IRRICAD - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I analyse existing systems or only design new systems in IRRICAD Pro?
    You can analyse any existing systems, design extensions to existing systems, and design totally new systems in IRRICAD Pro.
  • Can IRRICAD Pro select pipe sizes for the design?
    Yes. You can size pipes based on the pressure required at sprinklers and valves, or you can size pipes based on a maximum velocity in the pipes. IRRICAD Pro always trades running costs against capital cost when selecting pipe sizes. You can change the economic criteria to effect pipe selection. You can select some pipe sizes manually and ask IRRICAD Pro to select the rest for you.
  • Can I use pumps in IRRICAD Pro?
    Yes. There is a pump component group to the database. You can enter new pumps easily and use them in any design. Up to five pumps can be used in any one design.
  • Does IRRICAD Pro calculate the system duty for me?
    Yes, IRRICAD Pro will calculate the system duty of each system flow (station). You can then use this information to select a pump for the system.
  • Can I analyse a system with a pump without having to place a pump in the design?
    Yes. If you enter the pressure and head the pump is giving in to the water supply dialog, IRRICAD Pro will use these figures in its designs and/or analysis of the system.
  • Can I design gravity feed systems using IRRICAD Pro?
    Yes. If you set a small pressure at the water supply, IRRICAD Pro will know not to calculate the head required, and will use this value as the starting pressure.
  • Can I design stock water systems using IRRICAD Pro? Can I also design a frost protection system using IRRICAD Pro?
    Yes. IRRICAD Pro will design any pressurised system.
  • Can I design looped systems in IRRICAD Pro?
    Yes. IRRICAD Pro will even size the pipes for you, if you wish, using the Velocity pipe sizing option.
  • Does IRRICAD Pro allow for multiple water source in a design?
    Yes, you can specify up to ten different water sources for any given design.
  • Can I lay electrical wiring in a design?
    Yes, you can input electrical items such as wires, controllers and other electrical items. These are included in the Bill of Materials reports.
  • If I import or draw contours, will IRRICAD Pro take these into account when doing the hydraulic design process and calculating the pipe lengths?
    Yes. IRRICAD Pro interpolates between contours and/or spot heights and uses the results during pipe sizing and hydraulic analysis. Elevations are also used to calculate the pipe lengths.
  • Can I get IRRICAD Pro to select the fittings I need?
    Yes. IRRICAD Pro can automatically select fittings from the database to solve connections. It is easy to make IRRICAD Pro select the type of fittings you specifically wish to use.
  • Can I enter new fittings and other items into the database?
    Yes. You can easily enter new items, or you can download manufacturer-specific databases from our website and merge them with your current working database. IRRICAD Pro is supplied with a comprehensive database containing fittings, pipe, sprinkler and other components.
  • Can we customise the reports to our requirements?
    Yes, IRRICAD Pro generates reports from templates. These templates can be customised to your personal requirements for both content and style.
  • How long does it take to learn IRRICAD Pro?
    This can vary from individual to individual, depending on experience and background. There are support resources available, including a help menu, tutorials, help documents, FAQ’s and a forum on our website, and training manuals. We are also available by email or phone to answer your questions. AEI Software prides itself on providing prompt and helpful support to its clients.
  • Do I need to buy a separate drawing package?
    No, IRRICAD Pro comes complete as a standalone package with all the drawing features of a standard CAD package.
  • Do I need to buy upgrades?
    For 12 months after purchasing IRRICAD you will receive free priority support along with any patches or minor upgrades that are applicable to the version purchased. After this period we recommend purchasing our annual upgrade to receive an updated version of IRRICAD, including new features, and priority support for another 12 months. Contact your local distributor for upgrade pricing.

IRRICAD - Capabilities


Number of contour line segments / point spot heights unlimited
Number of junctions in a mainline 12500
Number of junctions in a zone 12500
Number of on / off times per supply 10
Number of on / off times per zone 3
Number of pipes in a mainline 5000
Number of pipes in a zone 5000
Number of system duties 6000
Number of System Flows per Zone 10
Number of system flows in total 6000
Number of water supplies 10
Number of On/Off Times per Water Supply 10
Number of zones (fitting selection, reporting, plotting) 2000


Optional plugin for AutoCAD© Professional or BricsCAD® Pro/Platinum
Imports images
Imports contours
Imports CAD files (dxf,dwg,vcd,gcd etc)
Exports CAD files (dxf,dwg,vcd,gcd etc)
Exports PDF
Exports images
Irrigated area
Tapes (Driplines)
Connected Spraylines
Spraylines - tool to place pipe and sprinklers in one action
Sprayline blocks
Tape blocks
Irrigation block entities
Zone / Mainline differentiation
Run more than one valve together
Multiple water supplies
Valve can run more than once
Highlight elevations
Show Zone min & max pressures on plan
Hydraulic gradeline
Show 3D contour image
Show unconnected items
Graphical Management
Pipe sizing on velocity
Pipe sizing on pressure required
Detailed analysis
Detailed reporting
Editable report templates
Editable plot layouts
Fitting selection
Depth for 3D fitting selection
Database editor Website Design