You can create cables and then route those cables through existing conduit and cableway. You can:
Assign cable properties
Automatically route cable
Edit cable routes including the ability to define where cables enter and exit cable tray
Insert cable markers and generate a report of the cable route by marker name
You can create cables by defining the name, part number, and equipment to which the cable is connected. For example, you can choose an electrical cabinet and a pump to connect with cable in the model.
You can create parallel cables, if needed. The software creates a parent object called a parallel cable, and children objects called paralleled cables. The paralleled cables have the same part number, have the same entry and exit points into and out of the cableway, and follow the same path in the cableway. The following graphic shows the parallel cable hierarchy in the Workspace Explorer.
For more information on creating cables, see Insert Cable .
You can automatically route cables using AutoRoute on the Edit Cable Path ribbon. After a cable is created, you can use Edit Cable Path to access the autorouting functionality. Autorouting determines the shortest path from the starting point to the ending point on the cable tray or conduit and routes the cable accordingly. You must define signal types for the cable trays and conduits to autoroute cables. You can modify the assigned autorouted path, if necessary, by specifying additional must-include cable trays for the selected cable.
During the auto route process, the software also considers the cable tray fill requirement. You can choose to allow overfilling of the cable trays or to allow real-time fill calculations during the routing process. For more information about using the autorouting functionality, see AutoRoute.
Edit Cable Path
After the software automatically routes the cable, you can edit the cable path so that the cable runs through the proper cable trays. You need to define the cable entry point into the cableway system, the cableways and conduit that the cable is to go through, and the cable exit point from the cableway system. If you do not have conduit and cableways in your model, use the Route Conduit and Route Cableway commands to create them.
As you route a cable, you can view the maximum fill capacity for the cable tray or conduit in the MaxFill box on the ribbon. If you click MaxFill, the software highlights the corresponding tray or conduit containing the maximum fill. You can use surface style rules to show which cable trays are full and which ones are nearly full. You can also run a cable fill report for cable tray or conduit.
The software also calculates the maximum fill during the autorouting process. You can allow overfilling of the cable trays or allow real-time fill calculations during the routing process.
Fill calculations are based on the National Electrical Code (NEC) standard. The software performs the calculations using Microsoft Visual Basic module, which can be customized based on the requirements of a given project. For more information about editing cable paths, see Edit Cable Path .
Place Cable Marker
After you route cables, you can place markers on cableway or conduit features to designate the path of the cables. You can later generate a report on the paths and use the information as required. For more information about placing cable markers, see Insert Cable Marker .