5 September 2017
Electrical Design for the Future
We have a soft spot for all things electrical here at Castle Drawable (well, the boss is a sparkie from way back) and it’s an industry with endless possibilities. As our demand for and consumption of electrical power increases, so does our need for new technologies to allow workplaces and homes to access it, and this is where electrical design comes in.
What is electrical design? In a nutshell, it involves designing the power, lighting and communications cabling systems that meet both the needs of the client and all relevant Australian and local authority standards. Typically an electrical design comprises a maximum demand calculation, incoming mains and switchboard layout, single-line power diagrams, conduit and wiring layout, and control schematics and diagrams.
In reality, electrical design is a complex process of planning, developing, testing and installing – we’re talking systems that encompass lighting equipment, power distribution, fire and safety, electronics and comms infrastructure. Different systems might combine or be subsystems of bigger systems, have their own subsystems… get the picture? It’s not easy to keep track of all that documentation, which is where we join the story.
The Drawable team works closely with electrical engineers and contractors to develop drawings for every stage of their projects including For Tender drawings (allowing contractors to quote), For Construction (approved for work to start on site), Shop Drawings (showing the contractor’s plan of attack), Revision Changes (documenting the design changes as the project progresses) and As Built drawings (recording the finished job including circuit tags, data numbers etc).
Two of our current electrical design jobs are great examples: Sydney Uni’s FASS building and the Tailor’s Walk residential development. The spectacular new Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences building (pictured) is part of a $1.4 billion project to expand and update the University of Sydney’s Camperdown Campus. Further east, Botany is about to welcome an “urban village” of 440 new homes in the $360 million Tailor’s Walk project.
We have generated drawings for the full electrical design of both projects, including the power, lighting, comms, NBN and emergency lighting layouts and line diagrams. The big difference between the two jobs is that while we’re drawing one in two dimensions using AutoCAD software, the other has all the 3D bells and whistles our Revit specialists bring to the table.
We’re also your go-to guys for Schematic Drawings (which can cover anything from circuitry, flow and control to NBN cabling).
But we don’t want the other trades to feel neglected. The team at Drawable also loves getting stuck into hydraulic drafting jobs like plumbing plans, plus mechanical drafting, security plans… anything that needs documenting. If you’ve designed, built or installed it, we can draw it.
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