HiCAD 2019 - Service Pack 2

Service Pack 2 for HiCAD 2019 is out now – with many functional enhancements and new functions.  Our developers concentrated their efforts on achieving further performance increases, a clearer overview in large model drawings, more user-friendliness – especially for the operation of the HCM – and the further advancement of the facade engineering functionalities. One highlight of the SP2 is the Folding with milling edge zones in Sheet Metal. For example, composite panels such as ALUCOBOND©, can be conveniently shaped with the help of milling edge technology, while the resulting bend zones geometrically differ from the cylindrical bend zones. Also new is the Dialogue Editor for Installation Elements, which enables you to customize the dialogue windows in the Element installation module. In future versions, the Dialogue Editor is to become a general Editor for other modules and areas, too.

Other highlights are the enhanced cross-bracings, the division of handrails, curved railings, the insertion of wall brackets and the installing of Eternit panels. Also worthy of mention is the revised function for automatic placing of parts on guidelines in Plant Engineering.


  • Improved performance
    • Switch Drawing/AutoSave
      Switching between large drawings with HCM models via Switch Drawing docking window has been significantly improved with HiCAD 2019 SP2. This also applies to the AutoSave function.
    • Waiting time when rotate view
      The waiting time after rotating a shaded view could be reduced with SP2. In various tests, an increase in performance of approx. 25% was achieved.
    • Activating parts
      The activation of parts in very large constructions has been accelerated.
    • Drawings with many texts
      Constructions usually also include many texts. These can be " regular" texts, dimensions, annotations and BOMs. With SP2, zooming and moving in constructions with many texts has been significantly accelerated, by a factor of 4-20 depending on the construction, so that editing here is much more fluid.
    • Sectional views
      In drawings with more than 25,000 parts, sectional views are updated much faster as of SP2, up to a factor of 3.
    • Referencing assemblies
      The performance when referencing assemblies has been increased by internal optimizations.
    • Breaking up Referencing of parts/assemblies
      The break up referencing of parts and assemblies function has been improved. In the test, performance increases between factor 2 and 4 were measured, depending on the assembly.
    • ICN Update
      The update of the ICN representations in case of drawings modifications has been accelerated by internal optimizations.
    • Inserting referenced assemblies via Clipboard
      The waiting time when inserting referenced assemblies via the clipboard has been reduced with SP2 - especially in large drawings. In test examples, an increase of acceleration by a factor of 60 was achieved.
  • ICN enhancements
    • Representation of user columns
      From HiCAD 2019 SP2 the ICN representation of up to three user columns is supported for the 3-D part structure. The representation can be switched on/off and the attributes displayed in the three user columns can be configured individually.  
    • Marking of invalid item numbers
      In the Settings of the 3-D ICN you can define how invalid, i.e. not current, item numbers are to be marked with an asterisk * or by a colour representation.
    • Tooltip with 3-D part structure
      If you point to a part symbol in the 3-D part structure of the ICN with the cursor, now a tooltip with the corresponding superordinate structure is displayed. This can be especially helpful in large drawings with many parts.
    • Double click
      The Part attributes dialogue window can be opened now by double-clicking on a part name with the left mouse button.
  • Itemisation
    • Itemisation by assemblies
      As of SP2, HiCAD supports itemisation by assemblies with its new standard itemisation. For this, the tab General has been enhanced accordingly. Under Mode, you can now select whether the itemisation is to be continuous for the entire design or continuous within an assembly.
    • Consideration of the processing direction for Steel Engineering plates
      With HiCAD 2019 SP1, the Processing Direction has also been selected as a distinguishing criterion for the search of identical parts. Until now, this was only possible for flange surfaces. From SP2 onwards, steel engineering plates are now also supported.
    • Setting time at which the item text is to be updated
      As of HiCAD 2019 SP1, the Processing direction can also be selected as a distinguishing criterion for the search of identical parts. Previously, this option was only available for sheet metal plates. From SP2 onwards, steel plates are now supported as well.
  • Drawing derivation
    • Changed configuration for Steel Engineering
      The HiCAD parameter configuration for steel/metal engineering has been changed. The objective was to make workshop drawings in steel engineering easier to understand. For more information, see Steel Engineering - What's New.
    • Dimensioning of sheets in sectional viewsFor dimensioning the flange length of sheets in sectional views, the following base point is being dimensioned: at an initial angle > or equal to 90°, the theoretical intersection of the flanges and at an angle > 90° the tangential point at the edge of the bending zone.
    • Improved placing of the annotation of standard processings
      So far, the automatic placing of annotation for standard processings, e.g. threads, has often resulted in the leader line running unnecessarily across the hole bore pattern. This behaviour has been changed with HiCAD 2019 SP2. Now, the leader lines of standard processings always go to the nearest standard processing. In addition, the annotations can now also be placed on the part and not just outside as before. This applies to both production and mounting drawings.
  • New icons for HiCAD file formats
    From SP2 onwards, new icons are available for different HiCAD file formats, such as SZA, FGA, KRA, VAA, PAA. These icons are taken into account in Windows Explorer and thus also in HELiOS result lists.
  • Support request
    The function New support request is now available in Help Topics and Information. Use this function to send a support request directly from HiCAD to our Support. After calling the function, simply log in with your access data for my-ISD. Afterwards you will automatically enter the ISD support portal. Simply fill out the form, attach files if applicable and then click on Create request. The new ISD support portal will be available for customers in Germany from 1 October 2019. For customers in other countries, the launch is scheduled for January 2020.
  • Standard Parts
    • Additional BRUCHA panels for element/profile installation
    • Eternit® installation elements
    • Eternit bolts+screws, Eternit sleeves, Tergo / Tergo+ undercut anchors and dowels
    • Eternit®undercut bores for Tergo / Tergo +
  • IFC Import/Export - ZIP-files
    HiCAD 2019 SP2 supports the import and export of zipped IFC files (file format .IFCZIP).
  • IFC Import/Export - Consider coordinate system
    IFC data are often located far away from the origin of the coordinate system. However, HiCAD and other CAD systems require coordinates that are close to the origin. The necessary coordinate system transformation can now be realized for both import and export.
  • IFC Import/Export - Show Report
    For the import and export of IFC files a report listing possible errors, warnings and other information can now be displayed.
  • SketchUp - Improved performance
    The export of HiCAD drawing to the SketchUp format (.skp) could be speeded up significantly in HiCAD 2019 SP2. In test examples the time required for exports could be reduced from several hours to less than one minute.
  • DSTV-NC export to CAM format
    For the export of the DSTV-NC data to the CAM format, an API-based solution in conjunction with the existing DSTV-NC interface is currently available. This solution is currently only based on a script and has not been made generally available yet. After a successful test phase the CAM export is to be made a standard functionality. If you would like to take a look at the script in advance, please contact our Consulting team.
  • Views
    • Processing planes in shortened views
      The switching of Processing planes in the dialogue window of the function Views > Properties > Elements  can now also be applied to shortened views. In particular, you can now hide and show processing planes in shortened views of workshop drawings.
    • Exploded views - Combine transformations into set
      In the Exploded views docking window you can now combine several transformations in succession into one group, e.g. in order to get clearer and better structured explosion logs for complex exploded layouts.
  • Dimensioning / Annotations
    • Placing of HCM dimensions in case of geometry changes
      In older versions, HCM dimensions in sketches were placed with regard to their first base point. In case of geometry changes, the new dimension was placed in such a way that the length of the projection line of the first base point was identical to the length before the change, which frequently lead to unsatisfactory results. From SP2 onwards, the placement logic is different. The length of the shortest projection line after the change is now identical to the length of the shortest projection line before the change. In the process, cases may occur where the shortest projection line could be applied to different base points.
    • Automatic part annotation - Handling of hidden parts
      The Automatic part annotation function has been modified to specify how hidden parts are to be treated in the active view. This is required, for example, in Steel Engineering, for halls or structures in particular. For this purpose, the Include hidden parts checkbox has been added in the dialogue window.
  • Referencing
    • Fitting CS
      When referencing 3-D parts, a Fitting CS, which will also be entered into the Feature log, will be automatically assigned to the parts. This applied to both the internal and the external referencing. In previous versions, fitting coordinate systems that existed during referencing were deleted. This behaviour has now been changed. If a Fitting CS already exists during referencing,  you can either keep the existing Fitting CS, or replace the existing Fitting CS with the active CS.
    • Break up referencing of parts/assemblies
      The breaking up of parts and assemblies has been speeded up. In tests, performance increases by factors between 2 and 4 could be achieved.
Feature and Parametrics


  • Weight in dependent assemblies
    When creating dependent assemblies it is now also possible to transfer the "Weight" attribute. In this case the weight will be automatically fixed in the dependent parts.
  • Dependent assemblies with internally referenced parts
    You can now also create a dependent assembly if it contains internally referenced parts. These parts will be converted into dependent sub-parts when the dependent assembly is created. However, the original assembly still needs to be externally referenced.
  • Switch off updating of dependent assemblies
    The updating of dependent assemblies can now be switched off temporarily or permanently. For this purpose the context menu of the new options Switch Update off and Switch update off, permanent have been added to the context menu.
  • Fitting CS for referenced parts
    3-D parts will automatically be assigned a Fitting CS when being referenced, which will be recorded correspondingly in the Feature log. This applies to both internal and external referencing. In previous versions, fitting coordinate systems that already existed during referencing were deleted. From HiCAD 2019 SP2 onwards, this behaviour has changed: If a Fitting CS exists when a part is being referenced, you can either, keep the already existing Fitting CS, or replace the existing Fitting CS with the active CS.


  • Effect of HCM on assemblies
    In previous versions, isolated points in assemblies were interpreted as movable points, so the HCM attempted to move the HCM assembly containing the HCM model as soon as such points occurred in constraints. This behaviour has now been changed. The geometry of parts, in particular isolated points of assemblies, will be interpreted as "fixed" by a HCM model existing in a contained part. Constraints between these geometries and the part coordinate system of the contained part can no longer be set. Already existing constraints will, of course, be preserved. However, constraints between the geometry and its sub-parts can still be set, which allows you to determine the position of the sub-parts.
  • Sketch HCM: Configurable use of external references
    In the Sketch HCM the constraints will now take into account whether the use of external references has been activated or deactivated. An external reference exists if a HCM constraint refers to a part that does not belong to this sketch.
  • Redesigned HCM window in the ICN
    The HCM window for the display of constraints in sketches and 3-D assemblies in the ICN has had a redesign, now featuring a new, modern Look & Feel and a multi-column display. Also, you can now use filters such as Deactivated constraints or Constraints with external references, or the new function Zoom to constraint.
  • Placing of HCM dimensions in case of geometry changes
    In older versions, HCM dimensions in sketches were placed with regard to their first base point. In case of geometry changes, the new dimension was placed in such a way that the length of the projection line of the first base point was identical to the length before the change, which frequently lead to unsatisfactory results. From SP2 onwards, the placement logic is different. The length of the shortest projection line after the change is now identical to the length of the shortest projection line before the change. In the process, cases may occur where the shortest projection line could be applied to different base points.
  • Changing HCM constraints while dialogue window is open
    You can now change HCM constraints directly in the model drawing even while a dialogue window is open. This concerns, for example, the dialogues of the functions Extruded solid, Revolved solid, C-edge sweep, Subtract or Add.
  • Improved performance
    • Recalculations in model drawings containing parts created with older HiCAD versions are now performed much faster: In tests we could measure a speed increase of more than 30%.
    • The performance has also been increased for working with sketches with thousands of graphical elements while the HCM is activated.
Sheet Metal
  • Settings from ABWPAR.DAT and ABWCOL.DAT moved to Configuration Editor
    The settings from the system files ABWPAR.DAT and ABWCOL.DAT have been moved to the Configuration Editor.
  • Sheet corner Design Variant
    The two Design Variants Sheet corner with stiffener (riveted) and Sheet corner with puzzle piece have been revised and combined into one function. This also allows the insertion of sheet corners without stiffener
    • Sheet corner with stiffener 
      Use this Design Variant to create a sheet corner with or without stiffener between 2 sheet flanges. The flanges can have different lengths and different bend angles.
    • Sheet corner with puzzle piece 
      Use this Design Variant to create a sheet corner with a puzzle piece between 2 sheet flanges. The flanges can have different lengths and different bend angles.
  • Folding with milling edge zone
    Composite sheets, such as ALUCOBOND panels, are folded along milling edges. The resulting milling edge zones differ geometrically from the cylindrical bend zones. Therefore, the Fold flange  function now offers the additional option to choose milling edge zones and milling tools.
  • Corner processing/Mitre
    With composite panels (e.g. ALUCOBOND) it is often necessary to process the edges in such a way that a milling edge occurs. For this reason, it is now possible to finish these flanges in Corner processing/Mitre within one sheet or between different sheets.
  • Sheet from circular arc
    When using the function New sheet along sketch  for the creation of a sheet from only one circular arc, one short, tangentially connected straight line element needed to be added at one end of that circular arc. To simplify things, this element will now be added by HiCAD automatically as a flange (double tolerance, i.e. 0.002 mm) at the start of the circular arc.
  • Development - Visualisation of direction arrow when cutting ALUCOBOND trays to size
    In previous versions the direction symbol for the processing direction was not visible in the DXF export if it was located on the rear side of the sheet development. On facade trays (e.g. ALUCOBOND trays) the direction symbol is often located on the front side of the trays. The development will then be carried out from the rear side in order to display the milling edges. Here, too, the direction symbol would not be visible in the export. To visualize the direction symbol on the other sheet side, choose Sheet development > Update> Default setting and then, in the opened dialogue window, click on the Extended settings icon. In the next dialogue window, open the Extended representation tab and activate the Always show direction symbol on both sheet sides checkbox to copy the symbol to the other side of the sheet.
  • Eternit
    HiCAD now also supports the placing of Eternit panels and the insertion of Eternit Tergo / Tergo+ undercut bores.
  • Workshop drawing: Dimensioning of sheets in sectional views
    For flange lengths of sheets in sectional views, the following base point will be dimensioned: for an exit angle of less than or equal to 90 degrees, the theoretical intersection point of the flange edge, and for an angle of less than 90 degrees, the tangential point on the bend zone edge will be dimensioned.
Steel Engineering / Management + BIM

Steel Engineering

  • Changed parameter configuration for Steel Engineering
    The HiCAD Parameter configurations for Steel/Metal Engineering have been changed, with the aim to make Steel Engineering workshop drawings clearer and better intelligible.
  • New parameters for section schemas in BOMs
    In the Configuration Editor at Steel Engineering, new parameters for section schemas in BOMs are now available. For example you can choose to which leg a specified angle in the section schema is to refer: Cross-section or Beam axis.
  • Base plate + Anchor plate (2101)
    On the Weld seams tab of the Base plate + Anchor plate dialogue window you can now choose the weld seam type for welded on plates. The tab has been expanded accordingly for this purpose.
  • Cross-bracing (2601)
    The previous Cross-bracing (1601) has had a redesign (analogous to Cross-bracing (2602)) and has been replaced with the new Cross-bracing (2601). Use this Design Variant to insert cross-bracings as stabilizing elements between 2, 3 or 4 beams or plates. When connecting profiles, you also have the option to mount the cross-bracing to already existing plates on the beams. This can make sense if, for instance, you want to insert  two cross-bracings between 2 beams, and the second cross-bracing is to be mounted to the gusset plates of the first cross-bracing. Also new is the possibility to insert cross-bracings between plates (without assignment to any beams).
  • Cross-bracing (2602)
    In previous versions,only plates could be selected as connecting plates. FromHiCAD 2019 SP2 onwards it is also possible to generate flat steels and wide steels.
  • Stabilizing pipe
    • As with the cross-bracings, you have now the option to use plates as gusset plates that already exist on a beam here, or to create a stabilizing pipe connection between two existing plates (that do not belong to any beam). The tab has been expanded accordingly for this purpose.
    • As with the cross-bracing, the selection box for connecting plates has been expanded, i.e. here, too, connections on flat steels and wide steels can be generated.
    • The insertion of gusset plates can now be deactivated if the stabilizing pipe is to be directly connected to the flange.
    • For stabilizing pipe connections, a vertical alignment of gusset plates to the beam is now even possible if the beams have been offset to each other.
  • Handrail parts
    From SP2 onwards, handrails can be divided, e.g. in order to insert plug-in profiles or flat steel joints in long railings. The division can be defined either by specifying the distance from the segment start, or by specifying the division point.
  • Curved railings
    From SP2 onwards, HiCAD allows the creation of curved railings in a plane. This applies to both railings along beams and railings along composite edges. However, this is only possible for curved beams or curved lines of a sketch. Curved beams placed along composite edges are currently not supported yet.
  • Glass insertion
    The previous functions Glass and Glass along sketch have been combined into a new function called Laminated glass, which allows the creation of both glass panes in glass fields and the creation of glass panes from sketches.
  • Nested sketch-based series beams and profiles
    User-defined, sketch-based series beams and profiles consisting of several parts may now be nested arbitrarily in assemblies and dummy parts (exception: CUTOUT, CONTOUR and GLASS).

Management + BIM

  • Remove project-dependency
    New in the menu Management+BIM > Extras > Information is the Remove project-dependency  function. Use this function to deactivate the project-dependency of the active assembly. This means that the article attribute STAHLBAUAUTO (Project-related checkbox) will be set to No, for both the assembly and all its sub-parts. In this way, the assembly will be defined as a part for reuse. As a result, it will keep its the article master, even if it is inserted in other projects.
  • Checkup and Release of production drawings
    Checkup and Release can now take place directly in the production drawing. In previous versions these options were greyed out if a production drawing had been loaded.
  • Article attributes for drawings with several parts
    As with detail drawings, you can now also transfer article attributes of individual parts to document attributes of drawings with multiple parts.
  • Rework of drawing
    When saving drawings that were created via Management+BIM, you have the option to execute an individual script for automatic reworking. There you can choose between detail drawings, drawings containing multiple parts, mounting drawings and customer drawings. Mark the corresponding entry in the listbox to determine for which drawing types a rework via script is to be carried out.  The scripts that are supplied together with HiCAD have already been predefined. These script templates can be expanded by any API commands. For example, you could insert a bitmap with a corresponding bar code into all detail drawings.
Element and Profile Installation

Element Installation

  • Mounting drawings for sub-structures
    You have now the option to automatically derive mounting drawings for sub-structures.
  • ALUCOBOND riveted with sub-structure
    Bores and rivets connecting element installations to sub-structures will now be adapted to the sub-structure in visibly riveted ALUCOBOND panels.
  • Shortening of sub-structures
    When inserting sub-structures, you can now define, for each graphical element, a separate shortening for the start and the end of beams.
  • Creation of wall brackets
    Use the Wall bracket function to automatically create wall brackets for sub-structures. These can be created not only on walls, but also on roofs, e.g. when inserting attics.
    You can create your own wall brackets, save them to the catalogue system and insert them automatically afterwards. These brackets can be conveniently created from wall consoles in the catalogue, e.g. from the new Hilti consoles for rear-ventilated facades.
    For a horizontal positioning of the wall brackets to the beams the new Wall bracket usage function usage has been added, which allows you to determine the distance of the wall brackets to the beam axes. In the Create Own Profiles for Sub-structures topic you can see a concrete example of how to use this function.
  • Eternit® installation elements
    HiCAD 2019 SP2 supports the installation of Eternit panels. Since EQUITONE Tergo elements must be installed according to certain static requirements, the new Create sketch for sub-structure function has been introduces, which automatically creates a sketch serving as the basis for a Tergo element installation.
  • ALUCOBOND® sub-structure: Reinforcing bracket for rear attic flange
    The new Insert reinforcing bracket option can be applied to ALUCOBOND suspended and ALUCOBOND SZ 20 sub-structures.
  • Enhancements for  riveted ALUCOBOND® tray panels
    • Riveted ALUCOBOND tray panels can now be placed on any rectangular and polygonal sketch areas. However, the setting options for vertical and horizontal section are greyed out here.
    • On the Global settings tab you can specify the diameter of the fixed point bores. The corner distances of the bores for rivets can now be specified on the Extended settings tab.
    • For the visibly riveted ALUCOBOND tray panels the processings on the panels result from the mounting to the sub-structure. These processings can then be changed on the the Extended settings tab. From SP2 onwards, these parameters can even be set if no sub-structure is used for the element installation.
  • Enhancements for ALUCOBOND® SZ20 tray panels
    • ALUCOBOND SZ 20 tray panels can now also be placed on triangular sketch areas.
    • Milling-oriented bend zone ends are now created for ALUCOBOND SZ 20 tray panels with the help of the new Sheet Metal function Trim corner.
    • Tthe tray panel depth can now be set on the Extensions for SZ-20 Standard tab.
  • Enhancements for  suspended ALUCOBOND® tray panels
    For suspended ALUCOBOND tray panels you can now specify the height and width of agraffes.
  • Customer-specific installation elements - Clearance
    For customer-specific installation elements the clearance can be preset in the appropriate catalogue table. When choosing the corresponding installation element in the Element installation dialogue, the clearance will be set to this value.

Profile Installation

  • Edge profiles
    Edges of profile installations can be finished with Edge profiles. A same-named tab has been added to the Profile installation dialogue window for this purpose.
  • Visualization for rigid joints
    If you use the joint type Rigid joint type for transverse joints, the selected direction and the selected distances will be visualized directly in the graphic by means of an arrow and cutting lines.
  • Additional BRUCHA panels for element/profile installation
    You can now find new panels with different sizes by the company Brucha for element and profile installations.
  • Show dispatch item numbers in ICN
    Thanks to the configurability of user-defined columns in the ICN it is now possible to display the dispatch item numbers directly in the ICN.
Pipeline planning / P&ID

Pipeline planning and Isometry

  • Part insertion - Ignore pipeline class
    When inserting parts you have now the option to temporarily ignore the pipe class.
  • Dynamic route change
    • Changed lengths
      Sections the length of which have been changed by a new route will now be represented as dashed lines. Also, you have now the option to show additional information by activating the corresponding checkboxes beneath Text display in the Change route dialogue window.
    • Use grid
      The dynamic route change is now supported by a grid. This can be useful if you want to move the connecting point of a pipe by a defined value in the direction of a connection that does not run along one of the axes of the currently active coordinate systems. The origin of the grid will always lie in the point to be moved in the process. The orientation will be selected in such a way that one of the axes of the grid runs in connection direction, and a second axis lies in the XY-plane of the active coordinate system. The grid is represented by dotted auxiliary lines, on which the current grid spacing is visualized by means of small spheres.
  • Check for Collisions of Pipelines with Rest of Model Drawing
    New in the Assign pull-down menu is the Collision check  function. This function checks whether a pipeline collides with other objects of the model drawing. It does not check whether parts of the pipeline collide with each other.
  • Revised automatic placing of parts on guidelines
    • Detail representation for a clearer overview
      For the sake of a clearer overview, a second window with an enlarged detail view of the current fitting situation will be shown. This means that the drawing area is split into two areas during automatic part placing: On the left an overview of the complete pipeline is shown; on the right, an enlarged representation of the concrete fitting situation is shown. In both representations, an arrow pointing at the current fitting situation is displayed. The direction of the arrow corresponds to the viewing direction in the detail view.
    • Placing of parts on pipeline sets
      From SP2 onwards it is possible to interpret several connected pipelines as one pipeline set and place parts on them in one step. Use the new Place parts on pipeline set option for this.
    • Reducers on guideline transitions
      Automatic placing of parts on guidelines also supports reducers on guideline transitions. The function will then place reducers in places where there is a transition between guidelines of different nominal widths.
    • Caps on free ends
      This option automatically places caps on vacant guideline ends (i.e. the start or end of a guideline). A guideline end is vacant if no part is located on the end point, and the end point is not located on the connection of a part that does not belong to the active pipeline.


  • Automatically hide layers for printouts
    You have now the option to specify layer-specific printing settings in the P+ID module via the Configuration Editor.
  • Configurable space widths for connection interruptions
    You have now the option to define the space widths of connection interruptions.
  • New procedure for creating new pipelines
    The procedure for creating new pipelines has been changed as follows:
    • When a new pipeline is created, no message appears any more.
    • The pipeline symbol is automatically inserted at a particular place.
    • The flow direction is set from start to destination.
    • You have the option to have pipeline numbers generated automatically.

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