With SpriCAD® the input of pipe line geometry can be made alternatively with the CAD system AutoCAD. For AutoCAD a full version between 2000 and 2017 under Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7, 8 and 10 (32 bit or 64 bit for AutoCAD 2010 and above) is required. The usage is very easy and transparent to the normal AutoCAD instructions.
The input is graphical either in the plan view or in the isometric representation (you can switch between these two views at the push of a button). Thus, it is easily possible to draw the sprinklers into an existing AutoCAD-drawing (e.g. plan of architect).
For each pipe length and direction are put in. Each pipe is then drawn in immediately. Hence, the input can be controlled directly. The positioning of the sprinklers can be made automatically by the program or manually.
Both, the location of the pump as well as the location of the most unfavourable sprinkler are available at a mouse click. Per mouse click all sprinklers within an operation area can be defined. Of course, all possibilities for the duplication of similar pipes are available in this program, too. Changes of pipes or sprinklers can be made by clicking on the concerned elements. A dialog box will appear on the screen where the values can be changed.
By clicking with the mouse on a command all data will be transferred automatically to the calculation program WinSprink. As a result of the calculation not only a print-out of the whole system can be obtained (which is also possible only with the calculation program) but also water conditions in the net can be graphically displayed. The flowing direction is depicted in form of arrows and the amount of water by different coloures of the arrows. It is also possible to present the loss of pressure and the flowing speed graphically. Due to this visualization a good overview can be obtained very quickly regarding the running amount of water in the pipework. Thus, an alteration of the pipe diameter can have an influence on the net and optimize it.
At the push of a button forms can be made for the prefabrication. Similar pipes are represented on only one DIN A4 page. Stating the pipe diameter every part of the pipe is measured graphically in isometric presentation and obtains a positioning number of the sprinkler drawing. On the same page a table listing all necessary pipe parts is also given.
Also section lists and a compilation of all needed pipes is automatically put together.
A further advantage of the input of pipes via AutoCAD is the possibility of reusing the data of the geometry for e.g. plannings of buildings, plans of architects etc.
Thus, with SpriCAD® the following items can be processed:
- Hydraulic calculation of the sprinklers
- The isometric view generation for VdS examination
- The support for the construction of building site plans
- The making of parts lists
- The automatic positioning of sprinklers
- The preparation of documents for the prefabrication
- Optional: Calculation of the pressure loss according to the Darcy-Formula instead of the Hazen-Williams-Formula