The screen build-up times with horizontal sections shown have been considerably accelerated. This is particularly important for large projects with a large number of storeys that are at the same height.
The installation of master data has been accelerated. This also reduces the installation time of Version 20-2, depending on the hardware configuration, by up to 25%.
A search box in the top right corner has been incorporated into the menu of the placeholder selection in order to find placeholders even faster and easier. The desired name of the placeholder can be entered here and then selected directly. If you search for the keyword "gross", for example, all placeholders that can evaluate a gross area will be listed. You can search either in the new topic "(All)", where all placeholders are located, or only in a specific topic, for example, "Wall". Another new feature is that the size of the window can be adjusted and the description and the name of the placeholder are displayed in columns. In addition, a placeholder overview has been added to the upper toolbar under "Extras". This overview can be used to check quickly which placeholders are available in the SEMA program.
A visibility switch for storeys has been integrated into Version 20-2. The visibility status of storeys (inactive storeys invisible, inactive storeys grey, all storeys normal display) can be saved and reloaded at any time by means of this new function. At first, all storeys are defined as desired (inactive, grey or normal) in the Drawing Manager with the visibility switch. This state of the existing storeys can then be saved permanently using the "Save" icon above the visibility switch. After pressing the "Save" button, a free name for the status of the visibility can be selected. It is also possible to save the visibility of special storeys. An example would be several storeys with the name "DXF"; only these storeys are to be saved with the status "invisible". First, these storeys are selected using the search function in the Drawing Manager. If the visibility status is saved now, this will only affect the DXF storeys displayed. Furthermore, settings already saved can also be deleted and overwritten in this menu. This saved status of visibility can be reloaded at any time with the second icon next to it. If additional storeys are added during the work process, they will only take part in the loading process when the current status including the new storeys is freshly saved. Similarly, the icon for loading the visibility switch has been inserted in the upper toolbar next to the existing icons for the storey switch. This means that a saved visibility status can be loaded quickly and easily while working in the program. Of course, the saved visibility switches are also saved in a template project and, therefore, do not have to be created again for every building project. <Feature Film Valuable developments of details>
There is a new command "Export representation as image" in the upper toolbar under "Edit". If this function is selected, a save dialogue opens in which the name and the file type (bitmap, JPEG, PNG or WMF) can be specified for the image. The current display/representation is then saved as an image, regardless of whether it is a floor plan or 3D. The program remembers the path last used under which the image was saved and uses this path when it is called up again. This means that representations can be saved quickly and easily. <Feature Film Valuable developments of details>
From now on, it is possible to mirror walls, trusses, construction planes, floors, now also 3CAD timbers, terrain, sections and dimensionings. The timber members, CAD objects and dimensions contained in walls, trusses, floors and construction planes are also automatically mirrored. Needless to say, the stop of windows, doors and macros after mirroring is changed accordingly in a correct manner. The different forms of input when mirroring are self-explanatory; the outcome is already made clear during the command with corresponding mouse pointers and a preview. After selecting the component to be mirrored and the option, the mirroring axis is displayed as a red dashed line on the mouse. At the same time, a preview of the mirrored component is also displayed to simplify the input. As usual, an additional input field can be called up with the space bar to enter the distance. The distance input refers to the distance to the new mirrored component. If timber members with stored MCAD formulas or anchored 3D objects such as, for example, fasteners are mirrored, the mirrored components are listed in the Control Center. The components can now be checked in the Control Center and processed further as usual. Of course, the mirroring of all components mentioned also works in 3D. <Feature Film Mirroring of walls>
The calculation times of components and their processing have been extremely accelerated by distributing the calculations over up to eight threads (multithreading). The simultaneous calculation in several threads saves up to 50% of the time required in certain constellations compared to the previous version. <Feature Film Valuable developments of details>
The import of projects has also been accelerated. The average time saved until the first image is built up is approximately 15% to 20%.
The Drawing manager has been expanded by free attribute fields on the "Plans" tab. It is now possible to create up to 20 further plan attribute columns in addition to placeholder columns via a right click in the line of the column headings. If a plan attribute is added, the name (column heading) of the attribute will be determined first. A new column is then created, with the defined heading to the right of the column on which the right click has been made. Any text can be entered in the editable attribute fields, or a placeholder can be entered with a right click. The new placeholders "@PL-FREI01@" to "@PL-FREI20@" have been made available for the plan attribute fields in the placeholder administration under the heading "Drawing administration". The plan attributes can, for example, be integrated into a plan legend and evaluated by means of these placeholders. The columns of the plan attribute are saved globally and are available in every project. This new feature enables unproblematic plan coding according to various guidelines and specifications.
Simultaneous access to a building project is now possible. Projects can be entered as read-only projects with the SEMA Presenter. If a building project with Presenter status has been created, any number of users can now open a building with the Presenter even if it is currently still being processed. The presenter opens the status of the building project that was saved when the building project was last closed. If the latest state of work is required, it is sufficient to close the building project and reopen it with the presenter. The basic requirement for this new function is working in BP mode 2 or 3. The current project is always available with the SEMA Presenter - whether on the construction site, in the joinery hall or directly with the customer. <Feature Film Valuable developments of details>
Printing & Plotting
The PDF output in the Drawing Manager under "Plans" has been expanded to include a multi-page PDF file. If several plans are marked, the new option "Multi-page PDF" becomes active under "Plan output" and can be selected. After confirming with "OK", the "Save as ..." dialogue opens and users can choose any storage location. Consequently, the Windows path for saving recently used is always utilised. All plans marked are combined into a PDF file and saved. <Feature Film Valuable developments of details>
3D View Visualisation
The display of textures in 3D has been further improved. e.g. Roof areas with brick texture are drawn razor-sharply without distortion even when viewed from a greater distance. The so-called Moiré effect no longer occurs.
GRD, CAD, DIM, MCAD
MCAD formulas: The basic arithmetic operations (+, -, *, /) have also been enabled for the keywords "WIDE", "WIDTH", "INCLINATION", "LONG", "RADIUS", "DIAMETER", "AREA" and "CIRCUMFERENCE".
The mirroring of CAD objects has been revised and now provides the same options as the mirroring of timbers. As a result, timbers and CAD objects can now be mirrored at the same time.
With MCAD lines, for example, it is now possible to use the keyword "NETAR = AREA". If the line contains a length and a width in the formula, the program calculates a net area automatically. A formula for this could be constructed as follows:
MATERIAL POS = MCAD STK = 1 BEZEICHNUNG = Area_plaster LAENGE = LANG WIDTH = ? 0.25 (Width :) NETTOFL = FLAECHE END The length of the line is determined automatically with this formula and the width is queried accordingly by the program. The net area is then automatically created in the material list. (Company DFH)
It is now possible to calculate with the keyword "SCHICHTDICKE" (LAYER THICKNESS) in MCAD formulas. The basic arithmetic operations add, subtract, multiply and divide (+, -, *, /) are permitted. If, for example, a user does not want to damage the film under a gypsum plasterboard, they could use the following formula: WEINMANN LAYER = AKTUELL BEZUG = WAND TXT ***Drilling_socket*** BOZ x1,y1,68,Schichtdicke-1; END The drilling would not penetrate the plasterboard and stop 1mm beforehand. (Company Elk) The auto dimensioning of layer projections in the Wall view has been improved. (Company Zeh)
A completely new end type for longitudinal connections is the Japanese tenon (gooseneck tenon). Consequently, a new group has been created in the master data of the end types and filled with a corresponding example. As usual, the constantly updated screen image and the help image support all inputs. First, the tenon type "Tenon" or "Mortise" is determined in the master data of the Japanese tenon. The geometry of the tenon is determined by a percentage value or by entering dimensions using additional input parameters, such as the various widths and depths, and the middle flattening, the marking out and the cone. In order to place the tenon correctly at the component, the options "Tenon direction" and "Distance reference edge" are available for input. In addition, the Japanese tenon can be defined with a scarf joint distance. (Company Fujian ChaoJu Construction, etc.) <Feature Film New end types>
One more type of skew notch has been added to the end types in the master data in the group "Skew notches". The new skew notch "Skew notch on both sides, right-angled inclined" can be selected via the image selection of the "Type" option. Using this skew notch, the timber member penetrates the front at a right angle and bisects the angle at the heel with a definable depth to intrude into the counter component. As with other types of skew notches, the counter-processing can be precisely created or milled through. The design with a tenon and a drilling is also possible. Corresponding examples are provided in the master data. (Company Veron Diet) <Feature Film New end types>
Another new end type is the bevel lap joint, also called double-inclined French lap, which is mainly used for corner connections in the field of traditional framework construction. In order to create a form-closed corner connection, the cross-sections of the timbers must be identical. A drilling for the bevel lap joint can be defined on the second tab. Construction details for this elaborate corner connection can be seen in the help image. An example of this end type has been developed in the "Increased scarf joints" group. (Steinbeis Academy, among others) <Feature Film New end types>
In order to improve the load transfer over the flanks in a dovetail connection, entering an allowance for fitting between the bottom edge of the hole and the bottom edge of the tenon has been made possible. You can find this setting on the second tab under "Allowance at the bottom" in the master data. (Company Leiz, etc.)
The Loading Manager is a new feature in Version 20-2. This new tool offers the comfortable placement of walls in flexible load spaces with an automatic plan output. In addition to walls, roof and floor panels, trusses, 3D objects and purlins can also be loaded. The heading "Load planning" has been integrated under the "Other" tab of the respective component in order to determine whether a component should be loaded or not. The following options can be selected under "Status". Loading component: If a component is given this setting, this component is transferred to the newly developed Loading Manager. This option is given to walls, roof and floor panels, trusses, 3D objects and purlins. Irrelevant: If this setting is selected, the corresponding component will not be transferred to the Loading Manager. An example of this would be masonry walls or windows within a wall, which are only assembled at the construction site Take part: Windows and doors, for example, have this option. It can, thus, be predefined that these elements are also transferred to the Manager when a wall body is loaded. This option is, therefore, required if windows and doors are already being pre-assembled in the factory. A set-up order has been integrated in order to subsequently place components as sensibly as possible within a load space. This number can be used to previously determine the order in which the walls will be installed later. This can prevent walls from being placed later in the load space in such a way that they cannot be reached for assembly at the construction site. This number can be freely defined beforehand or assigned easily and quickly in the Manager subsequently, using a semi-automatic system. In the case of a large number of walls, the flow in the factory can be optimised via the production number. This number can also be freely assigned beforehand or determined later in the Loading Manager at the push of a button based on the position within the Load space. If users do not want components to receive a production number later in the Manager, this can be predefined with the "Prod-No Manager" setting. If the option "no" is selected there, the components do not take part in the determination of the production number in the Loading Manager. The production sequence is a freely definable field. A combination of placeholders allows the sequence of production in the factory to be determined in even greater detail. An example would be a combination of the placeholders of the building project (@BV-FELD2@), the storey (@B-GESCHOSS@) and the production number (@B-TRFI-PRODNR@). The next fields, load space, number, designation, vehicle, position and zone are automatically written back to the original component after loading the component and cannot be freely defined in advance. Per element, a freely definable measure, can be assigned on all 6 sides regarding the packaging/protective cover, since not all components of an element are always actually drawn (modelled) or do not have the exact original dimensions. Examples would be windows with a sheet metal sill, doors with a French balcony or protective elements of visible components on the wall. After all components have been correctly predefined, the new Loading Manager can be called up under "Extras" in the upper toolbar. The Loading Manager has been integrated into a container and can, therefore, be freely adjusted regarding size and position. The functions of the upper icons in the Manager are as follows: All components in the ground plan that have the status "loading component" are automatically transferred to the Manager by using the second icon. The user then receives a message with the number of loading components in the ground plan, the number of components that are already in the load space or in the Manager, and the number of components that have been added. A 3D view is automatically generated from each loading component by means of these two functions. This ensures that the components can later be placed in the load space in as much detail and accuracy as possible. All components can be selected in the Manager, users can jump to the original component, the component can be changed or users can delete the component from the Manager by means of the next four options. The representation of the components within the Manager can be influenced and additional details in the component hint can be displayed with the two following icons. The manual numbering can be triggered by using the last function, as has already been mentioned. In the lower entry line, users must first decide whether the set-up order or the production number should be generated. A value and the corresponding increment must then be assigned The components can now be numbered, one after the other. The behaviour is, therefore, identical to the existing "Sequential numbering" function. If all the required components are in the Manager, they will be displayed in a list in the upper section. If the user moves the mouse over the components, the current component is always highlighted accordingly in the ground plan. In addition, right-clicking on the upper columns gives users the option of influencing the sorting, adding new columns, renaming columns or deleting columns The order of the columns can, of course, also be adjusted as desired by pressing the left mouse button. The area of the spacer elements is located below the components to be loaded. These elements can later be used during loading to compensate for projections on windows and doors. These spacer elements can be designed freely in size and shape. To do this, 3D objects must be created and placed in the "Spacer elements" group in the master data under "Visualization/3D objects". Individual 3D objects or a group of several objects can be stored It is important that the object is saved in the correct group New load spaces can be created and managed in the section "Load spaces". The first icon can be used to create either a single load space or multiple load spaces using the selection arrow on the icon. The load space selected is opened either in several views or only in the preferred window with the second icon. The predefined favourite view for horizontal load spaces is the top view and the side view for vertical load spaces. The next icons are used to mark, change or delete all load spaces. In addition, right-clicking on the upper columns provides the option of adding new columns, renaming columns or deleting columns. The order of the columns can, of course, also be adjusted as desired by pressing the left mouse button. The number of the active load space is always written in "bold" for a better overview After pressing the first icon "Create new load space", the master data open. The load space desired can now be selected under the new “Loading” group. Horizontal and vertical load spaces are available. Horizontal load spaces are often used for loading roof and floor panels, with walls being preferentially loaded vertically Of course, it is entirely up to the user whether walls are loaded horizontally or vertically. There are also load spaces with a different number of zones. In practice, a load space with two zones and a stanchion in the middle is often used. This variant covers the master data "Vertical with stanchion outside". There are also the variants "outside" and "inside" for load spaces with several zones. In the case of load spaces marked "inside", the components to be loaded are loaded from the stanchion direction outside. In the case of load spaces marked "outside", the components to be loaded are loaded from the outside direction stanchion. With the "outside" variant, it can be ensured that walls which are needed for assembly first are positioned outside and, thus, the set-up order can be adhered to. There is also the option in the "horizontal" load space to load from top to bottom or from bottom to top. Here, too, the "from above" variant can be used to ensure that walls that are needed for assembly first are positioned above and, thus, the set-up order can be adhered to. The field "Vehicle" and the material list tab allow a more detailed description of a load space. The option "Zero height" determines the height of the platform, measured up to the top edge of the loading area. This value is calculated against the height of the loading components and, thus, results in a correct transport height later. Depending on the load space, various lengths, widths, heights and zone names can be assigned If a load space has more than one zone, it is possible to define whether a list for the entire load space (setting: total) or an evaluation list per zone (setting: zone group) is created on the plan subsequently. As usual, information for the material list can be entered on the ML tab. The "Weight" field defines the empty weight of a load space. This will be calculated later against the weight of all components that are located within the load space. After a load space has been selected, three more windows or the favoured view open in addition to the active window. The load space can be displayed in an oblique view, in the Top view, or in a side view. The components can now be placed completely freely in these views. The loading component desired must now be selected from the top list. If a load space with only one zone has been selected, the loading component will now be attached directly to the mouse and can be placed in it In load spaces with two zones, the loading zone (left or right) must first be selected. By pressing the "Enter" button, the first loading component will be automatically placed at the beginning of the zone. A reference plane will be automatically suggested by the program when the next loading component is to be placed. The program automatically proposes the top edge of the first component in the case of horizontal load spaces. In the case of vertical load spaces, it would be the outer edge of the first component. Users can now jump quickly through the levels of the previous components by means of the options "One level backward" (Alt+2) and "One level forward" (Alt+3). After pressing "Enter", the program automatically analyses the geometry of the previous component and automatically places the next component behind it. If users want a distance between the two components, this can be made possible by entering a value in the input line or by placing the components via the mouse. In addition, each component can be rotated with the "Rotate by 180°" (Alt+1) option. Moreover, the reference points of the loading components can be changed (Alt+4 to Alt+6) or the component can be rotated (Alt+7 to Alt+9). Spacer elements and loading components can be placed freely and as required within the load space. If a component is deleted from a load space, it automatically moves back to the list of the Manager. Of course, spacer elements or loading components can also be moved subsequently within the load space. Consequently, the components must be marked and the "Position" edit command selected. When loading the components, the set-up order should also, of course, be observed. Nevertheless, it is entirely up to the user to decide which component is placed at which point. If all components have been loaded, the sequential production number of the components within the load space can now be determined. A table will be automatically generated in the bottom area of the Loading Manager which lists all the components that are in the active load space. This is the so-called loading list, which can be used subsequently to load the truck. The order of the list can be reversed, the original component changed or a component deleted using the icons. When the component is deleted, it automatically moves back to the list of components to be loaded. In addition, the order of the components within the load space can be adjusted by pressing the left mouse button. It is also possible to add additional columns and change or delete the name. When load spaces are printed, this load list can be specified later in the plan It is, therefore, important to ensure that all the necessary information and headings are available. In order to bring the load space onto the plan now, the corresponding load space must be marked and the last icon selected for the plan output. Of course, several load spaces can be issued at once. Users can then choose whether the plans are printed directly, saved as a PDF or displayed in a window. In addition, multi-page PDF files can be created or the PDF files can be opened for checking immediately after saving. The layout view opens as usual when the option "Show plans in windows" is selected. In the case of a horizontal load space, the plan comprises the side view, the front and a 3D view. In the case of a vertical load space, the top view of the load space instead of the side view is opened in the plan. Which view will open in the position frame can be predefined in the properties of the position frame. A plan template can also be assigned to each load space. This ensures that the appropriate plan with the views desired is always used when printing. Consequently, a link was created under "Set up page" in order to link a plan with a load space. Of course, several plan templates can also be stored in one load space. The selection of the plan is made directly in the master data of the load space on the second tab "Plan". Several placeholders have been made available under the topic "component" in order to automatically feed plans with various bits of information. The display settings (F7) have been expanded under "General" to include "Loading". Under "General", the packaging/protective cover of all components in the construction can be switched to visible Users can also define whether the components are displayed textured or coloured. Using the "coloured" setting, the program accesses the preset colours in the colour settings. The lengths, weight, zero height and other values can be switched to visible under load space and loading component. Under loading component, display, it can also be determined whether the material applied, the layers or the material + layers are shown under the loading components. The colour settings have been expanded to include the "Loading" tab for the visual design of the load spaces and loading components. These colour settings are used for the loading component if the "Layers" option is used in the display settings (F7) under loading component, display. The material list on the "Material list and stairs" tab has been expanded to include the "Load space" partial list. All load spaces are listed there with their contents. In addition, the following screen fields for the material list have been made available: Set-up order, production number, production sequence, load space number, vehicle, zone and zone position. Perfect loading plans can now be created and production can be optimised at the same time by means of this powerful tool. <Feature Film Load planning>
The calculation of the centre of gravity, which had to be set previously in the material list tab under 'weight', has been integrated in the tab "Other" in the load planning. If a component now has the "Participate" or "Loading component" status, it will participate in the centre of gravity calculation.
As of Version 20-2 it is possible to copy floor shapes.
The setting "At wall axis" has been added to the first tab "Processing" of the electrical insert and the electrical container. If an electrical outlet combination is changed from left to right, this can now be used to control whether the MCAD processing is also changed or not.
The "Display settings" (F7) of sheet metal components have been extended by the option "Display of additional bending edges". If the checkmark is set, the start and end edges of a bend are shown in brightened outline colour in dashed lines in the developed view. The setting for this can be found in the display settings (F7) under "Roof/Wall/Floor" –> "Coverings" –> "Sheet metal coverings" / "Sheet metal folding profiles under "Display". <Feature Film Conical panels>
An auto dimensioning has been developed for the developed view of sheet metal components. All sheet metal components, thus, receive an automatically dimensioned developed drawing. Consequently, the new reference field "Sheet metal component developed view" has been added to the "Pre-settings" (Alt + F7) under "General" on the "Dimensioning" tab. By default, reference is made to the new auto dimensioning master data “Sheet metal developed view”. This master date contains references to dimension lines and the data block master data "Sheet metal data developed view". The automatically created dimension lines measure the outline as well as punching and Adjoin- processing, taking the bend shortening into account. The data block "Sheet metal developed view" also writes the values entered regarding, for example, upstands and seams directly into the drawing. Thus, the user can find the dimensions entered in the drawing again and, at the same time, the user has the resulting dimensions on the dimension lines, taking into account the shortening of the bend. <Feature Film Conical panels>
Area-covering sheet metal components (sheets and panels) can now be punched conically. These components automatically receive the seam, entered laterally, on the punched edge. The angular range of the punching from -15 to +15 degrees is a criterion for the lateral seam design on a punched edge. If the angle is larger, the seam at the beginning/end will be automatically assigned. Thanks to this new feature it is child's play, for example, to cover the round roof of a tower with sheets. If the roof design is created in such a way that the eaves edge of the areas is not larger than the set cover area of the sheet, they can be automatically created conically in the roof area with just a few clicks.
The seam situation of adjoined seams on the edges at the beginning/end of a component, of conically punched component edges and at punchings that break through the outer edge of a component has also been fundamentally revised. These can now be marked in 2D/3D in the "Object details" mode and changed using the "Change" edit command. This means that, for the first time new upstands can be assigned and existing upstands can be changed. If no upstand/seam has been assigned there yet, the edge can be marked directly and an upstand or seam can be assigned. <Feature Film Conical panels>
The edit command "Calculate" has been opened for area-covering sheet metal elements. If a sheet metal component is marked and calculated via the "Calculate" command, all manual changes to seams and upstands for this component are abandoned. Cuts and punching will be kept. <Feature Film Conical panels>
The processing of the layer outline has been optimised for machines with only one milling unit. For this purpose, the new "Outline" column has been integrated into the layer structure under the "MC" tab. A milling polygon, which is responsible for the machining on the layer, can now be stored in the reference field. The program takes the stored formula from the MCAD to use it for the export later on. A milling polygon has the advantage that, regardless of the number of future layer outline edges, a single continuous processing is generated when exporting the PHP. This means that the unit no longer has to discontinue when processing the component and can process the layer outline in one pass. Since sawing or milling lines have only one start and end point, these types of processing should not to be used here. When processing in the "Outline" reference, the SEMA program now also recognizes whether the layer has got openings at floor level. If this is the case, the milling polygon will be automatically punched in the area of the opening. Thus, openings are also automatically integrated into the outline and processed without having to put down the unit. (Company Höfle)
It is possible to set which processing geometry is exported to a CAM system for the 3CAD scarf joint via the new function "3D processing with DXF + Information". There is a new category "Machine export stairs" with the setting "Create processing with" on the "Pro" tab in the data record of the 3D scarf joint. Users can choose between "Milling tool", "Saw", or an "ID". A cut-out is exported with the information "Milling tool". Depending on the Inifile setting, different lines of the geometry are exported with the "Saw" information. 15 different types of line information are available in the Inifile for the creation of a cut-out with a saw or a cutter head. Depending on which line parameter is set, for example, the inside, the outside or the centre of the scarf joint processing is exported with a line on the scarf joint base. The identification number (ID number) desired can be entered on the 3D scarf joint with the information "ID". It would, thus, be possible to create all 15 export variants in the Inifile, each with their own ID number, and to control them with the ID number in the 3D scarf joint. This new feature provides a high degree of flexibility for machine exports. <Feature Film Important details in stair design>
The "Split" command in the overall developed view of a staircase has been expanded to include the option "Mitre" and "Rounding radius". If the edges of board components (String, cut string, handrail, rail) have been processed in the overall developed view with the position command "Change board curve" in such a way that a kink occurs in the component, users can then mitre the component by means of the "Split" command. If users want to round the kink, they can do this by entering a rounding radius. <Feature Film Important details in stair design>
The field "Delivery date" in the Hundegger K2 program can now be filled with information. A new field for the delivery date is available under the heading "00 General" in the general settings for the K2 export. Either fixed information can be entered or placeholders can be evaluated here.
The "General Settings" for the BVX2 export have been expanded to include the complete seat cut for the hip rafter bird's mouth and the complete seat cut for hidden bird's mouths. The new settings can be found under the processing of the bird's mouth. The options "No complete seat cut", "Complete seat cut outside" and "Complete seat cut inside" are possible in terms of the "Complete seat cut for the hip rafter bird's mouth". The options "No complete seat cut", "In X direction", "in Y direction", "in Z direction" and "Diagonal" are possible in terms of the "Complete seat cut hidden bird's mouth".
Drilling in components during the DXF export are now correctly exported as a "DXF circle" and no longer as a regular convex polygon. If DXF data is sent to a steel constructor, for example, the steel constructor can immediately use the data for production. <Feature Film Valuable developments of details>
The import of DXF / DWG files has been enhanced and now offers the possibility of importing hatchings and DXF/DWG files as graphics. There is the new option "Import hatchings" on the right side in the import menu. If this option is activated, all hatchings in a file will be imported. Furthermore, the number of additional hatching lines is shown in the bottom left corner. When importing hatchings as CAD, users have to consider that these hatchings can impact the speed in the building project. As a safeguard, when importing more than a thousand additional hatching lines, users receive a message asking whether the hatchings should really be imported. Another new feature is that the import menu provides the option of importing DXF/DWG files as graphics. The advantage is that DXF/DWG files imported as graphics require considerably shorter screen build-up times. Especially when many or very detailed DXF drawings are needed in the BP, it is recommended to import them via the graphic command. Reference points can be captured; Layers can be switched off, only the editing of individual elements, such as the deleting of lines and the adopting of layers, cannot be performed. <Feature Film Valuable developments of details>
IFC Import and Export
The IFC 4 format has been added to the IFC Import/Export. When importing, IFC files with the format IFC 4 can now also be selected or imported directly into the SEMA program using the drag & drop function. The export dialogue has been extended by the setting "IFC version". Users can choose between IFC 2x3 and IFC 4. As usual, the IFC 4 files can be saved in the save dialogue as *.ifc, *.ifczip and also as *.ifcxml and *.ifcxmlzip files. <Feature Film Valuable developments of details>
The display settings (F7) for point clouds have been improved. When importing several point clouds, such as several scans (site surveys) of a building, these point clouds can be separately switched to visible or invisible in the display settings (F7). Each imported point cloud is given its own F7 switch with the associated "Visibility in the different views" and its "Details" under "General", "3CAD", "Point clouds". Therefore, the "Point density", "Point size" or "Point cloud colour" can be controlled individually for each point cloud. This new function enhances performance and clarity when designing with several point clouds. An example would be not to combine the different scans of a building into a large point cloud but to save each scan as a separate point cloud. The different point clouds can be imported and are given their own F7 switch. If a detail is being designed now, only the point clouds that are necessary for detailed planning can be switched to visible. Since fewer points now have to be displayed overall, the point cloud density can be increased from the point clouds displayed. If users, however, need all point clouds for orientation, they can display the point clouds that are necessary for detailed planning with, for example, maximum point cloud density and those point clouds that are necessary for orientation with low point cloud density. The flexibility when working with point clouds has, thus, been increased immensely.