By Ashley Rice
Within this blog we are going to be looking at some of the import and export capabilities for Cymap.
DXF – Drawing exchange
The DXF file format is a 2D file that is usually exported from AutoCAD or Revit to give a floor-plan layout on a floor by floor basis. This is useful for detailing the location of fixtures, fittings and equipment, building structure and all elements, it is worth knowing that it can also be merged with the gbXML data.
gbXML – Green building XML
The gbXML file is a Green Building XML file format, pertaining 3D space boundaries and elements. This means that all spaces imported are defined in the X, Y and Z space and include the associated geometric elements, thus saving the user hours of time on a multi-room project and can be merged with the projects DXF floor plans as noted above.
TBD – Tas Building Data
EDSL Tas is an industry leading Dynamic Simulation package accredited to produce Level 5 EPC and BRUKL reports. The individual TAS room demands can be imported into the Cymap project to size heating and cooling equipment based on the TAS project data.
CSV – Comma Separated Value
A CSV file can also be imported where the user would like to use peak room demands applied to the spaces. This method changes the Cymap figures on each individual space from the built-in Cymap Steady State CIBSE admittance method to the Peak values of each space from the CSV file. The user can revert to the Cymap energy calculation if needed within the Energy program.
This is the same file as the import option mentioned above, however this time we can include the designed MEP system layout on the floor plans, including items such as, but not limited to, Radiators, Pipework, Ducting, Grills, Sanitary equipment, containment, lights, Distribution boards etc.
The is much like the export mentioned above (2D DXF), however this eradicates the need to do it on a floor by floor basis, as it can export services at all levels.
.CYC into Cylink
When you have a calculated and saved system in Cymap, the file type is a .CYC and this file can be read by Cylink when installed in Revit. This method is another time saving workflow due to the automated drawing process that Cylink offers, inhibiting duplication of work and re-drawing the services within the Revit environment.
CSV & iSBEM
Cymap also has the functionality of exporting CSV files for data exchange, iSBEM and Bidmaster.
Within Cymap you can print PDF results such as Energy, Piping, Public Health, Ducting, Electrics and lighting.