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InstalSystem 5 is an incredibly ergonomic Open BIM tool for the designing and performing indoor heating, cooling and sanitary systems as well as heating load calculations.

Available modules in InstalSystem 5

modul bazowy
base module

The ‘Base module’ is the basis for every InstalSystem 5 package configuration, as it contains all elements, functionalities and tools that create a common working environment for all designing and calculation modules. The user sees the ‘Base module’ as two separate programs / windows:

InstalSystem Manager with the following functionalities:

  • Management of program activation and update as well as possibility of downloading older software package versions in order to process the already finished projects using the version upon which they have originally been prepared
  • Control of the possessed package configuration (information on the modules available in the package, software upgrade possibilities)
  • Management of projects (possibility of creating a new file project, opening an already existing project on a chosen program version, other operations regarding projects)
  • Access to our HelpSystem support platform
  • Possibility to report a problem encountered during work with the package directly to InstalSoft Support (Manager is equipped with a special form, the compilation of which facilitates report processing significantly)

InstalSystem Editor, which is the main window for project preparation with the following functionalities:

  • Possibility to elaborate many projects simultaneously (each is opened in a separate Editor window). While opening a new project, it is possible to use ready-made templates, that may contain various predefined settings adequate to a given project scope
  • Control of the project scope. In regard to the defined project scope, some of Editor functions, icons and elements will be hidden in order to enhance user-friendliness
  • General data and default data editing, as well as possibility of advanced editing of working screen and element layout
  • 2D plan view project editing. Automatic generation of a 3D model, that allows to preview the project as well as to edit it to a certain extent
  • Generation of plain schematic views for designed systems, their preview and modification
  • Printout of drawings and of table results as well as possibility to define various layouts for graphic printouts, prepared for each project individually. Possibility to use one of many already-made predefined table results scope
  • Research of elements or of group of elements in a project according to various research criteria. The latter may be personalized. Researched / found elements are highlighted in all views and tables, thus making it easy to discover the same element in various places of the program
  • Building structure editing – import and necessary modifications or graphic editing of the building structure providing basis for calculations and designing with use of other program modules. The building structure may be prepared in various scopes – as required by a given project – starting from simple room layout editing and finishing with a complete building structure comprising walls, ceilings, windows etc., allowing thus to perform full building heat loss calculations. Building structure editing is easier thanks to automated functions (automatic slab generation, wall generation on the basis of room outlines, possibility of declaring multi-storey walls and many others). Layout import of various formats (e.g. .dwg, .jpg, .PDF and others) may become the basis of building structure editing
  • Working environment customization: it is possible to save various window layouts for Editor, that are dedicated for different activities of various modules or for different types of projects, and to switch between them during work with the program. InstalSystem 5 also introduces the possibility to work with Editor windows on two different displays, which is a very convenient and recommended solution
IFC import bazowy
IFC import basis

The ‘IFC (BIM) import basis’ module allows you to import various objects of the IFC4 and IFC2x3 class (in the field of structures, installations and others), without their interpretation. It is possible to load multiple models at the same time. Objects are visible both for 2D Editor and 3D Viewer. Managing the imported model is possible thanks to the dedicated Project Browser and information visible in the Data Table. Objects from the model can be selected or hidden. They are also visible to the SNAP function when editing the remaining ranges in the 2D Editor. Models (as a whole) can be deleted or re-imported.

Models loaded with this module can be interpreted in terms of the building structure (see ‘IFC (BIM) building data interpretation’). The model geometry itself can serve as an underlay for installations designed in InstalSystem 5, without the need for interpretation. Working with the use of the model also allows to detect collisions of objects present in the IFC with the installation objects designed in InstalSystem 5. IFC models may be exported to DXF/DWG and PDF formats.

IFC interpretacja danych budynku
IFC building data interpretation

The ‘IFC (BIM) building data interpretation’ module enables highly automated interpretation of building structure objects imported from the IFC model. Interpretation covers such elements as: storeys (automatic or semi-automatic interpretation), walls with windows, doors and other openings, roofs, slabs with openings (automatic interpretation). A new feature is the automatic interpretation of rooms from ifcSpace objects.

The result of the interpretation is the appropriate native objects of the InstalSystem 5 software, forming a building structure ready for further editing and calculations. The resulting objects are independent of the loaded IFC model. This means that the building structure, obtained in such a highly automated manner, can be used for further design work in InstalSystem 5 – thermal calculations (heat load, energy performance) and as a basis for the design of heating, cooling and sanitary installations in the building.

straty ciepla
heat loss

The ‘Heat loss’ module allows to calculate design heat loss for rooms and for a whole building. The results of such calculations may create a point of reference for a heating system design. Such calculations are performed according to one of the norms available in the package. Current information on this scope are available in:

Implementation of data for heat loss calculations is based on the graphical model of a building, whose edition is allowed by the °Base module°. Revolutionary automation solutions in terms of completing data for heat loss calculations render obtaining complete and detailed heat loss calculations much faster and easier.

Essential functionalities of the module:

  • Calculations based on graphical elements, whose dimensions are automatically interpretated from the drawings / model
  • Full 3D building model with advanced possibilities of indicating elements and view configuration
  • Possibility to choose a calculation package norm to which printouts will be adjusted
  • Automatic partition dimensioning according to the standards included in a chosen norm
  • Easy declaration of most important building data in one place in the program. Information introduced in general data are propagated to building units and rooms
  • User-friendly design navigation – advanced tool supporting design navigation and a browser of elements based on detailed criterion selection
  • Automatic designation of linear bridges in the building
  • Automatic assignment of partition structure definitions to elements in the building, including the possibility to declare various default types and to declare criteria of their assignment to partitions of the same type, e.g. to external walls
  • Automatically generated graph of airflow in a building unit allowing to verify the ventilation airflow balance in a quick manner
  • Possibility to control condensation

The ‘Base module’ is the basis for every InstalSystem 5 package configuration, as it contains all elements, functionalities and tools that create a common working environment for all designing and calculation modules. The user sees the ‘Base module’ as two separate programs / windows:

InstalSystem Manager with the following functionalities:

  • Management of program activation and update as well as possibility of downloading older software package versions in order to process the already finished projects using the version upon which they have originally been prepared
  • Control of the possessed package configuration (information on the modules available in the package, software upgrade possibilities)
  • Management of projects (possibility of creating a new file project, opening an already existing project on a chosen program version, other operations regarding projects)
  • Access to our HelpSystem support platform
  • Possibility to report a problem encountered during work with the package directly to InstalSoft Support (Manager is equipped with a special form, the compilation of which facilitates report processing significantly)

InstalSystem Editor, which is the main window for project preparation with the following functionalities:

  • Possibility to elaborate many projects simultaneously (each is opened in a separate Editor window). While opening a new project, it is possible to use ready-made templates, that may contain various predefined settings adequate to a given project scope
  • Control of the project scope. In regard to the defined project scope, some of Editor functions, icons and elements will be hidden in order to enhance user-friendliness
  • General data and default data editing, as well as possibility of advanced editing of working screen and element layout
  • 2D plan view project editing. Automatic generation of a 3D model, that allows to preview the project as well as to edit it to a certain extent
  • Generation of plain schematic views for designed systems, their preview and modification
  • Printout of drawings and of table results as well as possibility to define various layouts for graphic printouts, prepared for each project individually. Possibility to use one of many already-made predefined table results scope
  • Research of elements or of group of elements in a project according to various research criteria. The latter may be personalized. Researched / found elements are highlighted in all views and tables, thus making it easy to discover the same element in various places of the program
  • Building structure editing – import and necessary modifications or graphic editing of the building structure providing basis for calculations and designing with use of other program modules. The building structure may be prepared in various scopes – as required by a given project – starting from simple room layout editing and finishing with a complete building structure comprising walls, ceilings, windows etc., allowing thus to perform full building heat loss calculations. Building structure editing is easier thanks to automated functions (automatic slab generation, wall generation on the basis of room outlines, possibility of declaring multi-storey walls and many others). Layout import of various formats (e.g. .dwg, .jpg, .PDF and others) may become the basis of building structure editing
  • Working environment customization: it is possible to save various window layouts for Editor, that are dedicated for different activities of various modules or for different types of projects, and to switch between them during work with the program. InstalSystem 5 also introduces the possibility to work with Editor windows on two different displays, which is a very convenient and recommended solution

The ‘IFC (BIM) import basis’ module allows you to import various objects of the IFC4 and IFC2x3 class (in the field of structures, installations and others), without their interpretation. It is possible to load multiple models at the same time. Objects are visible both for 2D Editor and 3D Viewer. Managing the imported model is possible thanks to the dedicated Project Browser and information visible in the Data Table. Objects from the model can be selected or hidden. They are also visible to the SNAP function when editing the remaining ranges in the 2D Editor. Models (as a whole) can be deleted or re-imported.

Models loaded with this module can be interpreted in terms of the building structure (see ‘IFC (BIM) building data interpretation’). The model geometry itself can serve as an underlay for installations designed in InstalSystem 5, without the need for interpretation. Working with the use of the model also allows to detect collisions of objects present in the IFC with the installation objects designed in InstalSystem 5. IFC models may be exported to DXF/DWG and PDF formats.

The ‘IFC (BIM) building data interpretation’ module enables highly automated interpretation of building structure objects imported from the IFC model. Interpretation covers such elements as: storeys (automatic or semi-automatic interpretation), walls with windows, doors and other openings, roofs, slabs with openings (automatic interpretation). A new feature is the automatic interpretation of rooms from ifcSpace objects.

The result of the interpretation is the appropriate native objects of the InstalSystem 5 software, forming a building structure ready for further editing and calculations. The resulting objects are independent of the loaded IFC model. This means that the building structure, obtained in such a highly automated manner, can be used for further design work in InstalSystem 5 – thermal calculations (heat load, energy performance) and as a basis for the design of heating, cooling and sanitary installations in the building.

The ‘Heat loss’ module allows to calculate design heat loss for rooms and for a whole building. The results of such calculations may create a point of reference for a heating system design. Such calculations are performed according to one of the norms available in the package. Current information on this scope are available in:

Implementation of data for heat loss calculations is based on the graphical model of a building, whose edition is allowed by the °Base module°. Revolutionary automation solutions in terms of completing data for heat loss calculations render obtaining complete and detailed heat loss calculations much faster and easier.

Essential functionalities of the module:

  • Calculations based on graphical elements, whose dimensions are automatically interpretated from the drawings / model
  • Full 3D building model with advanced possibilities of indicating elements and view configuration
  • Possibility to choose a calculation package norm to which printouts will be adjusted
  • Automatic partition dimensioning according to the standards included in a chosen norm
  • Easy declaration of most important building data in one place in the program. Information introduced in general data are propagated to building units and rooms
  • User-friendly design navigation – advanced tool supporting design navigation and a browser of elements based on detailed criterion selection
  • Automatic designation of linear bridges in the building
  • Automatic assignment of partition structure definitions to elements in the building, including the possibility to declare various default types and to declare criteria of their assignment to partitions of the same type, e.g. to external walls
  • Automatically generated graph of airflow in a building unit allowing to verify the ventilation airflow balance in a quick manner
  • Possibility to control condensation
certyfikaty energetyczne
energy certificates

This module allows to prepare certificate of energy characteristics for buildings without cooling systems (which is under development). Such a certificate may be exported to an XML file in order to import it into the central energy performance certificate register. Moreover, it is possible to print the design energy characteristic. The module requires access to another one, that is to say the ‘Heat loss’ module for calculations of design heat loss.

Applied norms/regulations:

  1. Regulation of the Minister of Investment and Economic Development of 06th September 2019 changing the regulation on the methodology of calculating energy characteristics of a building or of a part of a building and preparing energy performance certificates
  2. Regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure and Development of 27th February on the methodology of calculating energy characteristics of a building or of a part of a building and preparing energy performance certificates
  3. PN-EN ISO 13790 Energy performance of buildings – Calculation of energy use for space heating and cooling
  4. Notice of the Minister of Investment and Economic Development of 08th April 2019 on the publication of the consolidated text of the regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure on technical conditions which should be fulfilled by buildings and their location

systemy grzewcze
heating systems

The module provides the possibility of designing any heating system, including network and fitting sizing and hydronic balancing. Any kind of heating terminal (including fan-coils) is simulated by a ‘Receptor with known hydraulic resistance’. Together with the ‘Radiator sizing’ module, convective radiator systems can be designed. Together with the ‘Radiant systems’ module, the following radiant systems can be designed: floors (including those with return temperature limiter), walls, ceilings. In combination with the ‘Panel systems’ module, modular panel systems can be designed. In projects with a common heat source for both convective and radiant systems, it is possible to use mixers or pump-mixing sets to obtain temperatures appropriate for radiant systems.

systemy chlodnicze
cooling systems

The module provides the possibility of designing cooling system (it is equivalent to the ‘Heating systems’ module). It supports various types of convection receivers (fan-coils, passive refrigeration beams) simulated by a common ‘Receptor’ with imposed resistance. Together with the ‘Radiant systems’ module, the following radiant systems can be designed: floors, walls, ceilings. In combination with the ‘Radiant panels’ module, panel systems can be designed in cooling mode. In both cases, cooling calculations can be made regardless of the heating mode. In projects with a common source for convective and radiant systems, it is possible to use mixers or pump-mixing sets to obtain temperatures appropriate for radiant systems.

dobor grzejnikow
radiator sizing

The module enables:

  • Editing in the project (inserting and data edition)
  • Sizing
  • Hydraulic calculations
  • Listing in a bill of materials of convective radiators – from catalogs (neutral or company) or not from catalogs, as well as fittings integrated with them (‘subordinate elements’)

The entire installation is calculated in accordance with the ‘Heating systems’ module (two-pipe installations only).

Module uses installation data and (not obligatorily) building structure, entered graphically in a specialized editor, and in cooperating modules.

This module allows to prepare certificate of energy characteristics for buildings without cooling systems (which is under development). Such a certificate may be exported to an XML file in order to import it into the central energy performance certificate register. Moreover, it is possible to print the design energy characteristic. The module requires access to another one, that is to say the ‘Heat loss’ module for calculations of design heat loss.

Applied norms/regulations:

  1. Regulation of the Minister of Investment and Economic Development of 06th September 2019 changing the regulation on the methodology of calculating energy characteristics of a building or of a part of a building and preparing energy performance certificates
  2. Regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure and Development of 27th February on the methodology of calculating energy characteristics of a building or of a part of a building and preparing energy performance certificates
  3. PN-EN ISO 13790 Energy performance of buildings – Calculation of energy use for space heating and cooling
  4. Notice of the Minister of Investment and Economic Development of 08th April 2019 on the publication of the consolidated text of the regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure on technical conditions which should be fulfilled by buildings and their location

The module provides the possibility of designing any heating system, including network and fitting sizing and hydronic balancing. Any kind of heating terminal (including fan-coils) is simulated by a ‘Receptor with known hydraulic resistance’. Together with the ‘Radiator sizing’ module, convective radiator systems can be designed. Together with the ‘Radiant systems’ module, the following radiant systems can be designed: floors (including those with return temperature limiter), walls, ceilings. In combination with the ‘Panel systems’ module, modular panel systems can be designed. In projects with a common heat source for both convective and radiant systems, it is possible to use mixers or pump-mixing sets to obtain temperatures appropriate for radiant systems.

The module provides the possibility of designing cooling system (it is equivalent to the ‘Heating systems’ module). It supports various types of convection receivers (fan-coils, passive refrigeration beams) simulated by a common ‘Receptor’ with imposed resistance. Together with the ‘Radiant systems’ module, the following radiant systems can be designed: floors, walls, ceilings. In combination with the ‘Radiant panels’ module, panel systems can be designed in cooling mode. In both cases, cooling calculations can be made regardless of the heating mode. In projects with a common source for convective and radiant systems, it is possible to use mixers or pump-mixing sets to obtain temperatures appropriate for radiant systems.

The module enables:

  • Editing in the project (inserting and data edition)
  • Sizing
  • Hydraulic calculations
  • Listing in a bill of materials of convective radiators – from catalogs (neutral or company) or not from catalogs, as well as fittings integrated with them (‘subordinate elements’)

The entire installation is calculated in accordance with the ‘Heating systems’ module (two-pipe installations only).

Module uses installation data and (not obligatorily) building structure, entered graphically in a specialized editor, and in cooperating modules.

systemy plaszczyznowe
radiant systems

systemy panelowe
panel systems

The module enables to design heating and/or cooling prefaricated (ceilng, wall) panels. It supports prefabricated panels with loops placed in the filling (plaster, graphite or other) and appended steel panels. Such elements may be installed on the partition structure, on a metal framing (e.g. in appended ceilings) or appended as separate units (in case of appended panels).

  • The most important functionalities of the module:
    • Automatic completion of a given zone with ceiling panels (taking into consideration the panel’s type, optional dimensions and additional geopmetric guidelines)
    • Possibility to arrange ceiling and wall panels manually
    • Possibility to join panels as sets in series
    • Calculation o thermal (heating and/or cooling) output on the basis of catalogue data and working parameters of the system (i.e. deltaT, ti) according:
    • Hydraulic calculations, including calculation of deltaT for the medium flowing in the panel or in a set of panels in series in order to obtain required thermal output and hydraulic resistance according to:
    • Diagnostics for exceeding max. velocity of medium flow in the panel
    • Diagnostics for exceeding admissible pressure loss (dpmax) in the panel
    • Diagnostics of laminar flow and subsequent output loss
  • Additional functionalities for Zehnder radiant panels:
    • Automatic distribution of panels according to Zehnder’s know-how in order to obtain equal radiation for the heated room
    • Diagnostics of min. required number of panel rows (if specified by the user) in order to obtain equal radiation for the heated room

ulozenie plyt systemu suchego
dry systems board arrangement

The ‘Dry system board arrangement’ module extends the functionality offered by the ‘Radiant systems’ module (in terms of underfloor heating systems) with the possibility of using dry system boards in the project. The module offers the following additional functionality:

  • Precise listing the number of system boards based on the plan view with the inserted dry system boards:
    • Boards variants: main, transit etc. are defined in the ‘Catalogs of surface heating / cooling systems (basic)’
    • The lamellas are integrated with the boards (not separately inserted)
  • Automatic filling of the indicated area with boards, with automatic trimming the boards to the edge of the room
  • Possibility of quick manual boards arrangement, supported by the operating modes (AUTO and ORTO)
  • Possibility of further use of trimmed pieces of boards, which positively influences the optimization of bill of materials
  • Visualization of boards in 3D and on printouts
  • Automatic generation of loop drawings in an appropriate layout with the possibility of manual corrections supported by a drawing grid (GRID mode)

List of standards and methods used for sizing and calculations

stacje mieszkaniowe
flat stations

The module allows to use flat stations within the building’s technical infrastructure. Flat stations are represented in the program by a single-unit system element with precisely defined system connection points and with the possibility to customize its sub-elements and accessories.

  • Use of flat stations in designs:
    • Preparation (heating) of domestic hot water by an installed plate heat exchanger
    • Distribution of the medium in the flat heating (convective and radiant) system
  • Chosen essential functionalities realised by the module:
    • Sizing of the installation feeding the stations
    • Diagnostics of the necessary domestic hot water exchanger to obtain required outflow and heating of the domestic water with defined temperature of feeding the station with heating medium (exchanger dimensions are chosen manually by the user)
    • Calculation of required supply system output which feeds the flat system installation
  • Additional functions available for the Kamo stations:
    • Calculations and presentation of the required buffer recipient capacity in the installation feeding flat stations according to the original KAMO methodology

The module enables to design heating and/or cooling prefaricated (ceilng, wall) panels. It supports prefabricated panels with loops placed in the filling (plaster, graphite or other) and appended steel panels. Such elements may be installed on the partition structure, on a metal framing (e.g. in appended ceilings) or appended as separate units (in case of appended panels).

  • The most important functionalities of the module:
    • Automatic completion of a given zone with ceiling panels (taking into consideration the panel’s type, optional dimensions and additional geopmetric guidelines)
    • Possibility to arrange ceiling and wall panels manually
    • Possibility to join panels as sets in series
    • Calculation o thermal (heating and/or cooling) output on the basis of catalogue data and working parameters of the system (i.e. deltaT, ti) according:
    • Hydraulic calculations, including calculation of deltaT for the medium flowing in the panel or in a set of panels in series in order to obtain required thermal output and hydraulic resistance according to:
    • Diagnostics for exceeding max. velocity of medium flow in the panel
    • Diagnostics for exceeding admissible pressure loss (dpmax) in the panel
    • Diagnostics of laminar flow and subsequent output loss
  • Additional functionalities for Zehnder radiant panels:
    • Automatic distribution of panels according to Zehnder’s know-how in order to obtain equal radiation for the heated room
    • Diagnostics of min. required number of panel rows (if specified by the user) in order to obtain equal radiation for the heated room

The ‘Dry system board arrangement’ module extends the functionality offered by the ‘Radiant systems’ module (in terms of underfloor heating systems) with the possibility of using dry system boards in the project. The module offers the following additional functionality:

  • Precise listing the number of system boards based on the plan view with the inserted dry system boards:
    • Boards variants: main, transit etc. are defined in the ‘Catalogs of surface heating / cooling systems (basic)’
    • The lamellas are integrated with the boards (not separately inserted)
  • Automatic filling of the indicated area with boards, with automatic trimming the boards to the edge of the room
  • Possibility of quick manual boards arrangement, supported by the operating modes (AUTO and ORTO)
  • Possibility of further use of trimmed pieces of boards, which positively influences the optimization of bill of materials
  • Visualization of boards in 3D and on printouts
  • Automatic generation of loop drawings in an appropriate layout with the possibility of manual corrections supported by a drawing grid (GRID mode)

List of standards and methods used for sizing and calculations

The module allows to use flat stations within the building’s technical infrastructure. Flat stations are represented in the program by a single-unit system element with precisely defined system connection points and with the possibility to customize its sub-elements and accessories.

  • Use of flat stations in designs:
    • Preparation (heating) of domestic hot water by an installed plate heat exchanger
    • Distribution of the medium in the flat heating (convective and radiant) system
  • Chosen essential functionalities realised by the module:
    • Sizing of the installation feeding the stations
    • Diagnostics of the necessary domestic hot water exchanger to obtain required outflow and heating of the domestic water with defined temperature of feeding the station with heating medium (exchanger dimensions are chosen manually by the user)
    • Calculation of required supply system output which feeds the flat system installation
  • Additional functions available for the Kamo stations:
    • Calculations and presentation of the required buffer recipient capacity in the installation feeding flat stations according to the original KAMO methodology
hydrauliczne wezly regulacyjne
hydraulic control loops

Hydraulic control loops are pre-defined set of elements (blocks with 2 entry points and 2 exit points, pump, balancing valves, etc.) saved in manufacturers catalogue, implemented in a manner consistent with the requirements of the manufacturer of this system in scope of:

  • Balancing and regulating the installation
  • Sizing of valve diameters
  • Determination of valve settings
  • Determination of pump working parameters
  • Observing and diagnostics of other guidelines (e.g. required valve authority or preferred settings)

Hydraulic control loops are a unique configuration distinguishing feature of the program because they are prepared to meet specific customer requirements and their functionality is impossible to implement with elements and functions available as standard in the program. The use of hydraulic control loops in the project is simple and limited to inserting the finished block, from a dedicated additional toolbar tab, into the selected installation location. Configuration of hydraulic control loops allows their wide application in heating and cooling installations (receptors of various types and surface systems) eliminating, at the same time, potential and difficult to diagnose design errors (e.g. by limiting the availability of valves that cannot be used in specific installation solutions).

In InstalSystem 5, the possibility of using hydraulic control loops depends on the availability of a separate module package configuration called ‘Hydraulic control loops’ and the required catalogues.

instalacje wodociagowe
tap water systems

The module provides the ability to design water supply systems (hot and cold water, hot water circulation network). Includes graphical editing in the project, pipes and fittings sizing, 2D and 3D drawing presentation, hydraulic calculations, bill of materials. Sanitary accessories can be associated with water draw-off points, which results in a complete installation model together with sanitary equipment of the rooms.

When creating a project, a 3D model is created, which preview can be used to check compliance with the expected state. Model visualization may include installations designed (or designed) in other modules of the InstalSystem 5 package.

Hot and cold water residential installations can form rings (configuration extension required with the ‘Tap water extensions’ module). It is possible to use “Flat station” elements as water heaters (configuration extension with the ‘Flat stations’ module required).

rozszerzenia obliczen instalacji wodociagowych
tap water extensions

Extension to the ‘Water supply installations’. It provides additional advanced features in water supply design that go beyond the basic needs of some markets. Currently they are:

instalacje kanalizacyjne dostepny wkrotce
domestic wastewater gravity systems

The module provides the possibility of designing internal gravity sanitary sewage systems. It includes graphic editing, selection of pipelines (pipe diameters, fittings), 2D and 3D drawing presentation, bill of materials. It takes into account sanitary appliances placed in rooms, which results in a complete model of the installation including sanitary equipment in rooms. In the course of project creation, a 3D model of the project is created, the preview of which can be used to control compliance with the expected state on an ongoing basis.  The model takes into account the designed gradients of pipe-runs. Visualisation of the model can take into account installations designed (or in progress of designing) in other modules of InstalSystem 5 package, in particular the ‘Tap water systems’ module.

Hydraulic control loops are pre-defined set of elements (blocks with 2 entry points and 2 exit points, pump, balancing valves, etc.) saved in manufacturers catalogue, implemented in a manner consistent with the requirements of the manufacturer of this system in scope of:

  • Balancing and regulating the installation
  • Sizing of valve diameters
  • Determination of valve settings
  • Determination of pump working parameters
  • Observing and diagnostics of other guidelines (e.g. required valve authority or preferred settings)

Hydraulic control loops are a unique configuration distinguishing feature of the program because they are prepared to meet specific customer requirements and their functionality is impossible to implement with elements and functions available as standard in the program. The use of hydraulic control loops in the project is simple and limited to inserting the finished block, from a dedicated additional toolbar tab, into the selected installation location. Configuration of hydraulic control loops allows their wide application in heating and cooling installations (receptors of various types and surface systems) eliminating, at the same time, potential and difficult to diagnose design errors (e.g. by limiting the availability of valves that cannot be used in specific installation solutions).

In InstalSystem 5, the possibility of using hydraulic control loops depends on the availability of a separate module package configuration called ‘Hydraulic control loops’ and the required catalogues.

The module provides the ability to design water supply systems (hot and cold water, hot water circulation network). Includes graphical editing in the project, pipes and fittings sizing, 2D and 3D drawing presentation, hydraulic calculations, bill of materials. Sanitary accessories can be associated with water draw-off points, which results in a complete installation model together with sanitary equipment of the rooms.

When creating a project, a 3D model is created, which preview can be used to check compliance with the expected state. Model visualization may include installations designed (or designed) in other modules of the InstalSystem 5 package.

Hot and cold water residential installations can form rings (configuration extension required with the ‘Tap water extensions’ module). It is possible to use “Flat station” elements as water heaters (configuration extension with the ‘Flat stations’ module required).

Extension to the ‘Water supply installations’. It provides additional advanced features in water supply design that go beyond the basic needs of some markets. Currently they are:

The module provides the possibility of designing internal gravity sanitary sewage systems. It includes graphic editing, selection of pipelines (pipe diameters, fittings), 2D and 3D drawing presentation, bill of materials. It takes into account sanitary appliances placed in rooms, which results in a complete model of the installation including sanitary equipment in rooms. In the course of project creation, a 3D model of the project is created, the preview of which can be used to control compliance with the expected state on an ongoing basis.  The model takes into account the designed gradients of pipe-runs. Visualisation of the model can take into account installations designed (or in progress of designing) in other modules of InstalSystem 5 package, in particular the ‘Tap water systems’ module.

interfejs VDI dla grzejnikow
VDI radiators interface

Interface for importing technical data of products contained in the files of the German open standard VDI (VDI 3805-6). The files themselves are not produced or distributed by InstalSoft – they are available on the websites of German software developers, radiator manufacturers and others.

The data contained in the files are processed to a limited extent (not all information is used by the program).

interfejs VDI dla zaworow
VDI valves interface

Interface for importing technical data of products contained in the files of the German open VDI standard (there are several versions of the specification of this standard). These files are not produced or distributed by InstalSoft – they are available on the websites of German software developers, valve manufacturers and others.

Data contained in the files are processed to a limited extent (not all information is used by the program). In particular, not all valve types are supported – unsupported types are not “seen” by IS programs. Currently only valves for heating applications are supported (VDI 3805 Blatt 2).

eksport instalacji grzewczej i chlodzacej IFC
IFC heating/cooling system export

The ‘IFC (BIM) heating/cooling system export’ module enables the export of various IFC4 class objects in the field of heating/cooling installation.

The program exports installation projects designed in InstalSystem 5 to the IFC format, that entering the BIM path.

The installation is exported based on the 3D model of the installation and is part of the IFC Reference View export method defined by buildingSMART. The installation export contains basic information about the name of objects and their properties, as well as an exact geometric representation of the objects.

The elements such as Pipe-run, Pipe feed, Loop, Double apartment manifold and elements from the Valve category are currently subject to extended parameterization. All items with a catalog code are exported with this code.

eksport konstrukcji budynku dostepny wkrotce
IFC building structure elements export

The ‘IFC (BIM) building structure elements export’ module enables the export of various IFC4 class objects in the field of building structure (horizontal/vertical partitions, sub-partitions and rooms along with their technical and calculation parameters).

The program exports construction projects designed in InstalSystem 5 to the IFC format, that entering the BIM path.

The building structure is exported based on the 3D model of the building and is part of the IFC Reference View export method defined by buildingSMART. The building export contains basic information about the name of objects and their properties, as well as an exact geometric representation of the objects.

Interface for importing technical data of products contained in the files of the German open standard VDI (VDI 3805-6). The files themselves are not produced or distributed by InstalSoft – they are available on the websites of German software developers, radiator manufacturers and others.

The data contained in the files are processed to a limited extent (not all information is used by the program).

Interface for importing technical data of products contained in the files of the German open VDI standard (there are several versions of the specification of this standard). These files are not produced or distributed by InstalSoft – they are available on the websites of German software developers, valve manufacturers and others.

Data contained in the files are processed to a limited extent (not all information is used by the program). In particular, not all valve types are supported – unsupported types are not “seen” by IS programs. Currently only valves for heating applications are supported (VDI 3805 Blatt 2).

The ‘IFC (BIM) heating/cooling system export’ module enables the export of various IFC4 class objects in the field of heating/cooling installation.

The program exports installation projects designed in InstalSystem 5 to the IFC format, that entering the BIM path.

The installation is exported based on the 3D model of the installation and is part of the IFC Reference View export method defined by buildingSMART. The installation export contains basic information about the name of objects and their properties, as well as an exact geometric representation of the objects.

The elements such as Pipe-run, Pipe feed, Loop, Double apartment manifold and elements from the Valve category are currently subject to extended parameterization. All items with a catalog code are exported with this code.

The ‘IFC (BIM) building structure elements export’ module enables the export of various IFC4 class objects in the field of building structure (horizontal/vertical partitions, sub-partitions and rooms along with their technical and calculation parameters).

The program exports construction projects designed in InstalSystem 5 to the IFC format, that entering the BIM path.

The building structure is exported based on the 3D model of the building and is part of the IFC Reference View export method defined by buildingSMART. The building export contains basic information about the name of objects and their properties, as well as an exact geometric representation of the objects.

eksport instalacji wodociagowej IFC
IFC tap water system export

The ‘IFC (BIM) tap water system export’ module enables the export of various IFC4 class objects in the field of water supply installation.

The program exports installation projects designed in InstalSystem 5 to the IFC format, that entering the BIM path.

The installation is exported based on the 3D model of the installation and is part of the IFC Reference View export method defined by buildingSMART. The installation export contains basic information about the name of objects and their properties, as well as an exact geometric representation of the objects.

The elements such as Pipe-run and elements from the Valve category are currently subject to extended parameterization. All items with a catalog code are exported with this code.

eksport instalacji kanalizacyjnej IFC
IFC sewage system export

IFC SEWAGE SYSTEM EXPORT

The ‘IFC (BIM) sewage system export’ module enables the export of various IFC4 class objects in the field of domestic wastewater gravity systems.

The program exports installation projects designed in InstalSystem 5 to the IFC format, that entering the BIM path.

The installation is exported based on the 3D model of the installation and is part of the IFC Reference View export method defined by buildingSMART. The installation export contains basic information about the name of objects and their properties, as well as an exact geometric representation of the objects.

The elements such as Gravity sanitary drainage pipe-run (planned further development) and Drainage ventilating pipe run (planned further development) are currently subject to extended parameterization. All items with a catalog code are exported with this code. The export of the domestic wastewater gravity systems is performed with the Junction element.

przetwarzanie zestawienia materialow
material list processing

A set of functionalities including the processing of a bill of materials in the areas of: pricing, bill processing, exports to specialized material formats.

import gbXML prototyp
gbXML building data import – prototype

In InstalSystem 5 there is available, implemented prototype data import from the gbXML (Green Building XML) format, which is part of the BIM technology. Import includes elements of the building structure: floors, rooms, walls with windows, doors and other openings.

The ‘IFC (BIM) tap water system export’ module enables the export of various IFC4 class objects in the field of water supply installation.

The program exports installation projects designed in InstalSystem 5 to the IFC format, that entering the BIM path.

The installation is exported based on the 3D model of the installation and is part of the IFC Reference View export method defined by buildingSMART. The installation export contains basic information about the name of objects and their properties, as well as an exact geometric representation of the objects.

The elements such as Pipe-run and elements from the Valve category are currently subject to extended parameterization. All items with a catalog code are exported with this code.

IFC SEWAGE SYSTEM EXPORT

The ‘IFC (BIM) sewage system export’ module enables the export of various IFC4 class objects in the field of domestic wastewater gravity systems.

The program exports installation projects designed in InstalSystem 5 to the IFC format, that entering the BIM path.

The installation is exported based on the 3D model of the installation and is part of the IFC Reference View export method defined by buildingSMART. The installation export contains basic information about the name of objects and their properties, as well as an exact geometric representation of the objects.

The elements such as Gravity sanitary drainage pipe-run (planned further development) and Drainage ventilating pipe run (planned further development) are currently subject to extended parameterization. All items with a catalog code are exported with this code. The export of the domestic wastewater gravity systems is performed with the Junction element.

A set of functionalities including the processing of a bill of materials in the areas of: pricing, bill processing, exports to specialized material formats.

In InstalSystem 5 there is available, implemented prototype data import from the gbXML (Green Building XML) format, which is part of the BIM technology. Import includes elements of the building structure: floors, rooms, walls with windows, doors and other openings.

Available market versions


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Austria
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Romania
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Serbia
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Ukraine
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Discover the advantages of our software


InstalSystem 5 – the newest generation of software for sanitary system designers – has been created based on our 20-year experience of cooperation with designers and leading sanitary system and sanitary device manufacturers.

All the ideas and requests reported by InstalSystem 4 uses have allowed us to create an enhanced designing concept transformed into specific modules, functionalities, and tools. In this way, we have created a revolutionary tool, which defines a new quality in the engineering software market.

Enhanced ergonomics


The InstalSystem 5 package offers a variety of functionalities and tools improving working velocity and comfort. Some of them are simple, some of them are complex – their common goals are to elevate ergonomics to a higher level. Read about or chosen new tools and functionalities.

Integration of functionality modules


Thanks to the integration of functionality modules in one application, there is no need to ski between different programs all the time.

In order to design or verify an already designed installation project, you just need to switch the editing scope. Configurable visibiiity of particular editing scopes (with visible systems being designed) allows to easily predict and remove collisions. Moreover, an underlay or a prepared building structure, once they have been loaded, are used to create a complex project containing various types of systems. Drawing printouts may include all the designed systems or a part of them.

Configurable user interface


Thanks to the possibility of configuring and saving various window layouts, it is possible to optimally plan and position all program windows.

For each of the subsequent stages of the project implementation, by saving and then selecting the appropriate composition from the list, you can quickly obtain the arrangement that makes work most comfortable and effective. The most frequently used functions and tools may be assigned keyboard shortcuts. Similarly, the set of functions visible after pressing the right mouse button is fully customizable.

General data and project templates


Set of project default data, optionally together with graphic elements, can be saved as project templates.

In this way, having created an appropriate number of predefined templates for typical designs, the designer avoids the necessity to multiply the same preparatory activities before starting work on next designs. Thanks to the hereditary system, general data are propagated to system elements introduced in the design. The “computer” or the “pencil” symbol displayed next to a given data field informs us whether the value comes from general data (or catalogue data) or it has been modified individually.

Filters and catalogue browser


The InstalSystem 5 package has been equipped with hundreds of product libraries for system designing.

It is much easier to find the proper one thanks to advanced catalogue filters, which limit the number of displayed libraries to those containing a given product group (e.g. radiators, flat stations, valves for sanitary systems etc.). As an alternative, one may use the catalogue browser by entering a proper sequence of symbols (e.g. system, product or producer name). Icons presented in the right-hand side of each catalogue inform about element types included in the catalogue and about availability of additional graphical information on the products.

Interactive connection of program windows


Interactive connection of program windows allows to quickly find and highlight a chosen system element in all active program windows.

It can be done in the plan view, in the schematic view, in the 3D view or in the results table. Additionally, having placed the cursor on a given element, a hint with particular technical data and parameters is displayed. It facilitates the analysis of a given project, its calculation results and makes it easier to find the reason of issues shown by the program diagnostics.

Hints on resolving typical design problems


In case often-type errors or problems are diagnosed, the program sends the user directly to the HelpSystem platform articles with dedicated links.

Such articles include typical problem reasons and hints on how to resolve them. The article opens automatically after having clicked the “?” symbol next to a given diagnostics hint.

Graphical and textual information on products


Additional possibility to display images of whole systems and their parts along with information from the producer’s website.

It facilitates the choice of the right product. Material list printouts may also contain photos as well as additional element description, which renders the design documentation much more complete and visually attractive.

Easy and fast access to older versions of the program


During the first phase of file opening, the program recognizes the version on which the file has been saved.

By choosing the newest or an older version of the program, the designer gains control on the status of the application which runs the calculations and material list, he/she also controls the product libraries to be used in the design. In such a way, the problem with the lack of access to products, which may be eliminated during the work on a given project for the manufacturer’s assortment changes, has been eliminated.

64-bit architecture


The new software generation uses the full 64-bit architecture and the newest graphics engines.

Never before have the InstalSoft programs been working in such a smooth way with such large objects (over 100 mb). With accurate hardware, you will have the opportunity to work with the most demanding objects. It also concerns objects of BIM-process provenance. Also various standard editing operations have been accelerated, and the calculation time has become 50% more optimised.

Design process automation


System models, currently designed in engineering programs, should carry data and parameters, which allow the program to perform complex calculations, which, in the past, were performed independently from the graphical design. Some of project phases, required to obtain a complete computational model with design documentation, were work- and time-consuming, meanwhile model corrections were very problematic – until now. Thanks to a long-life cooperation with industry designers as well as InstalSoft engineers’ creativity, great amount of these phases have been enhanced and automated. Read about just some of the improvements.

3D building structure and system model


3D model in the InstalSystem package is created automatically on the basis of plan view designs and other data of particular elements.

New additional tools support and accelerate the creation of a 3D model, among which: general data, possibility to copy whole storeys (or system fragments on storeys above/below), stack risers covering appropriate storey scope automatically. The 3D model allows us to open up to the BIM process.

Building structure preparation


The procedure of building structure preparation in the InstalSystem 5 package is similar to the real process of creating a building structure, it is also very fast and intuitive.

Having prepared the rooms and the building contour as well as having run the function “Automatic walls, slabs and roofs” all walls, interstorey slabs, roofs and floors are generated automatically. For such a generated building body, you just have to insert a roof, windows and doors, thus obtaining a complete building structure. We also allow our designers to use the highly automated process of obtaining the building structure out of IFC files.

Calculation of heat loss for rooms and buildings


Based on heat partition definition, the InstalSystem 5 package automatically assigns heating parameters to accurate design partitions.

Interstorey slabs are divided into separate heat partitions when they are situated above a number of rooms with potentially different internal temperature (the roof is divided analogously). In buildings with cellars, the part of wall laying below the ground is detected automatically, and the “Ground modeling” function  allows to define external walls in contact with the ground in a precise manner. In order to facilitate the analysis of ventilation airflow, a balance and a diagram of ventilation airflow with airflow values are created.

Division of heating/cooling zones into required number of loops


After inserting heating/cooling zones, the InstalSystem 5 package divides them into a required number of loops automatically.

One of the division criteria is “according to equal pressure losses” – it is particularly useful wit large spaces, in which the medium is Tichelmann distributed (without flow regulation at the manifold). The division of zones according to this criterium allows to obtain a similar loop length (in manifold systems including loop length) in all circuits.

Designing of loops between the manifold and heating zones


For an indicated pipe feed route, the InstalSystem 5 package generates such feeds in a required amount and with correct pipe spacing automatically.

All the modifications in the design, which result in a change of the required pipe feeds or spacing between them, generate correct pipe feeds.

Panel / ceiling panel systems arrangement


“Panels zone” allows to fill the whole ceiling zone or its section with radiant panels.

Such automation is performed based on the manufacturer’s guidelines (stored in the program libraries) or the program user.

Generation of system schematic views


Having created a system with use of plan and 3D view, it is possible to generate schematic views in (literally!) few mouse clicks.

Thanks to all available tools, you may easily steer the particularity of information presented in the schematic view.

Design documentation


All design documentation elements are generated automatically with the possibility to modify both style and scope of presented information.

Starting with floor and ceiling heating-cooling system loops and finishing with additional graphical information, such as element labels, graphical cross-sections of radiant systems, and manifold or design tables.

Calculations and material list


Just one click runs complex calculations. Their scope depends on the number of modules available in a given configuration.

You can also generate complex material lists containing all elements necessary to create a system with use of manufacturers’ libraries or neutral ones.

New functionalities, new tools, new system elements


Design process evolution and the growing popularity of new installation systems, which respond to higher and more differentiated expectations of investors and designers, have resulted in new modules and new installation systems in the InstalSystem 5 package.

Radiant cooling


We have extended our new generation with the possibility to design radiant cooling systems, which are placed in floors, walls or ceilings.

Depending on the chosen priority, it is possible to size the system and its parameters in order to cover heating demand (with checking cooling output) or, as an alternative, to cover cooling demand. A particular and automatically-created design documentation allows to analyze the system parameters and all elements necessary to create it.

Wall and ceiling panels


Both in heating and cooling system design, it is possible to use numerous libraries of prefabricated wall and ceiling panels.

Such solutions are much more popular thanks to their easy and quick assembly, lower thermal inertia as opposed to traditional radiant systems, and much more affordable prices. A very interesting and much more commonly used solution is the montage of panels on the slants of habitable attics or lofts, which can also be easily designed with the InstalSystem 5 package.

Appended radiant ceiling panels


Based on the producer’s know-how or the designer’s guidelines, a new “Panel zone” located in a chosen place is filled automatically.

The next thing to do is calculating and balancing the flows in such a system in order to achieve the required heating (or cooling) output.

Flat stations


Thanks to integrating all computational modules in one InstalSystem 5 package, it is possible to design, as complex as never before, heating and cooling systems with use of flat stations.

Based on the chosen scenario and available computational modules, the required domestic hot water outflow may be defined directly as a numeric value or calculated by the tap water module, based on a chosen calculational norm. Such calculations take also into consideration, among others, dimensioning of the supply system (stack risers, source and heat buffer) including asynchronous functioning of the station in the domestic water heating option.

Hydraulic control loops


Already available in InstalSystem 4, predefined hydraulic control loops offered by leading armature manufacturers are developed and completed with new possibilities in InstalSystem 5.

Prepared on the basis of the manufacturer’s guidelines, ready-to-use hydraulic control loops take into consideration a number of aspects related to the correct choice of valve types, their sizing, adjusting and required pump-rising altitude. This incredibly advanced and unique functionality allows the designer to prepare a very advanced control system in an incredibly easy way, according to our best knowledge and to guidelines of leading balancing and control fittings producers.

BIM import


The InstalSystem 5 package has undergone a revolution in order to be adapted to the Open BIM idea. Thus, the program fully supports IFC2x3 and IFC4 format files.

The designer may load a random number of files, he/she may remove them or replace them, which is essential in the BIM process. Management of the imported model is possible thanks to the dedicated design browser and to information visible in the data table. Model objects may be highlighted or hidden. They are also visible for the SNAP function while editing other scopes in the 2D Editor. Models loaded with use of this module may be interpretated in regard to the building structure, which may be then modified freely.

Dry system boards arrangements module


Dry system boards were already available in the previous InstalSystem generations. A novelty in the version 5 is that the module allows to arrange such boards manually.

Using board types available in a producer’s catalogue, with help of the program working modes (AUTO, ORTO), it is possible to arrange and match boards in rooms, after which radiant heating loops should be laid down in them. For such a system, the program runs complete heating and hydraulic calculation. As cutting and further usage of such boards is possible, the material list contains no excessive elements.

BIM export


The program exports system designs and structure building elements, created in InstalSystem 5, into IFC format, thus supporting the BIM idea.

The building structure is exported based on the 3D model of the building and is part of the IFC Reference View export method defined by buildingSMART. The export contains basic information about the name of objects and their properties, as well as an exact geometric representation of the objects. The new, dedicated window “IFC file export” allows to export or exclude from export element labels, define the scope of exported elements or choose sheets to be exported, and to define number of IFC result files. IFC model export may be done in an iterative manner, according to the BIM process.

Energy certificates (PL market)


The possibility to prepare energy certificates and characteristics for buildings and a detailed printout of designed energy characteristics of a building.

The module has been extended with the possibility to take into consideration cooling systems and with the Export button (available in the Printout and export ribbon), which allows to export the certificate into an XML file in order to import it into the central register of energy performance certificates. The program allows to perform it both based on WT2017 and WT2021.

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