What can easily go unmentioned when discussing BIM software is the often crucial role that industry-specific add-ins play when introducing new levels of functionality to Autodesk software platforms.
These, for example, may include discipline-specific calculations, simulations and design automation tools. In the field of MEP design, probably the most widely used and praised example of these types of solutions in the UK and in the rest of Europe is the Nordic MagiCAD software for AutoCAD and Revit. MagiCAD for AutoCAD and Revit is a BIM solution for ventilation, heating, cooling, piping, sprinkler and electrical design, as well as for indoor climate control and energy-efficiency optimisation.
Since its initial release in 1998, MagiCAD has become the de facto standard in building services design among Nordic engineering consultancies and contractors. For almost a decade it has been the number one choice of MEP software for the BIM market in Scandinavia, where BIM is employed in practically all larger public and private construction projects. Today, more than 15,000 MagiCAD licenses are in use by building services designers in over 45 countries worldwide, which include Europe, Russia, China, the Middle East and other areas.
MagiCAD is developed by the Finnish software house Progman Oy, which was founded in 1983. In addition to MagiCAD, Progman has over 30 years of experience with the global MEP industry as a provider of 3D product modelling services and a wide range of tailored, industry-specific software solutions for international MEP component and device manufacturers.
Support for UK standards
MagiCAD offers impressive support and localisations for different languages and country-specific standards. The UK standards are well supported with MagiCAD offering UK-specific content and templates, including over 1,100 engineering graphical symbols that comply with BS 1553, pipe series in accordance with EN standards, and ductwork series in accordance with DW 144, etc.
MagiCAD’s adherence to regional standards is also illustrated by the tens of thousands of projects that have been performed using the software in different corners of the world, ranging from the Slussen underground transportation hub in central Stockholm to the Shenzhen Bay Sport Centre in China, and to Africa’s largest construction project, the Mohammadia Mega Mosque in Algeria.
Revit-based MEP Building Information Modelling
MagiCAD for Revit combines the latest Revit technology with MagiCAD’s 16 years of experience from AutoCAD-based MEP BIM. When MagiCAD for Revit was released in 2009, MagiCAD for AutoCAD had already been fully capable of performing 3D BIM with calculations, simulations and intelligent data-rich 3D models for over 10 years. Today, MagiCAD offers a database of over one million actual, data-rich MEP products in both AutoCAD and Revit formats from leading manufacturers across the world.
MagiCAD for Revit automates many time-consuming routine tasks in MEP design, including the creation and editing of standard connections, cross-over ducts and pipes, as well as various more demanding connections and adjustments, such as angle-to-horizontal, pipe-to-radiator and pipe-to-mixer connections, eccentric reductions, etc. MagiCAD allows the user to draw ducts and pipes directly with user-definable and flexibly resizable insulation series. There are also automated features for functions, such as producing builders’ work drawings and bills of materials, and defining layouts for printable drawing sheets.
Another key factor in BIM projects is connectivity. For this, MagiCAD offers thorough IFC 2×3 compatibility features including a property set configuration manager and connectivity with all IFC-compliant software. Among the compatibility options is full support and connectivity with e.g. Navisworks, Solibri Model Checker and DIALux.
To find out more about MagiCAD, visit www.magicad.com.
By Gavin Doherty.
Gavin is the Area Sales Manager for MagiCAD in the United Kingdom. He is responsible for the UK market and works alongside the MagiCAD software development team to provide up-to-date feedback on the UK market needs and to ensure that localised templates and content are created and updated.