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Master and Standards Databases

The master and standards databases are used to store default settings for new projects. You can make changes to the customization settings, store them in these files, and reuse them.

These databases are stored in your electrical customization folder. For companies with more than one user, we recommend that the electrical customization folder be on your network. This allows you to share the customization between all of your users. Otherwise, synchronizing the customization on all of the different computers is complicated.

When you create a project, the settings from the master and standards databases are copied to its project database. Once it is created, the project database is no longer associated with the master or standards database. Changes to the project database will not affect the master or standards database, and changes to the master and standards databases will not affect the project database.

Master Database

There is only one master database. All of the blocks are stored in the master, as well as the various schedules.

When a project is created, all of the block records are copied from the master to the project database. You can choose to copy specific groups from each of the master schedules to the project database.

The master database stores the following information:

  • All of the block lists
  • Junction Box Master Schedule
  • Light Fixture Master Schedule
  • Low Voltage Device Master Schedule
  • Receptacle Master Schedule
  • Room Master Schedule
  • Wire Sizing Master List
  • Feeder IDs

Master Database Groups

Groups allow you to organize the records in your master schedule.

When you create a project, all of the records from a group can be copied to the project. Copying a group is helpful when you have a common type of project with similar schedules. You can set up the schedule once in the master as a group, then reuse it in new projects.

While working on a project, you can import records from a group into the project. You can create multiple groups for different types of schedule entries or different manufacturers. The organization of the groups makes it easier to find the record you want to import.

Standards Databases

Multiple standards databases can be created. Each standards database has its own set of customization settings.

When a project is created, the customization settings are copied from a selected standards database. Everything from the standards database is copied to the project and used as the default settings.

The standards database stores the following information:

  • Cable tray groups
  • Conduit groups
  • Label group settings
  • Layer systems
  • Layer definitions
  • Options settings
  • Text styles