Medeek Electrical

Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:44 pm

Tutorial #1 - Extension Overview:



Footnote: The bug encountered at the 16:00 min. mark has been identified and corrected.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:09 pm

There is always more that can be done. Just remember though I am juggling four different extensions now, single handed and each one is very deep (and broad). So my time to devote to any one plugin or request is becoming much more selective.

If you would like to have a feature added I need more details:

1.) Most common configuration and manufacturer.
2.) Some indication of how much this feature would be used (does it fit the 90% rule).
3.) Commercial or Residential application.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:36 am

Version 0.9.1b - 02.19.2019
- Enabled the ability to draw outlets with any wall geometry (removed the dependency on the Medeek Wall extension).
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:18 am

Version 0.9.1c - 02.19.2019
- Enabled the ability to draw low voltage outlets, load centers and light fixtures with any wall geometry (removed the dependency on the Medeek Wall extension).

The plugin is now fully independent of the Medeek Wall extension and can function as a standalone extension.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:33 am

Its funny how some of my best thinking is done when I am doing totally unrelated tasks. While I was cleaning out my garage and mini-van on Sunday afternoon I slowly started working out how to handle ceiling mounted light fixtures, almost unconsciously before I was aware that I was working on the problem.

After giving this topic a rest for a few days and then revisiting it again this evening it is now clear to me that in order for this to work properly I really need a "Story" or "Levels" module or plugin that actually works across all of the plugins. This Levels module is also needed for the other plugins in the mdkBIM suite, especially in relation to estimating.

This becomes critical for the electrical plugin because when you start placing fixtures into a ceiling you need to know where the floor is in relation to that ceiling. Or to be more precise you need to know which floor to assign the light fixtures to so that the 2D symbols are drawn at the appropriate Z height and hopefully are at the same level as the rest of the electrical symbols for that level (ie. wall mounted electrical fixtures), regardless of the ceiling height.

If the absolute Z height of the Level is changed then the 2D symbols assigned to it will need to move up or down to make the adjustment. The easiest way to do this is to place all of the 2D symbols (ceiling light fixtures only) in an over arching group that is separated from the separate light fixture groups themselves. When the Level Z height changes you only need to move this main group and not each 2D symbol.

The potential downside with this particular system is that if you manually move one of the light fixtures in the X-Y plane or laterally then the 2D symbol does not follow it and is out of sync (out of position). The way around this problem is to possibly setup an observer so that if a ceiling fixture is moved the 2D symbol is simply deleted and redrawn. When a ceiling fixture is deleted a similar situation occurs, however the symbol will always belong to the appropriate main group and have a tag (instance name) that matches the ceiling fixtures so that it can be easily purged from the main group.

The draw tool will not only be looking at the group (ceiling group) but also at the face when placing the fixture. The exact point selected on the face will determine the actual placement of the fixture. The height parameter (fixture to floor distance) as it is currently defined has no meaning and will be greyed out however for certain suspended fixtures it can be used at the "suspended height" thereby determining the height above the fixture to place the junction box within the suspended ceiling.

There is quite a bit to consider when it comes to ceiling mounted fixtures, I'm sure I haven't considered every possibility yet and there may even be a fatal flaw in some of the organization explained above but at least I wanted to get some of my thoughts down in writing before they evaporated away like a morning mist under the noon-day sun.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:23 pm

I will no longer be posting updates to this thread.

If you are interested in new developments or the continuation of this thread please visit:

http://design.medeek.com/smf/
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby juju » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:24 pm

dang

registered, how long does approval take?
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby MtnArch » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:16 pm

It took a couple of hours for me .. hopefully Nathan's gotten yours out to you too by now.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:48 am

Version 0.9.6 - 03.09.2019
- Fixed bugs related to compatibility with SketchUp 2015.
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