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CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems

Automatic sizing

The analysis and design of an automatic sprinkler system can be quite complex. All the hydraulic design requirements that must be met by the different applicable regulations make the selection of the pipes one of the most complex tasks in the design of the installation.

To facilitate this process, from the 2021.c version, "CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems" has the new "Automatic design" tool.

This tool can be configured by users in "General options > Design criteria". From this panel it is possible to edit the diameters to be used in the design and the maximum number of sprinklers that each diameter can supply before moving on to the next available diameter.

If users do not want to change the default data, the "design" tool will launch the diameter selection process and then the hydraulic analysis. This selection and hydraulic analysis process will end if no errors are found when the results that are obtained are compared with the requirements of the regulations. Otherwise, the process will be repeated until valid diameters are selected, to comply with the applied regulations.

Tanks with reduced capacity

Users can now design hydraulic installations with reduced capacity tanks.

This type of tank has a refill flow that allows it to reduce the volume that is required to supply the installation. This option can be activated by editing the tank and including the refill flow.


In the previous version (2020.e), CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems included the hydraulic analysis of the singular losses that occur due to accessories as well as valves. This new feature included the automatic design of some types of accessories. Now, the 2020.f version includes the design of connections.

In the "Automatic generation of accessories" panel, the option "Connection" has been added as an accessory that can be designed. Connections are accessories that join two pipes.

Animation of the spray pattern

The 2020.f version of the application includes the animation of the "Spray pattern" of the sprinklers that are included in the operating area of the installation.

This animation can be viewed in the 3D view that is located in the bottom left of the workspace and in the 3D viewer of the BIMserver.center platform when the project is exported to the BIM project.

Predefined library of fire hose reels

En la versión 2019.g se incluyó en CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems el cálculo de Bocas de incendio equipadas. Ahora se incluye, como se muestra en la imagen, una biblioteca predefinida de tipos de BIE de 25 y 45 mm.

Export attached documents

"CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems" exports the following files to the Open BIM project, as well as the 3D view of the installation of the extinguishing system:

  • Project
  • Material schedule
  • Drawings

New material for pipes: Polypropylene

As of the 2020.e version, users can define pipes in "CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems" that are made out of polypropylene.

This material has a table of nominal diameters that is different to those of the other materials that are included in the program. Therefore, once a pipes catalogue has been generated with this selected material, it will not be necessary to change the material of the catalogue.

"Bill of quantities" tab

In the 2020.e version, the "Bill of quantities" tab has been added in "CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems". Now, users have tools that can be used to generate and manage the bill of quantities of the elements that have been introduced in the program.

More information on this new feature can be found in the "Bill of quantities" tab in project phase Open BIM applications section, which affects several CYPE Open BIM programs.

Accessories and valves

The hydraulic analysis of singular losses produced by accessories and valves has been included in CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems. This new feature includes the following program updates:

  • Accessories and valves catalogue

    Two new receivers have been added to the "General options" panel, to introduce new accessories and valves.

    A series of accessories and valves has been added by default for each design code.

    As can be seen in the image, to create a new element, from either catalogue, simply introduce a reference and the associated loss coefficient of the element, to carry out the hydraulic analysis.
  • Automatic generation of accessories

    To optimise the time required to analyse the project, the "Automatic generation of accessories" option has been introduced in the "General data" panel. Using the automatic generation, the software recognises, depending on the distribution of the network, the following nodes and applies the load loss that is selected by users.
    • 45º elbow
    • 90º elbow
    • Tee – Branch with direct flow
    • Tee – Branch with change of direction
    • Cross
  • Introduction of singular elements

    Accessories and valves can be introduced manually on the pipes of the project. As can be seen in the image, accessories are blocked for the automatic generation, when they have been introduced manually.

    "CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems" includes the load loss of the outlet pipe, i.e., for two pipes that are connected by a 90º elbow, the application will apply the loss at the outlet pipe, in the direction of the flow of the water.
  • Measurement criteria

    A tool has been included in the "General options" panel which can be used to measure all the load losses that have been introduced in the installation. For these criteria, users must define:
    • Description of the measurement
    • Material of the element
    • Load loss groups

"Bill of quantities" tab in project phase Open BIM applications

The "Bill of quantities" tab has been added to the toolbar of some of the applications that are integrated in the Open BIM workflow. In the 2020.e version, the first Open BIM programs to have this tab are:

  • Open BIM Quantities (new program of the 2020.e version)
  • Open BIM Accessibility
  • Open BIM Lightning
  • CYPEPLUMBING Sanitary Systems
  • CYPEPLUMBING Water Systems
  • CYPEPLUMBING Solar Systems
  • CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems
  • CYPEHVAC Hydronics
  • CYPEHVAC Ductwork

This tab will be integrated into the remaining Open BIM applications in upcoming versions.

The "Bill of quantities" tab provides users with tools to generate and manage the bill of quantities of the installation that each program analyses. Within this tab, users can extract the quantities of the model and, based on that information, generate the real project items. This process is carried out using a correspondence system between the elements that have been measured in the design model and the concepts of the bill of quantities (mapping). This equivalence is stored on a local drive or network, so that it can be extended progressively and used in future projects.

In order to enter project prices easily, users can import complete databases as well as individual concepts from cost databases that have been developed in accordance with the FIEBDC-3 standard (.bc3), such as the CYPE construction cost database Generador de precios.

A cost database and mapping example have been included for installation elements for most of the programs that have the bill of quantities tab. Remember that they are just examples and you can create your own mappings and cost databases.

The documents of the bill of quantities can be extracted in several types of reports (Quantities, Cost breakdown structure, Priced bill of quantities, Detailed priced bill of quantities, BoQ summary) and can be exported in HTML, DOCX, PDF, RTF and TXT formats.

The bill of quantities can also be exported, in "FIEBDC-3" format, from the "Bill of quantities" tab of each program, to then be used in cost management programs such as Arquimedes.

The "Bill of quantities" tab is also included in "Open BIM Quantities" (new program of the 2020.e version). Unlike other applications that include the "Bill of quantities" tab, "Open BIM Quantities" allows users to extract the quantities from BIM models that have been defined using the IFC standard (in their "Quantities of the BIM model" tab) . The other programs extract it from the installation that has been introduced in the program itself. Once the quantities have been extracted, the process to generate the bill of quantities in "Open BIM Quantities" is carried out in its "Bill of quantities" tab, as is done with the other Open BIM applications that contain the tab.

Automatic generation of the sprinkler system

In the 2019.h version of "CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems", a tool has been implemented that allows users to introduce sprinkler systems quickly and easily. This tool (Automatic generation) can be found in the "Hydraulic analysis" section of the toolbar.

To use it, some general parameters have to be defined that will allow the program to carry out the distribution:

  • Type of network: Grid or Manifold with branches
  • Type of sprinkler to use
  • Manifold and branch diameters
  • Distances between sprinklers

Once the data of the panel has been defined, users only have to select the spaces in which the sprinkler system is to be generated automatically.

Implementation of the UNE 12845:2016 code

As of the new 2019.h version, “CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems” includes the EN 12845:2016 code.

This code is activated in the "General Options" panel by selecting the European flag, in the same way as it is done with the other implemented codes "NFPA 13" and "CP 52: 2004 Singapore Standard”.

As with the other two regulations, the EN 12845:2016 code can be imported and the necessary modifications are carried out using the "Specific requirements for each space" tool on each type of risk and so adjust the checks if necessary.