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    1. Force the cursor to move Horizontal / Vertical
    We press “SHIFT” key once, and the movement of the cursor is blocked Horizontally,Vertically or in 45 degrees while drawing a wall or a line. This movement remains active until we press SHIFT once more, and the movement of the cursor is free.
    2. Adapt wall lengths
    Using the command (Installation /Walls) “Move”, we can select a single wall (one click) and move it to a new position. All connected walls are stretched properly and their lengths are re-defined and the drawing is adapted dynamically.
    Adapt wall lengths
    3. Change Length to single Wall
    Using the command (Installation /Walls) “Length”, we can click on a single wall, and change the length in the dialog that appears. The drawing is automatically adapted, connected walls are corrected.
    We must “click” near the end of the wall that is to be changed after new length is applied.
    Change Length to single Wall
    4. Define Wall length and angle while drawing
    While drawing a wall, and after the 1st point is defined, we can press {SPACE} key.

    In the dialog displayed we can define Angle & Length for the wall.
    Define Wall length and angle while drawing
    5. Rotate a door while placing
    While dynamically moving a door over the drawing, it automatically adapts on a wall.To define the “opening” side, we just need to press {SPACE} key, and the door rotates 90 degrees.
    Rotate a door while placing
    6. Define position of an opening
    Define position of an openingUsing the command “Location” we can define the exact distance of an opening from a wall. After selecting the command, we move the cursor over the distance to change.
    The distance is automatically displayed on the screen and, with left mouse click, a dialog appears where we can define new distance. The drawing is automatically adjusted.
    Define position of an opening
    7. Fill / Hatch walls
    First we must have completed the drawing of the building (outer & inner walls and openings).Fill / Hatch walls
    Before hatching the walls we must select preferred brush style and color.

    We select the command: “Fill/Hatch Area” from the “Draw” menu
    Fill / Hatch walls

    And we click with the mouse at INTERAL points of walls that we desire to fill.
    Remplir/ Hachurer les murs
    8. Scale of Architectural symbols
    All architectural symbols are constructed in real dimensions and with a drawing scale of 1:50. This means that they can be used correctly with a drawing scale of 1:50 and symbol scaling is 1:1.
    Scale of Architectural symbols

    If the “drawing scale” changes then the “Symbol scale” must be accordingly adapted so they will display in real dimensions.
    For example if we use a drawing scale = 1:100, we must use symbols scaling=1:2
    Scale of Architectural symbols
    9. Add symbols to Favorites
    The “Favorites” folder may contain most used symbols, so it will be easy for us to find them while placing symbols in drawings.
    Right click on a symbol in symbol explorer, and select “Add to Favorites”.
    The selected symbol will be added automatically to the favorites folder.
    Add symbols to Favorites
    10. Symbols Auto-Rotation
     Symbols Auto-Rotation
     Symbols Auto-RotationWith “Auto rotate” active, symbols automatically rotate against walls or other objects adapting to the correct inclination.
    The distance to wall or other object is defined by two parameters in “Page Properties”


    The numbers entered here are absolute values (for example 100mm).
    The drawing scale is taken into account.
    11. Symbols Height
    Symbols HeightAll installation symbols contain a “Height” property which defines the vertical distance of the symbol from the floor.
    This property is pre-defined (with classic values) in all the symbols in library “Installations” (for example all Ceiling Lights have a height of 2800).
    We can directly change this height in the Properties mask after selecting the symbol.
    We can change height to multiple symbols, if we select thSymbols Heightem in the drawing, and select a different height from the list offered in the selection box “Height
    12.Group symbols in rooms
    Group symbols in roomsSymbols in an Installation drawing can be groupped into rooms with the help of special selection box found in Values pane in Installation menu. The value selected here acts as “default” room, and all symbols placed are automatically assigned to that room.


    Group symbols in roomsWe can change room to multiple symbols, if we select them in the drawing, and select a different room from the list offered.
    Alternatively we can define room to multiple symbols by typing the room name directly in the properties mask.
    Group symbols in rooms
    13. Insert Symbols legends
    We can use the “GenerateLegend” command from command pane to insert symbol legends in a drawing (in Installations or Distribution Diagrams).
    After selecting the command we must define the symbol to be used for the legends. The system displays all symbol libraries from which we must select a symbol. We can select a one of the symbols offered in “InstallationsLegends insert” folder.
    The legends table is placed automatically at the lower left corner of the drawing, and can be moved to a more suitable position.
    After having already placed the legends table in a drawing, if we run “GenerateLegend” the table is automatically update with new symbols placed in the drawing (without having to select Legend symbol again).
    14. Cables height
    Cables heightThe value selected in the selection box “Height” defines the default installation height for cables. Each cable we draw is automatically installed at that height.
    This way the program can calculate the vertical distances from symbols connected to this cable.

    After a cable is drawn, we cannot change the height to the whole cable.
    Cables heightBut we can change height to parts of the cable using the command “Height” in Cables panel.
    We first select the cable, and all parts are shown on the screen. If we select a part, we can define new height for that part.
    15. Cable Type
     Cable TypeThe value selected in the selection box “Cable Type” defines the default type for cables. Each cable we draw is automatically allocated this type.
    We can change type to multiple cables, if we select them in the drawing, and select a different type from the list offered.
    Alternatively we can define type(s) a cable in the properties mask.
     Cable Type
    16. Auto route cables
    Auto route cablesWith the “Auto route” command we can automatically draw cables from ONE symbol to a couple of symbols.
    In order to correctly use the command we must already have defined the cables routing with “Cable Channel” command.
    We select the first symbol from which all cables will start (usually a panel). Then we select one by one all the symbols in the drawing to be connected.
    For each cable we must select (in a special dialog that appears) if the cable be routed using the shortest way through channels or try to find alternative routes.
    17. Group symbols in circuits using Cables
    Before defining circuits, we must make sure that the relative parameter in Installations /Properties window is NOT active (default setting), so circuits are recognized by the connecting cables.
    Group symbols in circuits using Cables
    For the correct definition of circuits we must have in mind the following rules:
    1. All symbols belonging to the same circuit must be connected by Cables.
    2. One cable must be drawn from one symbol to the other.
    3. One of the symbols MUST be connected to the Panel.
    When drawing the cable that connects the circuit (one of the symbols) to the panel we must take care that the drawing direction is: FROM the panel TO the symbol.
    18. Group symbols in circuits (without using Cables)
    Before defining circuits, we must make sure that the relative parameter in Installations/ Properties window is ACTIVE, so circuits are recognised from symbols properties.
    Group symbols in circuits (without using Cables)
    For the correct definition of circuits we must have in mind the following rules
    1. All symbols must be selected and assigned to a Panel, by typing the panel name in the property “Panel”.
    2. All symbols belonging to one circuit must be selected and assigned a “Fuse Circuit”:
    • Either in the properties window   faq  
    • Or using the special selection box for assigning Fuse Circuit   faq
    Grupowanie symboli w obwody bez pomocy okablowania
    19. Define display of a Panel supply Circuit in Diagrams
    The panel "Input symbol" to be used in diagram creation is defined in Panel definition dialog.
    Define display of a Panel supply Circuit in Diagrams
    Define display of a Panel supply Circuit in Diagrams Selecting faqthe button ,we transfer to the symbol libraries and we can select a different group to display the input circuit.
    20. Define display of a Circuit in Diagrams
    We can use the property “Output Definition” to define the circuit representation in distribution diagrams (in Component properties window which opens if we double-click on a symbol).
    Selecting 31,a list of all pre-defined circuits is presented to select.
    These definitions are practically special files that map a symbol in Installations with an Output-group in folder GenerateSLD.
    Define display of a Circuit in Diagrams
    21.Re-arrange circuits
    We can use the “Panel Definition” dialog to change the order of the circuits.
    Re-arrange circuits
    The Outputs of the panel are automatically ordered based on the Fuse circuit name.
    This order can be changed using the buttons:
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    We can select an Output from the list, and using {Up} or {Down} we can change its position.
    The name of the Circuit is automatically adapted. After the creation of the diagrams, the Installation drawings will be also updated with the new circuit names.
    22. Place RCD symbols
    Place RCD symbols
    RCD symbols can be placed in selected positions of the diagram protecting one or more circuits. In the Panel Definition dialog if we double-click on a circuit, the Output Definition dialog opens.
    Place RCD symbols
    23. Define Power factor and load demand
    Define Power factor and load demandPower factor can be defined for an output symbol after the creation of Diagrams typing a decimal value (0 to 1) at the property “Cosine Phi”. The Apparent power of the circuit is calculated on-line.
    Load demand can be defined for an output symbol after the creation of Diagrams typing a decimal value (0 to 1) at the property “Concurrency Factor”. The Concurrent power of the circuit is
    calculated on-line.
    We can select multiple Output symbols and define the same “Cosine Phi” or“Concurrency Factor” at the properties mask.
    After defining factors to all output circuits of a panel, we open the Circuit List so the totals will update the panel Input circuit.
    24. Assign Phases
    After the creation of diagrams we run the command Assign Circuit Phases (Right click on Distribution Diagrams folder > Assign Circuit Phases).
     Assign Phases
    The system assigns phase to all circuit symbols (Inputs and Outputs) and calculates the load per phase.
    25. Balance phases
    Balancing load per phase can only be conducted manually following the steps:
    1. Check the load balance (Load L1, Load L2, Load L3) at panel INPUT properties
    2. Change the phase (L1 or L2 or L3) that is auto-assigned to one or more outputs of the panel.
    3. Open the Circuit List so calculation of totals will be conducted (Load L1, L2, L3 is calculated at panel INPUT).
    4. Check the load per phase at panel input again and repeat steps 2-4 if necessary.

    We must NOT run “Assign Circuit Phases” because phases will be re-assigned and any manual changes will be lost.

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