New Products

Optimised: CSG Update Client

The CSG Update Client enables maintenance customers to update the software as easily as possible directly via the Internet. In the new version, the Update Client has been highly optimised and now additionally updates the software during the installation.

New: Help & Tutorial Dialogs

From version 6.3, MPDS4 and MEDUSA4 offers new dialogs giving the user a better overview of the available user manuals, video tutorials and release notes.


Impressive product presentations with M4 VIRTUAL REVIEW

M4 VIRTUAL REVIEW is a new independent VR Viewer from CAD-Schroer and offers the possibility to have a virtual experience of the design data generated in MPDS4 or other CAD systems. The VR Viewer processes FBX data exported from MPDS4, so that a plant or factory, that is still in the planning phase, can experienced in virtual reality and presented far more effectively.

New Features, Updates and Changes

MPDS4 version 6.3 includes a large number of new functions. The expansion and optimisation of interfaces simplifies the exchange of data with customers and suppliers.


New: Import of BIM planning data

Version 6.3 of MPDS4 supports the import of IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) planning data. IFC is the open standard for BIM (Building Inofrmation Modelling) and represents a primary, worldwide, open standard for data exchange in the construction industry. With the new IFC interface, BIM data including its structure and context information can now be imported and placed in a design. This allows planning data to be transferred directly from an architect or steel designer and integrated directly into MPDS4.

New: FBX Export for Virtual Reality

Starting with version 6.3, MPDS4 now includes an export to FBX format in addition to all the other 3D interfaces. This makes it even easier to process the design data into visualization software packages. For example, they can be loaded directly in the new VR viewer M4 VIRTUAL REVIEW and viewed in immersively from the first-person perspective.

Rundgang in einer Fabrik in VR
3D visualisation is also essential to maintain control of the design process

Recording Walkthroughs with MPDS4 ENGINEERING REVIEW

The MPDS4 Review visualization module has always offered users versatile visualisation options directly from the 3D design. Virtual tours, from the first-person perspective, have always been one of the module’s greatest strengths. Now the software also offers the possibility to save them in the form of high-quality videos. The user can choose the resolution as well as the format of the video recording. This means that the walkthroughs can now be used as videos for marketing purposes or for customer presentations.

Improved import of 3D models Simplification of Imported 3D Models

Starting with version 6.3, MPDS4 offers a new possibility for model import. The com-ponent designer in MPDS4 can now be used to import e.g. STEP models with the corresponding structure. When importing, the user then has the possibility to simplify a model, e.g. by deleting small parts and closing small holes. The model can be further influenced after the import to further reduce the model size. This procedure allows you to import even very large models from external systems into MPDS4 and use them in a design.

Machine assembly in 3D with MPDS4

Improved ROHR2 integration in pipeline construction

As of version 6.3 MPDS4 has an extended ROHR2 interface. This now offers an improved export of pipeline data to ROHR2. New in the integration is the import of pipeline data optimized in ROHR2 in the form of NTR data. The imported data is compared with the current design data and the changes are listed and highlighted in detail.

New: Bending tables in M4 ISO provide NC output

In the new MPDS4 version, the module for the automatic creation of pipe isometrics now also generates detailed bending tables in addition to the extensive parts lists. These can be output as a table on the pipe geometry as well as in the form of a file for NC bending machines. This means that the pipes scheduled in MPDS4 can now be produced automatically.

Improved 2D layout functionality in Factory Layout

Automatically derive 2D symbols from 3D models

MPDS4 Version 6.3 automatically derives 2D Factory layout symbols from 3D mod-els. These can then be used directly in the 2D environment. When the created symbol is placed in a 2D layout, it is also automatically loaded into 3D at the same point in the design. This enables faster processing of existing models in a 2D layout.

Design factories in 2D and automatically generate 3D floor plans

Optimised placement of conveyor components in 2D

The new version of MPDS4 includes a completely redesigned 2D loading mechanism for conveyor components. These are now automatically aligned with the previous component’s connection points. A new loading dialog offers faster access to the components. Also conveyor components, with an autoload logic, can be automatically loaded between along a path on a 2D layout.

Copying and moving complete conveyor groups

Starting with version 6.3, complete conveyor groups can be selected in the 2D envi-ronment of MPDS4 and moved using special tools. In addition, they can be copied and pasted at a different location. It is also possible to insert the copied section, mir-rored at another position, in the design.

New Architecture Tools

From version 6.3, MPDS4 offers many more possibilities to create walls, columns, doors, roller shutters, wall openings or windows in a 2D layout. These tools offer a serious acceleration in 2D-based design. Simply by drawing a line through the corner points of a 2D wall, it can be automatically generated in 3D. This is an serious advantage if no 3D building models are available or the associated 2D building plans are insufficiently structured.


The new version 6.3 of the MPDS4-Viewer MPDS4 Review has been extended by further functions for better viewing of 3D models. The possibility for walkthroughs in the software has been optimized. It is now possible to set the walking speed during a tour in order to be able to view the 3D data at the desired level of detail. More >>

Customer-oriented optimisation of the software

In addition to the many innovations and new products, the new version of MPDS4, MEDUSA4, and MPDS4 REVIEW includes over 220 customer-focused productivity improvements. These optimisation suggestions are regularly submitted by CAD Schroer customers via the customer portal and are directly incorporated into the software development process.

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.

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.

What’s New in version 6.2 of MEDUSA4

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