New version of the CADMATIC Electrical
CADMATIC Electrical 18.0.8 has been released on 1.6.2020. The revision brings with it innovations in the find and check functionalities as well as in the comparison tool of documents. A new feature in Electrical is modular generation, which enables a new way to generate plans.
The Find and Check functionality improves searching for objects in Electrical
With the new version, there is a big improvement in Electrical to search for different objects. The most visible of these is the Find tab that appears in the Electrical Project tree. The function includes various auxiliary functions for finding objects, as well as the possibility to create and view the user's own selection list. Other new features support the Project tree.
Check functions have been redesigned
The check functions in the function menu vary from application to application and the most common needs are included in the list. Some of the existing functions have been renovated. Some are completely new requests from customers. The first User Selection list in the menu can be found in all applications.
The check functions always make a list of the objects found in a tree-like list. The check is always done for the entire project, you can filter the list to contain only the objects in the drawing. This feature is especially useful when you want to focus on situations found in a drawing and correct them.
Objects in the list can be set for grip edit, displayed in a drawing, displayed in the object tree, or exported to the user selection list using either the tool buttons or the functions found in the context menu of the tree. For example, the ‘Show in Tree’ command for an unconnected cable displays the same cable in the cable type tree, the context menu contains an additional function for editing the cable in question.
Unlike the old functions, the objects in the list are not automatically highlighted. If desired, objects are displayed from the drawing and they can be displayed again at any time. This is how you can fix the problem found in the meantime, while at the same time the object can be approved or removed from the tree and the remaining objects displayed again.
User selection list is bidirectional
The user selection list already existed before, but only in the DB Tool. Now the functionality is bidirectional and has changed slightly. In the future, you can add objects to the selection list from the drawing, the Find tree, or the DB Tool. Exporting to the selection list is of the addition type and it can be cleared if desired. Before exporting always also cleared the list. The new function can therefore be used to compile your own selection list in the desired way.
Filtering by time has been added to the Creator and Modifier fields of the DB Tool. This allows the user to easily filter all objects they add or change after a certain time in the DB Tool. Filtered objects can be exported to a user's selection list, which can be searched for in the drawing, using the new Find tree. In the future, the user will be able to move the listing resulting from any filtered combination from the DB Tool to the CAD software for searching and checking.
Compare document versions
You can now also find a document comparison tool in the document tree. This function allows you to compare two freely selected files, i.e. practically two different versions of the same document. The result is displayed as a pdf document, with the new items marked in green and the removed ones in red, in addition, all changes are highlighted. The end result is thus an illustrative picture, for example, changes to two different revisions of the reference drawing. Even if the function starts from the document tree and is selected as the reference document, the files can be selected freely. The comparable pair can be DRW / DWG drawings, Excel spreadsheets as well as already printed PDF files. The DRW - PDF combination works especially when you want to compare the active working document with the previous PDF publication, for example when you want to check whether all changes were marked with revision markings.
Alongside the existing Excel generation, a new way of generating plans, modular generation, has been published. While Excel generation is an extremely flexible and quick-to-implement approach, it is limited to creating CAD drawings. In modular generation, the module (template drawing) may also contain database data. Therefore, each module is like an independent project. These modules are copied and thus a smart project with CAD drawings and reports (part lists, cable lists, connection lists, etc.) is created as the final product. It allows for module-based reception.
Modular generation brings the familiar approach of Excel generation into making smart projects. Through the modules, certain entities can be standardized, and procedures can be harmonized. The goal is to copy the repetitive mass with all its information (product information, additional information, plates, etc.). For quality checks of the resulting project, exactly the same database functions can be used as if the drawings had all been copied manually or produced by traditional methods.
Integrations with other CADMATIC products
The revision also includes the first functionalities of integrations with other CADMATIC products.
- Plant Modeller
CADMATIC Electrical (EAC 18) software has integration with CADMATIC Plant Modeller. The cables created in Electrical software can be send to COS and to Plant Modeller as Diagram cables. From those it is easy for Cable Router user to start creating cable to 3D model and routing them to 3D model cable ways. Information from Cable Router like the routed length or additional status or notes attributes can be updated back to Electrical software as valuable additional data to their design and calculations.
- WebAPI and P&ID
Equipment, Instruments and Valves which are created from External integrated system via CADMATIC WebAPI as EDMs (External data management objects) or are created from P&ID Diagrams as EPDs (Externally Provided P&I Data) objects to CADMATIC COS can be imported as devices to CADMATIC electrical project. Their attributes can be mapped to wanted attributes in Electrical. This makes it easier to start designing electricity to the objects that are already existing in CADMATIC project. It can help to save time compared to import lists or manual input and also improve quality of design and ensure data is same in different places.
CADMATIC Electrical documents can be published to eShare with working links in eShare 3D model.
Other minor improvements
The revision also includes many minor improvements in several areas as well as bug fixes. The most visible of these improvements to the user are:
- Elevation markings: The installation height (relative or absolute) can be selected individually per
- Application-specific drawing templates: The default settings for different applications can be specified in the project settings
- Support for group information has been added to the plate configuration.