Let’s start by looking at some basic concepts.
A connectCAD project comprises the schematics and layout drawings that describe a system. These can exist in one or more Vectorworks files. A small system can usually be documented in a single file, while larger systems may have several files with WorkGroup References between them.
Schematics are drawings, consisting of a number of devices with one or more sockets and the interconnections between them. Schematics are not normally drawn to scale but serve simply to represent connectivity.
Interconnections between sockets are represented as polyline-based objects called Circuits. Circuits connect output sockets to input sockets.
Devices in a system are the boxes with connectors on that needed to be connected with wires to make the system work. In connectCAD devices are represented on schematic drawings as Groups of sockets together with a Device Label object plus whatever graphics you decide on to depict the device and illustrate its function.
You can easily create and edit devices on-the-fly while drawing without entering any cumbersome bureaucratic device-definition modes. Devices can also be duplicated or copy-pasted freely, so it’s very easy to create a series of similar devices. The speed with which you can create devices is one of the features that makes connectCAD special.
Layouts are scale drawings showing the physical positions of equipment items in racks and console bays.
On layouts devices are represented by Equip Item objects that detect and report their position within rack bays and rack frames. connectCAD helps you to automatically correlate devices on schematics and layouts so that they are consistent.
Cable lists are Vectorworks Worksheets generated by connectCAD directly from the schematic drawings. The cable list we create from our schematic drawing comprises a list of circuits and the details of their source and destination sockets. These lists can be copied and pasted to and from popular spreadsheet programs.