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MagiCAD 2022 Update Release 1

1. Automatic cable packet routing


MagiCAD introduces a new tool for automatic routing of cable packets. Automatic routing helps avoid overlapping work and frees up time from a repetitive part of the design process.

You can simply define a start and end point and the tool draws the cable packet route following the routes of existing cable trays. When multiple routing alternatives are available, you can select additional guide points to define the desired route. The tool also includes a tolerance setting to resolve routing in situations where there is a colinear split between cable trays.

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2. Automatic ELV riser diagrams

Electrical, Schematics

You can now create automatic ELV (extra-low voltage) riser diagrams with only a few mouse clicks. The only requirements are that schematic symbols have been defined for the products in the ELV system and that Revit circuits have been created for the system. The distances between objects and the orientation of the schematic can be freely defined. The feature allows you to choose from four different types of ELV riser schematics:

  • All panels and wiring between them
  • All panels, devices, and wires
  • All panels and the first and last device of each circuit
  • All panels and each product type from each circuit.

All objects in the schematic are linked to corresponding objects in the model, panels to panels, devices to devices and Revit circuits to wires. Updating data between the model and the schematic is easy with the existing functionality for mapping and synchronizing parameters.

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3. Improved wire drawing tool


The wire drawing tool now supports connections to existing wire ends, significantly improving flexibility in wire drawing. You can connect a new wire to the end point of an existing one to continue drawing from it or end wire drawing to the end point of an existing wire. You can also end the current wire segment and start a new one from the end point by simply pressing the Esc button once while drawing. The wires are physically connected to each other in all the cases. In addition, a new shared parameter (MC Hide Wire) allows you to hide selected wire segments from views by using view filters.

All the routing options in the wire drawing tool are saved locally. This way you will always have the previously used settings available when starting the tool.

4. Create running indexes according to element sequence

Electrical, All

Running index has a new selection range option (Between) for automatic numbering that allows you to number elements in a system or circuit according to their connection order instead of their order in the system browser. This is particularly useful, for example, when numbering fire detectors in a loop or components along a pipeline.

5. One-to-many linking option and easy marking of linking status in Schematics


In addition to one-to-one linking and data transfer, the Schematics module now includes an option for one-to-many linking. The new option provides increased flexibility when linking elements in a model with symbols in a schematic drawing.

With one-to-many linking you can link a single symbol to a selected group of devices. This allows you to, for example, summarize the total airflow of multiple air devices and add the combined airflow to a symbol in a ventilation system schematic drawing.

One-to-many linking can also be used to present a single device in multiple schematic drawings. You can define a group with all the symbol presentations and link it with the device. Changes to the device are then automatically synchronized to all the symbols, helping you to easily keep schematic drawings up-to-date during the project.

To make it easier to keep track of linked and unlinked symbols, the Schematics module also includes a tool for marking linked and unlinked symbols. No need to configure a specific view filter just for this purpose.

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6. New option for connecting sprinkler heads


You can now connect sprinkler heads directly to a sprinkler pipe with a new Side of Pipe connection option. The connection side is defined automatically by the sprinkler orientation (pendant, upright, sideways).

7. New valve selection options for radiators


Valve selection for radiators allows you to select a radiator valve or a stop valve both on the supply and return side. Local market areas can have different preferences on whether the radiator valve should be located on the supply or return side and the increased flexibility in valve selection allows you to configure radiators accordingly.

8. Improved Move/Copy Branch function

Ventilation, Piping, Electrical

The improved Move/Copy Branch feature provides even increased flexibility and accuracy when working with branches. You can now copy an X branch by selecting the two directions of the branch and then a new placement. Also, when you copy a branch from one level to another, the reference level is automatically updated according to the new placement. Together with the earlier Smart Move feature, the additions make it easy to move a branch to an exact position on a new level.

9. Use element system parameters in parameter configurations


When you use the Merge parameter tool or configure Object ID strings it is common that the ID string or tag needs to include some parameters from systems. The parameter configuration tool now provides all element system parameters available for selection. For elements that belong to multiple systems, such as fan coil units for example, there is an option to select whether to include parameters from the primary system or from all systems.

10. Enhancements to reports


Object Comments and Running Indexes have been added to the selectable columns in calculation reports. Column selection allows you to choose what to include in reports as the amount of data can make it hard to view the relevant information or to print everything.

In addition, clash reports printed to a pdf or excel file include space names and numbers for easier identification when working outside the model.

11. Enhanced Builderswork Openings tool


When you work with a project that includes central and local files and worksets, closed worksets can sometimes include provisions that are not taken into account when creating the actual openings. The Builderswork Openings tool has a new Include objects in closed worksets option that helps ensure that all provisions are accounted for.

The performance of the Builders Work Openings tool in large projects has also been improved considerably by optimising the process of pairing voids and provisions, resulting in much faster operations.