The software includes the subsystem for creation and management of several different types of protective elements (conduits). It facilitates automatization of conduit network design process through direct mapping on the site plan and through corresponding GIS processing. Geospatial topology (route, objects...) prepared during the design of copper, fiber-optic, etc. networks can be used for conduit network design (and vice versa) consequently providing the full graphical and logical unity of infrastructure.
Duct bank comprises set of commands for automatic laying of duct bank segments along the route and calculation of their respective lengths. Duct bank is represented with a single polyline while number of ducts (conduits) can be defined per each duct bank, thus avoiding the need to lay individual ducts effectively speeding up the whole process. It includes rich, extendible catalogue which is associated with specification of materials and works (BOQ).
Manholes are nodal elements of conduit network complemented with a set of features from the catalog. Extendible catalog of standard and prefabricated manholes, corresponding materials, as well as pre-defined standardized specification of materials and works (BOQ) is provided.
Everything previously said about the "Duct bank" also applies to the "Innerducts". They have the same set of properties and they behave similarly. Distinction is made according to the role they play in the conduit network topology.
Crossing ducts are used in support to access networks where they represent protective elements for direct buried cables, typically laid in places where cables pass underneath roads. These types of ducts are usually present in rural areas. Unlike duct banks and innerducts, crossing ducts are represented with multilines which increase their visibility on the situation plan. Also, they have somewhat different set of properties, foremost regarding the construction method.
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Even though these three types of conduits are represented differently on the situation plan, in the real world they can be made out of the same material with same diameter, depending on the place of use. This is supported by the software. Distinction is made purely based on the role they play in conduit network topology.
Interactive schematic diagram
Automatically generated and interactive conduit network schema, using intuitive GUI enables:
• schematic display of entire conduit network based on the situation plan drawing or partial display of that same conduit network achieved by filtering according to various criteria
• interaction with situation plan drawing (navigation)
• direct access to the manhole editor (manhole butterfly diagram)
• quick and simple overview and analysis of conduit network
(according to various criteria: duct type, capacity, availability, occupancy...)
• automatic trace of the available path between two or more arbitrary points of the network
• filtering using various criteria (type, diameter, user selection...)
• cross section display at an arbitrary point with the possibility to define congestion/damage for each individual duct
• printing of any display generated by above mentioned techniques
Shema is automatically generated upon opening of the schematic display window with the possibility to rearrange schema afterwards. It can be rearranged automatically using several different algorithms each convenient for different occasion and manually. It can also combine these two approaches. Schema geometry can be saved within active DWG drawing as well as a separate file (*.ischX).
Conduit network block diagram
The software includes a tool for automatic generation of conduit network block scheme. Unlike previously described schematic this one is not interactive and it is generated for printing purpose only. It is residual from the previous versions and somewhat redundant, nevertheless it serves the purpose. The scheme is totally adapted to the geospatial standards, i.e. geometry of the conduit network of the situation plan is transformed into orthogonal schematic display.
Duct occupancy can be defined using manhole editor (manhole butterfly diagram editor) in case of conduits that are ended in manholes or using cross section editor in case of all ducts (including those ended in manholes). Ducts are occupied by pulling cables and/or other ducts through them regardless if those are ducts/cables owned by the company or of foreign origin. Apart from that it is possible to define congestion or damage of each individual duct within duct bank, using earlier mentioned interactive schematic diagram.
Manhole butterfly diagram editor & cross section editor
Besides the ability to pull cables and ducts through other ducts, these tools can also automatically generate manhole butterfly diagrams and cross sections respectively in a form of "Layouts" for print. These layouts include geospatial display of manhole on a mini site plan. Manhole butterfly diagram includes display of: duct bank position on the wall; position of cables within ducts and innerducts; innerducts position; splice case position; lid position projected on the floor. Each wall as well as floor can be isolated and edited in detailed view. These tools, together with tools for laying cables and conduits, provide intuitive GUI for definition of geometry, number and type of laid infrastructure and associativity relations between cables, innerducts and ducts.