ConstructionPro Week, Volume: Construction Advisor Today - Issue: 101 - 03/31/2011

Design Master Unveils 3D-BIM Versions of HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing Programs

Design Master Software has released new versions of its three programs – Design Master HVAC, Design Master Electrical, and Design Master Plumbing – that feature improved support for 3D-BIM. These products now can export an IFC file that can be used for 3D collision detection in programs such as Revit, Navisworks, and Sketchup. Hangers for ductwork and piping were added to Design Master HVAC and Plumbing. The hangers are displayed both on the 2D plans and in the 3D model.

Design Master Electrical added conduits, cable trays, and vertical panel clearances to its 3D model. Panel clearances are exported as 3D solids in the IFC file. Even though nothing is located in that space, it needs to be claimed by the electrical system to guarantee that no other systems pass through it.

The new Design Master HVAC release also includes a pressure drop report for the ductwork, a new option for static regain duct sizing, and a more readable ventilation schedule, according to the Shoreline, Wash.-based company.

The new Design Master Electrical release also includes the ability to size equipment based on MCA and MOCP, and an improved voltage drop schedule. The material takeoff feature is now available to all users of the software.




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