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Pro/E for Facilities


Pro/E for Facilities


Who is using Pro/E for facilities type work? I have the occasional task
of creating room layout drawings. Basically, it is a 3D model
(assembly) of a room or lab created for remodel and constructions
purposes. The top level will have walls, doors, furniture, optical
tables, etc. Now I have been asked to add electrical to this model. So,
I need to show, in this assembly, electrical symbols for outlets,
lighting, light switch, network, etc. The symbols need to be IEEE
standard. Any ideas on how to add electrical symbology to assembly
model? Or does your company use a different approach?



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Trying to do this sounds like a square peg - round hole type of problem.

Autocad is/was very good at this because of the concept of 'blocks' or
groups entities that acted together. I have done similar to this in
Pro-E with 2D sketches of machine tool outlines, etc... positioned over
another 2D layout of a building floor plan, but nothing as complete as a
design showing electrical, plumbing, & HVAC.

The problem with doing all of the electrical, HVAC, etc.. in Pro-E is
all of the specialized blocks (symbols) needed and the desire to have
schematic lines and sometimes general curves connecting them.
Electrical symbols like those for lights, switches, and outlets also
need to be scaled for the text size of the 2D drawing, and therefore
would need to be scaled up/down based on the size of the floorplan and
the size of the drawing sheet.

The easiest way to create 2D floor plans is with MS Office Visio. Good
enough and you probably have it at work already.

If you really want to get serious about 3D building layout and floor
plans, the best tool I have tried so far is Vectorworks. Parametric
building layout with all plumbing, electrical, HVAC, the works... I
have even tried examples where all of the wiring and breaker box details
were created 'automagically'.

Christopher F. Gosnell

FPD Company
124 Hidden Valley Road
McMurray, PA 15317
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