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Intergraph Smart 3D Electrical

Intergraph Smart 3D
2019 (10.0)

Sets options for routing cables.

Property Page

Displays the Cable Properties dialog box. For more information, see Cable Properties Dialog Box.

Cable List

Displays a dialog box that lists all the defined cables in the model. To define a cable, click Insert Cable .

Select Cable(s)

Select one or more cables to edit the path. For manual routing, all selected cables follow the same path. For autorouting, the shortest path that meets your criteria is found independently for each selected cable

Set Entry Point

Identify the entry point into the cableway for the cable path near the originating device. This point must be either at an end feature of a conduit or cableway or a point along a cableway straight feature, along leg feature, or turn feature. This option is required for manual routing and optional for autorouting.

Select Way Features

Select the cableway and conduit straight features, branch, turn features except end features, in the order (from entry to exit) that you want the cable to run through. When you select a straight feature, the software extends the selection along the cableway header. You select another straight feature at each branch that you want the route to take. Selecting a currently selected way feature de-selects that feature. You only have to select a few way features to get a path that deviates from the ideal shortest route as your design conditions require. When you select a cable that has been autorouted, you can click Select Way Features to review the way features you previously selected and edit their order. See Show Order of Way Features below for more information.

Select Avoidance Features

Select the cableways and conduit straight features through which the cable cannot pass. This option is only used when autorouting. Although this option is sometimes useful to quickly define the required route, Avoidance features are not stored with the resulting cable route for later possible re-route of the cable as are way-features. As such, it is more effective to use way-features.

Set Exit Point

Identify the exit point from the cableway for the cable path near the terminating device. This point must be either at an end feature of a conduit or cableway or a point along a cableway straight feature, along leg feature, or turn feature.


Saves the cable route as defined to the database.

Reject Selection

Rejects the selected object.

Accept Selection

Confirms the selected set of objects.

Delete Path Selection

Deletes the currently defined paths of the selected cables.


Automatically routes each selected cable through the shortest path that has the required signal type and meets the currently defined entry/exit points, way-features, and/or avoidance features. If the autoroute produces unexpected results, ensure that the following conditions exist:

  • The allowed signal types defined for the cableways include the cable signal type.

  • The cableways are connected. Verify that you have branch features at branch points.

  • The equipment is within your required range from the cableways. For more information, see AutoRoute Options Dialog Box.

  • The way features that you have selected are in an order from the entry to the exit that is possible.

  • The selected way features do not exceed 100.

  • The selected way paths do not exceed 20.

Partial Autoroute

Reroutes a selected portion of an already autorouted cable, keeping the rest of the cable path unchanged.

AutoRoute Options

Specifies autorouting options. The software allows either overfilling of cableways or real-time fill calculations among other options. For more information, see AutoRoute Options Dialog Box.

Show Order of Way Features

Activates the Order of Way Features dialog box, which displays the originating and terminating devices for the cable and the order of the way features that the cable will pass through when autorouted. By default, the software finds the shortest path through all the way features. If the shortest path is not appropriate, you can re-order the way features using Show Order of Way Features. Open the dialog box and click OK to confirm that the selected order should be considered for auto-routing. Otherwise, the software picks the path through the selected way features. In this case, the order is decided by the software.


Defines the parent system for the cable.

Cable name

Displays the name of the cable.