Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here


Combining two circuits in PLS-CADD

Combining two circuits in PLS-CADD

Combining two circuits in PLS-CADD


I have two separate PLS-CADD files with two circuits modeled separately.
The two circuits are strung on one double circuit tower.
What is an easy way to combine the two PLS-CADD files, such that the conductor stringing is maintained?


RE: Combining two circuits in PLS-CADD

I do the structural stuff so my PLS-CADD skills are minimal. I'll ask the experts at work on Monday, but you might try opening 2 instances of PLS-CADD with each individual model open in each. I'm not sure which menu drop down it is in but open the sections table and copy and paste from one XYZ model to the other XYZ model. If all the structure numbers are the same between the 2, it should work.

Reply back if that works.

I have been called "A storehouse of worthless information" many times.

RE: Combining two circuits in PLS-CADD

I cannot think in an easy way, but what I would do is offset 20ft or so one of the lines so they don't overlap when you merge them, import/merge both DON files, and then using swap "translate" the cables structures by structure from the offset line to the other. Of course you would need to be sure first that both models have the same feature code, criteria and alignment.

Depending on how long is your line and how many sections you have, it might be faster to simply string the second circuit from the scratch.

RE: Combining two circuits in PLS-CADD

I checked with the expert at work and he does not know of an easy way to do it. I would make a new copy of the XYZ that will hold the 2 circuits. I would then use the graphical stringing option and string a new wire from one end to the other and let PLS connect the wires to the structures. Once all wires are strung on the structures, I would open up a new instance of PLS-CADD and open the line with the correct sag and tension parameters for the wires you added to the other model. I would then edit the stringing parameters from the old model to the new model and make them match.

When you are done you will have both circuits on the towers/poles. If you have LIDAR points of the existing wire, you can adjust the sag to match the points.

I have been called "A storehouse of worthless information" many times.

RE: Combining two circuits in PLS-CADD

Easiest way is to have both models open in separate instances of PLS-CADD. Then copy and paste the section info, one at a time.

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members!


Research Report: State of IoT Adoption in Product Development 2019
This research report, based on a survey of 234 product development professionals, examines the current state of Internet of Things (IoT) adoption by product design teams, its perceived importance, and what features and capabilities teams consider important when making decision about adding IoT functionality to their products. Download Now
Research Report: Augmented Reality for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)
The term Industry 4.0 denotes a cluster of technologies that’s poised to fundamentally reshape manufacturing and bring about a new industrial revolution. These include 3D printing (AM), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and mixed reality technologies, more commonly known as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Download Now

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close