CYPELEC Distribution

Update history

Since version 2022.a, the applications integrated within the Open BIM workflow via the platform include a tool for managing project reference systems. This option is available from the configuration window that appears when linking or updating a project via the "Geographic location and reference system" option. As of version 2023.d, the applications now allow users to run a graphical environment where they can visually define a reference system for their model. To do this, the "Geographic location and reference system" window now contains the "Visual editing of the local reference system of the model" option.

From the "Visual editing of the local reference system of the model" window, the origin and orientation of the reference system of the model can be indicated in the workspace with the "Define the reference system of the partial model" tool. Both the axes of the reference system of the model, which we have just entered and the axes of the reference system of the site can be viewed in the workspace. The latter appears with a "Site" tag.

To make it easier to define the reference system, the 3D models corresponding to the project contributions selected during the linking process are displayed. The management of the visibility and object snaps of these models is carried out from the "Elements read" menu in the left sidebar of the window. The "Views" menu can also be found in the same options bar, from which different types of 2D and 3D views of the model can be generated. These tools can already be found in several CYPE applications. For more information on how they work, please refer to the User’s Manual for the 3D work environment tools available in CYPE applications.

Apart from 3D models, 2D drawings or plans can also be imported from CAD files (".dxf", ".dwg", ".dwf") or images (".jpeg", ".jpg", ".bmp", ".png", ".wmf", ".emf", ".pcx"). These files and object snaps are managed through the "DXF-DWG Template" and "Template object snaps" options accordingly.

Once the editing is complete, the coordinates and orientation of the reference system of the model with respect to the reference system of the site are moved to the corresponding fields in the "Geographic location and reference system" window.

The "Font size" option has been added to the general configuration menu of the applications. This tool allows users to increase or decrease the basic size of the font used in the user interface of the programs. Thanks to this implementation, the accessibility of the applications has been improved while also ensuring the correct visibility of the content on devices with different screen resolutions.

To enter a "Basic size" the "Set custom font size" option must be checked. The size users can enter is the application's basic font size. Any other font sizes that may exist in the program's interface will be automatically modified proportionally according to the change in the basic size.

It is important to note that, as this is a common parameter, its modification will affect all installed CYPE tools.

In the previous version (2023.a), a tool was implemented in the user interface of some of the programs with a 3D working environment. This tool allows elements from the building's digital model, originating from the associated project, to be managed from the "Elements read" menu located in the left-hand sidebar of each application. More information is available in the new feature for version 2023.a "Managing the visibility and object snaps of external elements".

In the current version (2023.b) this management of visibility and object snaps is also implemented in:

  • CYPEHVAC Ductwork
  • CYPELEC Distribution (program featuring the 3D working environment from version 2023.b onwards).

Two examples have been added for an electrical workshop which has opted for an interior installation and an example of an apartment building with 8 dwellings in which, apart from the interior installation, it also distributes the feeders.

The tree view tool has been moved to an icon in the toolbar which creates a more manageable tree structure in the right margin of the program interface.

It should be noted that this tool allows the different nodes that make up the installation and the distribution of electrical lines and circuits to be highlighted.

Due to the change from the 2D to the 3D work environment of the program, the "Generate branches" tool has been modified. Help on how to use it has now been included, indicating the steps to be followed:

  1. Selecting the nodes to which the conduits are to be placed.
  2. Selecting the node from which the conduits are to be placed.  
  3. Selecting the level at which the horizontal conduits are to be entered.

This generation of branches can be carried out either from junction boxes to receivers, pattress boxes or other junction boxes, or from switchboards to junction boxes.

The conduit editing panel has been modified to allow feeders to be defined. The upper part of the panel shows the supply lines to switchboards or link nodes, and the lower part shows the circuits belonging to the switchboards.

The automatic generation of lines and circuits inside the conduits is also improved. This tool is represented by an icon on the toolbar called "Generate conductors".

The receiver library has been added to speed up the introduction of receivers with electrical load characteristics of the same type. This tool is located in "General options" > "Types of receivers". In the receiver editing panel, the following must be indicated:

  • Reference.
  • Type of load involved (lighting, emergency, electrical outlet, motor, lifting device, generic).
  • Electrical features.
  • Customised symbols if required.