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Add-on allows quick modeling of HVAC design data in the Virtual Building™ environment

BUDAPEST, September 27, 2001 -- Graphisoft, the third largest vendor of architectural design software and the leader in object-based AEC CAD, today announced the upcoming release of HVAC for ARCHICAD®. This addition to the Graphisoft Productivity Tools has been developed for architects and designers, to automate the creation of HVAC ductwork systems in ARCHICAD models.

"These new tools offer considerable flexibility for ARCHICAD users wishing to productively model HVAC systems in the Virtual Building," says Bence Kovács, Graphisoft's director of product marketing. "HVAC for ARCHICAD requires no detailed knowledge of HVAC systems. Architects can use the 2D information supplied by engineers to quickly model that data in their projects to effectively coordinate systems and visualize the model using ARCHICAD's award-winning 3D tools."

HVAC for ARCHICAD was developed exploiting the Cymap development team's competence in HVAC/electrical CAD. Available within ARCHICAD, its features include an auto-connect function that helps rapidly develop duct networks including simple two duct systems and complex arrangements with grills, tees, etc. Penetrations can be automatically created for all ductwork systems where ductwork passes through internal and external walls and slabs. Users can define the clearances required on each side of the ducts, and minimum distances between penetrations that determine when adjacent penetrations should be combined.

HVAC for ARCHICAD also includes an extensive GDL object library of more than 300 HVAC and electrical 3D objects and 2D symbols. Each object has an easy-to-use custom interface to make creating the model as flexible and productive as possible. All objects contain Facility Management information, allowing the model to be imported into the ArchiFM database.

HVAC for ARCHICAD is available in English language with metric units; an imperial unit version, and a German version will follow later this year. The add-on runs on both Macintosh and Windows operating systems.