We are in the electrical field. Several times a year, we need to design the
electrical system for a project.
What would be an affordable CAD program that we could use to design the
system? Now we are doing it by hand and turning those drawings over to an
architect. Sometimes we would need to download an Architectural CAD file
and add the electrical to it.
Thanks for any opinions.
I don't know about things in your neck of the woods, but here in the UK the
Industry Standard would be AutoCAD, and for affordability as well as
compatibility, that would indicate the LT version. I have done a lot of
containment, small power, lighting blah blah over the years, and it's always
been ACAD - in fact even when I do telemetry or electronics, it's ACAD or
ACADLT. Never seen any of my 50 clients use anything else... you just get
the dwg file on a CD or attached to an e-mail, work on it and send it back.
All building services trades can then be co-ordinated. If you are working
with layouts sent from architects, then you'll have to use what they're
It IS hard to start, and hard to maintain a CAD department (even of one
person) - you'll need the hardware sufficient for your needs - large
monitor, graphics card etc - perhaps a plotter, lots of space, and training,
room for the manuals...downloading the add-ins, drivers, patches, and latest
versions. There's the IT dept's horror at the memory and network slow-down,
security, and all sorts of considerations that might mena that it just could
be best for you to forget all these overheads and worries and outsource the
work - let others keep up to date and do the CAD for you - even better than
agency personal taking up your air!
Can't agree with you.........
The Electrical Engineers within our Consultancy use Cadvance, they
have AutoCAD but still use Cadvance because they find it so easy to
use. There is an Electrical Contractor in Carshalton that also uses
Yes I would agree that the file format you get the drawings in is
AutoCAD based i.e. dwg or dxf but you are quite incorrect about
Cadvance & IntelliCAD don't require as powerful PC's as the ever
demanding AutoCAD software does. General Cad and Visual CAD are both
based upon Generic CADD that AutoCAD bought to kill the product and
obtain the customer base.
The cost of setting up can be kept to a minimum if its possible to use
an A3 Plotter/ printer for most of the drawings.
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