Hole functionality changes in the revision 18.0.3


The Electric 18.0.3 revision contains changes in the hole functionality and handling of Sewatek-penetration units.

Recesses and projections in the IFC model

Earlier only the actual hole reservations were exported into the IFC model. In the future it is also possible to export recesses and projections, made with the hole function. Their export into the model is controlled with settings of the IFC export function. The recesses are recorded in the model as hole type objects and projections as Element Proxy-type objects.

Presentation of hole reservations in IFC model changed to solid

The hole reservations have previously been presented in IFC model as pipe-like pieces. In the future the hole reservations will be presented as solids, i.e. solid boxes or cylinders. This change makes the handling of parts easier in other software that use IFC.

Hole reservation interface elevation memory according to hole direction

The hole function retains previous values used. Now the memory has been expanded so that the elevation for holes in the surface and the holes in the wall are remembered separately. When changing the direction of the hole to the surface, the previous elevation in memory will be used as default and in the case of a hole in the wall, the previous wall elevation accordingly. This change reduces the need to change the elevation repeatedly when defining the holes in different directions one after the other.

Changes in handling Sewatek penetration units

An innovation realized together together with Sewatek will improve the export of chained hole reservations into Tekla software. The pipe direction recognition problem has been troublesome for a long time, and along with the updates a rectification will be secured.

As encoding model, instead of formatted text like before, xml-like json formatter is used. It is easier for Sewatek Connector to use the code in this format. In addition to the changed Sewatek reservation code format, the update will be visible to the user as a new setting in the Sewatek definition window and the IFC export functions setting windows in applications. In the Sewatek definition, the old encoding can be used along with the new one. The old encoding can be used with the setting in the Sewatek definition window.

In the IFC export function it is possible to choose the export method for Sewatek. The default export method is graphic form, which means in practice that the Sewatek-parts exported to the IFC model are graphically similar to the actual form of the objects. Actual penetration unit information is recorded in the model for one part, and the other parts are just graphic objects.

Another option for Sewatek export is the hole reservation box, already a familiar method from previous versions. In this case individual Sewatek parts are not exported to the model, rather the reservation area defined by them is exported as a box-shaped hole reservation, where all the parts belonging to it are recorded.