The challenges for the annual major releases are growing. On the one hand, new features are getting ready and are waiting to be translated into six languages, tested and documented. On the other hand we have future customers and people who are about to change to Revit impatiently waiting for our newest release, so that they can use it with the latest Autodesk platform. About six weeks after the availability of Autodesk versions 2022 the time had come: LINEAR Solutions V22 was released on schedule. The number of downloads that were already made in the first few days showed that we were right on time.
As with every feature pack (versions with new features, but without platform changes), the entire development team is once again looking forward to making our customers happy with the delivery of perhaps long-held wishes, but also to being able to surprise you with some new ideas that will improve your work processes.
For this article, I have selected two examples from the list of innovations to illustrate what I mean.
Example 1: Calculation of (existing) pipe networks with dimensions from the model
The first example is a long-held wish of many pipe network customers: The calculation of (existing) networks with dimensions from the model.
Let me explain this in more detail: The main objective of our pipe network calculations across all trades is always the ideal dimensioning, taking into account all relevant boundary conditions. There are also other important factors as the correct selection of components, the determination of the perfect setting values for all regulating network components and last but not least a complete parts list - from the generator(s) to the consumers with all pipes and fittings, including transitions. All this works in a schematic plan as well as in a (pre-)dimensioned 3D model, whether in Revit or AutoCAD. The pipe network calculations even offer an adjustment of the modeled pipe dimensions to the calculated pipe dimensions.
But what to do with existing hydraulic systems? A common case is the partial extension of a network without changing the rest. This may even be the case with late changes during the design phase. Completely different aspects of construction planning, such as cost advantages through re-using similar assemblies (even if smaller dimensioning would be possible at some points) also play an increasingly important role.
Manually fixing dimensions has always been possible in LINEAR Analyse products - but now you benefit from the fact that the dimensions in your 3D-model can be automatically used for the calculation, either completely or for a “fixed” selection of certain parts. This way they are not further optimized by the dimensioning routines. The influence of the resulting pressure losses on the other network parts can be quite significant, both for the dimensioning of the parts to be optimized, but also for the design of the network components and their adjustment values. In potable water calculations e.g. it is very easy to perform hygienic verifications/simulations for existing networks.