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The RainCAD™ AutoCAD® Edition programs include the tools necessary to complete an accent lighting and drainage design including fixture placement, total wattage calculations, runoff calculations and more.

   Symbol Placement

Lighting Fixture Placement
There are two methods of placing accent lighting fixtures on the design screen in RainCAD™. You may place fixtures either manually or automatically along an existing or temporary polyline on the drawing screen.
Manual
Manual fixture placement allows you to select from a database of accenting lighting equipment. The fixture will appear on the design screen and you may immediately move it to the desired location. When you place the symbol on the screen, you can set a second point to rotate the symbol in any direction. You will see the symbol during the entire process allowing you to accurately place the fixture.

Along a Polyline
To place fixture symbols along a polyline, simply select fixture from the database and click on the polyline on the design screen. You may accept the calculated spacing to evenly space the fixtures along the line, or you may enter an exact spacing requirement. Set a second point to determine the direction the fixture will face and the program will draw the symbols.
Transformers
Choose a device from the database selections and place the symbol on the design screen. You will see each symbol as it appears on the screen. You can set a second point to rotate the symbol in the desired direction.

Wire/Cable
You may draw wire or cable on the design by simply selecting the cable size and setting two or more points on the screen.

Wire/Cable Labels
There are labels to indicate the size of wire and cable on the drawing. You can adjust the font style, height, or color and apply the changes by clicking on the Apply button. You can turn wire size labels on or off by entering Y or N in the AutoCAD command line when manually drawing wire.

Wire drawn with the Lighting Wire/Cable command will be placed on the L-WIRE-LITE layer while wire drawn with the Irrigation Wire/Cable command will be placed on the L-WIRE-IRRI layer. This allows you to turn off one set of wire while leaving the other set visible.
Accessories
Choose a device from the database selections and place the symbol on the design screen. You will see each symbol as it appears on the screen. You can set a second point to rotate the symbol in the desired direction.

Drainage Symbol Placement
Choose a device from the database selections and place the symbol on the design screen. You will see each symbol as it appears on the screen. You can set a second point to rotate the symbol in the desired direction. You may place as many pieces of equipment on the drawing screen as necessary.

   Calculations

Total/Wattage
Quickly calculates and displays the total wattage of all accent lighting fixtures found on the drawing screen. The wattage will be displayed per fixture category and each category will be combined to calculate the total wattage of the project.

 Lighting Calculations
The Lighting Calculations command will allow you to automatically calculate the length, watts, and voltage drop in each piece of wire. Calculations are for all accent lighting transformers and fixtures on the design screen. You can make use of the middle mouse button or scroll button to zoom in or out or to pan around the screen. You can double click with the left mouse button to make the image fill the viewer. Adjust the size of the symbols and text on the viewer by entering a value in the Symbol/Text Scale Factor text box or by clicking on the up or down arrows.

Runoff Calcs
Calculates the estimated runoff of water over a flat surface area. The estimated runoff is displayed in the dialog box along with the suggested pipe size for removing the water. The calculation is based on the area, soil type, vegetation, and worst case estimated rainfall in a one hour period. There is no limit to the number of areas you may have per design.

   Databases

Lighting
The databases of accent lighting equipment include the Nightscaping product line from Loran. You may add an unlimited number of additional manufacturers and product to the database. In most of the database commands, you can enter the List Price for the equipment, the Discount Rate received from a supplier and the Labor Rate required for installation of the product. In addition, you can assign the equipment to an Equipment Code to allow for the quick adjustment of items such as the list price and more. In addition, you can enter a Part Number and select a Supplier Code and Tied Assembly.

 Fixtures
You may add an unlimited number of manufacturers and fixtures to the existing database, or you may edit any of the current equipment listings. You may assign a symbol to each fixture from more than 70 current symbol selections or you may create your own symbols. You may assign a color for each fixture and a lamp assignment.

Lamp Assignment
You can select multiple lamps to assign to the selected fixture. Click on each selection with the left mouse button until a checkmark appears in the box. A lamp that has not been checked cannot be selected as the default lamp.

Default Lamp
Select the lamp best suited for the fixture from the Default Lamp drop down menu.

Quantity
There may be times when more than one bulb is installed in a fixture. In the Quantity text box, you can enter the number of lamps in the fixture, or you may click on the up and down arrow buttons to quickly decrease or increase the quantity number.
Lamp Data
The Lamp Data command allows you to create or edit a database of accent lighting lamps (light bulbs). You may enter the maximum wattage consumed by the lamp in the Max Wattage text box. This value is used in automatic wire sizing and total wattage calculations

Transformers, Accessories
You may edit any of the information or enter an unlimited number of new devices. Each device may have a symbol and color assignment.

Wire/Cable
This database includes wire from 00 to 18 gauge. You may add an unlimited number of additional wire sizes.

Tied Assemblies and Supplies
A Tied Assembly is the combination of supplies that are associated with the installation of a single piece of equipment. Each assembly may be assigned to one or more pieces of equipment in the database selections. All of the product in an assembly is counted in the Material/Estimate command.
Drainage
The databases of drainage equipment include the NDS product line. You can enter the List Price for the equipment, the Discount Rate received from a supplier and the Labor Rate required for installation of the product. In addition, you can assign the equipment to an Equipment Code to allow for the quick adjustment of items such as the list price and more. In addition, you can enter a Part Number and select a Supplier Code and Tied Assembly.

Drainage Equipment, Accessories
You may edit any of the information or enter an unlimited number of new devices. Each device may have a symbol and color assignment.

Tied Assemblies and Supplies
A Tied Assembly is the combination of supplies that are associated with the installation of a single piece of equipment. Each assembly may be assigned to one or more pieces of equipment in the database selections. All of the product in an assembly is counted in the Material/Estimate command.
   Symbols

There are hundreds of symbols included in the program. There are 73 different symbols to represent fixtures. You may assign any of these symbols to one or more sprinklers in the database. You may create your own symbols or edit any of the symbols included in the program.

In addition to fixture and drainage symbols, there are symbols for transformers, accessories and more. There are additional symbols to represent furniture, rocks, boulders, automobiles and more.

      
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