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          Solomon Williams commented  · 

          Add a field to fixtures that indicates the dimming methods that are available on that fixture (0-10V, forward phase, reverse phase, three-wire, DALI, etc.). These would need to be checkboxes, as many fixtures are capable of multiple dimming types. Similarly, add a field to switches that indicate the dimming output method (or methods) that the switch can produce. When a fixture is added to a switch group, verify that the dimming is compatible. Add 'low-voltage circuiting' in addition to line voltage circuiting, with a separate layer control.

          Solomon Williams commented  · 

          This would be a wonderful feature. Right now, we put a piece of text 'VIA LCP' next to the homerun text, then draw all of the LCP detail manually. This would be a great feature, as it is easy to recircuit some devices and forget to change the LCP diagram to match.

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              Solomon Williams commented  · 

              To clarify: Let's say you have some kitchen equipment that is specified by the owner. They have a 5 hp mixer that they've labeled 'K5'. You create a piece of equipment and set the Equipment Callout field to "K5" so that it shows up on the drawing as K5. You set the Description field (in the Schedule Information section) to "Mixer, 5 hp". If you want the panel schedule to contain the description, you have to manually type or cut and paste for each piece of equipment you make. I'd like the option to have the panel schedule read "K5 - Mixer, 5 hp" by combining these two fields.

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                Solomon Williams commented  · 

                Having multiple selectable blocks for a fixture would be handy for fixtures that can be mounted vertically or horizontally. I don't know if this would be a feasible add to this wish.

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                  Solomon Williams commented  · 

                  This might be more useful if you could have more than one source for a BUS device. We often model multi-section switchboards as separate pieces of equipment, with the first section as either a gutter (if it's MLO) or as an enclosed breaker (for a main). Having a BUS that allowed multiple inputs would make either of these possible.

                  Similarly, we recently had a project with an existing MDP with a main but no capacity. We needed to add a second MDP, but the power utility would not strike the building more than once and the existing transformer was the largest one they normally stock. The solution was to place a second transformer in parallel, join them in a junction enclosure, then bring in separate service entrances for the two MDPs. his would again be easier to model if we had a bus gutter that allowed multiple inputs as well as outputs.

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                    Solomon Williams commented  · 

                    We do this all the time, and we've made a switch device that represents a relay. Switches can be circuited and you can initiate homeruns from them. We use these for lighting control panel relays as well as relays for switched receptacles.

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                            Solomon Williams commented  · 

                            This could almost be implemented using existing features of Equipment. If you make a new equipment group called 'keyed notes', you can then make a piece of equipment called '1' and put the note in one of the description fields. The equipment block could be a point or other non-plotting item. A custom block can be made for the equipment tag with an attribute that displays the name of the piece of equipment, in this example '1', say, in the center of a circle. All there is left to do is insert the 'equipment' on the drawing to get the equipment tag which looks like a keyed note (circle with a 1 in it) and put an equipment schedule on the drawing, which would only show the equipment name (keyed note number) and the field with the description in it. The only rub is that you can't insert more than one instance of a piece of equipment, so if you copy it you'll get more than one note 1 in your keyed note list.

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                              Solomon Williams commented  · 

                              You can add your own custom keyboard shortcuts by altering the acad.pgp file. For example, I added the following to the bottom of my .pgp file:
                              IR, *dm_elec-receptacles
                              IS, *dm_elec-switch
                              IF, *dm_elec-insertLF
                              IL, *dm_elec-insertLVD
                              These work just fine. See the AutoCAD documentation for 'command alias' for more information. Finding the acad.pgp file may be a daunting task. Mine is located at C:\Users\(Username)\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2014\R19.1\enu\Support\acad.pgp

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                                      Solomon Williams commented  · 

                                      There is a simple workaround for this. Make a switch that is simply a donut on the defpoints layer. Add this switch into your drawing where you want to loop to change direction, delete the loop and manually add loops from device A to the donut to device B. You have to manually move the individual loops around so they are tangential at the donut, but this works pretty well.

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