HiCAD plant engineering - CAD model of a saponification plant (Sela Maschinen GmbH)
HiCAD plant engineering - CAD model of a plant with P+ID (Sela Maschinen GmbH)
HiCAD plant engineering - CAD model of a biogas plant (PlanET Biogastechnik GmbH)
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HiCAD – From the flow chart to the finished plant

The more complex a plant, the more difficult is the creation of corresponding layout and piping plans. This applies, for instance, to the fields of logistics, chemical engineering, food processing technology, heat and energy supply, cooling, air conditioning and ventilation technology. Such highly complex constructions and the related drawings pose great challenges to the engineers when it comes to conveying a comprehensible overview of the project planning to all parties involved.

HiCAD is the optimal solution for the complete process chain in plant engineering - from the 2-D flow chart as a basis for your planning, the 3-D layout and piping plan through to the automatic generation of isometric drawings and all relevant production documents. This accelerates decision-making processes, minimises rework and optimises the cooperation with customers and partners.

In this way, HiCAD provides you with a truly comprehensive CAD solution for the complete plant engineering process chain.

HiCAD for plant engineering - Fields of application
  • Factory planning
  • Conveying technologies, e.g. Skid plants
  • Chemical engineering
  • Food processing
  • Biogas plants
  • Heat and energy supply
  • Heating, cooling and air conditioning
  • Pipeline construction
  • etc.

The highlights

  • 2-D flow charts
  • 3-D layout and pipeline planning
  • Welded pipelines and plastic pipelines
  • ERMETO pipe unions
  • JACOB pipe systems
  • Automatic generation of isometries and pipe plans
  • PDM integration and ERP interface
  • Steel engineering and sheet metal functions
  • Realistic visualisation

HiCAD – The comprehensive solution for plant engineering processes

HiCAD model of a Conveyor (VHV Anlagenbau GmbH)

HiCAD enables the planning, creation and processing of complex 3-D pipeline systems in the layout of a complete technical plant with special, plant-specific CAD functions and automatisms. Whether pipe or duct parts, 3-D parts, steel beams or sheet metal cladding – an enormous range of options is available to you in one central system.

  • Use 2-D P&ID (Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams) as an optimal basis for an efficient layout and pipeline planning.
  • Create the 3-D layout plan rapidly and easily. HiCAD supports you with numerous special functions, intelligent automatisms and extensive libraries with pipe parts, duct parts and other components.
  • Derive isometries from the 3-D layout plan automatically and, if required, individually configured.
  • Generate the relevant production documents at the push of a button. Reduce your planning times significantly through detailed offers and production documents with 3-D images, sectional views, detail views and legends on 2-D drawing frames.
  • Forward your know-how safely. The integration of the PDM system HELiOS enables the management and company-wide storage of all production-relevant data and order-related documents with revision indices. A safe and transparent data exchange with third parties is also possible. 

HiCAD – CAD suites for Plant Engineering

HiCAD plant engineering - CAD model of a saponification plant (Sela Maschinen GmbH)

For your plant engineering tasks you can choose between three configuration levels of HiCAD:

  • HiCAD Plant Engineering suite
    2-D, 3-D, Sheet Metal basic, 3-D Layout Planning, PDM integration
  • HiCAD Plant Engineering suite plus
    as HiCAD Plant Engineering Suite, plus Pipeline Isometry
  • HiCAD Plant Engineering suite premium
    as HiCAD Plant Engineering Suite, plus Pipeline Isometry and P&ID

If you are frequently dealing with cross-sectoral projects, you should also take a look at our solutions for mechanical engineeringsteel engineeringmetal engineering and sheet metal processing. Thanks to its modular structure, HiCAD can be customised and expanded, for instance, by our HELiOS PDM/PLM modules and our HiCAD extension modules, to perfectly match your individual requirements. And the interface to HELiCON allows a re-use of your HiCAD data for product configuration purposes. If you require further information, please feel free to contact us.

HiCAD – A comparison of the Plant Engineering suites

HiCAD - CAD suites for plant engineering

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Suite plus

Suite premium

Basic functions
For a rapid familiarisation, e.g. GUI with Ribbons, Help, Sketch Technology, Text Editor, Browser, etc

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2-D drawing functions
State-of-the-art 2-D drawing functions, all CAD features required for 2-D drawing

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3-D modelling
Innovative functions and tools for the creation of photo-realistic product models

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Sheet Metal basic
Basic functions for sheet metal processing, with automatic development and blank calculation

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Beams & Profiles
Special functions and beam/profile libraries for the creation of steel beam constructions

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3-D Layout Plans
Special functions for 3-D layout and piping plans

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Part Variants
Elbows, straight pipes, T-pieces, reducers, caps, saddle connections, flanges, LISEGA

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PDM Integration and Part Database
Management of part master/welded connection data, pipe class management, links to P+ID

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Report Manager professional
Bills of Materials (quantity lists or structure lists) on the basis of the CAD structure, extensive configuration options, company-specific adjustment, exports in HTML, Excel, TXT format, comparison of individual rows, sorting according to various criteria, individual filter criteria for columns, calculation operations for columns, identical part search

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Pipeline Isometry and Pipe Spool Drawings
Automatic derivation of isometric drawings and pipe spool drawings from the layout plan

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Simulations
Motion simulations based on motors, physical simulations taking gravity into account, collision check, creation of Videos

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P+ID
Fast and easy creation of flow charts for pipelines and instrumentation in plant and process engineering, with extensive symbol libraries and Symbol Editor

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3-D stand. parts compl.

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Module Steel Engineering
Beams and Profiles, intelligent connections

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Module Staircases

Stairs and Railings

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HiCAD Plant Engineering – An example from practice

Ingenieurbüro Dipl. Ing. Gronow - Industry: Plant Engineering

The Berlin-based engineering office Dipl. Ing. Gronow is a specialist for energy and heat supply systems. It deals mainly with the planning of heating plants, district heating systems, and energy transporting plants. The service portfolio of the engineering office covers the whole range from planning and engineering, project management, construction management through to accompanying services such as documentation. Since 2003, Gronow has been using HiCAD and HELiOS for its design tasks.

Holger Gronow: "HiCAD’s special functionalities for plant engineering and pipeline planning make our work much easier. It has turned out that our customers’ costs as well as our own costs could be reduced on a permanent basis. Thanks to HiCAD we could gain a substantial competitive advantage."

Plant Engineering - Examples from practice