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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby juju » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:30 am

medeek wrote:Also the categories currently cannot be altered or added to. In the future I may devise a system whereby the user can add new categories for a device type and also their own custom 2D symbols, I'm just not there yet.


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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:01 am

Version 1.0.4e - 04.10.2019
- Added an advanced option for wall mounted light fixtures to display the device height with the 2D symbol.



I also resolved a minor bug with the placement of wall mounted light fixtures so I highly recommend upgrading to this latest release.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:46 am

First look at the electrical symbols legend generated by the plugin:



The secondary toolbar has the icon for generating the legend:



The legend is parametric so every time you click the legend icon/tool it regenerates the legend based on what electrical devices are present in the model. You can also move (x, y or z) or rotate the legend and it will retain these new coordinates when it is regenerated.

Initially the legend is drawn at the origin but can be positioned at any location (and retained) by the user using SketchUp's native moved or rotate tools.

The overall size of the legend and its text and symbol size is driven by the parameter in the global settings, as is the font of the text which will match the font used by the electrical symbols in the model.

It also appears that you can use SketchUp's native scale tool to scale the legend and it will also retain this setting when regenerated.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:20 pm



Outlets, Switches, Low Voltage and Load Centers.

I still need to add in lights, safety devices, Heaters and Vents.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:54 am

Version 1.0.5 - 04.12.2019
- Added the "Draw Legend" function to the secondary toolbar.
- Enabled the ability to automatically create an electrical symbols legend for all electrical devices within the model.



After working my way down through the list of possible symbols I'm surprised to see that there are so many and the legend can get quite large.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:42 pm

I think the real power in this plugin is not the ability to insert 3D components into your model, technically you don't even need a plugin to do this, just a bunch of pre-configured components (.skp files). The real strength is the automation of the 2D symbols and the parametrics of the plugin (allowing you to swap out devices types, colors, height and rotation). Now with the addition of a parametric symbols legend it automates yet another tedious task.

I'm fairly happy with the way the legend has come out but for future work I may include a parameter in the global settings which allows the user to enable sub-titles (divides the legend into logical sections: outlets, switches, lights, etc...) as well as specify the number of columns that legend should be divided into, this becomes more of an issue when there are a lot of electrical symbols to display.

I think some people would argue that I go too deep with my plugins (too many settings, parameters, options etc...) I would agree that if possible simple is often better. The goal is to make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

On the flip side the addition of more options and parameters increases the amount of data or information that model contains and hence makes it more useful (BIM). Options also allow the user to further customize their workflow with the plugin and tailor it specifically to their needs. Many of the options I have added have been directly requested by users of the plugins
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:25 pm

For those that are interested I will explain how the new "Draw Legend" tool works under the hood.

First the plugin finds all of the groups in the model (active_entities, if no group or component is open for editing then this will be the same as entities at the root of the model).

It then checks inside each of these groups and identifies the electrical groups that belong to the plugin (based on the group instance name). Once it has collected up all of the electrical groups in the model it then divides them into their appropriate categories: Outlets, Switches, Light etc...

It then examines each sub-category and dives into the attributes library for each electrical device (group). The attributes library tells it what 2D symbol is associated with that particular device. It then creates a new list of symbols to draw for the legend for each category at the same time discarding or preventing duplicates.

The symbols shown in the legend are drawn, for the most part, using the same methods as the symbols drawn for the actual devices however some of them have been altered slightly in order to customize them specifically for the legend.

As you can see there is quite a bit going on under the hood. When a model gets large with hundreds of walls and possibly hundreds of electrical components generating the legend may take up to 30 seconds.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:26 pm

Version 1.0.6 - 04.15.2019
- Added additional NEMA 240V receptacles into the Outlet module: NEMA 6-30R, NEMA 6-50R.

These additional receptacles (and symbols) were per customer request.



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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:33 am

Tutorial 3: Electrical Symbols Legend

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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:12 pm

Since adding the symbols legend I've had a number of requests for a tool to draw a schedule (similar to how I am drawing the legend).

Now that I've got a fairly solid routine for pulling the electrical data (I will use much of this same code for the estimating tool) it isn't too big of a leap to draw a schedule.

My question is what information do you need or want in this schedule, how do you want it laid out? Every device listed with its parameters or do I group like devices?

Please give feedback in this regard. Also feel free to send me any sample electrical schedules that I can utilize as references.

If I know what I want to output I can probably knock this out in 2-3 hours, most of the underlying code is already in place.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby juju » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:12 pm

how do you currently handle the link (diagrammatic arc) between a light fixture and the relevant light switch?
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:55 pm

juju wrote:how do you currently handle the link (diagrammatic arc) between a light fixture and the relevant light switch?


I don't, currently it is up to the user to add in the arcs between switches and fixtures, either in SketchUp or Layout.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby pbacot » Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:56 am

Seems like the user drawing arcs for themselves in plan is the most direct and foolproof way to handle it. I can't imagine a method that would be faster.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:31 am

pbacot wrote:Seems like the user drawing arcs for themselves in plan is the most direct and foolproof way to handle it. I can't imagine a method that would be faster.


I'm kind of thinking the same, however if enough people what me to do something about it then I can look into it further.
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Re: Medeek Electrical

Postby medeek » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:09 am

Looks like the listing is finally live in the Extension Warehouse:

https://extensions.sketchup.com/en/cont ... l-plugin-1
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