DDS-CAD: The Open BIM solution for MEP engineers
Data Design System (DDS) has convinced customers worldwide with its proven CAD/BIM software for MEP project design. Regarding innovation and functionality, DDS delivers solutions for electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and photovoltaic systems. All DDS-CAD products support the Open BIM design process.
DDS-CAD Building, the foundation for DDS-CAD’s successful MEP modules. This core module holds the DDS-CAD “brain”, the CAD/BIM core. Using this core, DDS-CAD is not only capable to draw and model, but also to recognise and automatically calculate the specs of an intelligent 3D building model. Furthermore, DDS-CAD Building provides all the necessary functions to make project data for adjacent areas in property administration and energy simulation available.
“Benefit from integrated multi-disciplinary control functions such as clash detection, model validity checks, correct object connections, cross-disciplinary collision detection and real time clash prevention.”
In DDS-CAD Building, you will find the basic CAD features for application areas and project administration across application types. As part of the standard features you will find the DXF/DWG interface with its editor, the interactive collision control, construction and design features in 2D and 3D as well as optional bills of material. A realistic 3D building model is the basis for every successful project. This model creates the environment for virtual objects (and symbols) which combine graphical and technical parameters.
The standalone DDS-CAD Building module is well suited for facility managers, administrators and energy consultants who do not want to execute a detailed application type planning.
The Open BIM solution for MEP engineers
DDS-CAD is a powerful and customisable Open BIM solution for integrated planning of all building services (Mechanical, Electrical, Fire systems and Plumbing). With its in-house developed CAD/BIM core it is one of the fastest and most versatile Open BIM solutions currently available on the market for MEP engineers. The software runs fully stand-alone, not requiring any 3rd party software.
DDS-CAD is not a standard one-size-fits-all software product. Different modules are available in various configurations for mechanical, electrical and plumbing design. The software can be used for single disciplines (e.g. only electrical) or as a multidisciplinary solution. As a user you only invest in the functionalities that are required.
DDS-CAD both imports and processes architectural IFC files that are created by leading architectural software tools such as Allplan, ARCHICAD, Vectorworks and Revit. The intelligent IFC object mapper allows you to reuse and enrich information from the architectural model, tailoring it for MEP calculations and systems design.
DWG, DXF and PDF
If you do not have access to building models in IFC format, you can still utilise the powerful capabilities of DDS-CAD by using DWG, DXF or PDF as reference floor plans. Based on these source files you can create an intelligent building model by using the BIM Enhancer functionalities. DDS-CAD supports DWG, DXF, 3D DWG and PDF import and export.
Complete MEP Design
With DDS-CAD you have a complete product suite for drafting, designing and documenting Mechanical, Electrical, Fire systems and Plumbing systems. The compatible and integrated design capabilities provide automated model quality checks, cross-discipline collision detection and real-time clash prevention.
With DDS-CAD you produce fully coordinated designs. Most of the BIM software applications on the market offer clash detection functionalities. DDS-CAD, on the other hand, provides advanced real-time clash prevention. Automatically prevent clashes with other MEP systems and even structural elements (e.g. beams and columns) on the go!
DDS-CAD differentiates itself from all the other tools by providing real-time, building model based, integrated calculations. For each of the available modules, disciplines specific calculations are available, ranging from volt drop, pressure loss, U-value, heat load, air flow requirements, drinking water, automatic system dimensioning, and more.
With a single mouse click, DDS-CAD generates complete multidisciplinary parts lists that can be sorted on a component, building, storey or room level. A parts list can be used as direct input for procurement software, providing you direct and quick cost estimates of projects.
Thanks to its modular structure, DDS-CAD provides the perfect basis for a multi-user environment. The modules can be accessed simultaneously on the
same project by users, allowing them to work within the different disciplines at the same time.
Off-the-shelf, DDS-CAD comes with extensive product databases for the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing modules. These databases include the symbol, 2D and 3D representation of generic and parametric products, giving you a solid basis for directly starting your project design and documentation.