MPDS4 version 6.2 includes a large number of new functions, including improved reporting and a simpler user experience. The expansion and optimisation of interfaces simplifies the exchange of data with customers and suppliers.
New Features, Updates and Enhancements
Automatic 2D drawing creation
With the MPDS4 version 6.2, a completely new dialog is provided for creating 2D drawings; which massively simplifies the configuration and creation of 2D outputs of a system or plant. With the help of the new dialog box, drawing templates can be freely configured from the 3D design with scaled sections and views being defined for specific areas of the plant. The drawing contents are then generated automatically. In the case of changes to the 3D design, the 2D output drawings can then be conveniently “one click” updated afterwards at any time. This does not only save the designer a lot of time, but also ensures more detailed definition of the 2D drawings in the system and plant planning process.
More flexibility in the output of the parts list
In MPDS4 version 6.2, the output of the parts list has been completely overhauled and expanded by numerous further functions. Equipment models can now be annotated with additional information that are displayed with the parts list. The parameters of single models or components can now be shown in the parts list. The parts list’s format can also be customised and then exported in the formats XLS, RTF, PDF or CSV. The templates for the parts lists can be individually adapted to the company or project standards. Output of the parts lists in different languages is also supported at the new version 6.2.
Improved performance and easier to use catalog dialogs
The catalog dialog box to display, search and select the catalog components needed for your 3D design has been significantly improved in version 6.2 of MPDS4; special emphasis being placed on performance and ease of use.
The catalog tools were further expanded in several ways, the catalog dialog can now also be auto-hidden while placing single components selected from the Ribbon in the UI, the software will then automatically place the selected components directly in the 3D plant. Components can also be loaded freely onto the cursor, while they will automatically align along the pipelines before being inserted. Single catalog components can also be saved as favourites in the UI.
Improved 3D interfaces
The 3D interfaces were improved once more in version 6.2. 3D models can be imported and exported to an even better quality with most customer issues fixed. In addition, further functions have been added, to improve the import of more variants of the standards.
New export possibilities to 3D PDF
The new version of MPDS4 includes a completely new export interface to 3D PDF. Subsets, systems or areas of a plant can be exported to the 3D PDF format and viewed with any PDF viewer that supports the 3D PDF format. In the PDF viewer the 3D design can be examined graphically and the designs structure and attribute information can be viewed while single elements are selected or measurements are made.
Cutting allowances and field welding for pipelines
As of version 6.2, pipelines can be equipped with a cutting allowance in MPDS4 and a note “weld on site” can be attached to a pipe component. Cutting allowances can be defined positively or negatively on pipes, having a direct effect on the parts lists and the pipe lengths included in them. The additional information added during the creation of the pipeline isometrics are of course displayed in the isometric drawings.
Configurable valve actuators
In version 6.2 of MPDS4, the 3D definitions for valves were expanded with the selection of a custom actuator. Valve actuators can be conveniently selected from a dialog box and their dimensions further customised by entering individual sizes.
Placing special pipeline components
When placing piping components, some dimensions can now be customised prior to placing a valve in the 3D design. Selected values, such as face to face length, can be modified in a simple dialog, then the component loaded as normal.
In this way, customised “special” components can be quickly and easily placed in addition to the standard components included in the catalog without having to modify the catalog. The specific figures for the single components are then output to the parts list.
New piping catalog packages
In addition to the improvements to the current piping component catalog, further catalog packages are now also supplied with version 6.2. The packages are available in the current installation pack. Existing customers can conveniently import these additional packages via the catalog administration tool into their existing catalogs and use them immediately.
New: documentation tool for catalog components
2D documentation drawings can be automatically produced as of the MPDS4 version 6.2 for newly generated component drawing routines for piping, electrical, ducting and mechanical handling catalogs. These display the different detail level representations of the components and reveal which parameters are used in the components. The documentation tool is especially helpful for catalog administrators, who either require documentation of the components currently used or wish to create one for their newly developed components.
Improved piping component graphics
The piping catalog has been improved with more realistic looking components. These allow for better recognition of catalog components in every day work by offering further levels of detail. This enhancement applies to the highest detail level of MPDS4.
Optimised: conveyor technology catalog
The conveyor technology catalog has been improved even further in the new version, especially in the areas of multi languages and the loading of components
Tutorial and test databases in the standard installation
As of version 6.2, the standard installation of MPDS4 includes the tutorial database in addition to the example database. Numerous examples for pipeline and steel constructions, as well as factory planning are featured in these. Through this MDPS4 offers an additional opportunity to both new and existing users, to very quickly get to know the software with the help of a video tutorial and the tutorial database.
Terrain modelling with all MPDS4 packages
As of version 6.2, the MPDS4 digital terrain modelling module is included in all MPDS4 packages. MPDS4 users can very quickly and easily generate a detailed and scaled terrain model by simply placing height texts on a 2D drawing.
New: MPDS4 licence borrowing
For the first time with version 6.2, in addition to MEDUSA4, MPDS4 also now supports license borrowing. This means that network licences, for example for a laptop, can be borrowed for a period of time; then MPDS4 can be used on a laptop independently of the network. This is especially helpful if live design reviews are to be taken along to the customer. Subsequently, the borrowed licence can be transferred back to the licence pool manually or after the specified time has expired, the licence automatically flows back to the licence pool and is available as a network licence again.
New: CSG PDF viewer
From version 6.2, a PDF viewer is available that is fully integrated in MPDS4 and MEDUSA4. This makes it easier for the user to use the integrated PDF documentation. An additional installation of a compatible PDF viewer is therefore optional, as the software always features the integrated viewer.
Customer-oriented software optimisation
In addition to the numerous innovations and new products, the new version of MPDS4 and MEDUSA4 includes more than 250 customer-oriented productivity improvements. These optimisation suggestions are regularly submitted by CAD Schroer customers via the customer portal and flow directly into the software development.