03.07.2019 | By Petri Luomala

EDP Environmental is a leading provider of environmentally conscious M&E Engineering Design Services in the UK. The company implemented MagiCAD software into their design workflow in June 2018 and have since been using the software successfully on multiple projects. Neil Bates, Director of Building Services at EDP Environmental, shared with us his experiences of working with the MagiCAD Schematics module, recounting the time savings and risk mitigation that the software has enabled.

Improved design workflow and accuracy

Before EDP Environmental transitioned to MagiCAD Schematics, they had to maintain separate plan drawings and schematic drawings while constantly switching between different platforms for various tasks. The risks for mistakes in such a complicated process were evident.

“Prior to the implementation of MagiCAD, we prepared schematics in complete isolation from the plan drawings. The schematic drawings were prepared in AutoCAD and imported into Revit just so that we could utilise the common drawing border and presentation tools. Any changes to the plans required the schematics to be manually updated and then re-imported into Revit,” explained Neil.

“This traditional approach is prone to errors, from simple typos to complete data omissions, and is heavily reliant on the engineer checking and re-checking the output prior to issue, resulting in long turn around of what can be relatively simple changes to the design,” continued Neil.

Synchronization enables productive and confident design work

The synchronization between plan drawings and schematic drawings has also made it easier to manage design changes that are necessary when determining optimal selections and settings for MEP systems, resulting in improved productivity.

“The implementation of the MagiCAD Schematics has enabled linking the plan drawings to the schematics. This means that the plans and schematic drawings are seamlessly updated when flow rates, velocity, pressure drops, or pipe and duct sizes change. Engineers are able to focus their expertise on determining optimal duct and pipe selections and the tool quickly and accurately transfers the details from the plan drawing to the schematics saving hours of work,” said Neil.

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