3-D CAD Software for equipment and vessel engineering

Media under pressure and temperature

Both gaseous and liquid substances in wide temperature and pressure ranges must be stored, transported and processed. In HiCAD the classical 3-D modelling techniques are supplemented by standard part functions, sheet metal processing tools and steel engineering specific tools. As a result, there will be only a short step from offer to order!

Use HiCAD to create drawings for
equipment and vessel engineering in HiSPEED

The following functions help you achieve a time-saving workflow:

From design to order placement

If the thermal design is available in the order folder in HELiOS and data sheets are linked, the design starts. The HiCAD variant technology minimizes the effort for the creation of the offer design. Upon order confirmation, the folder is transferred, workflow-controlled, to the engineering department.


A short step from first draft to finished model drawing

The scanned environment realistically represents the installation situation and ensures the correctness of the subsequent installation process. From the design, the product is represented in assembly and detail drawings. Standard components are available in the HiCAD catalogue in accordance with the industrial standards. Transition sheets complete the model drawing.


Release by the customer

The automatic itemisation, by assemblies or drawing-comprehensive, is the basis for BOMs of any kind. If the customer releases a model drawing, the relevant folder starts its way into production. All changes made by the customer and supplier are documented and indexed in a traceable manner.


All production data are generated automatically

The manually created production drawing, with the writing of dimensions and annotations, is a thing of the past. The laser system for sheet metal processing receives its data from the automatic developments of complete sheet metal model drawings. The release of the model drawing solves all subsequent tasks without any action on the part of the operator.


Accounts are prepared

Modular design is the major goal of many companies. The reuse of individual components for subsequent orders plays an invaluable role in this. The transfer of the product structure to HELiOS enables the production of a future product to be started exclusively from the bill of materials.



Documentation is mandatory - presentation is free.

Every apparatus and every pressure vessel must be documented in a legally compliant manner. The work invested in the 3-D CAD drawing is rewarded several times over with an automatic exploded view, motion simulation or output to a 3-D PDF. The order folder can thus be closed successfully.


Kremsmüller Industrieanlagenbau KG

„Due to the possibility to model both parametrically and freely, HiCAD makes an excellent contribution to variant management for us. Parts that are reused multiple times can be parameterised, assemblies copied and changes can be implemented quickly by direct modelling.“

Andreas Spiesberger, Manager Engineering, Apparatus and Tank Construction

Kremsmüller Industrieanlagenbau KG

„The introduction of HiCAD was uncomplicated. The support provided by ISD was very helpful in case of questions.“

Andreas Spiesberger, Manager Engineering, Apparatus and Tank Construction

Huge tanks and state-of-the-art reactors designed fast and easily

Kremsmüller Industrieanlagenbau KG | Reference report

The Kremsmüller Industrieanlagenbau KG developed from a company that in the early 70s employed welders, fitters and mechanics in plant construction. “As a personnel service provider, you know the challenges in the respective industry”, says Andreas Spiesberger, Technical Manager of the “Apparatus and Tank Construction” division at the 2.300 employees strong family business from Steinhaus, Austria.

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Kremsmüller Industrieanlagenbau KG uses HiCAD to comfortably design supertanks and reactors. Record-breaking and quite magnificent is the supertank with a diameter of 40 metres, a height of 17.5 metres and a total weight of 365 tonnes.

„Due to the possibility to model both parametrically and freely, HiCAD makes an excellent contribution to variant management for us. Parts that are reused multiple times can be parameterised, assemblies copied and changes can be implemented quickly by direct modelling.“

Andreas Spiesberger, Manager Engineering, Apparatus and Tank Construction
Kremsmüller Industrieanlagenbau KG

Short project timelines and constant stability in the power grid thanks to HiCAD and HELiOS

TGM Kanis Turbinen GmbH | Reference report

TGM Kanis Turbinen GmbH has made a name for itself as a planner, developer and manufacturer of complete steam turbine sets for the energy sector in Europe since 2006. Meanwhile the Nuremberg-based company has sold 100 steam turbines since its foundation – thanks to its 80 employees and the utilization of innovative CAD and PDM software systems.

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With the HiCAD software of the ISD Group, TGM Kanis Turbinen GmbH can plan, develop and manufacture complete steam turbine sets for the energy sector. In the picture, a steam turbine is being worked on by an employee.

„With our projects worth millions, we have experienced a significant increase in productivity overall. The ISD training courses and the 3-D experience of new employees ensure fast handling with HiCAD.“

Stefan Hengl, Process Engineering
TGM Kanis Turbinen GmbH

Invest in HiCAD- benefit from 2D/3D

Ingenieurbüro Dipl. Ing. Gronow | Reference report

Since 1998, Berlin’s engineering office Gronow designs system technology for energy systems – including planning service, construction supervision and system documentation. Until 2003, managing director Holger Gronow relied upon drawings created with AutoCAD 2D. Before he was introduced to 2-D/3-D consistent software HiCAD along with PDM system HELiOS at Cebit Trade Fair, he had created “vast amounts of drawings which were only understandable by putting them about each other.”

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„lthough we are not a large company using HELiOS's workflows, since only one designer works on the current project at a time, we are able to use the HELiOS system for all our projects. However, we are dependent on a secure document management system using systematic folders and subfolders that update automatically.“

Holger Gronow, General Manager
Ingenieurbüro Dipl. Ing. Gronow

The cinema of the future with HiCAD

BURRI public elements AG | Reference report

BURRI public elements AG was founded in 1907 and is being managed by the fifth generation. Based in Glattbrugg, Switzerland, the company has over 110 years of experience in the fields of planning, development, project management, construction and production of high-quality, functional products for public and semi-public spaces. Thanks to the ongoing further development of proven systems and self-developed products, BURRI with its Public Elements® provides a wide range of products: from transport engineering with candelabras and masts to lighting solutions for the public domain, signage and traffic guidance systems, waste systems and furniture.

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Take a relaxed approach to the challenges of apparatus and vessel construction.

For these special 3-D CAD drawings we recommend the application package HiCAD Mechanical Engineering suite premium. In this software package you will find numerous modules and functions that support your daily work in the best possible way.

We would be happy to advise you on the suites, the individual functions and expansion stages - feel free to contact us.

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