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Cableways are logical objects used in the 3D model to reserve space for cable trays and cable. The reserved space also allows interference checking along the route. That is, if any other object is in the same space, a clash results which can be resolved in the modeling phase.

Cableway Run

A cableway run is a connected series of features that normally have the same specification. All cableway features belong to a run.

Cableway Features

When you route a cableway, you place features as you go. These features define high-level design information that allows you to create your model to your requirements. As you route cableway, the software automatically selects specific parts based on the specification of the run. You may freely move features about at any time during the design process.

The following illustration shows a cableway run and its features.

1 - End Features
2 - Along-Leg Feature (highlighted)
3 - Turn Features
4 - Straight Features
5 - Transition Feature

  • By default, the software uses fast mode routing, which means that you do not see elbows and turns graphics appear while in dynamic display. You can toggle fast mode routing on and off by pressing SHIFT+F.

  • When you start routing a branch from a cableway, the branch does not inherit all the properties from the header run. However, the Specification, Fill Efficiency, Signal Type, and Voltage Grade boxes inherit the values from the header run. (A header run is the main length of cableway from which other cableways can branch into or out of.)

  • You must use zero-spec cableway (Cws-0) in your cableway network if you want to later route cable across gaps in the tray. For more information, see Routing Cable in Disconnected Networks.