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Cable Raceways



To have batter understanding of Instrumentation ,

Mechanical, Structural and Architectural interface with cable raceways. Understand various guidelines specified by client or Standard.

Tender document Design Criteria Document

S&L Standards
Any other Standards like IE rules, IS, BS etc.



Cable raceways are mainly of two types

Cable tray

Above ground cable tray Under ground cable tray (Inside RCC trenches )


Above ground conduit

Under ground conduit ( Inside RCC encased ductbank, Directly buried)


Typical deliverables coming under Cable Raceway : Under Ground Electrical Raceway Layout Drawings (i.e. Duct bank Layout, Cable Trench Layout, Burried cable / conduit Layout, Encased / Embedded Conduit Layout etc) Above Ground Electrical Raceway Layout Drawings (i.e. Duct bank Layout, Cable Trench Layout, Burried cable / conduit Layout, Encased / Embedded Conduit Layout etc) Route Point Drawings General Installation Notes / Details on Raceway System as part of General Notes & Details Various processor used for praparation of above deliverables : Raceway system Drawings : MP-1.01
EID 7.01.03 Electrical Raceway Design EID - Cable Tray Supporting Arrangement EID - Cable Tray Layout, Support etc. EID 7.01.06 - Cable Estimation & Routing Drawing EID - Underground Raceway Design EID - Cable Trench Entry Details EID - Cable Vault Details EID Duct Bank Design GE Projects


There are two checklists for Raceway design: Underground raceway design for GE projects Underground raceway design for Indian projects


Raceway system design.

Redundant routes

Cable separation depending on service and voltage level

Cable tray Conduit

Laying of cables
Inside cable tray Inside conduit

Standard sizes and bending radius

Of Cable trays Of Conduits

All above criteria are defined in Design Criteria Document of project.


Raceway system design.

Equipment list to which any type of cable is to be terminated.
Load list Feeder List SLD Instrumentation department 3D model GA drawings prepared by Mechanical Vendor Drawings Any hand markups given by Instrumentation or mechanical department

Location of these equipment

Basic raceway roots are finalized with Mechanical and Civil

Approximate number of tray and ductbank size is calculated for various roots based on equipment location. Cable size for these

equipment are considered based on previous project experience or by engineering judgement.

Volume is blocked in 3D model and basic interference check is done and of any interference is found then it is resolved

Any specific size and configuration requirements to be conveyed to the equipment vendors. To establish the size and configuration of any new electrical equipment rooms which may be built under the project scope. To establish and convey space requirement for equipment to mechanical and civil. To establish and convey the required floor or wall openings to the mechanical and civil. To convey equipment loads to the civil. To provide approximate distance between equipment so cable sizing can be done. To establish the required input for other electrical physical design processes e.g. Grounding, Cable tray design.


Raceway system design.

Now accurate tray / conduit sizing is done for all types based on criteria
specified for raceway system design in DCD. Final inputs are taken from:

cable sizing calculation Instrumentation Inputs Cable list or MSDs Final equipment location from mechanical GA, vendor drawings, 3D model etc.
Conduit modeling : PDWB Ductbank, Manhole modeling : Microstation 3D Tray modeling : EDWB Interference Check : CADMS Drawing Preparation : CADMS Walkthrough : J-Space

These Trays, ductbank, Manholes, Conduits etc. are accurately modeled.

If any interference is found then those are revolved with respective

departments. These interference also gives us inputs like wall cutout, floor cutouts required for the cable tray penetration. Drawings are prepared using CADMS.


Route point drawing

Concepts of Route point drawing A cable tray routing drawing is a Road map that is used to identify which path shall be used to route cable to a particular area of the plant. This drawings are started once Cable raceway drawing is approved by client. Route points are marked whenever cable changes its path. Each route point is added to the cable tray model and model is inserted in CADMS. Then Rout point drawing is prepared using CADMS. Additionally equipment details like tag number of equipment is copied from Equipment layout drawing to Route point drawing.

This cable tray model with route point details can be directly transferred to WinCMS for cable routing purpose.


Output of this process:

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Cable raceway system drawings without any interference. Total cable tray bill of material which can be used for procurement of cable trays. Plant model for Walkthrough Route point drawing Cable tray model with route point is transferred to WinCMS. This will transfer all route points with length between them and also with interconnectivity.



Sample of raceway drawing:


Cable tray / trench layout (Under ground and Above Ground) :

Sample Drawing : Photographs :


Route point drawings:

Sample Drawing : Photographs :


General notes and details:

Sample Drawing :


Cable tray bill of material:

Sample :


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