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DDS-CAD 13 released

The new version of the CAD/BIM software for building services is now available.

Data Design System (DDS) has released version 13 of its CAD/BIM software DDS-CAD. Thanks to the new and improved features DDS has integrat-ed into the software for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering, it is now even easier and more productive for their customers to use DDS-CAD.

According to DDS, new developments are included in all areas of the software. In addition to new and im-proved features for the design and planning of the re-spective specialist trades, innovations were also intro-duced in the general handling of the software.

For DDS-CAD users in the field of electrical installa-tions, the features for working with electrical diagrams as well as circuit lists have been optimized and equipped with additional possibilities. As stated by DDS, the diagrams and lists provide more and better-structured information now. In addition, the newly con-ceived feature for the cabling of buildings gives the user more flexibility in cable planning. Furthermore, numerous new features for copying and editing electri-cal installations along with additional presentation pos-sibilities for electrical objects were integrated into DDS-CAD 13. According to the developing company, all these innovations help the users achieve their goals more intuitively, which results in a considerable time-saving in the design and planning of electrical projects.

Among other things, in the field of sanitary and heating installations, DDS has enhanced the calculation of wastewater systems. Through new options, special building situations can now be taken into consideration more individually by the engineer calculating systems. DDS-CAD 13 also offers new features for the planning of ventilation systems. The allocation of rooms to indi-vidual ventilation zones of a building has been simpli-fied. Furthermore, the options that allow considering project specific engineering requirements have been extended. Likewise, the possibilities to integrate differ-ent ventilation system types within a single project were boosted. The inclusion of efficiency levels for heat recovery systems allows more flexible engineer-ing than before. In like manner, the opportunity to edit the volume flows of individual rooms or of different ventilation inlets and outlets increases the user’s flexi-bility. This makes DDS-CAD 13 an even more comfort-able and precise tool for mechanical engineers.

DDS-CAD 13 also contains new general features and improvements. The handling of object groups is just one of these instances. Components assigned to such groupings can now be edited more flexibly. Further-more, the position marker feature has been enhanced. Additional marking and numbering options simplify and accelerate the labeling of individual objects in engineer-ing projects. Moreover, according to DDS, the com-pletely redesigned building zone function allows much faster creation, management and use of zones than before.

In order to provide an ideal basis for the participation in Open BIM projects, DDS-CAD 13 has been equipped with a brand new IFC import and model manager. This accelerates and simplifies the import of IFC data. In addition, DDS-CAD 13 makes a clear distinction be-tween “master” and “coordination” IFC files. This facili-tates the handling of IFC data and adds new function-alities for dealing with these Open BIM files.

The CAD/BIM software DDS-CAD has been continuous-ly developed since its release in 1984. Consultants and contractors in the field of mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations use the software as a design and planning tool for all building services trades. DDS-CAD supports both traditional 2D drafting processes as well as the participation in model-based BIM-workflows.

About Data Design System

With the product family “DDS-CAD”, Data Design System (DDS) develops modular software solutions for the complete, interdisciplinary design of building services (MEP).

DDS-CAD solutions are available for the areas of sanitary, heating, air-conditioning, ventilation, electrical installations as well as photovolatic and lightning systems. All licensed packages are characterzied as individual, modular system solutions with an optimal price/performance ratio. In addition to MEP consultants and contractors, faciltity managers, industry and educational institutes are among the DDS customers.

DDS is one of the pioneers of Building Information Modeling (BIM). DDS-CAD solutions support this advanced approach to building design since its beginnings.

The DDS headquarters was founded in 1984 in Norway. Since then, DDS stands for precision, quality and innovation. With over 14.800 installed user-workstations throughout Europe, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand, the company is one of the leading software companies in the field of electrical and HVAC planning.

DDS is part of the Nemetschek Group.