Creating a new distribution

Distributions represent the supply structure of a company, a building or a property.

The individual distributions consist of inputs and outputs and are normally connected to each other. They supply other distributions or are supplied by them. Being familiar with the supply structure is especially important when it comes to energy data management. The structure makes it possible for the system to identify from where a medium originates, how it is distributed and where it is consumed. This makes assignments to external inputs, internal inputs and consumption possible.

Basically, a balancing group is created for each distribution, which determines the corresponding amounts. The distribution is thus very important in this context.

You can learn how to create a new distribution plan quickly and without the need for time-consuming training measures. The person responsible for the respective network selects the matching drawing objects from the existing library and completes the plan by choosing the corresponding components and descriptions.

In the following paragraphs, the steps to create a distribution are described in detail.

  1. Log in to visual energy 4 web with the 'Net (full)' permission.
  2. Select a medium in the acquisition area of your project and click on "Add new distribution to open the wizard for new distributions.
  3. Now, enter the location, medium and distribution name (e.g. main distribution) in the form. Entering the manufacturer and location is optional.
  4. You can define the position of the distribution by entering the level and column.
  5. Finish your entries by clicking "Next" and then "Complete".

The distribution appears in the tree structure in the selection area and you can click on it to display the empty plan.

Adding drawing objects

The graphical representation of a distribution depends on the individual paint objects. Each drawing object occupies exactly one column in the sheet. This makes it very easy to create a distribution. The column position can be changed at all times to change the order of the drawing objects.


Please consider the type (connection type) 'input', 'output' or 'internal'! The connection type defines the function of the assigned meter points. 

To add new drawing objects, proceed as follows:

  1. Click on the  button in the 'Drawing object' area in the toolbar. The 'Add drawing object' area is automatically displayed.
  2. In the selection window, select the desired medium and a suitable subfolder.
  3. Select the matching drawing object. Check your selection by using the preview function in the properties window.
  4. Click on the  Plus button in the bottom half of the window to add the selected drawing object to the distribution.

Labeling drawing objects

For every drawing object, you can enter a name (displayed below the drawing object) and a field name (displayed above the drawing object). While the field name is always displayed in row A, the connection name is only displayed for inputs and outputs but not for internal connections.

  1. In the plan view, click on the Edit  Edit button above the drawing object that you want to edit. Then, click on in the toolbar to edit the drawing object. The properties window is displayed on the right.
  2. Change the properties as needed and save your changes by clicking on  Save button in the properties area.


With the 'Pos' property, you can define the position (column) within the plan. Please note that the selection only shows the actual number of existing drawing objects in the plan. Empty spaces have to be filled with an empty drawing object (master data > drawing objects > abstract).


A random string of characters that is displayed below (row H). Make a line break in the text by using the | sign.

Field name:

A random string of characters that is displayed above (row A). Make a line break in the text by using the | sign.


Symbol I:

Select a symbol to be entered in line I. For wiring diagrams, this will usually be a symbol for cable, motor or similar.



Device designation (now: reference designations according to DIN EN 81346-2) for unique identification within the circuit diagram.


Determining the connection type

As described above, the type (input/output) and the connection type of the drawing object are of great importance. For this reason, you have to determine the source (input) and destination (output) of the energy when you allocate a meter point at the latest.

Drawing objects of the input type

For the connection type, please define whether external inputs or internal inputs are used, or whether the energy comes from a superordinate distribution. If you choose 'distribution', this input is available as a connection source for an output in another distribution.

Drawing objects of the output type

For the connection type, please define whether the energy is distributed further in a following distribution or is used at an end consumer. If you choose 'distribution', this output is available as a consumption point for an input in another distribution.