Electrical Drawings and Schematics

Electrical Engineering
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It is often said that drawing is engineers’ language. Drawings are used to communicate and share information between different teams of engineers; the design engineer who conceptualises an equipment or system, the production engineer who plans the steps in manufacturing the required components and subsystems, the assembly engineer who puts the components together, the testing engineer who tests the complete system, the installation engineer who installs the system or equipment and the maintenance engineer who is responsible for its upkeep. To all these engineers with diverse backgrounds and expertise, a drawing should convey precise and identical information. This calls for standardised methodologies, conventions and approach in preparing drawings. This workshop will cover all these aspects with respect to engineering drawings in general and electrical drawings in particular. Various types of electrical drawings and their application, the steps in planning a drawing, selection of drawing size and scale, use of standardised symbols etc will be described in detail with commonly used examples from industry practice.

Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) has brought about a major change in the way drawings are prepared and has caused a phenomenal improvement in drawing office productivity. No organisation can afford to use the older manual methods of preparing drawings today. Apart from reuse and easy modification of existing drawings to create new ones, complete or partial automated drawing preparation has also become a possibility. The workshop discusses the advances made in this field and the links between drawings and manufacturing using 3D visualisation tools and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) approach.

Use of CAD-CAM tools presents its own challenges in the way drawings are stored, shared between different groups of users and revised for reuse. The workshop also covers these aspects and takes a look at future possibilities in the way drawings will be used to disseminate information.