Design of power and data networks
FEKT-CPSDAcad. year: 2019/2020
The goal of the course is to introduce issues concerning the design of data and power distribution systems according to current standards to students, the general concepts related to the design with a focus on project development, budget planning, familiarization with drawings creation and computer-aided design.
The course is mainly focused on the system "smart" installations and electrical installations in smart buildings, programming of control systems, including the visualization.
In this course, the emphasis is placed primarily on laboratory and computer exercises in which students are introduced to modern software and hardware equipment, and where they test and work with modern and current technologies in practice. In particular, students test the integration and recovery of several types of system electrical installations in practice, including an operational installation run test.
More information and materials can be found at http://www.ueen.feec.vutbr.cz/cz.old/mpsd/. Caution! These web pages are no longer updated, so its content and descriptive text is invalid! Current information can always be found under the subject’s bookmark or under e-Learning, or will be presented within class.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The study outcome is not a complete electric installation project of a building. After completing the course, student will probably not be able to draw up a design independently but should be able to answer the following questions:
- What are the general and legislative requirements for a designer?
- What is the hierarchy of legislation in the Czech Republic?
- What is the standard, technical regulation, the harmonized standard? How do they differ from each other?
- What is the project documentation and which requirements does it have to meet?
- What is the content of the technical report and what is its structure?
- What is the energy balance of the building?
- What are the basic principles of determining dimensions and power circuits’ protection?
- What are the basic principles of power circuits designing?
- What are the basic principles of structured cabling designing and similar data circuits?
- What is a system electrical installation and what principle does it work in?
- What is a smart building?
- What is BMS (Building Management System) and BIM (Building Information Modeling)?
- What are the basic principles of over-voltage protection designing and what is an over-voltage protection?
Knowledge at a Bachelor's degree level is required. Furthermore, a basic knowledge of working with CAD programs is needed, ie. drawing of 2D images and diagrams, working with layers and objects, etc.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Dvořáček, K., Csirik, V.:Projektování elektrických zařízení, Praha IN-EL 1999
Katalogy předních výrobců silnoproudých zařízení - Siemens, Schrack, Moeller, ABB
Příručka pro projektování, montáže a revize, SALTEK 1998, 1999
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methodology is determined by different teaching techniques as they are described in Article 7 of the Study and Examination Regulations of the University. To diversify and improve the quality of teaching, some lectures are presented by invited experts. Students are informed about these lectures in advance and their attendance is recorded and can be included in overall evaluation of the course and might influence the total point score.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Marking of the subject is based on three mandatory components.
- Evaluation of an individual project carried out in the computer labs, and (if needed) completed outside of the classroom.
- Assessment of laboratory exercises where the student complies with assigned tasks. Until the teacher determines otherwise, no protocols are needed to finish the task, etc.
- Evaluation of Final exam test. It usually consists of "a, b, c" test via eLearning.
The points ratio (Pc, Lab, Ex) is specified by the teacher at the beginning of the semester. It is usually (40, 20, 40).
Language of instruction
Syllabus of lectures:
1. Introduction - the organization of the semester
2. General introduction to the designing, design specifics in electrical engineering, requirements for individual designing.
3. Legislation in the designing, standards and regulations, safety and personnel classification in electrical engineering.
4. Design terminology, project, project documentation, drawings and project documentation, technical reports, types of environmental influences, environment categories.
5. Designing of power distribution, energy balance, dimensions and protection, lighting circuits designs, materials used for electrical installations.
6. Low voltage, telecommunication and LAN networks designs, parallel, structured cabling, shielding and interference management. Requirements in terms of electromagnetic compatibility.
7. Bill of quantities, budgets, labor and materials price, calculations, calculation formulas.
8. Intelligent electrical installations in general, requirements, designing, programming.
9. Smart Buildings, Building Management System (BMS, IBMS), Building Information Modeling (BIM). (Invited lecture)
10. EZS and EPS distributions, uninterrupted power systems, emergency lighting systems (invited lecture).
11. Protection against lightning and surge protection. (Invited lecture)
12. Case study of the implementation of a residential house, the economic analysis. (Invited lecture)
13. System electrical installations KNX-EIB, Teco, Inels, etc. (invited lecture)
Training of profesional basics:
1. Introduction t the subject. Technical documentation, software support of designing, project assignment.
2. Modern designing software (AutoCAD, AstraSW, EPLAN), design methods, design support.
3. Basic installation circuits: socket circuits, circuits for fixed loads. Draft layout, installation zones, lighting circuits - design and control layout. The selection of lights and luminaires, lighting systems design - flow method.
4. Cables, cable lines - construction, design and installation, storage systems.
5. Data distribution: computer networks and communication networks, LAN, phone lines. Topology layout, structured cabling systems, security and fire alarm installation (EPS, EZS).
6. Dimensions and Protection: Design of low voltage switchgear and facilities, electrical protection in low voltage systems, circuit breakers, fuses.
7. Internal over-voltage/surge protection, lightning and atmospheric over-voltage protection.
8. Classical wiring, connection and control of lighting circuits, use of pulse relays, start-up asynchronous motor.
9. Intelligent electrical installations; INELS. Wiring, programming and "recovery" of intelligent electrical installations.
10. Intelligent electrical installations Ego-n. Wiring, programming and "recovery" of intelligent electrical installations.
11. Intelligent electrical installations KNX. Wiring, programming and "recovery" of intelligent electrical installations.
12. Intelligent electrical installations KNX. Light control, use of the DALI protocol.
13. Intelligent electrical installations Teco, security systems and more available laboratory tasks.
The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the general aspects of designing, to provide basic information on the designers’ requirements, both professional and legislative and regulatory, to familiarize students with the creation and conditions of project documentation, to explain the basic principles of power socket, lighting circuits and low voltage circuits designing. Furthermore, students will be familiarized with the principles of budgeting and work and materials valuation, the principle of function of system electrical installations and the features of smart building, including security and fire protection distributions. Last but not least, students will be familiarized with the principle of protection against surges and lightning strikes. The information pack will be concluded with a case study of the implementation of the residential building type and economic analysis of the designer’s work.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Lectures on the subject are optional. The attendance of the lectures presented by expert is recorded, and will be included in overall evaluation of the course and might influence the total point score.
Computer exercise and training in profesional basics is optional. Drawing up an individual project is mandatory.
Laboratory exercises and completion of all laboratory tasks are mandatory.
Type of course unit
39 hours, optionally
Teacher / Lecturer
4 hours, optionally
Teacher / Lecturer
Exercise in computer lab
14 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer
8 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer