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HiCAD 2022 SP1

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Service Pack 1 for HiCAD 2022 is now available.

One focus of the further development was the modernisation and standardisation of dialogues as well as the increased feature suitability of functions. One example is the new function for dividing surfaces. Development also focused on further enhancement of the 3-D view functions. Here, among other things, the functions for defining standard and list views have been combined into one new function with extended setting options. The Draw functions for 3-D sketches have also been further extended. Here it is now possible to set that selected points outside the current drawing plane are projected onto this plane and thus can be drawn conveniently in one plane.

The industry functions have also been expanded. For example, numerous enhancements are available on the Post - Sub-structure tab of the Railing Configurator, such as filleted base plates, round plates or base plates rotated by 90°. Also new are handrails with wall mounting. In the Sheet Metal module, the attaching of flanges to a surface has been completely revised. The new dialogue allows the specification of individual parameters for each attachment and a convenient modification of the flanges via the feature log in one step. Further innovations are the output of PROFLEX-BOMs, the new variants for installing ALUCOBOND® panels on polygonal installation surfaces, and the expansion of the new part insertion function in Plant Engineering.



Acceleration when zooming in with the mouse wheel
Analogously to the accelerated rotation of shaded representations, zooming in with the mouse wheel is now also significantly faster in HiCAD 2022 SP1. During a test with a customer drawing consisting of approximately 560.000 parts, zooming in in HiCAD 2022 took only 6 seconds - compared to 14 seconds in HiCAD 2021.

Part selection
Previously, it was possible to move from one part within the part structure to the next higher and thus higher-ranking part by holding down the left mouse button and then pressing the right mouse button during part selection in the drawing. As of SP1 this also applies vice versa. If you press the middle mouse button instead of the right mouse button while holding the left mouse button, you will return to the previously marked element in the part structure.


  • Variable through holes
    In previous HiCAD versions, incorrect results could occur in certain situations when comparing variable through holes, for example if holes were drilled in opposite directions. These were recognised as different if their base points did not match. As of HiCAD 2022 SP1, this behaviour has changed. This means that if the distances between the start and the end of the drilling cylinder are equal, then the bores are considered equal. An exception are bores that are only displayed as axes.
  • Sub-parts of sheet metal parts
    With HiCAD 2021, the possibility of itemising sub-parts of a sheet metal part in the part structure has been removed. However, this has proved to be problematic in some customer drawings. Therefore, this behaviour is reversed with HiCAD 2022 SP1. In other words, parts that are sub-parts of a sheet metal part will be itemised again (if they are BOM-relevant). However, this does not apply to flanges and bend zones. These are generally not itemised
  • Treat regular parts like assemblies
    To create a clear and efficient drawing, assemblies should be used for structuring. However, this is often not taken into account, especially in "older" ways of working. Here it can sometimes be desirable to treat regular (BOM-relevant) parts like assemblies during the itemisation, so that their sub-parts become separately numbered sections. For these cases, the checkbox Treat regular parts like assemblies is available as of SP1 in the Configuration Editor.

Derived drawings - Sectional views of sheet metal parts
The generation of the section path during the automatic drawing derivation of sheet metal parts has been optimised in HiCAD 2022 SP1. Processings that are located on the outer edges are now taken into account when determining the position of the section path of sheet metal parts. Sectional views are generated at all bend zones of the flanges that are parallel to the defined front view (part orientation).

2-D / 3-D

Settings of SKIZZTEC.DAT moved to Configuration Editor
The settings for 2-D grids that were formerly available in the file SKIZZTEC.DAT have been moved to the Configuration Editor (ISDConfigEditor.exe).

3-D Views

  • New dialogue when creating new views
    The previous functions for creating new standard and list views have been combined into a new function. The new function is clearer, offers better user guidance and enables list views to be defined much more quickly. In addition, the representation type of the view, the view name and the scale can now also be selected directly. It is also possible to assign view captions.
  • Highlighting of view lists
    If a view list is available, i.e. if multiple views are selected, then all selected sheet views will be highlighted by a coloured, wider and dashed view frame. The frame representation corresponds to the settings selected for the active sheet view in the Configuration Editor - but dashed.
  • Automatic assignment of numbers as view designation
    Up to now only capital letters were automatically assigned in view markings, i.e. the smallest letter not yet assigned was suggested as a designation (detail views start with Z and run backwards in the alphabet). As of HiCAD 2022 SP1, this behaviour also applies to the use of numbers in view markings.
  • Show/Hide isolated points in view
    Analogously to assembly points, isolated points can now also be shown/hidden in views. The Show/Hide elements in view function has been extended accordingly. Isolated points also include named points, symbol points and fitting points.
  • Improvements for view captions
    The settings of the View caption dialogue window can now be saved as favourites. Further more view captions can now be aligned above or below the view, not only centred but also left-aligned and right-aligned. The alignment refers to the geometry displayed in the view (without annotations).


  • Extended range of points on the Autopilot
    When sketching planar sketches and 3-D sketches, in addition to the points in the sketch, the point options X and Y are now also offered for the last point found by the Autopilot (with the exception of the point option O). This does not happen directly when you "run over" a point, but only when you briefly stay on this point with the mouse. This point will then be visualised graphically.
  • 3-D sketches - New option: Do not leave drawing plane
    For 3-D sketches, the checkbox Do not leave drawing plane is also available in the Angle+Distance grid, XY - grid and Free modes. Activating the checkbox causes selected points outside of the current drawing plane to be projected onto this plane and thus to be drawn in a plane. For the On axes mode, the checkbox Do not leave axis is available, working in the same way.
  • Apply direction
    As of HiCAD 2022 SP1, the Apply direction function is also available in the context menu of the Sketching Tool. With this function the direction of the line shown in the preview is taken over as the direction for the next line to be drawn.

Annotation and Dimensioning

  • 3-D annotation with interruption of lines and hatchings
    You can set whether the lines of parts and hatchings behind a 3-D annotation should be interrupted in the Configuration Editor. This applies to the representations Glass Model, HiddenLine, HiddenLine dashed and Shaded with Hidden Line.
  • Point option O when setting annotations
    When determining the reference point of a 3-D annotation, the point option O (online to edge through point) is now automatically activated in the Autopilot settings toolbar. This also applies to the setting of surface symbols.
  • Delete weld seam symbols
    There are new functions for deleting weld symbols.

Divide surface
The dividing of surfaces has been modernised in HiCAD 2022 SP1. The previous function Insert edges in surface / Divide surface  has been replaced by the new function Divide surface . With this function you divide surfaces of the active part. For example, the side of a sheet can be divided into two surfaces that can be addressed separately and thus can also be coated, coloured or hatched differently. Two modes are available for dividing surfaces.

  • Use sketch for dividing
    In this mode a sketch is used for dividing.
  • Use polyline for dividing
    In this mode, instead of a sketch, polylines consisting of straight lines one at a time are used for dividing. These lines must lie exactly on the surface that is to be divided. As a result the surface will automatically be specified and does not have to be explicitly selected.

A feature with the name Divide surface is created for each division. Double-click on the entry in the feature log to start the Divide surface function dialogue, for example to process the sketch on which the division is based, to change the surface selection or to select a different polyline.

Clean up intersections
The Clean up intersections  function has been completely revised/modernised and is now identical to the function of the same name under Sheet Metal. The main improvements:

  • extended possibilities, analogous to the clean-up of sheet metal parts,
  • improved treatment of multi-part sheets,
  • improvement of the automatic selection of the surfaces to be processed,
  • consideration of external references and
  • simultaneous processing of multiple collision parts.

PROFLEX® is an ERP software for metal processing. For the output of PROFLEX®-specific BOMs, correesponding functions are now available. The BOMs contain certain columns of the Excel BOM for Steel Engineering (HiCAD_Stahlbau*.xlsx) that are specifically relevant for PROFLEX®. The output is in XLSX format. Generated will be the structure list and the quantity list.

IFC import - Representation of beams + profiles
When importing beams and profiles via IFC, the default representation (exact or simplified) defined in the Steel Engineering Settings function is now taken into account.

SNDF import of Steel Engineering plates
When importing steel engineering plates via the SDNF interface, the default value set on the Weight calculation tab of the Steel Engineering Settings function was previously used. However, this only applied if a plate existed in the catalogue table Semi-finished products > Plates > Plate for the selected default material. Only then were the plates imported/generated. As of HiCAD 2022 SP1, S235JRG2 is used as the default material for steel engineering plates.

Enhancements for export via Spooler
The output via the Spooler has been extended by the formats ToPs GEO (*.geo) and Navisworks (*.nwc and *.nwd); however, the export as .nwd file is only possible if a licensed version of Navisworks is available on the Spooler server.

  • With the Navisworks export via the Spooler - as with other formats - the entire model drawing is exported.
  • The ToPs GEO export only exports sheet developments or developments of sheets that exist in the drawing.
Sheet Metal

Attach flanges to surface
A completely revised version of the function Attach flanges to surface is now available for attaching flanges to a surface. The new dialogue allows you to enter different parameters for each attachment. Furthermore, you have the possibility to define the corner processing directly in the dialogue. You can conveniently change the flanges in one step at any time using the corresponding feature entry.

Clean up intersections
The Clean up intersections function has been completely revised. In contrast to the clean up function in versions before HiCAD 2021 SP1, the new function always processes the whole sheet metal part, not only certain flanges or bend zones. This way a consistent operation is achieved. If it is necessary not to carry out certain clean-ups in a part, you can exclude e.g. flanges or bend zones by selecting individual surfaces in the dialogue. With the option Use external references for collision parts, changes to the collision part will be tracked in the future. That is, if you change the radius of an intersecting cylinder, then after a recalculation of the Clean up intersection feature, the subtractions will be adjusted. The intersection does not have to be perpendicular to the surface, it can certainly be done for lasers that cut at an angle.

Adjusted sheet corner with stiffener
For the Design variant Sheet corner with stiffener, the flange with the stiffener will now be adjusted in case of different flange lengths.

Section paths of sheet metal parts in derived drawings
The generation of the section path during the automatic drawing derivation of sheet metal parts has been optimised in HiCAD 2022 SP1.

Feature icons adapted
For some functions, there were previously differences between the icons in the feature and in the menu bar. The icons seen on the menu bar are now also used in the feature log.

Sub-parts of sheet metal parts
With HiCAD 2021, the possibility to itemise parts that are sub-parts of a sheet metal part in the part structure has been abolished. However, this has proved to be problematic in some customer drawings. Therefore, this behaviour has been reversed reversed in HiCAD 2022 SP1. This means that parts that are sub-parts of a sheet metal part will now be itemised again (if they are BOM-relevant). However, this does not apply to flanges and bend zones, which are not itemised.

Feature and Parametrics


Parametric part attributes
With HiCAD 2022 SP1 the function Parameterise part attributes has been further extended. For example, the surface colour, the layers, the weight, the material, the usage as well as user-defined system attributes can now be parameterised.

Icons for features adapted
Up to now, there were differences between the icons in the Feature log and in the menu bar for individual Sheet Metal functions. The icons from the menu bar are now also used in the Feature log.

Dependent parts
As of SP1, dependent parts can now also be created for internally referenced parts.



Part HCM - Point options below sub-assemblies
When setting constraints with the 3-D Part HCM, you can now also use the desired point options for different parts below a sub-assembly.

Sketch HCM - Chirality and half-space specification
With different HCM constraints, the half-space specification and the chirality could be changed until now. This has been changed with HiCAD 2022 SP1. As with the Part HCM, only the direction of dimensioning can be changed for dimensional constraints (angle, distance, directed distance), and the orientation for tangential constraints. For all other constraints the options are no longer available.

Steel and Metal Engineering

Steel Engineering

Clamping plate
As of SP1, Lindapter girder clamps of type A, B and D2 are also available for fastening clamping plates.

Base plate + anchor plate (2101)
On the Bore grid tab you determine whether additional fixing holes are to be created that are independent of the bolting. In practice, these are sometimes needed, for example, to temporarily fix the base plate with nails when mounting the column. In this case, determine the diameter of these holes and their horizontal and vertical distance from each other.

Strap joint (2310)
If the connection type With stiffener is selected for the strap joint, the Galvanization tab is also available. Here you determine whether the stiffeners are to be provided with holes for galvanization.

Railing Configurator

  • Determining the railing route
    The determination of the railing route in HiCAD 2022 SP1 has changed as follows: First, the beam end where the railing should start is selected. Then the beam end must be selected that determines the direction in which the railing will be installed. If the order of the selected beams results in only one possible walking line of the railing, then the selection of the end of a beam is ignored.
  • Infill with knee rails
    For infills with knee rails the additional option Trim to front edge of post is available. This corresponds to the function Trim, to outer edge.
  • Post - Sub-structure - Connection from bottom with flat steels
    On the Post-Sub-structure tab, an additional connection variant is available as of HiCAD 2022 SP1: Connection from bottom with flat steels.
  • Post-Sub-structure - filleted and round base plates
    The corners of rectangular base plates can now also be filleted. The new input field Fillet radius of corners is available for this purpose. In addition to rectangular base plates, round base plates can now also be used.
  • Post-Sub-structure - Base plates rotated 90°
    If the bore with 2 holes is selected for rectangular or round base plates, it is possible to rotate the base plate 90° from HiCAD 2022 SP1.
  • Post-Sub-structure -- Lateral connection with penetration of base plate
    If the connection is made with a distance element, there is now a possibility that the distance element penetrates the base plate when connecting laterally. To do this, activate the checkbox Penetration of base plate and specify the Clearance, the Corner radius and the Offset.
  • Handrail on wall
    With the Railing Configurator, handrails with wall consoles can now also be created. For this purpose, the tab Post - Handrail has been extended by corresponding variants.


Metal Engineering

Base plate / Top plate
For boltings without sleeve an extended selection is now available on the Fixing tab of the Base plate / Top plate dialogue window.

Element installation

ALUCOBOND® SZ 20 Polygon (3-8) added
As of HiC 2022 SP1, you can now configure individual edges. To do this, go to the Global settings tab and activate the Configure edges individually checkbox.

ALUCOBOND® suspended Polygon (5-8)
From HiCAD 2022 SP1 onwards, suspended ALUCOBOND® panels can now also be installed on 5- to 8-cornered polygons. The new variant ALUCOBOND® suspended Polygon (5-8) is available for this purpose.

Extended selection options for ALUCOBOND® suspended
As of HiCAD 2022 SP1, the connection for the Base point is extended by the Window connection, Lintel option.

Number of stiffeners for ALUCOBOND® SZ 20 and ALUCOBOND® suspended
To set the number of stiffeners in the dialogue window, go to the Extended settings tab and enter your desired value for Stiffener inside.

Pipeline planning

Dynamic route change - Pipeline transitions
If you move the cursor over a pipeline transition during the dynamic route change, a corresponding note will now be displayed. This is the case when two pipelines meet. The info text is always placed at the outer diameter of the pipes at the pipe transition. This is independent of how the view is rotated.

Insert pipe part

  • Active pipeline
    The name of the active pipeline is now displayed in the upper area of the tab. Newly added parts will be subordinated to this pipeline, provided there is nothing to the contrary, e.g. the placing of a part on a guideline. In such a case, the part must be assigned to the same pipeline as the guideline. You can change the active pipeline within the dialogue. If you click in the name field, the active pipeline is highlighted in the drawing. Displaying and selecting the active pipeline in the dialogue makes it easier to connect parts to existing pipelines if the new part to be inserted is to be assigned to another pipeline.
  • Select own part type
    If you have defined your own part types, e.g. valves, an arrow symbol is displayed next to the part type. Clicking on the symbol displays a list box with the corresponding part types.
  • Show flow direction
    When inserting parts, the flow direction is now shown on the guidelines. The flow direction arrows are always shown on the guideline over which the mouse has been moved.
  • Automatic loose flange insertion
    The settings in the dialogue window have been adjusted. The Divisible pipes tab has been renamed and an option for loose flange insertion has been added. This setting corresponds to the setting for automatic loose flange insertion on the Straight pipes tab in the Plant Engineering settings.
  • Reference part filter
    The selection of a reference part in the new part dialogue has been extended by an additional button with which you can filter the selection by the active part type. This selection mode is intended for parts that are difficult to select without narrowing the part type. For example, a gasket may be completely hidden by a fastener. Through the filtered selection, though, it can still be selected.

BOM-relevance of manually inserted gaskets
If the Plant Engineering setting Flange gasket: Do not consider was active, then manually inserted gaskets were not BOM-relevant until now. They were listed as accessories in the flange, but not in the BOMs. As of HICAD 2022 SP1, these gaskets are always BOM-relevant.

EN 10241 - Additional threaded parts
The range of parts in HICAD has been extended by further nozzles and saddle connections.

Isometry / Pipe spool drawing -Existing article masters
In the Configuration Editor at Plant Engineering > Isometry and Pipe spool drawing the parameter Show pipeline article for editing can now be used to determine whether the article mask of the pipelines should be displayed or not before generating the isometry/pipe spool drawing.

Modernised "Divide surface" function

Highlighting of view lists

Completely revised "Clean up intersection" function

Completely revised "Attach flanges to surface" function

Dynamic rote change - display of pipeline transitions

Clamping plates with Lindapter girder clamps


Railing configurator - Post-Sub-structure with round base plates

Railing configurator - Handrail on wall

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