Design accuracy has become an essential requirement in HVAC design, not simply for the sake of visual effect, but because of its benefits on everything from production to coordination to installation. Greater accuracy enables efficient material listings, is vital for interdisciplinary coordination, and assists installation tasks.
When you want to make a production model (i.e. a model that enables an exact component listing) of your ventilation design, the model needs to have the same fittings, size selections and connections as the final installation. Assisting designers in this process is the inspiration behind several recent additions to MagiCAD for Revit.
Improved accuracy with new fittings
New male/female fitting types for ventilation systems help account for the demands for increased design precision. Two standard fittings can’t be connected directly, as all connectors are male connectors, which means that a space-taking joint is needed in between. The possibility to distinguish between male and female connectors allows for a variety of new design configurations helping to reduce the required space for a ventilation design and makes a huge difference for material orders and installation.
Supporting functions for accurate design
To help designers make the most out of the new fittings and to ensure that the increased accuracy does not lead to an increased workload, we have added supporting functions that make their use easy and effective.
Changing a duct between two fittings to a joint with the correct length—normally a time-consuming operation—is easier with a new Duct to union feature in product selection. The new joint is also included in a bill of materials and the connected ducts are automatically placed correctly.
When using male/female fittings, the rotation of the fitting is important. In case a fitting is the wrong way around, you can easily correct the rotation with a Swap connection feature so that the male/female connectors are in the right place.
To help with product selections, the Smart product lock function allows you to lock the product choice, but keep the product size editable. This allows you to make product selections already before the system and product sizing has been finalized.
MagiCAD also helps designers ensure that their design is buildable. When you size a duct system or update it with Production Model Updater, an automatic consistency control checks the system and lists any issues in BCF Manager for review.
Together, the recent additions help you design a ventilation system exactly as it will be built!