Heating & Cooling Solutions for AutoCAD

Product Bundle to design and calculate heating and cooling systems in Autodesk AutoCAD
SKU HECOAC

Editions

Starter
€ 59.00 / month

billed annually

Advanced
€ 289.00 / month

billed annually

Professional
€ 449.00 / month

billed annually

Professional 3D
€ 659.00 / month

billed annually

Features

MEP Model Creation (Heating, Cooling & Gas)

For example:

  • Pipe command including system class determination with automatic transfer of media and distances in all view types
  • Automatic connection of pipes including necessary transitions (autorouting)
  • Automatic T-piece connection
  • Pipe offset command to resolve collisions
  • Symbols for the trades heating, cooling, gas and architecture (freely expandable)
  • Animated hydraulic assistant for the creation of hydraulic circuits
  • 2D piping design & 2D manifold generator for detailed design
  • Work on 2D and 3D underlays: DWG, DXF, PDF, JPEG, PNG, etc. including design assistant for roof constructions
  • Slot and opening design
  • Parts lists with short and long texts
  • Configurators for radiator, manifolds, tanks and dwelling stations
  • Configurator of parallel pipes for routing multiple pipes at once
  • Panel heating assistant for circle and pipe laying including construction area editor
  • Automatic Labeling and legend creation
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Scheme generator (Heating + Gas)

Create the fastes schemes in the industry with the powerfull scheme generator

For example:

  • Generate a complete and calculable scheme with drag and drop
  • Creating schemes even without CAD experience
  • Automatic drawing of scheme
  • Define sections and bows
  • Easy copy of storeys and pipe runs
  • Definition of components (e.g. valves and pumps) already in the generator
  • Saving and Importing of existing configurations
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Storey table

For example:

  • Automatic import of storeys from the architectural model
  • Control of the storey in the Construction level / offset (+/-) section
  • Easy Creation of storeys and work levels
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Visibility Control

For example:

  • One click visibility control for building parts
  • One click visibility control for storeys
  • One click visibility control for disciplines
  • One click visibility control for component groups (e.g. systems, insulations, etc.)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Industry Components via CAD Browser

For example:

  • Extensive CAD libraries with approved components of our wide range of industry partner
  • More than 6 billion possible components and component combinations
  • Direct placement of original manufacturer components into your model
  • Multiple placing modes (place, insert, replace)
  • Configurators for complex component combinations (e.g. cascade systems)
  • Including technical and commercial data (e.g. article numbers and packaging units)
  • Detection and consideration in the network calculations
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Creation and Preperation of the Architectural Model for Calculations

For example:

  • Creation of a 3D architectural model for the building analyse based on multiple underlay formats such as DWG, DXF, PDF, PNG or JPEG
  • Easy tools to create walls, windows, doors, roofs etc.
  • Optimized room detecion via automatic room identification
  • Automatic updates of floor plan modifications
  • Automatic transfer of sections, storeys, rooms, room components, temperatures to the building analysis
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Building Analysis

For example:

  • Building detection and analysis including the information required for load calculations (e.g. target heating and cooling temperatures)
  • Definition and transfer of further building parameters (e.g. apartment names)
  • Detection of storeys and rooms
  • Automatic transfer of all building storeys, rooms and room components including room temperatures and adjacent temperatures directly from the AutoCAD model
No Yes Yes Yes

Heat Load Calculation

For example:

  • Automatic transfer of all building sections, storeys, rooms and room components directly from the CAD model
  • Heat load calculations based on multiple national and international standards
  • Quick and easy calculation of U-values
  • Parametric data model for easy changes
  • Automatic update after changes in the architectural model
  • Extensive material library for defining components
  • Faster input by creating standard components
No Yes Yes Yes

Dynamic Cooling Load Calculation

For example:

  • Automatic transfer of all building sections, storeys, rooms and room components directly from the Revit model
  • Dynamic Cooling load calculations based on multiple national and international norms
  • Calculation of the room air temperature
  • Calculation of the operative room temperature
  • Assistant for determination of internal and external loads
  • Cross-project definition of reusable profiles (loads, brightness, usage, temperatures, operating profiles, etc.)
  • Calculation by means of periodic settling with CDD or by means of aperiodic settling with CDP (defined forward run, start and CDD)
  • Separate display of the results for dry (residual) cooling load, the cooling load from panel cooling, the cooling load from AHU/ supply air system and the total cooling load
  • Window configurator with shadow consideration
  • Parametric data model for easy changes
  • Automatic update after changes in the architectural model
  • Extensive material library for defining components
  • Quick and easy calculation of U-values
  • Faster input by creating standard components
No Yes Yes Yes

Dimensioning of Radiators & Convectors

For example:

  • Dimensiong of radiators and/or convectors for each room based on the heat load calculation
  • Consideration of allready integrated radiators in the model and new dimensioning, layout and update of the model
  • Easy variant comparison
  • Dimensioning for two and one pipe systems
  • Determination and assignment of pipe runs, manifolds, manifold connections and control components (e.g. valves)
  • Extensive data sets of manufacturer products for radiators, convectors and panel heating systems
No Yes Yes Yes

Dimensioning of Cooling Convectors

For example:

  • Dimensiong of convectors for each room based on the head load calculation
  • Consideration of allready integrated convectors in the model and new dimensioning, layout and update of the model
  • Easy variant comparison
  • Determination and assignment of pipe runs, manifolds, manifold connections and control components (e.g. valves)
  • Extensive data sets of manufacturer products for convectors and panel cooling systems
No Yes Yes Yes

Dimensioning of Panel Heating

For example:

  • Dimensioning and layout of panel heating (floor, wall and Ceiling) based on the heat load calculation
  • Easy variant comparison
  • Determination and assignment of pipe runs, manifolds, manifold connections and control components (e.g. valves)
  • Automatic creation of pipe run schemes
  • Extensive data sets of manufacturer products for radiators, convectors and panel heating systems
No Yes Yes Yes

Dimensioning of Panel Cooling

For example:

  • Dimensioning and layout of panel cooling (floor, wall and Ceiling) based on the cooling load calculation
  • Easy variant comparison
  • Determination and assignment of pipe runs, manifolds, manifold connections and control components (e.g. valves)
  • Automatic creation of pipe run schemes
  • Extensive data sets of manufacturer products for radiators, convectors and panel heating systems
No Yes Yes Yes

Automatic Drawing of dimensioned Components

For example:

  • Automatic placement of radiators, convectors and panel heating systems into your CAD model
  • Automatic labeling of transferred components
  • Transfer and update of dimensioned components into your model and from your model to the dimensioning
No Yes Yes Yes

Automatic Detection of the Heating Pipe Network

For example:

  • Detection of drawn pipes directly in the model and analysis of the system
  • Detection of all integrated components
  • Consideration of technical datas integrated in the model
  • Detection of drawn dimension for the optionally consideration in the network calculation
  • Easy mapping of foreign components for the consideration in the network calculation
No No Yes Yes

Automatic Detection of the Cooling Pipe Network

For example:

  • Detection of drawn pipes directly in the model and analysis of the system
  • Detection of all integrated components
  • Consideration of technical datas integrated in the model
  • Detection of drawn dimension for the optionally consideration in the network calculation
  • Easy mapping of foreign components for the consideration in the network calculation
No No Yes Yes

Heating Pipe Network Calculation with Redimensioning

For example:

  • Automatic calculation and dimensioning of all components in the heating pipe network
  • Consideration of given gerneral conditions e.g. limit values for velocities and the pipe friction pressure gradient (R-value)
  • Determination and variant comparison of pipe materials and components including original manufacturer data sets with real product properties
  • Calculation directly in the model incl. redimensioning
  • Hydraulic calculations with transfer of performance data from family parameters
  • Calculation of multiple systems in one model
  • Selection of suitable (manufacturer) components based on the calculation results
  • Saving of values directly in the model with optional consideration in the IFC export
  • Interface for valve data sets, shut-off valves, differential pressure closed-loop controllers, volume flow closed-loop controllers, regulating valves, control valve and fixed resistors
  • Extensive adjustment possibilities for the calculation boundary conditions (maximum velocities, valve authorities, active pipe diameters, fixed pipe dimensions for existing systems, etc.)
  • Visualization of results using liNear Data Coloring (dimensions, materials, velocities, unfavorable flow path and many more)
No No Yes Yes

Cooling Pipe Network Calculation with Redimensioning

For example:

  • Automatic calculation and dimensioning of all components in the cooling pipe network
  • Consideration of given gerneral conditions e.g. limit values for velocities and the pipe friction pressure gradient (R-value)
  • Determination and variant comparison of pipe materials and components including original manufacturer data sets with real product properties
  • Calculation directly in the model incl. redimensioning
  • Hydraulic calculations with transfer of performance data from family parameters
  • Calculation of multiple systems in one model
  • Selection of suitable (manufacturer) components based on the calculation results
  • Saving of values directly in the model with optional consideration in the IFC export
  • Interface for valve data sets, shut-off valves, differential pressure closed-loop controllers, volume flow closed-loop controllers, regulating valves, control valve and fixed resistors
  • Extensive adjustment possibilities for the calculation boundary conditions (maximum velocities, valve authorities, active pipe diameters, fixed pipe dimensions for existing systems, etc.)
  • Visualization of results using liNear Data Coloring (dimensions, materials, velocities, unfavorable flow path and many more)
No No Yes Yes

Hydraulic Balancing of complex Systems

For example:

  • Hydraulic calculations with transfer of performance data from family parameters
  • Calculation of multiple systems in one model
  • Determination also of networks with several control levels
  • Consideration not onlyof the distribution networks, but also the generator part
No No Yes Yes

Bill of Quantities including Article Numbers

For example:

  • Clear and comprehensible calculation results as well as complete bill of quantities
  • Detailed parts lists including article numbers and material check
  • Bill of quantities and parts lists in several output formats (Windows printout, Excel, text, UGS, GAEB, ASD)
No No Yes Yes

Detailed 3D Design (Heating, Cooling, Gas, Potable Water, Waste Water)

For example:

  • Pipe design with routing function and pipe classes for creating the fittings with millimeter precision (integrated slope construction)
  • Automatic connection of pipes including transfer of media, materials, dimensions and pressure levels.
  • Manifold generator for the production of assemblies including pumps and valves and configurators for tanks, plate heat exchangers and other devices
  • Insertion of components with suitable transitions and flanges in existing systems
  • Real-time collision check
  • Automatic 3D generation of calculated single-line drawings
  • Connection editor for your own 3D components
  • Automatic connection of pipes including transfer of media, materials, dimensions and pressure levels
  • Automatic bolting of the entire construction (bolts, nuts, washers) with complete transfer to the parts list
  • Predefine insulation materials and show or hide them with transfer to the parts list
  • Consideration of deductions for welding seams, gaskets and insertion and bolting depths
  • Manually or automatically assigned item numbers
  • Material lists, parts lists with item numbers, sawing lists for pipes, item lists
No No No Yes

Free Access to Online Tutorials

  • Easy start and education with the liNear tutorials and example projects in the exclusive customer area on our website
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Videos

Description

Exemplary Workflow for Heating and Cooling Design with AutoCAD

Step 1: 2D Design and Scheme Design

From boilers, heat pumps, dwelling stations to radiators and panel heating systems, from control levels with regulating valves to one-pipe systems and multi-boiler systems: With the liNear toolbars, scheme generators, routing commands, connection functions for rigid and flexible pipes, automatic legends, slot design assistants and much more, you can draw calculable heating and cooling systems. Completely independent whether it is designed in the scheme, in the isometry or in the floor plan. The construction serves as the basis for the pipe network calculation. You also receive the functions for creating the architecture based on a drawing of the architect in any format. We provide you with a user interface that optimally supports you in every step of the design process!

Step 2: Heat and Cooling Load Calculation

It is necessary to first detect the building and analyze the thermal properties in order to calculate the heat and cooling load. Building Analysis assumes this task and provides a calculation model as a basis for normative and (building) physical calculations. Once the building has been completely detected and analyzed the heat and load is calculated immediately. Both the German method according to VDI 2078 and the international method according to ASHRAE are available for the dynamic calculation. The heat and cooling load is done for the entire project as well as for storeys or individual rooms. After defining design temperatures, shading and usage profiles, the program displays the results for the entire project, individual building parts, levels and for all rooms. Optionally, air volume flow rates can also be considered in the heat load.

Step 3: Dimensioning

Based on the determined heat and cooling load, you can immediately continue to dimension radiators or convectors or the panel heating and cooling systems. From extensive manufacturer libraries you can select your products before the dimensioning is made. You can choose between a quick dimensioning or a detailed dimensioning. With one click, dimensioned components are transferred to the model. Radiators, convectors and cooling convectors are automatically inserted and the floor heating and cooling is drawn. Adjustments can be made in the model or in the dimensioning process and all changes are transferred bidirectionally.

Step 4: Pipe Network Calculations

With the graphically supported liNear heating pipe network calculation, perfectly dimensioned and hydraulically balanced heating systems are possible in almost all imaginable variants. Both the pipe run scheme and the 2D or 3D floor plan drawing can serve as the basis for the calculation. Several control levels allow hydraulic balancing even of complex systems. The hydraulic circuit assistant can be used to select a large number of circuits. There is a great difference in the requirements of a cold pipe network calculation compared to those of a heating pipe network calculation. In particular, the testing of the use of approved materials and the media data for refrigeration are directly usable advantages. If there are still possibilities for optimization, the program informs you so that you can implement them immediately. Finally, the network is redimensioned. With fixed pipe dimensions, you can also calculate existing systems and optimize or extend the network.

Step 5: 3D Design

This is pipe design that leaves nothing to be desired featuring an easy-to-learn operating concept that makes a difference. Build your three-dimensional and realistic systems in no time. You may switch on real-time checking, which prevents already during construction pipes and components from contacting each other. You can either design directly in 3D or automatically create a 3D pipe network using the calculated single-line pipe network following the pipe network calculation. The correct fittings and joining pieces are selected automatically during construction via the liNear Material Manager. Easily replace 2D symbols with 3D valves from manufacturer component catalogs and get a complete 3D model. Of course the model remains calculable in every design stage. It is also possible to recalculate the model after changes at any time. 

Step 6: Labeling and Transfer of Results

Write the results of your design work directly into the model. With the automatic labels, you will do this in a quick and easy way. You can define and reuse labels globally, per component group or for individual elements. It is also possible to add your own parameters, which can be included in the labels. All results such as bill of quantities, pipe network calculation, cooling load results or hydraulic balancing are output in various formats. All information is saved directly in the model. The final MEP model can optionally be provided for the BIM process via an IFC interface.