FireSysCAD - Design Process

Note - new 2018 video help instructions are shown as blue text with blue underline

Setup Project Folder with Client Base Drawings
   Copy ‘Default Project Folder’ to your project folder and rename the folder to current project name
   Save/Copy client base drawing to ‘Originals’ folder and then create a copy of the file
   Edit copy of client base drawing - remove items not needed (titles, notes, text, dimensions, etc.), change colors, etc.
   Start AutoCAD, create a new drawing and save the new drawing into project folder

Insert Client Base Drawing
XRB - Xref client base building drawing(s)

Check Drawing Scale
SSS - show Sheet Size based on user input scale factor and user selected sheet size
SSC - show Scale Factors based on user picked building area and approx. sheet viewport areas

Edit Project Data File
   Edit FSC_Project.xlsx file for current project information using ODP to open Project data file
      Edit ‘Project’ sheet with project information, scale factor, Node & NAC equipment, etc.
      Edit ‘Wires’ sheet for wire label, gauge, OD and wire resistance
      Edit ‘Levels’, ‘Locations’ and ‘Zones’ as required
      Edit ‘Sheets’ for number of sheets, sheet name, title block name, scale, printer, size, plot style and objects
      Edit any other sheets as needed
      Save and close FSC_Project file
   Inside AutoCAD reload Project data file using RDP

Create Sheets
SBA - Create Layout Tabs, Insert Cover and Title Block Sheets, Update Sheet Attributes and insert Cover Sheet items (maps, drawing lists, etc.)

Create Viewports
   If viewports not created via SBA command,
SVP - Create Sheet Viewport and insert Detail Title block (after SBA command)
SSF - Calculate Sheet Scale Factor based on sheet viewport area and model building area (note - it is easier if done before SBA)

Insert Device Blocks
IB - Insert FireSysCAD device blocks
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   Device blocks are grouped by type per the Equipment data file -
      NFPA Symbol Group - Control  Detector  Module  Misc  Audible Only  Audible-Visual  Visual Only  SpeakerOnly  Speaker-Visual
                                      Presignal  Telephone  Auxiliary Power  Duplicate Control-Misc Conventional Supervisory Suppression Features

      Alt. Symbol Group -   Control  Detector  Module  Visual  Speaker  Presignal  Misc  Telephone  Auxiliary Power  Duplicate

         Control group selection allows user to select 'Voltage Power type' - typically 'DC' or 'FWR' (if set in FSC_Project data file)
         NAC groups selection allows user to select 'Notification Style' - typically 'Red', 'White', etc. (if set in FSC_Project data file)
      NOTE - 2018 NFPA device blocks by FireSysCAD are sometimes different that NFPA blocks. Changes to the blocks was done to save space in the drawing.
                 Clients can modify any of the device blocks to suit their needs.
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   Select the Device Group
   Select the Device block
      The program shows list of specific device blocks by group with quantity shown for each previously inserted device
      In the Block Image area of the dialog is shown a slide after a device block is selected -
         Linework and text colors shown
         Attributes shown White are standard names
         Attributes shown Green are hidden name (ceiling, location, level, room, partnum)
         Attributes shown Purple are SUPS attributes with preset values
         Yellow dot shown is the origin of the device block
   Input Ceiling Height for all devices with CEILING attribute based on 'FSC_Project->Project->Default Ceiling Height' or last input value
   Input Candela value for all devices with CANDELA attribute based on 'FSC_Project->Project->Default Candela Intensity' or last input value
   Input Watt value for all devices with WATT attribute based on 'FSC_Project->Project->Default Wattage' or last input value
         Note - the default Watt value will be shown in blocks if row 'FSC_Project->Project->Default' has 'Show Default' under 'Block Attribute Name' column
   Manufacture and Part Number shown is determined by Manufacture/Model set in FSC_Project data file and part numbers in the Equipment/Notification data files
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   Input the Insert Device block method -

1 Pick 1 point Pick 1 point (with current osnap settings)
A Adjacent Pick temporary location of device block, then pick a point on block and then a point along a wall to move block (repeats)
T Tracking XY Pick 1st point to determine 'X' coordinate and 2nd point to determine 'Y' coordinate
2 Midpoint Pick 2 points and device block inserted at midpoint between 2 points
4 Quadpoint Pick 2 points to find midpoint 'X' coordinate and 2 points to find midpoint 'Y' coordinate
i Intersection Pick 4 points (2 line egments) to find intersecting point (order of selection does not matter)
S Single-line Array Pick 2/4 points to determine centerline, input uneven/even/offset spacing and input number of blocks
M Multi-line Array Pick 3 adjacent corners of a room, input uneven/even/offset spacing and input number of blocks each direction
D Displace (move) Select any previously inserted block, then pick 2 points to move (repeats)
R Rotate Select any previously inserted block, then input new angle or pick new rotation
E Erase Select any previously inserted block to erase
U Undo Undo last insert (remove last inserted block)
? Show List Show abbreviated list of Block Insertion Methods
H Show Help Open detailed help file about Device Block Insertion Methods
X or N Exit Exit current device Insert Block (program then allows you to select a different block or exit IB command)
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   Example of running count of blocks as they are inserted into the drawing
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Typical order of block insertion -
   Control/Node Blocks
   Detectors and Modules
   Misc. blocks - Riser Conduit (for multi-story buildings or separate buildings)
   SLC T-Tap and Junction Boxes
   NAC - Audible, Visual and Speaker
   All other blocks
Note - when inserting Smoke and Heat detector blocks using Single-line or Multi-line insert method, the devices will be spaced according to
          the manufacture's spacing (heat spacing times de-rating value) to determine space between devices with user able to modify spacing
          See 'FSC_Project->Project->Manufacturer Smoke Detector Spacing' and 'FSC_Project->Project->Manufacturer Heat Detector Spacing'

Update Node and Riser Attributes
NOCA - Change Node Numbers automatically - changes nodes based on device order in Equipment data file and pauses for user to select order for same devices (multiple BPS)
NOC - Change Node Number by user input number, then user selected control nodes (most clients use NOCA to automatically number nodes)
RCC - Change Riser/Conduit Number with user input number - matching numbers for each end of riser/conduit
         RiserConduit block information - Explanation, Inserting and RCC command
JBCA - change Junction Boxes device numbers automatically for SlcT-tap, SlcP-tap, JunctionBox devices blocks (helps when creating Riser Diagram)
JBC - change Junction Box device number by user input number and selected SlcT-tap, SlcP-tap device blocks

Update Device miscellaneous Attributes
RNC - Change Room Name attribute - select base drawing text or user input value - then select blocks to change
LOC - Change Location Number attribute - select value from data file, then select block(s) to change
LNC - Change Level Number attribute - select value from data file, then select block(s) to change
CHC - Change Ceiling Height attribute in Notification Blocks - user input value, then select block(s) to change
CDC - Change Candela attribute in Notification blocks (based on Ceiling Height value and NFPA 72 tables)
ZNC - Change Zone Number attribute - select value from data file, then select block(s) to change (for conventional systems)
SNC - Change Notification Style (Red, Red Plain, White, etc.) attribute in Notification Blocks
ACC - Change Audible Characteristics (temporal,coded,non-coded and/or high, medium, low) attribute in Notification Blocks
VPC - Change Voltage Power Type (DC, FWR) attribute in Control Blocks

Check Device Spacing
CCC - Check Visual Candela device blocks for spacing based on Candela and NFPA 72 room size
CSD - Check Smoke Detector device blocks for spacing based on manufacture spacing
CHD - Check Heat Detector device blocks for spacing based on manufacture spacing, ceiling height and NFPA 72 de-rating multiplier
      Program shows shaded area for all device blocks or user selected blocks (user looks for gaps in coverage)

Draw Conduit, Circuit, Cable Lines and Modify Lines
DCL - Draw Conduit line (raceway) to facilitate drawing circuit/cable lines
      This helps to draw circuits perpendicular and on top of each other during the DNC command
DNC - Draw Node-Circuit Wire pline between device blocks
      Dialog box allows user to -
         Select Circuit Type - SLC, Visual, Speaker, Telephone, Presignal or Auxiliary Power
         Input or select node-circuit (node-slot-circuit) numbers (or next available)
               Inputting or Selecting an existing circuit allows user to add to end of circuit
               Note - Slots are only available for projects with '???-Equipment->Panels->SLC Numbering Style' value set to 'EST-Slot' or 'EST-Slot2+'
         Examples of DNC Dialog Boxes - EST-Slot      Notifier
      Program automatically starts the line from Node Number input in dialog box
      User draws lines along raceway, picking insertion point of blocks to be added to the circuit
            Program notifies user when blocks not allowed on circuit are selected, but allows user to continue
      When a Riser/Conduit block selected, user must select other end of Riser/Conduit block to continue
      When SLC T-Tap block selected, program requests number of wires that will exit junction box
            Program tracks all wires drawn, any new SLC T-Tap blocks, and helps user to continue drawing the circuit
            View demo showing the drawing of Node-Circuit lines thru multiple SLC T-Tap blocks
      For Notification Circuits -
            Program displays horizontal distance to last device plus distance to beginning of circuit
            Program finds current draw by device/candela and notification style from NAC data file
            Program opens Voltage Drop Calculation data file and writes -
                  device number, Model #, Candela, Watt, Current Draw, Distance, Wire Label and Resistance
DCW – Draw Cable wire (non-circuit lines)
      Dialog Box allows user to select cable type from 'FSC_Project->Wires' data file
Additional circuit commands -
CCI - Change circuit pline to add Circuit Integrity Cable line widths to segment(s) of pline (for Special Application circuits)
BCC - Check for blocks close but not exactly on vertex (within 0.05 x Drawing Scale)
      View demo showing search and highlight device blocks not at a circuit vertex

Device Numbers
NBC - Automatically number Devices by selecting Node-Circuit lines and sublines
EDN - Erase all Device Numbers on a Node-Circuit (including sublines)

Create Conduit Labels and Conduit Fill Calculations (if required)
TAG - Insert Circuit Leader and Text based on all Circuit Lines at user selected point along raceways
      Program labels total number of each specific circuit - Example - 2A,B,4D
         Conduit Fill labels styles are user determined - Example - 2A,B,4D 3/4" EMT (15%)
      Circuits with "CI" Circuit Integrity pline widths automatically get labeled with double letter 'A' to 'AA'
      Conduit Fill calculations automatic if required (output to table format available)
TAC - set Conduit/Circuit/Cable Tag Configurator to change text shown in Conduit-Circuit-Cable labels or tag table
      Determine style - Wire Letter, Conduit at location and/or conduit fill percentage

Create Riser Diagram (Single Line)
CRI - Create riser diagram by selecting from List of Circuits
      Finished riser circuits are shown with 'X' in the dialog box
      User can change riser layout - number of devices per line, horz. spacing between devices, vertical spacing and direction of line (left or right)
      Program allows user to input different starting blocks at beginning of circuits – Node/Control block   User FCP only detail   User FCP+BCP  
      View demo of process of creating Riser Diagram

Tables, Notes & Detail Sheets
PARTS - Insert Parts List(s) - SLC Panel-Module-Detect list and Notification list
DML - Create Detect-Module Point List table and Excel CSV output file
ZML - Create Master Zone List table and Excel CSV output file (typically only used for conventional systems)
SSW - Insert Sheet Scope of Work block
SIN - Insert Note block(s)
SSO - Insert Sequence of Operation block
SDMI - Insert Miscellaneous Detail Block(s)
SDMA - Insert Manufacturer Detail Block(s)
SPB - Insert Panel Block (FCP, BPS, etc.)

Build Legends for Title Sheets
SWL - Insert Legend of all Wires/Lines (based on lines in drawing and Wires list in Project Information data file)
SBL- Insert Legend of all Symbols/Blocks in drawing plan area
SDS - Insert Device Subscripts Legend block (describes subscript abbrevations on device blocks)
SDL - Insert Device Legend block (describes subscripts, device numbering scheme and other device attributes)
SCLB - Create Legend Xref drawing (Device, Subscript, Symbol, Line) and automatically Xref to all title sheets

Finish Plan View Sheet
Switch to Plan View Sheet
Insert Calculation summaries from Excel Voltage Drop Calculation file (use windows cut and paste from Excel)

Finish Drawing
Plot drawing
Save drawing

Miscellaneous Commands Used During Design Process
LKB - Get device block/device information from selected block
REP - Repaint blocks previously selected
G - Zoom to first/next block in previously painted blocks
FSC - Find, list and/or run FireSysCAD shortcut commands by text description
OU - Set user default running osnaps based on FSC_Standards->UserData
RDF - Reload Project, Standards and Equipment data after change to FSC_Project, FSC_Standards and FSC_Equipment data files
SUA - Update all Cover and Title Sheet block attribute data
B2F - Change draworder of blocks to front (of lines)
W2F - Change all wire lines to Final_Wire color and linetype
F2W - Change all wire lines to original color and linetype

Note -
There are hundreds of additional commands in the software -
   change sheet entities
   find, list and zoom to device blocks
   find device blocks by attribute values or blank
   modify circuit lines
   add/change revisions
   open and reload data files