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Cloudis has developed an XML interface to enable third-party applications to export data to its CMPIC cable management software.

The interface is based on an XML schema, which Cloudis is willing to supply to interested parties.

The XML interface is an alternative means of interfacing to CMPIC via its standard API and complements the existing interfaces between CMPIC and CAD systems.

‘In short, the XML interface allows for the input of nodal network data into CMPIC – cable trays, ladder racks, trenches and so on – to create the network initially,’ said Dr Ian Darbyshire, technical director at Cloudis.

‘You could also import cable and device data as well as other information such as cable types, area, codes and system codes,’ he added.

As the network is modified, a new XML file is created containing any modifications to the nodal network such as deleted trays, new trays, new penetrations and modified tray sizes.

This new file then updates the nodal network held in CMPIC.

In conjunction with this process, Cloudis has developed a facility that it refers to as Bulk Network Update.

This carries out a number of automatic functions when the network is updated via a new XML import.

Among other things, CMPIC identifies cable routes that have been affected by modifications to the network.

It looks for breaks and other changes in these cable routes caused by the network update and suggests new routes within pre-set parameters using the modified network.

The software also creates a log file showing how existing routes have been affected, such as being shorter, longer and so on.

It also shows any cables that, because of the network update, no longer have routes.

These functions are carried out automatically by the software and respect the routing rules, which are an important feature of CMPIC.

The engineer is then left with the list of cables where just his input is required rather than potentially hundreds.

This is an iterative process that is repeated as the nodal network and associated cable routes mature.

‘This approach allows for the design of the nodal network to continue and mature, while at the same time enabling cables to be routed and managed,’ said Darbyshire.

‘For the cable router it means that most of the work carried out before network modifications need not be repeated because CMPIC helps him minimise the rework.

‘From a project management point of view, cable routing need not wait until the network is complete.

‘In addition, designers can help reduce on-site installation rework by waiting longer for the cable routes to become stable, thereby mitigating the time pressure and subsequent errors that cabling can suffer from,’ he added.

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