Update history​


Protected zones

In version 2024.b, protected zones have been included. Protected zones are spaces enclosed by fire-resistant compartmentation elements, designed to allow users to evacuate the building and even to remain inside if necessary.

As well as being enclosed by fire-stopping elements, protected zones may also require the installation of a smoke control system and that the distance to one or more exits does not exceed the maximum permitted distance.

Outdoor propagation and firefighter intervention depending on evacuation height

In order to make CYPEFIRE more versatile, both in the different cases of outdoor propagation (vertical, horizontal and roof-façade) and in firefighter intervention (access road and manoeuvre space), the possibility of requiring more demanding checks as the evacuation height of the building increases has been implemented.

Risk rooms

As of version 2024.b, users can force the program to set the occupancy of risk rooms to zero. If this is done, all the spaces assigned to risk rooms will not contribute any occupancy to the evacuation, regardless of the occupancy set in them.

Protected lobbies - Update

The "Protected lobbies" were the only types of compartments that could be assigned directly from the space itself.

From now on (version 2024.b), "Protected lobbies" shall be entered in the same way as all other compartments (fire compartments, risk rooms, stairways, protected zones) to make it easier to use the "Assign" tool.

Also, as of version 2024.b, the "Minimum built surface area" check for "Protected lobbies" has been included.


In version 2024.b, establishments have been included. Establishments are building zones that group together the different fire sectors designed and that are under the same ownership.

The following checks can be carried out on establishments:

  • Maximum built surface area
  • Maximum number of levels below ground level
  • Maximum occupancy
  • Maximum fire load density

New checks - Fire compartments

For the implementation of the Portuguese code in CYPEFIRE, new checks relating to fire compartments have been developed. These checks can be edited from the general options menu. Among the checks implemented, the following are to be noted:

  • Independent levels
    Each fire compartment shall be independent. If this check is active, a single fire compartment shall not cover more than 1 level of the building.

  • Fire resistance of doors
    When checking the fire resistance of doors, the Integrity (E) and Insulation (I) capacities have been separated, as the requirements can be independent depending on the spaces to be compartmentalised.

  • Evacuation
    In the evacuation check, the possibility of requiring additional exits from two exits onwards has been introduced, as a certain number of exits may be required depending on occupancy.

  • Fire protection equipment
    New requirements have been included to ensure the presence of fire protection equipment, such as the area above ground level and the area below ground level requirements and the occupancy above ground level and occupancy below ground level requirements.

Portuguese code (SCIE)

As of version 2024.b the Portuguese fire protection design code "Regulamento Técnico de Segurança contra Incêndio em Edifícios (SCIE)" is included. This code will be available as long as CYPEFIRE is installed in Portuguese.

In this first version, the "Utilização-tipo I - Habitacionais" type projects have been included and will be extended with the rest of the projects available in the upcoming versions of the program.

New currency codes

In the help tool for filling in the currency code, within the general parameters of the project, the following references from ISO 4217 have been added:

  • EGP. Egyptian pound
  • KZT. Tengue
  • MYR. Malaysian ringgit
  • PHP. Philippine peso
  • SAR. Saudi riyal

Moving elements with the arrow keys

As of version 2024.b, applications with the "Element selection tool" (this tool was implemented in version 2021.e) have the ability to move the selected model components with the arrow keys on the keyboard. The elements shall be moved on the work plane of the active view in the direction of the arrow key. Whenever the arrow is pressed, the distance that is displaced is constant, so zooming will make it larger or smaller.

Improvements in the connection to BIMserver.center

Version 2024.b includes the following improvements and corrections to the connection of applications to the BIMserver.center platform:

  • After sharing a contribution, there is a delay before it becomes available in the BIMserver.center project. This could result in another application not having immediate access, even if the export was made from the same computer. Now applications can read contributions from the "File directory stored in local cache" before they are accessible in BIMserver.center.

  • It is now possible to export a contribution without an internet connection. When this occurs, a confirmation dialogue box will appear to inform users that if the contribution is exported, it cannot be shared in the BIMserver.center project. The contribution can be read in another application as long as it is on the same computer and linked to the same project. However, for the contribution to be available on the platform, users will need to "Share" it again with an internet connection.

  • The uploading process has been improved to allow larger files to be included.

  • An error that did not allow users to connect to the platform when the "AppData" system folder was not accessible has been fixed.

  • An error that showed the user as logged in when the session had already expired has been fixed.

  • The warning messages displayed when there is a problem in the communication with BIMserver.center have been improved.

  • Now, when creating a new project, the same default fields are used as in the BIMserver.center website.

Links to the BIMserver.center platform

From the BIMserver.center project information window (displayed by clicking on the project name shown in the project information bar - upper right part of the application window) you can access the project page of the BIMserver.center platform via a link that has been inserted in the text indicating the project name.

Likewise, from the information window about the project contributions ("Contributions" option in the project information window), users can access the page of each contribution in the BIMserver.center platform. These links are inserted in the texts indicating the name of each contribution.

Notifications on the project status

The status information bar of the BIMserver.center project is located at the top right of the window of the programs included in the Open BIM workflow. This bar has been available in the applications since version 2022.e and shows a warning icon when there is a problem with the connection to the project, as well as other things. Now, in version 2024.b, users can obtain more information about the warning by hovering the mouse cursor over the icon.