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DraftLogic Electrical and Untrained Users…A Cautionary Tale

Monday, May 13th, 2013

This cautionary tale applies to all software that provides any degree of automation, herein we will focus in on the DraftLogic Electrical building electrical design expert system.

The Power of Automation…and Power Tools

Comparing the productivity of DraftLogic Electrical versus raw AutoCAD, Revit, or the MEP versions thereof is like comparing a jackhammer to a 10 pound sledgehammer…the productivity difference on a job of any material size is immense!

The Danger of Automation…and Power Tools

Similar to the jackhammer versus sledgehammer comparison, however, the user of the tool must know how to properly use the tool. An untrained jackhammer user is likely to hurt themselves rather than do a quality job in an efficient manner without injury. DraftLogic Electrical adds lots of building electrical design functionality to AutoCAD. Much of this functionality is highly automated expert systems tools.  Typically, the more a particular tool does for you, the more important it is to provide good base data to that tool.

A designer untrained in the use of DraftLogic Electrical is highly likely to feed bad data into the expert system automation and thus make things harder for themselves. How can a designer create bad data? Well, AutoCAD is basically a completely open design environment…you can design what you want how you want. This is great for design flexibility, not so great when you are trying to help a user create a CEC or NEC compliant building electrical design and using expert systems automation to help the user get to a completed design a lot faster.

What are some of the things that untrained users can do that will make trouble for themselves?  A good example is failing to use the Circuit Manager to create relationships between distribution devices. Users manually filling in the parent ID and circuit attributes on distribution devices will often mistype in one or the other, or leave one of them completely blank. They will also use the same circuit number for multiple devices. Phase, pole, and voltage incompatibilities are often created. None of these things can happen when the Circuit Manager is used–that’s why the training videos tell users to use the Circuit Manager many times.

The Cautionary Tale

I recently assisted a client with a fair-sized project, likely 400 person hours of design work if done in raw AutoCAD or AutoCAD MEP…more if done in Revit or Revit MEP. The project was started by one user on DraftLogic Electrical but due to resource constraints in the design firm was handed to another user early on. Unfortunately, only the initial user had taken the time to carefully go through the training program.

The second user ended up manually populating their circuiting relationships, with errors in almost every one, rather than using the Circuit Manager & also manually populated feeders rather than let DraftLogic Electrical supply code-compliant feeders for everything and only after that override those select few feeders that are desired different from a basic code compliant calculation. These errors jammed up the reporting automation completely.

Much badness resulted: I had to perform a detailed review on the drawing, the user was frustrated because their project was halted, and after my review they had to rework basically all of their distribution circuiting. We got everything sorted out and put the project back on track, but at a cost–the project should have taken 120 hours or less in DraftLogic Electrical rather than 400 in AutoCAD but due to the errors I am pretty sure the hours ran up to over 250.

Let Their Painful Lesson Save You the Same

In summation, AutoCAD is the wild, wild west for the variety of data that a user can create. In DraftLogic Electrical we attempt to balance between placing restrictions to ensure that users create good data versus not restricting their design efforts. It’s a tough balancing act, and throwing an untrained user into the mix is highly likely to make problems for all concerned. So please ensure that anyone you desire to enjoy the DraftLogic Productivity boost is given ample time to learn how to use DraftLogic Electrical properly. Their ongoing productivity gains from efficiently using everything that DraftLogic Electrical has to offer will make the upfront few days training time investment completely insignificant.

 

Regards,
Dean Whitford
Chief Executive Officer
DraftLogic
Phone 780-906-2888 (9AM to 6PM MTN time)
Email dwhitford@draftlogic.com
Blog http://www.draftlogic.com/blog
Visit us on the Internet: www.draftlogic.com

 

Winter is Here and So is a New Release

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Welcome to winter!

DraftLogic Inc. has a gift for you to soften the blow of the oncoming cold season.  On Monday, we will release the latest version of DraftLogic Electrical, V3.0.0.671.  The new benefits in this version coupled with the benefits from the optional upgrades in September and October make this release strongly recommended.

 

Data, Fiber, Voice, Coaxial Symbols

The first round of our symbols updating efforts is ready for release.  We have added new fiber communications symbols and new combo (data, voice, and coaxial) symbols.  All communications symbols have been enhanced to show on plots, in abbreviated format, the number of ports/jacks they have on them.  For example: 2D, 2D/2V, 2F, and 2D/2V/1C.  There is now also a list to select details about the jacks, wall plate, or cable on each communication symbol.  Both lists are database driven, so adding / changing / removing items from the list is quick and easy.

 

One Touch Removal of Branch Circuit Wiring Elements

There is a new ‘Erase Lines Keep HR’ tool on the BCW tool palette and in the BCW submenu of the DL Electrical menu.  The tool gives you a one touch removal of BCW elements for those that want to use Automated Branch Circuit Wiring.  You can remove all interconnect related BCW lines and symbols, leaving only home run text blocks and arrows, or use the second offered option to retain home run symbols, like junction boxes, that were placed during Automated Branch Circuit Wiring or manually.  In the future, we will activate a third option that allows you to additionally retain all multicircuit interconnects.

 

More Intelligent Suite Related Bill of Materials and Export to ConEst IntelliBid

Prior to this release, BCW interconnects and home runs were only associated with a particular master suite if they were completely enclosed in the suite in question.  This required you to ensure that such drawing elements were completely in the suite’s service area.  With this release, DraftLogic Electrical will first look at the wire configuration details on BCW interconnects and in home run attributes to determine suite membership.  This association will be used regardless of the location of the interconnect or home run, so suite multiplication will happen as desired even if, for example, an interconnect runs outside the walls of the suite’s service area.  Only in the case where the wire configuration data (that includes the servicing panel) does not exist or is invalid is the location used to determine if the interconnect or home run should be multiplied as per suite contents or not.

 

Protection Overrides Now Smarter Than Us

Prior to this release, you could select an incompatible protection type override and protection size override, for example a 225A fused disconnect.  DraftLogic Electrical would slavishly create the nonexistent for you.  Now, DraftLogic Electrical looks upon the protection type override as ‘king’ and selects a legitimate protection size and frame size based on that.  If you have selected a nonexistent combination, DraftLogic Electrical will select the next highest legitimate protection and frame size.

We have also added more messaging about the rectification and application of overrides through dialogs in the Circuit Manager and warning arrows in Automated Circuiting.

 

Goodies from Optional Upgrades the Last Couple Months

If you haven’t upgraded since the August 28, 2012 V3.0.0.603 release or prior, these blog entries detail what was included in the optional upgrades in September and October:

http://www.draftlogic.com/blog/2012/09/

http://www.draftlogic.com/blog/2012/10/

 

Upgrade Effort

We estimate that running the Client and Server upgrades will take just a few minutes.  Overwriting the three databases completely will take another couple minutes.  If you have Room, Luminaire, Project, or Design Parameter Library records that you have added or modified and desire to keep, it will take another few minutes to run a script to update the DraftLogic database rather than replacing it (the DL-Config and DL-Control do not house any of your data so can be overwritten).

 

We’ll follow up on Monday with a note to point you to the updates and quick instructions on performing the update!  Let me know if you have any comments, questions, or concerns.

 

Regards,
Dean Whitford
Chief Executive Officer
DraftLogic
Phone 780-906-2888 (9AM to 6PM MTN time)
Email dwhitford@draftlogic.com
Blog http://www.draftlogic.com/blog
Visit us on the Internet: www.draftlogic.com

DraftLogic Electrical News: Optional New Dialog, AutoCAD and its Eating Problem, Your Input on Symbols

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Good day, Building Electricalizens!

 

This week we have a goodie to offer you, some tips about keeping your workstation running at peak performance, and a request for your input.

 

The New Units Reconciliation Dialog

 

OK, quick survey: everyone who likes having to jump between the units mismatch warning dialog and the Project Library raise your hand! What, nobody???  Well, today you can get an optional upgrade to get the new Units Reconciliation dialog & be done with ‘the old way’.  See this blog (http://www.draftlogic.com/blog/2012/09/new-units-reconciliation-dialog/ ) and this forums entry (http://www.draftlogic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=129 ) for information.  Contact me if you want the files to do the upgrade—estimated time to perform is two minutes with no database complexities involved.

 

AutoCAD Eats Memory

 

Any long-time CAD user knows about AutoCAD’s tendency to munch memory and not give it back…due to the tens of thousands of automatic operations typically executed in a DraftLogic Electrical session, DraftLogic Electrical  both exacerbates the memory eating and suffers from it.  This forums entry lets you know what to keep an eye on and how to avoid being the victim of plummeting performance due to memory munching.

( http://www.draftlogic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=130 )

 

Need Your Symbolic Input

 

OK, let’s straighten that out…we don’t need your ‘symbolic’ input, we need your input on symbols aka blocks!  One of our upcoming releases is going to focus on adding blocks to the DraftLogic Electrical CAD Standard.  Let us know what you would like to see included.  We would love to see what you want, so please also send DWG samples of blocks you would like added to DraftLogic Electrical.  Marty & Julie…I know you would like to see a exit light with floods symbol to complement the entries we added to the luminaire library for them in the last release, let us know how you want it to look  :)

 

Regards,
Dean Whitford
Chief Executive Officer
DraftLogic
Phone 780-906-2888 (9AM to 6PM MTN time)
Email dwhitford@draftlogic.com
Blog http://www.draftlogic.com/blog
Visit us on the Internet: www.draftlogic.com

Automatic Drawing Validation

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

After working with a variety of DraftLogic Electrical users for some time, it became apparent that certain issues in the drawings were much more common than any others.  These are issues related to room and floor boundaries & duplicate symbols.  In order to minimize the time that these issues cost our users, DraftLogic Inc. has built an automatic drawing validation tool that will be included in our June 2012 release.

 

What is Checked?

Most of the ways that a room or floor boundary can go wrong are checked, things like unclosed polylines, overlaps, missing or too many floor match symbols and room IDs.  Including these and other checks that are done, there are well over twenty conditions checked in this first release of the automated drawing validation tool.

 

Does the Automatic Drawing Validation Tool Do More Than Identify Issues?

In addition to checking for common issues, the automatic drawing validation tool will resolve issues that have only one possible resolution, saving you immense time in tracking down and fixing this type of issues.  So things like unclosed polylines, zero length lines,  zero length segments in polylines, and completely duplicate blocks are all automatically dealt with and reported to you.

 

When Does the Automatic Validation Happen?

The automatic validation happens on load of any DWG and also at critical points in the reporting process, for example before the single line diagram or panel schedules are created.  You can trigger it anytime you want using the ‘Check Blocks & Polys’ tool from near the bottom of the Drawing Discovery tool group on the Command tool palette.

 

We Need Your Feedback

Please let us know what you think of the drawing validation tool & if there are any tests  you disagree with being done (especially any of the automatically fixed issues) and if you have an idea for another test that would help you with a troublesome area.

Since the test automatically runs on drawing load and we did not want old error arrows causing confusion versus new ones dropped by the drawing validation tool, we are now clearing all error arrows from the DWG on load.  Let us know what you think of this, as it prevents you from leaving unaddressed error arrows in a save for reloading tomorrow.  The only way to do that now would be to WBLOCK the errors out and xref them to the drawing after loading in the new AutoCAD session…so very inconvenient if you want to keep error arrows active between saves!

 

For More Information

See the detailed forums entry about the drawing validation tool at this forums page.

 

Looking forward to your questions & feedback,

Dean Whitford, CEO
DraftLogic Inc.
dwhitford@draftlogic.com
780-906-2888

Challenging Times Require Creative Solutions

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

If you are like most engineering companies, 50% to 70% of your overhead is comprised of salaries & benefits for your staff.

Electrical Design Services Becoming a Commodity

The electrical design business has been commoditized for most of us, there are many firms doing the same thing in a competitive market so the profit margins to a great extent are determined by market forces. If we all use the same tools and processes to create designs and drawings our profits are limited by these market forces.Minor changes to process and the level of effort we place on the design and drawing creation can result in small but positive improvements to the bottom line but for the most part we are limited by the tools we use.

 

Negative Productivity Pressures
The pressure towards BIM (Revit, for example) has not helped profitability and has placed even larger burdens on the production staff to get things done in a timely manner. For all projects we have talked to our clients about, productivity losses on having to do a project in BIM are about 30-40%.
So what is the answer, how do you balance the demands of your clients, the need to pay staff well to keep them and at the same time maintain a profitable level of business operations along with your reputation?

 

Where Can You Have the Most Effect?

As mentioned in the opening sentence the largest single expense is your staff salaries so that is the place to begin to create efficiencies.


New technology is available to help you achieve the following goals:

  1. Increase profit margins (see the revenue per employee effects here)
  2. Reduce production costs (productivity information here)
  3. Improve accuracy (read here about error reduction)
  4. Expand deliverables (see the list of completely automatically generated reports here)
  5. Free up cash flow to reward the high level producers in your firm and keep them

Seek out these new technologies that will bring freedom to the way you do business.

 

Commitment to Process Improvement

In order to take advantage of these tools you must show some commitment to change that will be required to break out of the old costly production habits. Those companies and individuals that are eager to change and embrace the new tools will benefit and move ahead of the pack.
Using the power of the computer on your desktop and harnessing it to ramp up production to the next level is one way of achieving the list of goals noted above. Leveraging automation is possible to achieve huge gains in productivity. In most cases the design process is a compilation of repetitive error prone tasks that can be significantly reduced with the new tools available.

By empowering your staff with the right tools to rise to new production levels will not only impact the bottom line but you will free up your most valuable resource, time! Time to pursue other clients, other work, or simply to reduce the overtime grind that we so often face in critical times.
Fortunately for us the software tools that we have at our disposal today are becoming better to help us achieve these goals.

 

Change is Never Easy
It often takes courage to implement change, even though it will be beneficial for all involved it still takes what appears to be a leap of faith and pushback will be encountered without question. It is human nature to oppose anything that can take us away from our familiar path.


Find the technology that is as non-disruptive as possible, integrate it into your work flow, train your people properly and your company and its staff can soar to new heights.
DraftLogic Electrical is one of those companies bringing revolutionary tools to your company.

 

Gerry Stebnicki, President

DraftLogic Inc.

Fault Levels Calculation Workflow and Time Comparison

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

DraftLogic Electrical Versus Traditional Methods

Calculating fault currents for a transformer circuit

Situation description:

Project has 10 dry type transformers feeding panels. System voltage is 347/600 as service entry, transformers are feeding a variety of panel loads at 120/208 volts and one 277/480 volt panel. All panels and transformers are in a plant like building environment so sizes, locations and feeder sizes and lengths are varied.

Panels and transformers are located on the drawings and the designer has been requested to calculate fault levels at the panels downstream of each transformer to ensure that the appropriate breakers are selected for this project. Loads have been assigned to each panel but feeders and transformers have not been sized.

Using traditional methods where a designer is using an on line app to check voltage drop and some form of calculation spreadsheet to assist with the fault level calculations here is an analysis of the tasks and estimated time needed.

Typical workflow using traditional methods

1. Size transformers based on panel loads (loads are known). Estimated time 15 minutes

2. Size 20 feeders from code tables. Estimated time 45 minutes

3. Scale length of each feeder (20 ) on the drawings and check voltage drop based on expected load and selected conductor. Estimated time 40 minutes

4. Change conductor size if needed to satisfy voltage drop tolerance. Estimated time 15 minutes

5. Use fault level spread sheet to calculate fault levels for each component of each feeder, typically this will require calculation of three segments per feeder, the section from the transformer feeder breaker or fuse to the transformer, the transformer let though and finally the last segment from the transformer to the downstream panel. An estimated 70 combined mouse clicks and key strokes per transformer circuit. For 10 such circuits an estimated 700 keystrokes mouse clicks and keystrokes needed (each one an opportunity for error). Estimated time at only 10 seconds average per entry = 116 minutes

6. Collate results and prepare report for review. Estimated time 10 minutes.
Summary; Many steps needed, extensive human input for each step resulting in many opportunities for errors to creep into the process. Estimated total cycle time 241 minutes or 4 hours.

If a change is needed because of load variations the whole or part of the process must be repeated.

Same task using DraftLogic Electrical

Assumes panels were placed on the drawing using DraftLogic Electrical software which will automatically draw the single line and calculate all loads, conductor sizes based on voltage drop settings and will also calculate fault levels automatically at all critical points in the system from MDP to all downstream devices.

1. Select “single line” from report dialogue box and click ‘ok’. Estimated time 30 seconds.

2. Wait for automation to perform all calculations, size feeders and generate fault levels. Estimated time 2 minutes.
Summary; Only two steps needed, that take a couple of minutes to execute all required calculations and prepare a report for review in the form of a completed single line diagram. Estimated total cycle time 5 minutes. Using these tools all power tree objects are dealt with not just transformer circuits, the entire power tree from MDP to all downstream devices are sized, voltage drop is calculated and feeder sizes adjusted, all lengths automatically entered with adjustment factors vertical drops and connections within panels allowed for and fault levels calculated for all objects.

If changes occur, make the adjustments to whatever parameter is altered and re-run the process.

Conclusion

DraftLogic Electrical vastly decreases the time taken to do this task the first time around, taking only a few minutes versus four hours for the traditional method!

Not only does DraftLogic Electrical provide this incredible productivity gain, it also minimizes the opportunity for error. As you can guess from the number of manual actions and calculations being made in the traditional method, it is highly likely that errors will creep in to the manual process.

Lastly, these gains in productivity and accuracy only multiply as the work needs to be done over and over to accommodate for change requests and ‘what if’ design scenarios.

Gerry Stebnicki, President
DraftLogic Inc.
sales@draftlogic.com
780-906-2888
See our website at www.draftlogic.com

New and Improved Luminaire Tags…Part 1

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Question: which building electrical design software automatically places luminaire tags for you? DraftLogic Electrical, of course! Well, you likely all very well knew the answer to that one. DraftLogic Electrical has been automatically placing luminaire tags for you since day one, and further to that it has been automatically categorizing and sequentially numbering the tags to allow for the completely automatic generation of a luminaire schedule.

Although we have always provided you with industry-leading automation like that in the automated luminare tags and luminaire schedule, We at DraftLogic have always wanted to give you more control over the luminaire tagging and also to make even ‘smarter’ placements. With today’s release of DraftLogic Electrical, that is all coming to life.

With the new luminaire tags, you now have lots of control over the results of the automated placement. You choose one of several different density levels and a buffer, scale, and maximum service distance (i.e. distance that multiple luminaires will ‘share’ the same tag).

In about 8 weeks, we plan to release the luminaire tag automated placement part 2 with enhancements versus today’s version: faster execution, specific handling for centering in tbar cells, and last but not least, some enhancements based on your feedback.

See the forums entry for more detail on how to use the new luminaire tag automated placement:

http://www.draftlogic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=115&sid=19bdf5d530398a7ce7e7d6f43d4d5315

As always, please email, call, or chat us if you have any questions!

Regards,
Dean Whitford, CEO & Gerry Stebnicki, President
DraftLogic Inc.

Keys to Success for Learning to Use Software Built for Complex Tasks

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Learning New Software Blues

You know what?  I hate reading software manuals, attending software training courses, and watching training videos as much…or even more…than you do!  I can usually get away without doing any of that…with typical ‘consumer grade’ applications.  It is an indisputable truism, however, that not all software can be made simple and intuitive enough so that a reasonably intelligent person can sit down and effectively use it without having to do any of these horrible horrible things  :)

In Our Experience

We at DraftLogic Inc. have been working with new clients and with potential clients that are setting up pilot projects and trials of DraftLogic Electrical.  Since what happens in the initial learning phase of the software determines whether implementation moves forward or not, we have learned some key factors that determine success or failure across all sites.

These key factors apply to all software that has a tough job to do. What do I mean by that?  Well, typically speaking, the more complex and knowledge intensive the end product, the more complex the software to help users create a quality end product. For example, consider AutoCAD, Revit, and enterprise resource planning products.  Each of these products requires a minimum base level of product knowledge before a user can be truly productive with them.  Sure, someone with reasonable computer experience can sit down and draw some simple entities in AutoCAD, but you and I both know there is no way that someone without experience or training will be able to create professional quality output without some training!

So let’s dig into these keys to success that you can apply to almost any software built for complex tasks, using DraftLogic Electrical as our ‘case study’.

DraftLogic Electrical is going to make your design time both more enjoyable and more productive. It does this by automating boring, low skill, and error prone tasks; thus freeing up much more of your time to be able to concentrate on the important design decisions. You will finish your projects faster and even be able to deliver more value to the client in the shorter design time.

The Three Keys to Success

There are three key things that are all necessary to be successful with DraftLogic Electrical. If you can make these commitments, it is highly likely that you will be very successful with DraftLogic Electrical, i.e. your design productivity will, at a minimum, double and you will enjoy your design time more. The more of these commitments that are not met or are only partially met, the more likely it is that you will not be successful with DraftLogic Electrical and you will miss out on a great opportunity.

Firstly, your company must allocate you paid time during regular workdays to do the video training. The hours required in total are 20-24 if our tutorial school is used as the sample, up to approximately 30 hours if you select one of your projects to try things on.  The video training must be completed in a span of no more than two weeks–any longer and you’ll forget the basics before you learn the other features! In our experience, it is also not going to work if the company asks a designer to learn DraftLogic Electrical ‘as they go’, ‘during lunch times’, or ‘at home in the evening/weekends’.

Secondly, you must go carefully through the entire training video series, pausing the videos often and trying each function on the tutorial school data.

Thirdly, you must not ‘spin your wheels’. We want you to have a positive learning and use experience, not get frustrated trying to figure something tricky out. Call for support when: there is a concept in the training videos that does not seem to make sense, a function does not work when you try them it the tutorial data, or there simply seems to be some instruction or information missing.  Spend a few minutes reviewing the video, quickly check for information in the forums, and perhaps read the particular section for the function in question in the user manual…but other than that, pick up the phone and call 780-906-2888 for help.  Spending a few minutes on the phone with us will save you many more minutes of frustration.  We have noticed that some folks tend to email rather than call, please be aware that email might not get looked at for some number of minutes so it is always best to call if you have a question that needs to be answered in order for you to be able to continue.

In Closing

I have two last suggestions.  The first is for those trying to help clients learn their software–you need both the executives and the users to buy-in to the above to make the learning process work.  The second is for those who have to learn any software built for a complex task–think of the end state of improved productivity with less effort that you will be in after training…that should help you to stay focused and gain maximum benefit from the training.

Happy Software Engineering,

Dean Whitford, CEO

DraftLogic Inc.

 

PS:  interested in seeing a sample video training program?  Check ours out.

Productivity Shoot-Out: DraftLogic Electrical vs. AutoCAD vs. Revit MEP

Monday, November 14th, 2011

In speaking with electrical engineering companies and design build companies about DraftLogic Electrical, we are asked time and time again about whether there is a version of DraftLogic Electrical that runs within Revit.

 

Just Like Your Dentist: You Have to Go There From Time to Time but it Always Hurts

The vast majority of those who are asking are not doing so because they like designing in Revit, they are asking because they are forced to work in Revit on certain projects. Without fail, those same folks tell us that working in Revit is costing them design productivity…and not just a little bit! Their estimate of the electrical design productivity drop is 30-40%, no small thing in a world where we need to become more productive rather than less.

All of the electrical design firms we have spoken with about Revit have experienced the same thing. The industry is forcing us all in that direction and we are developing strategies to help us still be productive, profitable and at the same time give the clients the deliverables they are requesting.

 

Productivity Shoot-Out to See What the Affect Is

Since we were curious about exactly how much productivity was being lost, we decided to run a productivity shoot-out. The same project would be designed in AutoCAD with the typical ‘corporate tools’ to help out, Revit MEP, and DraftLogic Electrical (which runs on top of AutoCAD).

We had some interesting results.

Here is the summary of the “production hours for the design and drawings” on this example of a multi-use 26,000 sq. ft. two story building. Production times were from experienced software users in all three production time records. The results will vary from project to project depending on size and complexity, this is just one typical example, but reflects what we are hearing from clients across North America on productivity. Producing design and drawings in 3D takes longer, always.

 

Design Time Required to Complete the Project

Standard ACAD = 130 hours

Revit MEP= 177 hours (a 36% increase in production cost!)

DraftLogic Electrical = 21 hours ( an 84% increase in productivity over ACAD and 88% increase over Revit)

DraftLogic Electrical with Revit output of devices only (estimated) = 37hours (net 79% increase in productivity for 2D, 3D combined output over full 3D)

This clearly outlines the potential gains by keeping the 2D elements in the 2D environment from a production standpoint. Even when doing the design in DraftLogic Electrical and then going into Revit to place the devices therein to meet the project’s Revit deliverable requirement, DraftLogic Electrical is still almost five times faster than doing everything just in Revit!


Conclusion

Is your goal to slavishly work in a single platform that you would not work in if you had the choice?  We don’t think so!

As designers, the goal is to get the job done with the utmost of professionalism and in reasonable time–you want a good design on a timely basis, the software you use is just a tool to get you to a completed design.

As electrical engineering firm & design build firm executives & owners, you want the work done accurately, error free, to meet client requirements, and at lowest reasonable cost to your company.  If this means that there is some deliverable in some format (a Revit model, for example), well that is just part of the job and doesn’t necessarily mean that you want or need to do the job completely in that format.

This productivity shoot-out has clearly demonstrated, as have all our benchmark tests, that DraftLogic Electrical drastically increases design productivity.  In this case, DraftLogic Electrical still vastly accelerates productivity even when one of the project deliverables involves looking at the completed DraftLogic Electrical design in order to place required devices into a Revit building model as one of the electrical design deliverables.

Prudent and intelligent use of tools available can make a huge difference to your bottom line, call or email us to discuss your situation and we’ll discuss how DraftLogic Electrical can benefit you.

Regards,
Gerry Stebnicki & Dean Whitford
DraftLogic Inc.
gstebnicki@draftlogic.com / dwhitford@draftlogic.com
780-906-2888

What have we done for you lately? DraftLogic V3.0 Quick Update!

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Hey folks,

We’ve been so busy with our DraftLogic Electrical V3.0 update that we have not been very good at communicating with you about what’s happening…sorry!

Regardless, DraftLogic Electrical V3.0 is now shipping.  The biggest improvement is complete native support to run on all 64bit AutoCADs 2010 thru to 2012 inclusive in addition to what we supported in V2.0, which was all 32bit AutoCADs 2006 thru to 2012 inclusive.

Here’s a quick list of some of the highlights of our work the past 12 months:

  • Many cycles of improvement in Annotation Organizer (the Annotation Organizer automatically arranges visible annotation in the floor plan plots for best readability, saving you an immense number of hours of clicking and dragging annotation around)
  • Very soon to be released completely reworked Automated Luminaire Tag Placement
  • New ‘Export to IntelliBid’ function/report for direct transfer of detailed materials requirements to estimating software
  • Even more accurate distances for Bill of Materials, including a number of user modifiers
  • User overrides for distance to parent for all power tree devices, large motors, and all homeruns
  • Motor controls reported on Motor Schedule
  • Now compatible with all 32bit AutoCADs 2006 thru to 2012 inclusive
  • Now compatible with all 64bit AutoCADs 2010 thru to 2012 inclusive
  • Libraries have many more functions added
  • Approximately 30% more ‘out-of-the-box’ template entries in libraries

We’re in the process of contacting all our users to arrange the updating of their site to the new version, call or email us at your convenience if you haven’t heard from us yet and want to move ahead ASAP.

Regards,

Dean Whitford
CEO
DraftLogic Inc.
780-906-2888