DDS-CAD Mechanical & Plumbing
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 facilitates complete design and calculation of pipe and duct systems. Volume and area calculations are included in the automatic intelligent building model. Integrated calculations cover heat load, pipe dimensioning, potable and drainage systems as well as mechanical ventilation, pressure loss and air flow requirements.
“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.”
The module for the design and calculation of ventilation systems. The software enables intelligent duct system design and automatic dimensioning. The air flow requirements can be calculated based on the building model. Furthermore, hydraulic balancing is automatically achieved by covers, flaps, or adjustable air terminals.
The module for the design and calculation of pipe systems for heating, cooling, sanitary, potable water and drainage systems. The integrated calculations range from heat load, U-value, pressure drop, automatic radiator dimensioning to looped potable water, drainage and cooling systems. Also underfloor heating systems can be calculated according to EN1264.
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.