the one that will say with load on it. And we’re going to take everything on the right-hand side, and we’re going to take all these stuff that’s connected and we’re going to actually connect it to the circuit on the left. So the circuit on the right is going to become a space and the circuit on the left is going to have everything together on it. So here I could take everything on Circuit 3 and merge it with Circuit 7. So when I run that, Circuit 3 becomes a space, Circuit 7 has more load on it now.
– David, can you run that the other way?
– You cannot.
– Well, I have some…I have to move my…If I want it to go the other way I’d have to move… Well, you see, currently, you’ve got one panel. If I was merging from two different panels, do I have to arrange them so that I went from right to left?
– Yes. It’s just set-up that the one, the one you want to keep is on the left, the one you want to merge from is on the right so you just have to get that order right so our software will do it. I suppose in theory we could have two buttons, the left and the right. I don’t know if that would cause more or fewer problems in terms of miss-clicks. So yeah, the circuit that you’re keeping with loads on, on the left. The one you want to make a space, on the right. You can do that between the panels. I’ve been doing everything up here in the odds. If you scroll down, you do even eventually get to the even circuits. So if you have regular panels, the even circuits are just on the bottom, just keep scrolling down to find those.
Can you undo a merge or a copy with Ctrl+Z? That’s a good question. Unfortunately, the answer to that one is no. We do not have an undo stack on this command. When you make a change it’s made, which can get a little bit messy particularly with the merge, where you take a bunch of stuff, and merge it, and then disentangling it is a little tricky. And we did not have an undo for that.
Let’s take a look at Circuit Descriptions, since I alluded to that. So our Circuit Descriptions, we pull from the devices that you’ve inserted. And then you can use the description to override it. But again, if you’re overriding it a lot, you probably should make a change somewhere else. The first place that we always look is at the schedule level. In your light fixture schedule, in your receptacle schedule, we have places there for the Circuit Description. So light fixtures, typically their load description is just “lightning” but you can change that to whatever you want [inaudible] lighting by default. So if you have a different load description here, we will fill that in. So if you wanted to have a default of LTG because you wanted to have smaller panels, you could do something like that, every time we circuit that panel or that light fixture, we use LTG in the load description. For light fixtures that’s always coming from the project schedule, you can’t override that for specific fixtures. So if you do need to override it, you don’t have to do it at the circuit level.
Receptacles have a default panel description at the definition in the schedule level. So if you have duplex receptacle, the default description is going to be a receptacle. But when you then place that receptacle on the drawing, you have the option to override that. So if I clear your receptacle, we can actually come in here, and say, “Okay, this is our default value, but I’m going to override that and I’m going to call this, this is my dryer. If you have something specific plugged in, you can add that and you can obviously change the load as well if you want to. At the individual receptacle level, you can override it and then again at the schedule level too.
And then equipment connections, we have a panel description. So each piece of equipment has its own unique description. The default is to have a the panel description match the equipment call out. So whoever uses your equipment call out that’s what’s going to show up in the panel. There are times when the equipment call out has too much information or not enough and then you can set a Custom Panel Description. So if I want a longer description, I can have a longer description and panel, that will go in the panel and it will show up on the drawing it’s just that [inaudible].
So if I create this on the drawing, we’ve got the short description there. But then when I go to circuit it, it has the longer description at the panel. So that covers light fixtures, receptacles, equipments, which is generally what you have at the branch circuits. These descriptions that show up for feeders, you can’t override the description at all. You have to go to the definition of that device itself. If I got to panel L3 and edit it, the default description is just the type of device in the call out or you can override that and put in a specific description. You can add some sort of additional label there and that will then show up at the panel schedule for you. Those are the ways you can make changes to the circuit descriptions.
Any other questions? Anything else you’d like to see? All right. Thank you everyone for coming. I’m going to go ahead and end this session and we’ll see you in a couple of weeks to talk about one line diagrams.