Software: Design, Modeling, Analysis
Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 Product of the Year Finalists
Software: Design, Modeling, Analysis
Read about the 7 finalists in the Software: Design, Modeling, Analysis category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 Product of the Year program.
Electrical calculation add-in
Design Master Electrical RT 1.2 is an electrical calculation add-in for Autodesk Revit software. Version 1.2 includes the addition of one-line diagrams to the product. Designers can use their Revit model to create their one-line diagram, and changes to the Revit model are automatically updated in the one-line diagram. The goal of building information modeling (BIM) in Revit is to have everything in the project come from a single model. Allowing the one-line diagram to be created from Revit moves one more part of the electrical design into BIM.
Design Master Software, www.designmaster.biz
Arcing current calculator
The Bussmann series Arcing Current Calculator is designed to enable users to quickly calculate the minimum and maximum arcing currents of electrical systems, based on IEEE 1584. This tool takes a given available short-circuit current and key system attribute inputs and provides the calculation of arcing currents per the IEEE 1584 equations and standard. Users can then output calculations for later reference or the creation of labels. Additionally, the tool provides quick access to Eaton application engineers for further assistance, if needed, and provides an interactive experience whether it’s on a desktop or mobile device.
Firestop documentation manager
The CFS-DM Firestop Documentation Manager is a cloud-based system designed for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) market that provides an easy way to document, manage, and report compliance for every penetration, joint, or other fire protection system throughout a building. It is designed to speed up a project and help save valuable time on the jobsite and in the office. AEC professionals can use it to track all paperwork and documentation during a build and manage a building in order to see what’s installed and where. CFS-DM Firestop Documentation Manager comes with an app for both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets for improved mobility.
Automation, BIM-integrated plug-in
The Hilti Button for Firestop automation software is designed to integrate with BIM software platforms. It automates the firestop product and UL-system selection process and eliminates the tedious, manual task of placing hundreds or thousands of firestop objects in BIM. The software automatically detects penetrations in fire-related construction and populates the appropriate firestop products and UL systems directly into BIM to save time and reduce costs.AEC firms can save more than 1½ months of project time. The software integrates seamlessly with the Autodesk ecosystem around Navisworks Manage, AutoCAD MEP, Fabrication CADmep, and Revit and automates the firestop-selection process on a project.
BAS symbol library
The BAS Symbol Library v5 is designed to monitor complicated building systems with ease. The library includes more than 450 total graphic files of a variety of graphics and animations needed to construct building automation system (BAS) graphics, HVAC graphics, or mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment. Almost any system graphic can be created, static or animated, as the symbol library is compatible with more than 95% of all major mechanical systems. This library provides end users with access to high-end graphics and animations that more realistically represent the mechanical systems in place.
QA Graphics, www.qagraphics.com
BIM plug-in for Autodesk Revit
LayoutFAST is an intelligent plug-in for Autodesk Revit that makes it easier and faster to configure and insert products into projects. LayoutFAST supplies BIM managers, design engineers, and contractors with everything they need to design and specify complete electrical systems. LayoutFAST allows users to select and place products into designs from within Revit and configure them to meet project requirements. It also provides a library of electrical products updated in real time from the cloud to ensure current information is used in the design process. LayoutFAST enables users to share files and models, helping to drive collaboration and speed the development process.
Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us
Monitoring, control system app
iCOM CMS is an Internet of Things (IoT) mobile app designed to provide information technology (IT) managers and service providers with advanced thermal monitoring and control for remote, mission critical locations and edge-computing sites. Operating as a mobile app, it provides IT managers and authorized service providers with visibility into temperature, humidity, and cooling-unit operating parameters. It also allows managers to forward alarms to technicians or service providers. All parties can view each step of the troubleshooting process. iCOM CMS is designed for simple, cost-effective connectivity to building management systems through BACnet, Modbus, and other protocols.