How has the company developed over the years?
We often simply broke new ground. For example, we quickly realized that digital drawings are perfectly suited as a basis for hydraulic calculations. In short, the integrated “Draw and Calculate” was born, and it didn’t take very long before our competitors also recognized the need to follow this path. The advantages were obvious, because why not use the already drawn pipe network topology as input for hydraulic calculations? Avoiding duplicate data input, a significantly faster calculation, the automatic, associative labeling of dimensions and complete material lists were the plus points with which we were able to establish the CAD-supported pipe network calculation relatively quickly with countless customers. We have consistently followed this path and have continuously expanded our software solutions. Today, we can proudly say that we are the only company to offer a complete solution for the design and calculation of technical building equipment on the CAD platforms AutoCAD and Revit. I think that this pioneering spirit was, is and will remain essential for the positive development of the company.
What role does the close cooperation with the manufacturers of the technical building equipment industry play in this?
The need for product-specific calculation data and material lists that are as complete as possible led us to establish ourselves as the specialized service provider for manufacturers in the technical building equipment sector early on. Whether CAD libraries or product data sets for design and calculation: The use of verified manufacturer data in MEP design has become a matter of course today, especially in view of the fact that in many cases we no longer have to map individual products, but rather interactions between a wide variety of components in systems. And together with major industry partners and cost-effective OEM versions of our software, we have been able to take CAD-supported design right into the hands of thousands of craftsmen. Ultimately, close collaboration with manufacturers helps to incorporate crucial new developments and product details into the software, giving our customers increased planning reliability.
Are there other innovations that have been instrumental in LINEAR’s success?
Our approach within the thermal load calculations should certainly be mentioned here. After completing our first heat load calculation, our focus here was also on the productive connection of CAD and calculation. While at the beginning it was already a milestone and an enormous relief for our customers to analyze the architectural model and, based on this, enrich it with information for the heat and cooling load calculation, today the possibilities are even more far-reaching. Since Revit architectural models also allow thermal properties of materials and complete component definitions have become possible, the calculation of heat and cooling loads has been drastically simplified and at the same time has become much more accurate. The ability to do this in a high-performance, standard-compliant, and error-tolerant way has also put us in the role of technological leader in this area.