Firecon has now turned to MagiCAD Sprinkler Designer as their main tool for sprinkler design.
Firecon is Finland’s largest full-service company for fire protection. It combines state-of-the-art design with decades of experience in fire protection.
Virpi Siltala, Sprinkler designer at Firecon, tells about choosing MagiCAD: ”The increasing demand for 3D design and BIM called for a new design software. We chose MagiCAD for Sprinkler design. The transition was easy because MagiCAD has AutoCAD as a platform. It was already a familiar environment for us. Besides drawing we can make calculations in the same file. MagiCAD was a natural choice since we rely on the future development of the program. Another deciding factor was the active and professional support we get from the supplier.
Before we decided on MagiCAD we studied a number of sprinkler design programs. Many of them would have required too much preparation before design and calculations. MagiCAD is easy to adapt, to learn and to use even if you don’t have prior experience in 3D design.
We have been using MagiCAD in small and large projects. We started with small projects at first, then moved in stages to larger projects.”
The design process with MagiCAD
”At Firecon the design process starts by defining the design criteria. When the big picture and the sections are clear, it is time to figure out how to combine different levels and drawings. This way the possible changes will be easy to make. Then we draw the levels, calculate the pressure drops and add the texts. If needed the model will be made. All BIM models are combined to one common model that shows the required space for different installations.
At the design stage it’s easy to check with MagiCAD that no collisions occur with other installations even in narrow spaces, because most other HVAC design companies also use MagiCAD.
MagiCAD support people help the design process to run smoothly. Any problems are solved quickly. And our development suggestions have often been included in new versions of MagiCAD.
We have utilized customised company training courses and have very positive experiences. The training day was well suited for both experienced and less experienced MagiCAD users. At the same occasion improvements of the new version was introduced. Training days like this will most likely be repeated in the future.”
Virpi Siltala, Firecon