Stay ahead of the game
For over 12 years, we have invested in the development of MagiCAD for Revit making sure that as an end-user, you will always have the best tools and the most efficient UK-aligned design workflow for completing your MEP design projects.
Each year, we release a 1x new Main Release (MR) version of MagiCAD and 2x regular Update Releases (UR), each with a whole host of new and enhanced features for our MagiCAD for Revit customer base.
A few highlights
The following highlights over the past 12 months are particularly beneficial to our UK and Irish markets and include:
- Support for CIBSE natural gas sizing and pressure calculations
- Improvements to the Builderswork Openings tool
- Use distribution boxes in ventilation design for multiple ducts
- Scaling of 2D engineering symbols
- Intelligent options for sprinkler installation distances
- New duct, pipe and cable tray Segment Adjustment tool
Don’t miss out on new and exciting features
Our developers are constantly looking to add new and improved features to enhance your MagiCAD for Revit experience and further increase design efficiency using the solution. In addition, when you use the latest version of MagiCAD, you are always up to date with the latest industry standards, UK localisation and requirements.
We urge you to upgrade to the latest version to enjoy the benefits. You can find further information about some of the top features and functions introduced in the previous versions of MagiCAD for Revit below.
Maintenance and Support plans keeps you at the forefront
With our MagiCAD Maintenance and Support plan, MagiCAD updates are delivered to you automatically as soon as they are released, making Maintenance the most cost-effective way of managing and updating licences and software versions within an organisation. Read more ›
Perform quick and precise network adjustments with the Segment Adjust tool
The 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.
Accurate duct modelling with new fitting types
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.
Improved Connections to Mechanical function
Multiple improvements to the Connections to Mechanical function enable more efficient connection node management and make it considerably easier to locate and examine host objects.
Create and install drainage product combinations
Create drainage product combinations in the dataset and install them to the model. The products are handled as separate products in Revit, but as a combination in selected MagiCAD functions.
Use distribution boxes in ventilation design
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.
Use symbol assemblies in schematic drawings
Symbol assemblies allow users to compile a selection of ready-to-use items for common schematic elements helping to improve productivity and maintain quality and consistency.
- Ventilation, Piping, Electrical
LOD (Level of Detail) selection tool
Different phases of a BIM project have different requirements for geometric detail. The LOD selection function includes preconfigured options that enable fast and convenient adjustment of the needed LOD level.
Set and manage object status information
A new Status function allows you to differentiate between existing and new elements within a system or a network.
Extended Autodesk Fabrication support
Compatibility with Autodesk Fabrication elements makes MagiCAD a useful solution for contractors that work in Revit projects but use Fabrication parts.
The new MagiCAD Batch Manager allows you to save combinations of selected functions as batch processes that will be automatically performed before printing, saving, or exporting. This helps ensure that saved models and exported files are always updated with the latest changes.
Easy radiator installation with radiator connection sets
Install radiators to a drawing using radiator connection sets that include all the components needed for the radiator connection. Ready-to-use connection sets make it much easier to perform radiator connections and compare connection alternatives.
Improved pump curves
MagiCAD calculations support multiple pump curves and areas for stepless pumps that are frequency controlled.
Part numbering for ventilation systems
Part numbering automatically generates an ID for each part in a ventilation model and the numbering system can be customized according to your needs. Part numbering enables better system overview, efficient part management, and a seamless connection between the model and component listings.
Create automatic main riser diagrams
Create automatic main riser schematics of selected electrical networks and then link them to the corresponding switchboards in the model.
Install back boxes for electrical devices
Install back boxes together with electrical devices. Back boxes can be connected to conduits, added to bills of materials and exported to IFC.
- Piping, Calculations
Gas system design with integrated calculations
MagiCAD includes gas-system specific parts and calculation features. Together, the new additions enable comprehensive design of natural gas networks.
Intelligent radiator configuration and installation according to space data
The new radiator installation tool helps configure and install a radiator setup that optimizes radiator sizing and positioning according to space data.
Connection nodes between Electrical and HVAC systems
Connection nodes allow electrical designers to collaborate with mechanical designers regarding the power demands and electrical connection needs of their equipment.
Clearance Analysis tool for MEP elements, supports and hangers and structural elements
Plan drawings can be color-coded according to minimum height from floor to lowest hanging MEP object based on clearance settings.
Perform electrical calculations based on real circuiting
Electrical calculations can be performed with real loads for all circuits in a project. This allows users to check protection in all power circuits.
Copy and connect entire branches in electrical design
Copy and move entire cable tray and conduit branches. Being able to handle entire branches greatly improves modelling productivity and quality.
Identify and repair broken links in Schematics
A new tool for repairing broken links between symbols in schematic views and devices in the model.
Support for localized calculation standards for electrical calculations
Install calculation engines with localized standards for electrical calculations.
Upgraded Provision for Builderswork Openings tool
The renewed Provisions for Builderswork Openings tool provides improved support for fittings and accessories, introduces provisions based on true element geometry, and enables provisions in many new wall and host element types.
- Ventilation, Piping, Electrical
Detailed modelling accuracy with upgraded routing tool
New functions in the routing tool makes it easier to define the detailed placement for ducts, pipes, conduits and containment when modelling.
Support for Autodesk BIM 360 Design
Compatibility with Autodesk BIM 360 Design allows MagiCAD datasets to be automatically synchronized in a Revit project using Revit standard functionality.
Easy editing of schematic drawings with Move & Stretch tool
With the advanced Move & Stretch tool connections are automatically kept intact when a schematic drawing is modified. When a line is moved all associated symbols follow and connected lines are stretched.
- Ventilation, Piping
Copy and connect entire branches in ventilation and piping design
Copy and move entire ventilation and piping branches. Being able to handle entire branches greatly improves modelling productivity and quality.
- Ventilation, Piping, Electrical
Change elevation offsets with the Smart Move tool
Modifying elevation offsets for existing network segments improves modeling productivity as there is no need to delete and redraw segments.
Integration with heating and cooling load calculation tools
MagiCAD enables integration with external tools for calculating heating and cooling load demands. You can prepare an IFC export file of the entire Revit model, perform heating and cooling load calculations in an external application, and then import the calculation results back to Revit. The integration features have been developed in co-operation with EQUA Simulation AB for IDA ICE tool. Watch Video ›
Update existing 2D symbols and assign 2D symbols to 3rd party Revit families
You can now replace the 2D symbol of a product that is already in use in a project. Simply open the dataset, select a new symbol for the installed product and click the Update to project button. You can also assign 2D symbols to 3rd party Revit product families.
- Ventilation & Piping, Electrical
New 3D routing tool for Ventilation, Piping and Electrical
Modelling in 3D has been made easier and faster with the new 3D routing tool. It offers a wide range of quick, helpful, and effective functions for routing work in a 3D view. Numerous short cuts and visual tools will also help to improve 3D modelling productivity.
- Ventilation & Electrical
More flexible installation options for MEP components
It is now possible to install luminaires, air devices and other MEP components according to the ceiling grid of an architectural model. You can either place individual components or an array.
- Calculations, Ventilation & Piping
Automatic sizing and calculations for duct and pipe segments with outlets
With a new sizing option in MagiCAD you can now split a duct whenever the size needs to be changed at an outlet. The feature then calculates and uses the optimal size on both sides of the outlet. If the same duct or pipe size is good on both sides of an outlet, the feature will remove the split and join the elements together.
Preview your work in real time and save time with new pipe connection options
The Pipe Connection tool now displays a real-time preview of the piping connection being made. Seeing the connection updated as you work reduces the need to try out various routing settings and makes for more efficient use of the connection functionality. Piping design has also been made faster and easier with several new options.
Perform electrical calculations using Revit technology
You can perform integrated electrical calculations on Revit technology, complete with bidirectional flow of data between the calculations and the Revit project. MagiCAD includes the Schneider Electric Ecodial calculation engine, enabling electrical calculations, such as cable sizing, voltage drop, and short-circuit calculations, as well as the use of protective devices directly via the Revit project. Watch Video ›
Generate clash reports in several different formats
When analysing clashes using the BCF Manager, you can now export the selected or all clashes to several different formats. You can export the report not only in BIM Collaboration Format (BcfZip), but also as a PDF, a spreadsheet or as printouts.
Define for Builders Work Openings using advanced new functions
In addition to using fixed offset values, the tool now allows to define segment-specific size ranges to represent the required space around a specific duct, pipe, cable tray, conduit, and fire damper segment. Now you can also select an object from a linked model, a new option which makes it possible to limit the selected area and still use linked models.
Perform diversity calculations in ventilation design
Diversity factors for ventilation system enable estimation of what the practical real flow will be when the ventilation system is taken into use. This enables you to optimise cost, energy consumption and indoor air quality. New parameters for MC Diversified Flow, MC Diversity Factor and MC Ventilation Velocity have been added to keep track of the flow rates.
MagiCAD Clash Detection for live or on-demand clash detection
The new tool makes coordination between different design disciplines easier, faster and more reliable. You can select either real-time detection while you carry out modelling or on-demand detection. MagiCAD identifies two types of clashes: hard clashes where the elements physically collide and soft clashes where the clash occurs between the clearance zones defined for the objects. Watch Video ›
Summarise power loads from spaces to switchboards
The power requirements from the spaces can be summarised to the linked switchboard and all the way to the main switchboard. The estimated current can also be calculated for each switchboard. You can also summarise power from extra-low voltage (ELV) devices to circuits, making it easy to check the power load of an individual fire alarm loop or similar. Watch Video ›
Calculate wire lengths based on the model
MagiCAD enables you to update and calculate the estimated lengths of wires based on the model and include the lengths of the wire instances in bills of materials (BOMs).
Update cable packet data more efficiently
Cable diameters and widths can be summarised to evaluate the required cable tray width. The Update Cable Packet tool enables several or even all cable packets in a project to be updated simultaneously. When the cable trays are updated, the total diameters and widths of the cables are automatically summarised by a new parameter.
Improved interface for DIALux export and import
Enables selection of identifiers for the spaces exported to DIALux as well as storing the luminaires imported from DIALux into the MagiCAD dataset. You can select space or room names or numbers as identifiers for the spaces. The luminaires imported from DIALux can be saved also into the MagiCAD dataset as basic box or cylinder shapes, with each shape containing the correct luminous flux value as well as the RFA name. When the luminaires are saved into the MagiCAD dataset, they can be reused again in the same project as well as in other projects.
Install and use manufacturer-specific distribution boxes
MagiCAD enables you to use manufacturer-specific distribution boxes in ventilation design. When you install manufacturer-specific distribution boxes into the ventilation system, the boxes will be taken into account by calculations, clash detection, bills of materials and other MagiCAD features.
Manage all project-related data centrally in IFC Export
MagiCAD’s IFC Export enables you to centrally manage all project-related data and export the selected project data in IFC format. Property Set Manager includes new property sets for IFCSystem Type (including also electrical circuits), IFCSpace Type and IFCZone Type. There are also two new properties Number of Elements and Static Pressure which can both be included in the exported data.
Connect air devices to the network using rectangular ducts
Enables connection of air devices to the network using rectangular ducts. You can select the type of connection as a T-branch or a tap connection. From the options, you can also select the horizontal and vertical angles suitable for each particular situation. Watch Video ›
Next generation Crossing tool
The updated Crossing tool introduces three new crossing methods, an improved routing calculation logic and a new user-friendly preview functionality. The upgraded routing tools have three methods for defining crossings, a new preview function, an informative offset meter and new routing algorithms, and support for multiple horizontal crossings.
Simulate the operation of ventilation systems
New simulation calculations for ventilation systems, enable 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.
- Ventilation, Piping, Electrical
Search and load products from MagiCAD Cloud
MagiCAD Cloud product library can be accessed directly from MagiCAD and products can be loaded directly into MagiCAD projects. The product library integration offers efficient functions for searching, viewing and selecting products. Watch Video ›
Wire drawing enhancements
Makes it possible to define, enable and disable grid and guide lines when using free-end drawing. There are also new drawing options, including the Orthogonal Automatic Offset, which is a combination of the Orthogonal and the Automatic Offset options. It is now also possible to set a default offset angle, which the Automatic Offset and the new Orthogonal Automatic Offset options will then automatically use. Watch Video ›
New product class: Combination boxes
The new combination boxes product class includes e.g. cover frames and socket poles which act as placeholders for actual electrical products, for example sockets and switches. The combination box together with the electrical products connected to it can be combined as a Revit assembly. Watch Video ›
Wire type management tool
The new tool displays a list of every cable within the project, making it possible to edit the properties of different cables all in one window. Cables can be sorted based on each column, and the user can edit cable weight, diameter/width, height, number of phases, number of neutrals and the number of PEs. Watch Video ›
Enhancements to Create User Symbol tool
The tool makes it possible to select multiple elements and save them as a symbol. The elements can be created for example by using detail lines or regions. Symbols can be added into various symbol categories, including product symbols, schematic symbols, switchboard schematic symbols or switchboard schematic detail symbols. Watch Video ›
Improved installation of air terminals and chambers
Automated calculation of collar length makes it faster to install products at the correct height levels using the product installation tool, without the need for measuring product dimensions and manually calculating the necessary collar length. Watch Video ›
- Ventilation, Piping, Electrical
New routing tool for horizontal crossings
Enables fast horizontal crossings during design coordination. Just select the length of the straight segment and the offset point for the crossing and the tool will automatically re-route your design based on the previously used settings.
- Supports & Hangers
Load-bearing calculations for Supports & Hangers
Enable the designer to verify that the supports and hangers are strong enough to support the suspended pipes, ducts or cable trays. With the new function, it is possible to extract the calculation model automatically based on the real Supports & Hangers model, calculate the loads of the suspended pipes, ducts or cable trays, calculate the force of each element with finite element method and display the data using 2D/3D diagrams.
MagiCAD 2016.4 & 2016.11
Extended Support for SI Measurement Units
The user can now access native Revit measurement unit settings directly from MagiCAD. Changes in Revit unit settings will affect units also in MagiCAD flow diagrams, reports and properties, making measurement settings consistent throughout the system. Watch video ›
Improved Drainage Connection Routing
The sewer routing tool now offers the possibility to control whether the sewer point connection should be connected from above the main pipe or to the side of the main pipe. At the same time, connecting sewer points located directly above the main pipe has been made easier. Watch video ›
Connections with flexible ducts
It is now possible to connect devices to the ventilation system also using flexible ducts. The user can define a default maximum length and the flexible duct type for the connecting branch which will be used when a device is added to the drawing and the connecting branch is automatically generated. Watch video ›
Contextual Tabs & Tag Tool Improvements
Selecting a product will display the product-specific command buttons on the contextual ribbon, making it easier and faster to access the specific commands that are relevant for the selected product. Watch Video ›
Synchronising wire types and installation codes with circuits
It is now easier to manage wire types and update wire instances according to wire types. Cable and Circuit IDs (new parameters) can be easily updated and up-to-date information will be automatically inherited by the supply cable route and the switchboard, ensuring that the entire system remains consistent and up to date from branches to switchboards and power supply. Watch Video ›
Quick BIM object creation with MagiCAD Create’s generic MEP library
MagiCAD Create now enables modelling of a comprehensive set of MEP products using easy-to-use modelling functions. If you need to use specific products which are not part of our manufacturer-specific BIM object library, you have the option to download and install our easy-to-use modelling tool MagiCAD Create directly from the MagiCAD user interface using the Plugin Manager function.
Localised Calculations for Domestic Water Calculations (DWS)
The new standards for domestic water calculations include: the British BS 6700, Danish Sbi, European EN 806, Finnish D1, French DTU, Norwegian KS Standard and the Swedish VVS 2000. MagiCAD now also enables the use of Loading Units (LU) with domestic water systems required by certain market-specific calculation standards. Watch Video ›
MagiCAD Ventilation, MagiCAD Piping and MagiCAD Electrical now provide the user with an enhanced version of the crossing tool for creating duct, pipe and cable tray crossings. The latest enhancements to this highly popular tool make it easier to define start and end points for crossings and for the first time enable multiple crossings to be defined at the same time. Watch Video ›
New dynamic user interface for product selection and installation
Makes it easy to search and select products with full data views and install them into the project through a preview which shows the fit of the product to the intended location. Watch Video ›
Extended support for 2D Water Device Symbols
The latest additions are 2D symbols for water devices, chambers and roof drains. The 2D symbols are stored in the 3D models and will be automatically used when printing drawings. Watch Video ›
Loading native Revit RFAs into your projects
Using the new MagiCAD user interface for product selection and installation, it is now possible to use any native RFA family into the MagiCAD dataset while utilising MagiCAD’s standard functionality.
Clean-up and delivery tool for Revit models
The tool allows you to automatically remove all manufacturer-specific brand names and labels from the project for tendering purposes, manage and remove links, sheets, views, legends and schedules, as well as audit, compress, purge and delete revisions. The automation of these tedious tasks saves a great deal of time when preparing the project for final or partial delivery.