HiCAD 2018 SP2

HiCAD 2018 SP2 is now available. Among the developmental focuses was the further advancement of the new Exploded view function: It is now possible to save exploded layouts as videos, to edit or delete mounting tracks and reconvert exploded view back into “normal” views.  All exploded view functions are now available centrally in a new Ribbon tab.
Furthermore, the options for ALUCOBOND® installation elements have been extended significantly, e.g. by the  ALUCOBOND® Tray panels SZ 20 with double sheet folding instead of stiffener profiles or freely definable folding angle for the “Attic” connection type, the option to install boded ALUCOBOND® tray panels on any rectangular and polygonal sketch areas, or the additional sub-types such as corner sheets with and without agraffes for suspended ALUCOBOND® tray panels, and much more.
Other highlights include the automatic connection of element installation and sub-structure, the new stabilizing pipe connection in Steel Engineering, simplified dialogues for pipeline route changes in Plant Engineering, the generation of isometries and pipe spool drawings for pipeline sets, the new riveted Sheet corner with stiffener Design Variant in Sheet Metal, and a multitude of other new or enhanced functions.

The Highlights:

  • ISD Update Service
    The new ISD Update Service supports the automatic search and installation of HiCAD updates (Hotfixes). For this you require the program ISDUpdateSvc.exe, that you can either activate during installation of HiCAD or install via the Windows Control Panel afterwards. Via this program you can activate the ISD Update Service. If the ISD Update Service is active, the tool checks whether a Hotfix is available. If this is the case, this Hotfix can be installed immediately.
  • New part attribute: Position index %PIDX
    Not only item numbers but also itemisation texts which consist of free text and attributes from different HiCAD/HELiOS sources. The new HiCAD part attribute Positionsindex %PIDX can be used in order to create own incrementation in itemisation texts. If the itemisation text contains this attribute, each part with equal item number will be incremented on its own. In practice, this is often used to allocate assemblies or parts with equal item number clearly to each information of the item number flag or BOM.
  • Drawing Derivation - Structure Lists
    As of HiCAD 2018 SP2, besides Quantity Lists also Structure Lists can be added in a Drawing Derivation.
  • Drawing Derivation - Sectional views of sheets
    As of HiCAD 2018 SP2, the section for generating sectional views always takes places at the shortest bend zone.
  • Enhanced catalogue for standard parts
    • Improved and new preview images
      The tables of the catalogue Processing, general, too, now have new preview images and descriptive detail graphics.
    • Sheets with thickness 1.5 mm / 2.5 mm
      Sheet thicknesses of 1.5 mm and 2.5 mm per table and material have been added to the following catalogues: Aluminium sheet/plate, Stainless steel sheet/plate and Steel sheet/plate.
    • New material for sheets - X6CrNiMoTi17-12-2
      The material X6CrNiMoTi17-12-2 (1.4571) has been added to the ISD sheet table at Factory standards > Sheets.
    • Expanded tables for aluminium alloys / aluminium sheets/plates
      The material EN AW-5005 H14 has been added to the Aluminium alloys table and to to the Aluminium sheets/plate table.
    • New catalogue for shim rings
      Shim washers could previously be found in the catalogue Fasteners > Retaining rings. As of HiCAD 2018 SP2 a separate catalogue exists for Shim rings.
  • Performance for rotations
    Shaded views can now be rotated much faster - especially shaded views with visible edges. Three different model drawings - consisting of 20.000, 60.000 and 90.000 parts, respectively, were submitted to performance tests. Some of these parts were highly complex, imported elements. Compared with HiCAD 2017, a significant increase of the frame rate (the number of images created during rotating) for the tested drawings could be achieved: 
    • Shaded with edges: Speed of rotation increased by a factor of 3.7 and
    • Shaded without edges: 27% additional images per second.
  • Captions of sectional / detail views
    Like annotations, the individual text blocks of view captions can now be displayed in a frame. Each text block can be shown with or without a frame or underlined. Furthermore you have now the option to use drawing, project or document master attributes for captions.
  • Horizontal/vertical alignment of sectional views
    Sectional views can now also be dropped horizontally or vertically. For this purpose the context menu that you can open while the view is "attached" to the cursor has been extended accordingly.
  • Enhancements for exploded views
    • New Ribbon
      All possible functions for exploded views can now be found in a new Ribbon.
    • Exploded view creation in video
      Use the new Video function to save the creation of exploded views as videos (similar to Simulations).
    • Delete mounting tracks / Change representation
    • New context menu for logs of exploded views
      In the Exploded view docking window you can now open a new context menu. These functions enable you to partly or completely recalculate exploded views, e.g. after changes to the original model, or edit transformations.
    • Delete exploded views
      Exploded views can be restored to normal views with the new Delete exploded layout function.
  • New dialogue window for solid primitives
    The New solid primitive dialogue window has been revised.
    • The icons have been redesigned.
    • The dialogue window will now remain open after insertion of a part, enabling you to insert more parts without having to call the function again.
    • Also new is the Apply immediately checkbox. If this checkbox has been activated, the solid primitive will be immediately inserted after fitting point specification.
  • STEP export via selection list
    The internal structures for the STEP export of entire drawings and the export via selection list have been standardized. Inconsistencies that occasionally occurred in older versions have been eliminated.
  • IFC import: Class filter
    The new Filter option has been added to the IFC import options. If this option has been activated, another dialogue for deselection of IFC classes will be opened after choosing Open. In the tree structure you can deselect all classes that you want to exclude from import. At the top left of the window you can find an input field where you can restrict the displayed classes by an explicit search for particular classes.
  • DSTV-NC export via Spooler
    The DSTV-NC format can now be exported from the HELiOS Desktop via HELiOS Spooler. The format-specific export options that were last specified and saved in HiCAD will be used in the process.
Sheet Metal
  • Textures on sheets
    The placing of textures on the individual sub-parts of a Sheet Metal part has been changed in such a way that the appearance of the assigned texture will be consistent - both with regard to the alignment of the texture and the transitions between neighbouring sub-parts.
  • Riveted sheet corner
    Use the new Sheet corner function to create a riveted corner, reinforced with a stiffener, between 2 sheet flanges. The flanges can have different lengths and different bend angles. You can apply this connection type to milling edge zones and cylindrical bend zones.
  • Extend coating
    When processing a coated Sheet Metal part, the coating will not be automatically applied to the respective processing (e.g. to new flanges, bores or corner processings). You can now use the new Extend coating function to apply the coating to the new or processed elements.
  • New DXF export for sheet developments
    The functions for the DXF export of sheet developments have been revised and rearranged.  For instance, you can now export developments as section contours, or completely as shown in the model drawing. An export of multiple developments in one step is also possible. Also new is the availability of Favourites the export, e.g. for LVD, Bystronic or COBUS.
  • Welded corner for composite panel
    Composite panels such as ALUCOBOND are deformed by means of milling edges. Therefore, the new parameters Mode and Milling form have been added to the Welded corner dialogue window.
    • Mode
      Determines whether the milling is to be applied to the inside or outside
    • Groove form
      Determines the suitable milling tool
Steel, Metal and Facade Engineering
  • Design variante for stabilizing pipe
    The Design Variant Stabilizing pipe connection has been redesigned. The created connection consists of one gusset plate on each beam, the connecting pipe with notch and, if required, top plates. one connecting plate on the stabilizing pipe or a T-profile or one (optional) bolting on the gusset plate or the connecting plate.
  • DAST connections - Guidelines for weld seams
    The DAST guidelines for weld seams have been implemented for the Design Variants: Front plate connection to web/flange (2320), Front plate connection to flange (2330), Double-sided front plate connection to web/flange (2322) and Purlin joint, 2 plates with mitre cut acc. to DAST IH (2201). If the weld seam settings are changed in such a way that they are no longer in accordance with the DAST guidelines, the DAST designation will be marked with a  symbol and a message will be displayed.   
  • New / changed dimensioning rules for railing segments
    The automatic dimensioning for oblique railings has been improved. For this, dimensioning rules 1006 to 1009 for the stair railing segment have been changed.
  • Enhancements for Alucobond installation elements
    • ALUCOBOND® tray panels SZ-20 – Connection type Attic
      For the connection type Attic, long you can now specify the angle of the folded sheet.
    • ALUCOBOND® tray panels SZ-20 – Inner corner / Outer corner with joint 
      If you choose Inner corner or Outer corner, with folded sheet for the Horizontal section - Connection left/right setting, you have now the option to specify an angle for the 35 mm flange.
    • ALUCOBOND® tray panels SZ-20 – Double sheet folding
      Instead of using the stiffeners at the edge you can also apply double sheet foldings. For this purpose the options on the Extended settings tab have been expanded accordingly.
    • ALUCOBOND® tray panels SZ 20 - Horizontal section - Window connection, Jamb
      If you choose Window connection, Jamb for the Horizontal section - Connection left/right setting, you can insert an additional L-profile.
    • Bonded ALUCOBOND® tray panels
      Bonded ALUCOBOND tray panels can now be placed on any rectangular or polygonal sketch areas.
    • Suspended ALUCOBOND® tray panels
      For suspended ALUCOBOND tray panels you can now, besides the tray panel depth, also freely configure the tray panel height. The options for sub-types have been expanded as well - you can now choose between: Sheet insert, Corner panel with agraffe, and Corner panel without agraffe.
  • Element installation / Sub-structure
    Element installations and sub-structures can now be connected entirely automatically, that is, without interactive configuration of individual connecting points. Own variants for the element installation or sub-structure can be prepared by assigning Connection information for the utilization of this function. In addition, the following two functions are available to you:
    • The Connection simulation function simulates the applying of a connection to a part that has not been mounted in an element installation or sub-structure. This can be helpful when creating own variants.
    • The Connection geometries function displays the connecting edges of one or several parts or installations. This function, too, can be helpful for error detection in own variants.
Plant Engineering
  • Isometriy/Pipe spool drawing - Drawing for pipeline set
    The functions Isometry and Pipe spool drawing create workshop drawings for pipelines. Both functions are operated in a similar way. In older versions, both functions could create a drawing for only one pipeline, though. As of SP2, HiCAD 2018 offers the option to combine several pipelines into a set of pipelines, which will then be regarded as "one" pipeline when generating the isometry or the pipe spool drawing. Since you can freely define such pipeline sets, you are enabled to separate you model drawing into pipelines in a more flexible way and without having to have the drawing generation already in the back of your mind.
  • Change route via new dialogue 
    In previous versions, the Dynamic route change function was available via a context menu. In most cases, multiple function calls were required to achieve the desired result. As of SP2 this context menu will be replaced with a new, separate dialogue that significantly facilitates the selection of the required settings.
  • Pressure ranges
    In previous versions the nominal pressure was of no significance for the search of matching sealing gaskets. To take pressures ranges into account, the attribute DRUCK_MIN (Minimum pressure) is now available. When you now search a sealing gasket for a flange, the following, additional search condition will be generated from the nominal pressure PN of the flange (Minimum pressure not specified or Minimum pressure <=PN) and (Minimum pressure not specified or Minimum pressure >=PN). Sealing gaskets without pressure specifications will thus be handled as if they were suitable for any nominal pressure.
  • PAA-Editor - Attributes for bolted flange connections
    PAA files are part archives which are used for Plant Engineering parts with fixed geometries (that is, such parts will not just be parameterized when they are inserted). PAA files can be imagined as simplified variants without any sub-types. As such, PAA files support all what you already know from variants. In particular, you have the option to equip the connections of such parts with the connection IDs for Plant Engineering. When you wanted to assign the parameters of a flange connection (Connection ID:20000) to a PAA file in previous versions, there were limitations to the automatic functions for bolted flange connections. These could only be applied successfully if the flange connections were defined as sub-parts referring to an own part archive (e.g. via HELiOS link). For instance, this can be seen by the example vessels (BEHALB...) that are supplied with HiCAD. From HiCAD 2018 SP2 onwards, the PAA Editor allows you to store the parameters of a flange connection (Connection ID: 20000) directly in a PAA file.
  • Malleable cast iron fittings acc. to EN 10242
    Further malleable cast iron fittings acc. to EN 10242 by the company have been added to the standard parts catalogue.

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