SBS Releases Substation Design Suite™ (SDS) Physical and Protection & Control 7.4

by Jack Hopson on April 5, 2019

Substation Design Suite™ 7.4 brings new features and bug fixes for improved functionality.

New Features

SDS — Physical features:

  • SDS will now alert you to using read-only files.
  • When selecting cylindrical surfaces for Round Bus, it will obey bus offsets.
  • Angle Bus will now use overhang parameter.

SDS — Protection & Control features:

  • New “No fan-in” mode to link fanned-in wires back to a stand-alone cable label.
  • Option to add schematic wire layer-specific suffixes to wiring diagram annotation.
  • SHOW WIRES tool for QA’ing elementary/schematic wiring issues.
  • Additional options for DREF cross-reference attribute.
  • New SWAP TERM BLK tool for multiple, in-place schematic H/V swaps.
  • Enhanced TOGGLE SYM tool to also do the above.
  • Multiple data display options for SDS smart tables and for the rollover tool.
  • Easy link added to wire sizing and voltage drop calculator.
  • New support for cable schedule and physical workpoint data set.
  • New command to associate rev cloud or MTEXT or TEXT to a given work-order.

Bug Fixes

SDS — Physical includes: 

  • Bus Offset Tool will offset based on pick sequences.
  • Creating a constraint after creating a ground grid sketch will no longer crash if “Edit Sketch” remains open.
  • Deleting paired cable will no longer show an error.
  • AutoRoute Path on simple straight lines no longer generates an error message.
  • Bill of Material type will now let you select the Parts Only option.
  • Fix to Below Grade Cable to create single .ipt file during creating and editing cable.
  • Start and end points are now in the correct order when placing a “right L” piece of trench.
  • Able to read current and previous LandXML file formats.
  • Inventor will no longer crash when selecting an angle bracket for running a flat lead from surface to surface.
  • Adding ground grid run to an existing grid will now place correctly.
  • Fixed multiple errors related to conduit operation.
  • Lightning Protection fixes:
  • Add Shield Wire with two points will now adhere to the SDS Content Editor materials.
  • Part number, description and materials from SD Content Editor are now applied to newly created parts.
  • Material is now adjusted when using Edit Shield Wiring.
  • Shield wire update now updates connection location if changed.
  • BOM will now report wire length.

SDS — Protection & Control includes:

  • Wild-Card Find/Replace – Project-wide find/replace of RJT attributes on other than active dwg now cleanly maintains displayed location.
  • SDS_DREF will now update summary messaging at end of command run.
  • Changed operation of Change Status for ‘Remove’ when using SDS_EDIT-WIREMODS. This now erases these marked entities instead of moving them to the ‘As-Built’ layer.
  • SDS_WIREMODS will now extract non-blank MFG/CAT/ASSYCODE values into work-order add list report.
  • SDS_SCOOT will now work in AutoCAD Electrical 2018 and above.
  • Fixed an issue with the SDS_ANNOFAN tool that alerts you to a “spares count” too low if using Schematic Cable Fan-In tool. The fan-in symbol will no longer look like a cable marker and add conductors to used count.
  • When using the SDS_ANNO command, little leaders will now insert annotation on very large wiring diagram symbols where the attribute name suffix hits “L#” or “R#” where # = digit.
  • SDS_REFONLY, WIRE SEQUENCE – Marking REFONLY will no longer blank out any wiring sequence assignment held on the picked black instance.


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With nearly 20 years of experience in the design industry. Jack has worked with various types of design platforms throughout his career. His professional experience includes energy delivery, telecommunications, education, operations, sales and marketing. Jack is currently the SDS Product Manager at SBS.

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