New features – MagiCAD 2022 for Revit
1. Support for Autodesk Revit 2022
MagiCAD 2022 is compatible with the new Autodesk Revit 2022, as well as with the previous four Revit versions 2018-2021.
2. Use distribution boxes in ventilation design
The space available for ventilation systems can often be limited. If you need to have multiple ducts going into different directions in the same place you can now use generic distribution boxes to connect the various ducts.
Simply select the appropriate distribution box size and install it into the model. You can then draw ducts to it and update the distribution box. Adding distribution boxes makes it easier to handle ductwork in limited spaces and also makes the design more realistic, as they are often used in final installations for space and practicality reasons.
3. Accurate duct modelling with new fitting types
Normally, two bends cannot be connected without adding a connection in between. New gender types (male/female) for duct fittings remove the need for additional connections and enable new design possibilities. The increased accuracy also helps make the model better suited for installation purposes.
4. Improved Angle to Horizontal function
Ventilation, Piping, Electrical
You can now use the Angle to Horizontal function from the system end point in order to move to a different elevation and continue horizontally. Simply check the Create angle to horizontal to the end point / side direction selection and then select the goal elevation and a horizontal direction to continue in.
Previously, the angle had to be created somewhere in the middle of the system. This meant that the system element had to be modelled further than the desired angle point.
5. New electrical calculation engines
Localized electrical calculation engines for Sweden, Finland and Spain have been added to MagiCAD. Unfortunately, we have also had to drop support for the French electrical calculation engine due to compatibility issues. This means that MagiCAD now supports the International IEC standard and includes localized electrical calculation engines for Sweden, Finland, Spain, and Germany based on the IEC standard.
6. Include insulation and installation method in electrical calculations
Electrical calculations now support cable insulation types and cable installation methods. The available insulation types for cables are XLPE, PVC, Halogen-free and Rubber. Cable insulation has also been added to Wire type management. This means that you can select an insulation during wire type definition and the selected insulation will be accounted for in calculations.
Cable installation methods and the corresponding installation codes can be defined in the dataset. When an installation code is assigned to a circuit, the code is also automatically added to electrical calculation dialogs. In addition, you can now also define the number of trays and additional touching circuits for the current cable.
7. Improved wire routing
When drawing wires with side offsets, you can now create corners for the wire route simply by selecting additional route points before connecting to the next device. This allows you to easily adjust wire routes to go around objects and to follow different types of corners. In addition, when you connect a wire with a side offset to a cable packet, the offset of the wire is maintained.
8. Scaling for converted symbols
Set a scale factor for schematic symbols and electrical plan drawing symbols that are converted directly from a symbol database. Scaling allows you to adjust the symbol size before the symbols are inserted into the project. You can also update the sizes of converted symbols at any point with an Update to project button in the product data sheet.
9. Improved Connections to Mechanical function
Multiple improvements to the Connections to Mechanical function enable easier connection node management. You can now create new node types at the same time as selecting connection nodes for the connectors in a mechanical model. In addition, wires and tags connected to connection nodes are maintained even when the node type is changed.
You can also easily view additional information on host objects, including instance and type properties, and zoom to the objects in a selected view instead of the active one. These additions make it considerably easier to locate and examine host objects.
10. Size ranges in pipe series routing preferences
When you define a size range for fittings in a pipe series, the same size range is now automatically updated to the pipe series routing preferences. This makes it easier to ensure that the selected size ranges for fittings are maintained when modelling.
11. Pre-configured pipe and drainage series
Defining pipe and drainage series for a project can be a tedious and error-prone task. It is not enough that the selected fittings are suitable for the modelling work, you need to also verify that they are compatible to be mounted together on-site.
To help you with this task, MagiCAD now includes a collection of pre-configured pipe and drainage series that are ready for use in your projects. The series include a set of fittings in compatible sizes for a piping or drainage system. You can select the pipe and drainage series from MagiCAD Cloud and the pipe series data is automatically added to the MagiCAD dataset.
12. Define material and coating for insulation series
New settings for material and coating have been added to insulation series. The settings allow for more complete information to be added for insulation series and they are also required for localisations.
13. Create and install drainage product combinations
You can now combine drainage products, such as basins and water locks, in the dataset and then install them as a combination into the model. The products are handled as separate products in Revit, but as a combination in some MagiCAD functions, such as the Drainage connection tool and Create similar. Using product combinations makes it easier to create drainage connections and to add similar systems into the model.
In order to support drainage product combinations, we have also upgraded the drainage connection tool and added new options to the connection logic.
14. Intelligent options for sprinkler installation distances
The sprinkler installation tool now allows you to manually set the sprinkler distances to walls for a sprinkler array. Previously, the distances to walls were automatically set as half of the row height and column width. If the Maximum distances option is selected, row height and column width are automatically adjusted so that the distance to the top and bottom walls in the view equals the dW1 value and the distance to the walls on the left and right equals the dW2 value. This allows you to easily create a sprinkler array that provides a maximum amount of space for the number of sprinklers selected.
15. Use water source pressure curves in sprinkler calculation
MagiCAD sprinkler calculation now includes P/Q curves (pressure level/water flow) for water sources. The P/Q curve can be defined by the user and it can be used when calculating the network even before a water source object is installed. The water source diagram in the calculation report displays the operating points of all calculated design areas so that you can verify that the required pressure does not exceed the pressure curve at any point. The P/Q curve can also be used to quickly simulate a pump without installing one into the system.
16. Perform quick and precise network adjustments with the new Segment Adjust tool
The new Segment Adjustment tool allows you to align existing system segments with millimeter precision. Simply enter distances or an offset and select the elements to be moved. The feature distinguishes between center and edge distances, as well as top, center, and bottom offset with or without insulation.
17. Use absolute height levels in installation and modification
Absolute height level has been added as an option to all installation and modification tools. Using absolute height levels can sometimes be useful, for example, to better coordinate elements with the architectural model. The level information is dynamically re-calculated depending on which option is selected for height levels.
18. Customize the running index numbering logic with index areas
You can now place index areas onto a model and customise the running index numbering logic in them. An index area consists of multiple rows and the running index will proceed according to the rows.
When you assign an index area, you need to define a starting corner for the running index and select whether the index proceeds left to right throughout or the direction is reversed for every other row. The size of the index area and the number and height of the rows can be freely selected.
Index areas help you to adjust running indexes according to user preferences or model areas, and they also make it easier to locate objects based on index numbers.
19. Split legends into multiple tables
Legends can often be very long forcing users to scroll a long way to find the relevant information. You can now split legends into multiple tables and specify how many rows the tables will contain.
The separate tables can be arranged either into a single view that contains multiple tables side by side, or each table into a separate tab. The distance between tables in the single view can be freely adjusted.
20. New settings for provisions
Multiple new settings have been added to the Provision for Builderswork Openings tool. You can now select when a provision becomes rectangular, or circular based on the angle of the penetrating segment. The tool also allows for different offsets to be defined above, besides, and below a rectangular object. These new settings are also accounted for when working with objects with offset size ranges.
21. Set up and use classification systems
The new version of MagiCAD introduces new functionalities and a workflow that enable users to set up and use different classification systems. This helps, in particular, to include various national classification systems into projects. Once a classification standard has been added to the dataset, products can be mapped to the classification when they are added to a project. When the products are later installed, the classification codes and parameters are then automatically added to Revit families. In case of changes to the classification information, the new information can be updated to the project.
22. Multiple improvements to Clash Checking
Multiple improvements to the MagiCAD Clash Checking tool enable more effective clash checking processes. You can now include clashes with objects in closed work sets into the checking, as well as run live clash checking in section views. If new components are added to a project after the clash settings have been defined, they are automatically added to the clash checking selections in order to ensure that they are not accidentally missed. Additionally, clash checking now takes into account insulation for Autodesk Fabrication parts.