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MagiCAD 2018 Update Release 2

1. Simulate the operation of ventilation systems

MagiCAD introduces new simulation calculations for ventilation systems, enabling analysis of actual flow distribution. Simulation calculations make it easy to perform reliable calculations for checking how the system will distribute air based on different fan settings and damper positions.

2. Use an extended set of standard connections with rectangular ducts

The extended Standard Connection tool for rectangular ducts facilitates modelling in additional new ways, enabling dramatic time-savings. The Standard Connection tool is a utility function which enables objects to be connected quickly to the network using standard (15, 30, 45, 60 and 90) bends, connecting either two duct ends or a duct end to the side of another duct. The Standard Connection tool now enables connections to be established also between ducts on different installation heights and between ducts that differ in size. If the duct are not of the same size, MagiCAD will automatically add the necessary reducer when establishing the connection.

3. Install access panels in ventilation projects

MagiCAD enables easy installation and management of access panels as a new product type, needed for a fully modelled ventilation system. There are multiple types of access panels to choose from, including circular, semicircular, flat surface-based panels as well as end cap panels.

4. Select and configure S parts and Y branch fittings

MagiCAD offers a new time-saving function for selecting, configuring and installing S parts and Y branches directly from the MagiCAD toolbar when modelling the system. The process is easy: just select the relevant fitting type, enter the connector sizes and install.


5. Create flange definitions for rectangular ducts

MagiCAD enables you to use ductwork flanges, allowing you to create flange definitions for rectangular ducts in the dataset and assign the flanges to a duct series to ensure accurate BOMs and product orders. With MagiCAD’s Split Segments tool, you can divide the duct system into commercially available standard lengths and then assign flange definitions from the dataset for individual duct instances and fittings. This enables individual duct parts to be differentiated and counted correctly when generating bills of materials and when ordering products from the manufacturers.

6. Perform calculations based on actual product temperature difference

To enable more accurate flow data for sizing and pressure drop calculations, it is now possible to override system temperature based on actual product temperature difference. Accurate flow data is an essential factor for example in pipe and pump sizing. When the new product temperature difference setting is utilised with fan coil units, climate beams, heaters, etc., the flow and pressure drop values are automatically recalculated.

7. Use Find & Replace with combination boxes

The Find & Replace function can now replace Revit assemblies with other assemblies and re-establish circuit connections and identity data with the new objects within the assemblies. When replacing a combination box assembly with another suitable assembly, the Find & Replace function automatically re-establishes circuit connections by connecting the matching new elements to the existing circuits. Identity data, including e.g. running index data and Object IDs, are transferred to the new objects within the assemblies.

8. Benefit from improved switchboard schematics

With the new Set Circuit Properties function, it is now possible to define circuit data for preselected circuits directly after they have been added to the project, streamlining the process. It is no longer necessary to make changes separately using the Manage Circuits dialog. Moreover, in the Manage Circuits dialog, you can now view the circuit list with all the symbols used in the schematics, which makes it easier to review the entire system without having to browse through the sheets. When hovering over a symbol, you can see a larger preview of the symbol, improving the overall user experience.

9. Define naming conventions for Revit families

It is now possible to define and select naming conventions for Revit families (RFA) in the dataset, allowing you to use e.g. project-specific naming conventions for RFAs in a particular project. The new function makes it possible to select the RFA name format either based on Revit Standards (RS, formerly known as Dutch Revit Standard,, or use the original default RFA name.