Recent Developments

Additions and Bug Fixes

All additions and bug fixes for each version can be found in the Readme.txt file, commonly found in the C:\Program Files\AEI Software\IRRICAD Pro 12\Help folder.

Pro Version 16 Additions

Pro Version 15 Additions

Pro Version 14 Additions

Pro Version 13 Additions

Pro Version 12 Additions 

Pro Version 11 Additions

Pro Version 10.5 Additions

Pro Version 10 Additions

Pro Version 9.5 Additions

Pro Version 9 Additions

 

In Pro Version 16!

Updated Valve Summary Dialog

Allows zone name changes and easy adjustment of mainline outlet pressures.

Time Travel Calculations

Implemented travel time calculation for zones and mainline. Two new and one updated reports added.

New Label Keywords

Various new label keywords added:POS_ keywords for object coordinates; application rate, headloss and pressure and flow variation for blocks; Mainline static pressures. See the release notes for details.

Also added basic arithmetic to labels - see release notes.

Exclude Minor Loses Option

Added an option to exclude mainline minor losses. See the "Design Parameters" menu item and the release notes.

Global Adjustment of Hazen Williams Factors

Implemented an option to globally adjust Hazen-Williams C factors. See the "Design Parameters" menu item and the release notes.

Increased Number of Water Supplies

Increased the allowable number of water supplies to 20.

Elevation Profile Tool

Implemented a tool to create elevation profiles.

Improved Data Export

Added location (X,Y coordinates) to the data export from the HGL and Profile tools.

Multi-Labelling for Contours

Added a tool to create multiple labels for individual contours.

Improved Mainline Hydraulic Gradeline Selection

Improved the mainline HGL tool to allow the flow to be traced from a point object to a water supply (negating the need to select all pipes in the path).

AutoCAD 2017 Compatibility

Added support for importing and exporting AutoCAD 2017 files.

Improved Importing for KML/KMZ Files

Allow for the importation of filled polygons when importing KML/KMZ files.

Global Change for PRVS Enabled

Allow pressure field for PRVs to be changed in the "Change Type" tool.

 

 

In Pro Version 15!

Screen Selection based Costing/BOM Reports

Implemented BOM/Costing reports filtered by selection. If selecting items on the screen all BOM/Costing reports will require a user defined name for the selected area which will appear on the report.

Valve-in-Head Block Tool

Added a Mainline Sprayline Block tool to include the ability to lay out  evenly spaced valve-in-head sprinklers on evenly spaced laterals.

Mainline Cut Pipe Tool

Included Mainline Cut Pipe feature to connect mainline pipes to mutiple mainline items in one action.

Running Costs and Annualized Costings Reports

Implemented Economic reporting if #ECN# keyword added to costing/BOM report options. EAC factor and running costs fields added to help compare cost of different options and show the client the total cost of the design over a specified term.

Added an additional parameter to the Water Supply dialog to control whether running costs are calculated for the supply. Typically enable if there is no pump included in the system or disable if there is a pump placed near the water supply in the design.  See the Release Notes for more details.

Miscellaneous Items Costs

Implemented the ability to enter Miscellaneous costs for items to be added to BOM/Costing reports.  These items are retained even if re-running Computer Selection of Fittings.

Even Flow Rate Valve Placement

Added an "Even Flow" option for automatically positioning control valves in Block Entities. The valve is positioned between laterals to ensure a similar flow on both sides of the valve.

Duplicate Symbols Tool

Added a tool to duplicate symbol files correctly (copying/renaming in Windows Explorer does not duplicate the symbol correctly).

Headlands and Sidelands for Block Tools

Enabled Headlands and Sidelands for standard (non-entity) blocks.

Create multiple pressure or flow maps

Flow and pressure maps may now be generated for multiple zones in a single action. Simply select the required valves and action the “Selected Valves” menu item.

Pipe Reductions at Outlets

Enabled the use of pipe reduction symbols at Outlets (the "Include Hydraulic items”option needs to be ticked).

New Google Earth Utility

Google Earth utility revised. The Google Maps API is now used to replace the Google Earth plugin which Google deprecated on 12th Decembr 2015.  .NET 4.5 is required to run the new utility.

Object Info Dialog Sizing

When the “Object Info” dialog is resized the new dimensions of the window are retained between IRRICAD sessions. The font size used may also be adjusted by changing the “InfoCharSize" registry entry (in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AEI Software\Irricad\AppSettings\Misc). Valid values are between 1 and 30 (0 means 10 which is the default) although only a number of discrete sizes will result (e.g. 10, 20 and 30) depending on the display system used.

New Toolbar Buttons

Added toolbar buttons for “Show Flow” and “Zone Design Configuration”.

New Report Toolbar

Added a toolbar for reports showing a numbered icon for each report in the current Reports path folder.  The numbered icons also appear in the Reports sub-menus. 

Water Supply Pressure Calculation

Added a check box to the Water Supply dialog to control the calculation of pressure.  If the pressure is entered at 0.0 this can now be used as starting pressure rather than an indication for IRRICAD to calculate the pressure.

Database Utility updated for Long Warehouse Codes

Minor changes to the “Cleanfields” database utility to allow for both 12 and 32 character warehouse codes.

Adjustments for Multi-Language Options

- Adjustments added to limit the number of Chinese characters. In general the limit for Chinese characters is one half the standard limit.

- Changes to allow fittings error messages to be translated.

 - Changes made so that various default names are translated (e.g. Min/Max labels, system flow names etc.).

 - Multiple changes to the database editor to allow for translated headings in component tabs.

- A Simplified Chinese version of IRRICAD is now available.

 

 

In Pro Version 14

Automatic Sprinkler Placement for Tree Blocks

Added functionality to allow Block Entity spray outlets to be automatically positioned with reference to the trees in a Tree Block.  For irrigation designs that start with a grid of tree or plant positions this new tool which the Tree Block to drive the placement of sprinklers, emitters, and lateral pipes.

KML Export

Added KML export function and settings for KML/KMZ import/export.  This allows you and your client to view the irrigation layout with required plan information in Google Earth.

View in Google Earth

Added "View in Google Earth..." function to direct export the irrigation plan to Google Earth using default settings.

Import from Google Earth

Added "Import from Google Earth..." function to allow import of imagery and elevations direct frm Google Earth and geo-positioned in IRRICAD.

Rationalisation of Telescoping Sizes

Added design rationalisation functions to remove counter-intuitive pipe size changes in submains and zone pipes.

Large GIS Coordinate Support

Added database offset and scale to address loss of accuracy at large coordinates. Also improved accuracy of all internal coordinates.

Recovery Options and Crash Reporting

Added crash reporting and recovery options. Allows for easy e-mail submission of problem and crash reports. and a one button click to recover a crashed design.

Global Change Type for Electrical fittings

Enabled Change Type for electrical fittings to allow for gobal adding and editing as required.

Edit Nozzle Coefficients via Outlet Component Group

In the Database Editor, enabled function coefficient copy function for outlets.

SHIFT Keyword

Added the SHIFT label keyword for use on valves and outlets outside of the Block tools.

Improved Visual Scalability

Build changes made to improve visual scalability of applications on high resolution monitors.

Reporting of Fittings Errors

Improved reporting of fittings errors to include coordinates of problem junction.

AutoCAD 2013 compatibility

Some improvements made to DXF/DWG importation.

Improved Performance

Significant speed improvements for very large designs.

 

 

In Pro Version 13

Order of Zone Design and Management has Changed

This means that:- Zone Design may be run before management, it is possible however to run management initially as per previous versions. Actual flows, if available, will be used in the "Assign Zones To System Flows" tool. Note that if nominal flows are used this is indicated by the parenthesis around the flow in the symbol. Management reports use actual flows when available. Valve Analysis is automatically run as part of Zone design so menu entry has been deprecated.
New fields have been added to the "Design Parameters/Economic Parameters" page, a flag to control whether LP design trades capital versus running costs and a separate field for zone operating hours (this is needed because if you do trade running vs capital costs for Zone LP design there may not be a managment arrangement to determine the zone operating hours). Note this value is the nominal annual operating hours per zone.


Added Undo functionality

This will Undo actions for the session of IRRICAD, unless cleared via Edit|Clear Undo, Repair or Compress.  A Redo function has also been added.


Revised Flushing

The flushing analysis functionality has been updated so that when a "Flushing Analysis" is run the tapes, in the manifold selected in the "Zone Design Configuration" table are assumed to be flushing based on the inlet pressure (nominal or actual if detailed). All other tapes are assumed to be in normal irrigation mode and all flows and headlosses in tapes and submains are calculated accordingly. Two new fields added to the Zone Design Configuration, a flag to control whether this zone is to be analysed for flushing and the ID of the manifold operating under flushing conditions. Note that a negative number is used in the dialog to denote a virtual manifold. In the "Design Parameters/Hydraulic Parameters" the "Flushing Calculations On" flag has been removed and replaced by the "Assign Virtual Manifolds" flag. This controls whether laterals are assigned a virtual manifold ID. In the Zone Flushing report the manifold currently being flushed will include ** next to the manifold number. New report fields added are Zone->IsFlushing - is the zone flushing (i.e. ZDC flag set). Zone->ManifoldFlushing - ID of the manifold that is assumed to be in flush mode (again from the ZDC). ZoneItem->IsFlushing whether an individual lateral is flushing. Also note that ZoneItem->Flow2 now contains the end flow - i.e. flow out of a lateral when flushing. Other flushing fields retain their V12 meaning, note that ZoneItem->FlushFlow is the total tape flow under flushing for required flush velocity.  Under flushing calculations pressure below the pressure compensating range for PC tapes has been allowed for.  Added end flush flow to object info for tapes.


Single File

V13 designs are now contained in a single .DEZ file. These are in compressed ZIP format which are automatically uncompressed when a design is opened. Note the internal database .mdb file is renamed to .dbm to facilitate emailing through spam and virus filters.


Polygon Seed

Added Polygon Seed creator tool. To create a single closed entity from adjoining entities (single lines, polylines). This tool uses the same criteria as Fill|Seed and Hatch|Seed. Note that all hydraulic items except block entities and areas are ignored when creating the polygon.

 

Show Area

Added Show Area tool (based on polygon seed). Again note that all hydraulic items except block entities and areas are ignored when determining the area.


Current Drawing Properties

Added toolbar for current drawing properties ('Current'). This toolbar gives quick access to the geometric parameters in the Settings|Drawing Items dialog. Note that this toolbar cannot be docked vertically.
 

Zone-RunType reporting field

Added Zone-RunType reporting field. This identifies what type of analysis/Design was used for this zone. Possible values are "VELD" (velocity design), "LPDN" (LP Design), "NANL" (normal analysis), "DETA" (detailed analysis).


Tree Block

Added Tree Block tool. The Tree Block tool enables the creation of grids of tree symbols with specified tree and row spacings.

New Label Keywords

Tree block label keywords added:- #TREEROWSPACE# ,   #TREESPACE# ,  #NUMTREE#                

Added new "#FITTINGS#" label keyword - lists the fittings selected at a point hydraulic object. Note this label should not be rotated and will display best if left alignment is chosen.


GeoTIFF Import

Added GeoTIFF import to place images at the correct location and scale.


 GIS Options

Added GIS options to "Settings|Grid / Origin" page.


Description field in Mainline Reports

Added item description field to mainline reports.


Automatic Filename

Create default file name for exports, based on current filename.



Zone Design Configuration dialog

Increased the size of the dialog and added mouse wheel functionality. Additionally if the dialog is resized the new size will be retained during the current session.

Label Sets

Added a second set of labels (accessible via "Settings/Labels").These can be used, for example, for separate hydraulic labels.  Added the ability to  save and load sets of labels to and from files.


Added a find function to the "Select fittings" dialog

Used when adding fittings via "Show Fittings", CTRL F may also used to access this function.


Indicate missing item on Update database page

The name of the missing item is now visible at the top of the selection dialog.


When using the "Calculate Contours" tool the resulting contours may now be designated as "real"

This is not recommended however and a warning will be issued if this option is selected. Note that "calculated" contours may be changed to "real" using the "Change Type" tool but again this is not recommended. Made a change to prevent the joining of calculated to real contours.


Arc Orientation Improvement

Improved the automatic setting of Arc orientation when outlets are on area boundary lines.


Edit Manifold Numbers

Manifold numbers can now be edited via the tape change/change type dialog.


Change for Emitter Position and Reference Emitter Position

Enabled change for emitter position in Sprayline block entities.
Enabled change for the reference emitter position in the Irrigation Block Options dialog.


Selection of Elbows with different diameters plus Fittings

Allow for the selection of elbows with different diameters plus fittings to solve two pipe junctions. Previously only exact solutions were chosen for bends with different diameters.


Imported 3D Points

Changes to allow 3D points imported from DXF/DWG files to be edited (layer and colour) in Irricad.

 

In Pro Version 12

Autocad Capability for 2012 Format

Added support for Autocad 2010/2012 format DWG/DXF files.

Show Allowable Submain

Added a new tool ("Reports/Show Allowable Submain") that gives a visual representation of the possible sub-main locations (assuming that suitable pipe sizes are available) such that hydraulic design constraints are met. The optimum position may also be shown. See the release notes for more information.

Zone Flow Map

Zone Flow maps ("Reports/Show Zone Flow Map") may now be displayed in addition to Zone Pressure Maps. See the release notes for more information.

Legends for Graphical Zone Maps

Legends for Zone Pressure/Flow maps are now displayed on the dialog and can optionally be created on the design.

Electrical Attributes

User attributes may now be assigned to Electrical items.

Selection Aid

A facility has been added to assist with selection when items are in close proximity. If the "Ctrl" key is held down while selecting items, with the "Select Object" tool, a context menu will appear that lists all items close to the click point. Cycling through the list highlights individual items which will be selected when the menu entry is clicked.

Report Path Setting

Added a path setting for the reports template directory. See "Settings/Drawing/Miscellaneous/Reports Path". When this setting is changed the reports menus are automatically rebuilt to reflect the templates available in the selected folder.

SHP Layer Attributes

Added the ability to specify the name of the layer attribute (defaults to "Layer") when importing ESRI shape files (.SHP).

INI Files Relocated

The Winicad.ini and Irribase.ini files are now located in the "\Config" sub folder (previously located in the C:\windows folder). These files store user settings for toolbar layout, most recently used files and language settings etc.

Database Editor Accelorator and Enabled Keys

Added some accelerators for adding, deleting and editing components in the database editor.

Enabled delete and backspace in the database editor data "grid".

Dual Monitor Usage

Minor change so that the report window initially opens full screen on the same monitor as Irricad when using dual monitor systems.

F9

Improved the performance of "Reset Distance" (F9).

Report Editor

Remember the last path used for this session in the report editor.

Hydraulic Gradeline Message

Added an error message to the Hydraulic Gradeline tool when invalid connections are detected.

Contour Changes

ContourCreator - Allow for importing polylines with greater than 3748 vertices. Vcadd seems to have this as a limit so split them up.

Wires

Display line widths and colours for wires in the main database editor grid.

Flushing Calculations Report

Support for calculated the required inlet pressure to achieve a specified flushing velocity has been added. Parameters controlling this have been added to the "Design/Parameters/Hydraulic" tab. Results can be seen in a new "Zone Flushing" report. See the release notes for more information.

Added Label Keywords

Added "OUTSPACE" label keyword for outlet spacing in spraylines and sprayline blocks.

Enable sprayline keywords for use in block labels (OUTDESC, OUTLABEL, OUTSPACE).

Added FLUSHID label keyword (Manifold ID).

Actual Pipe Diameter for Reports

Actual pipe diameters are now available in hydraulic reports (as Item->Size2).

Dongle Timeout Changes

Changes to avoid dongle timeouts that could occasionally occur when the machine was busy (typically this would cause the serial number to be set to 0 in the title bar).

Language Versions

The Irricad user interface (menus, dialogs, prompts, reports, templates and screen messages) may now be displayed in English, French or Spanish. Normally the language is specified at installation but it may also be changed via the "Settings/Language" menu. Additionally the UI language can be specified in the "Tool/Language" menu for the database editor, report editor and error viewer. Language specific versions of the plot layout and report templates are available and located in appropriate sub-folders of the standard locations (e.g. "Symbols/Templates/Spanish", "Reports/Spanish"). These may be enabled by changing the "Plot Layout Path" and "Reports Path" in the miscellaneous section of "Settings/Drawing" appropriately or, alternatively, by copying the required templates into the standard locations.

 

In Pro Version 11

Pipe Reduction Symbols

Added a function to draw pipe reduction symbols. This tool is accessed from the "Draw" menu, for more information see the V11 release notes.

Language Compatibility

Added a setting for the supplementary character set (Settings/Miscellaneous). This, in conjunction with the Windows "Language for Non-Unicode Programs" setting (Control Panel/Regional and Language Options), allows non-western character sets to be displayed correctly. In addition this setting also controls the "Codepage" used when exporting DWG and DXF files (R2004/2006 and older formats). For more information on using this feature refer to the V11 release notes.

Tools and Modify Menus

The "Tools" menu has been split into "Modify" and "Tools".

User Attributes for Pipes, Spraylines and tapes

User defined attributes have been enabled for pipes, spraylines and tapes.

Font Remembered for Dimensions

The settings for leader and dimension fonts are now saved. Previously they would revert to "Times Roman".

Create Contours from Spot Heights

Added a function to calculate contours from spot heights. This is accessed from the "/" menu and will create "read only" contours. These contours are for presentation purposes only and are not used in the calculation of elevations for hydraulic items. For more information see the V11 release notes.

New Interpolation Method

A new method of interpolation/DEM generation has been added in this version. Based on SurGe method the calculated DEM gives a much improved representation of the ground surface between data values. In addition the generation of the DEM grid is many times faster that the previous method and is not restricted to a limit of 32750 contour segments. The new SurGe method is now the default See the release notes for more information.

Pressure Map Tool

Added new pressure map tool ("Reports"/"Show Pressure Map"). This tool shows graphically the distribution of pressures within a zone. See the V11 release notes for more information.

Valve Specification Summary

Added valve summary dialog ("Reports"/"Valve Specification Summary"). Used after Zone/Valve analysis this feature shows a tabular view of all zone valves, zone flow and allowable flow ranges allowing easy re-selection of suitable control valves. . See the V11 release notes for more information.

Import Global Mapper DXF Contours

Added support for importing elevations from DXF files generated by Global Mapper.Import Global Mapper DXF Contours

3D DEM View

Display of the grid in the 3D Dem view is now disabled by default (the grid for the new interpolation method is much finer and can obscure the 3D view). The visibility of the grid can be toggled by pressing the "G" key.

New Look Database Editor

Major changes have been made to the database editor to improve it's useability. See the V11 release notes for more information.
Increased the maximum length of warehouse codes to 32 characters. See the V11 release notes for more information.

Line Widths and Styles

All line widths and line styles are now displayed graphically in all dialogs.

TrueType Text Changes

In text dialogs a TrueType icon is now displayed, where appropriate, to font drop down lists.

Flow Information in Valve Selection

To aid selection the allowable flow range (from the database) is now displayed in the valve drop down lists.
Added more information to the "Valve out of Flow Range" warning message.

In Pro Version 10.5

AutoCAD Compatibility

Compatibility between AutoCAD and IRRICAD has been significantly improved. IRRICAD now supports importation of DXF and DWG up to Autocad vR2007/2009. The settings for AutoCAD import and export can be found through Settings|Import/Export Settings.  IRRICAD can now handle importing files that contain layouts.  Previously files had to be saved as Autocad vR2000/2002 and have the layouts removed.

Image Improvements

Image handling in IRRICAD has been extensively updated, and a number of new image functions are available. These are outlined below:

  • The image import dialog now includes a preview window, making image selection easier:
    -        “Save Current Path” can now be set when importing
    -        A [Settings] button allows individual settings to be made
  • Each image has the following individual settings:
    -        can use relative paths
    -        can be embedded directly into the design
    -        can be rotated
    -        can be mirrored horizontally or vertically
    -        can be displayed in grayscale
    -        can have a user specified border displayed or not
    -        can be turned on / off
  • After an image has been imported, the settings can be edited by double-clicking on the image when in Select Object mode, or by using Change.  Note the previous settings for Images in the Settings menu no longer exists.
    -        If an image is embedded this will increase the design file size dramatically.  Though this may be a preferred option if sending designs from branch to branch, it may not be the best option.
    -        Borders can now be turned on or off by the “Show Border” check box.  This is most used when overlapping multiple images.
    -        Images can be individually turned off for display by unchecking the “Show Image” option.  If the image is turned off in “Show Image” the border automatically displays.
  • Images can now be added to symbols, including plot layouts (e.g., adding logos).

Old style images are automatically converted to new style images when a design is opened in v10.5. New style images are also automatically converted back to old style images when exporting as a previous version. Note that this may result in some loss of information (e.g., rotation), which is not supported by the old image format.

Scale Image Tool

Changes have been made to the Adjust Image tool in the Tools menu – it has been replaced by the Scale Image tool.  This tool (Tools|Scale Image) allows an image to be scaled using a feature in the image of a known size. Select the tool, then the image you want to scale (or vice versa). You will then be prompted to define a feature in the image with a line. Following this a dialog will show the length of the marked feature.

The actual length of the feature can then be typed in.

The image will then be resized so that the marked feature has the newly specified length. Note that the image is resized around its center-point and may need to be moved after scaling.

Layer Manager

The new, dockable, layer manager can be access through the main View menu (View|Layer Bar), through the Right-click|Layers menu or can be toggled with the shortcut key combination CTRL+L. The layer manager has three panes:

  • Layers – this tab display information about the layers in the current design. It allows the user to see whether a layer is visible, whether it will print and whether it contains data. Layers may be added and/or removed and all items on a given layer may be selected. Any selection of items can be easily moved to any layer.
  • Groups – layer groups define sets of visible layers that may be associated under a single name and provide a quick way to access these. A group may relate to different aspects of the design – an ‘Electrical’ layer group, for instance, could show topography and electrical items while hiding hydraulic items. A default set of layer groups can be defined and saved to the registry. These defaults will be included in any new designs and can be ‘loaded’ into existing designs.
  • Views – named views are shortcuts to different views of a design. They can be used to move quickly between different areas of a design, and might typically be defined for each stage of a multi-stage development, or for each hole of a golf course, for example. Views can be linked with layer groups (views and groups with identical names are automatically linked). When a view with a linked group is activated, that layer group is also activated.
Layers Tab
  • IRRICAD layers are displayed in blue, extra layers in black.
    - this column indicates the visibility of the layers.
    - this column indicates whether a layer will print.
  • These check boxes can be toggled individually, by making a multiple selection with the mouse or by selecting the full column by clicking the icon. The selection can also be toggled by pressing the space bar.
    - indicates an empty layer.
    - indicates that the layer has data.
  • The lower panel shows the color, line type and line width associated with the selected layer.
  • The bottom edit box and buttons ( and ) can be used to add or remove layers. Layers may also be deleted by selecting them and pressing theorkey.
  • Layers can be renamed in situ by clicking in the name column and typing the new name. Use the key to cancel an edit.
  • A context menu allows layers to be deleted, all entities on a layer to be selected and a selection to be moved to a layer.
Groups Tab
  • The top panel shows the name of the group, the bottom panel shows the list of visible layers that belong to the selected group.
  • Groups can be created and deleted using the edit box and buttons under the top panel (…).
  • Layers can be added and removed from groups using the combo box and buttons under the bottom panel (…).
    - indicates an unlinked group.
    - indicates a group with a linked view.
    - indicates an empty layer.
    - indicates that the layer has data.
    - this button will save the currently defined groups as the default set. These groups will also be automatically added to new designs.
    - this button will load the default set of groups.
  • Layer groups can be activated by double-clicking the group name in the top panel, or selecting it and hitting.
  • Groups can also be deleted by selecting and pressing delete or backspace in the top panel.
  • Layers can be removed from groups by selecting and pressing delete or backspace in the bottom panel.
  • Functions are also accessible through context menus:
  • The Goto View command switches the focus to the linked view on the Views tab.
Views Tab
  • Views can be created and deleted using the edit box and buttons under the top panel (…).
    - indicates an unlinked view.
    - indicates a view with a linked group.
  • Checking the “Auto sync layer groups” option will automatically create a group to go with new named views.
  • Views can be activated by double-clicking the name in the panel, or selecting it and hitting. If a view has a linked layer group, the group will also be activated.
  • Views can also be deleted by selecting and pressing delete or backspace in the top panel.
  • Functions are also accessible through context menus:
  • The Goto Group command switches the focus to the linked group on the Groups tab.

Database Item Display

  • The currently selected item is now shown in bold font in the component list.
  • If a database component is not found in the external database, IRRICAD will now display the correct item description in combo boxes instead of defaulting to the first item in the list. The description will show in a red font to indicate to the user that it was not found in the database.
  • If a database component is found in the external database, but it is switched off (usage code ‘N’), IRRICAD will display the item description in a green font.
  • Assemblies are now marked in the database lists with a much more visible icon.

Connect Outlets Tool

This new tool (Tools|Connect Outlets) is analogous to the existing Connect Valves tool and automatically connects outlets to the nearest piece of mainline or zone pipe, depending on the outlet type.

Hatch Preview

The hatch dialog now displays a preview of the selected hatch using the current screen background colour and the appropriate hatch line colour, style and thickness. The preview scale is based on the current zoom state and is automatically calculated from the hatch pattern. This means that what is shown in the preview is directly reflected on screen when the hatch is drawn, provided that the user does not change the zoom state.

Symbol Preview

The symbol dialog now also has a preview pane, and symbols may be inserted at an angle.

Gradeline Dialog Export

It is now possible to export the graphing information from the hydraulic gradeline dialog direct to Excel files, tab or comma delimited text files. Click the ‘Export’ button on the dialog and chose a location to save the file.

Clear Management

 

A new option in the Design menu (Design|Clear Management) deletes all the current zone and water supply management information.

Rotate Tool Improvements

The rotate tool now ghosts the selection so that it is easier to control. Once the center of rotation has been selected the angle may be typed in directly (hitto accept).

Watermarking

The File Stamping functionality (accessed through the Print dialog) has been extended to include a text watermark for the printed output.

 

In Pro Version 10.0

System Flow Ranges and Increased Number of System Flows for Water Supplies

Ranges of system flows can now be specified in the Assign Zones to System Flows and Assign System Flows to Zones management options. Note that in the tabular Assign System Flows to Zones option a range is identified by -ve numbers. For example to specify that a Water supply operates on System flows 2 to 12,  -2 and -12 would be entered in the first two columns. This is especially useful, in designs with multiple supplies, when the number of systems flows a water supply operates on is more than 17. A total of 9 ranges can be assigned to an item, this applies to both zones and water supplies.

Hatch & Fill Editing

It is now possible to edit a fill as a Geometric Object. This allows the colour and the layer to be changed.

Hatch editing has also been enabled, allowing all properties of a hatch to be changed.

Text Dialog Improvements

The text dialog now displays using the font and text properties specified (for non-vector fonts). This enables the user to better judge how the text will actually look when rendered on the design. This is particularly useful for labels and when using mono-spaced fonts.

Keyword Combo

A keyword dropdown box has also been added to the Label text dialog. This displays and briefly describes the label keywords, and allows them to be easily inserted.

Labels

The current label text settings are shown in a button tooltip on the Label Settings dialog.
Update Labels no longer resets the position of labels that have been manually moved. The new location is now retained.

New Keywords

More comprehensive hydraulic labeling has been enabled with the introduction of several new label keywords:

#DEPTH# Depth of object
#DEPTHUNIT# Unit of Depth as per Settings|Units
#HY_ELVCHG# Elevation change in elevation units
#HY_ELVPCHG# Elevation change in pressure units
#HY_FLOW# Flow
#HY_HL# Head loss
#HY_MAX_F# Maximum flow
#HY_MAX_HL# Maximum head loss
#HY_MAX_P# Maximum pressure
#HY_MAX_PABS# Maximum absolute pressure
#HY_MAX_V# Maximum velocity
#HY_MIN_F# Minimum flow
#HY_MIN_HL# Minimum head loss
#HY_MIN_P# #Minimum pressure
#HY_MIN_PABS# Minimum absolute pressure
#HY_MIN_V# Minimum velocity
#HY_PRESS# Pressure
#HY_PABS# Absolute Pressure
#HYN_MAX_F# System flow with maximum flow
#HYN_MAX_HL# System flow with maximum head loss
#HYN_MAX_P# System flow with maximum pressure
#HYN_MAX_V# System flow with maximum velocity
#HYN_MIN_F# System flow with minimum flow
#HYN_MIN_HL# System flow with minimum head loss
#HYN_MIN_P# System flow with minimum pressure
#HYN_MIN_V# System flow with minimum velocity
#SCOPE# Object Scope – Design + BOM, Design Only or BOM Only
#VALVEPRESS# The calculated downstream pressure for the control valve
#VELUNIT# Velocity unit

Added new Label keywords for Irrigation Blocks:

#FLOWUNIT# Current large (system flow/zone) flow unit
#FLOWPERAREA# Flow per unit area
#GRPSPACE# Group Spacing
#GRPLATS# Number laterals per group
#H2OQUANT# Water requirements either volume or depth
#MAXINTENS# Maximum allowable intensity
#NOMFLOW# Block flow based on nominal SDR from database
#NOMPRESS# Nominal Inlet pressure of Tape laterals
#NUMEMIT# Number of emitters in a block entity
#NUMROW# Number rows or laterals
#PRESSUNIT# Current pressure unit
#ROWSPACE# Row spacing (= lateral spacing if no groups)
#TOTLATLEN# Total 3D length of laterals (calculated with slope method)
#VALVEPRESS# The calculated downstream pressure for the control valve attached to the block

See Appendix J, Section 6.10 1 for the list of keywords and where they can be used.

User Attributes and User Keyword

A 'User Attributes' text field has been added to control valves, water supplies, block entities and miscellaneous hydraulic items. It allows the user to attach any textual information to these items, that can be subsequently displayed in labels and reports.

See the User Manual, User Attributes and User Keyword, Section 2.7.11.11 for instructions on using keywords to achieve the desired result.

Go To Coordinates

The automatic pasting of coordinates into Go To Coordinates and into the Settings|Grid / Origin dialogs has been enabled. This means that a coordinate string copied from the Object Info screen which includes both X and Y coordinates, units and descriptors (e.g. x = 25.28 m, y = 8.46 m) can be inserted in one action into the appropriate fields in these dialogs..

Hydraulic Item Creation

All hydraulic and electrical items can now be created from relevant drawing items. By simply highlighting a drawing item you can turn it into an Area, Outlet, Pipe, Control Valve, Pump, Irrigation Block, Light, Controller, Wire, Misc. Electrical, Misc. Hydraulic, Sprayline or Tape.The behavior of creating hydraulic items from drawing items is listed in the User Manual, Converting Drawing Items into Hydraulic Entities, Section 2.4.3.

Names

Holding the key down when placing a zone valve, mainline outlet or mainline spraylines now doesn't show the “Name” dialog but accepts the default name.

Unconnected Spray Block Entity

It is now possible to specify that a sprayline block entity be ‘unconnected’ – that is, to created a sprayline block consisting of individual pipes and outlets.

Document Summary Info

Design details are now copied to the design file properties summary information section, allowing specific designs to be more readily identified in Windows Explorer.

 

Merge Designs

IRRICAD designs may now be merged together using the Merge… option in the File menu. This function will merge drawing and hydraulic objects, as well as fittings selection, Management and Design information.

Status bar – Info Panel

Added the z-coord to the Info panel. This displays the elevation, calculated from the DEM, at the current mouse position. If the DEM has not been created then ‘No Elevation’ is displayed.

Zone Design Configuration

Improvements have been made to the sizing of the Zone Design Configuration dialog – it can now be dragged to a larger size. In addition the space bar can now be used to toggle check boxes.

The minimum/maximum emitter pressures from the zone design configuration dialog are now copied to the clipboard as two tab-separated numbers. This means that when values from the table are pasted into Excel, separate columns will be created for each of these values.

Design Parameters

In Design Parameters the last visited tab is now remembered.

Report Templates

Added the ability to create report templates that save directly to a file, this is accomplished by adding keywords to the Report Options in the report template editor. Possible keywords are:- #CSV# - Excel comma separated values; #TSV# - Tab separated values; #TXT# - standard text file; #XML# - text file where all leading and trailing blanks are removed also blank lines.

Saving To Previous Versions of IRRICAD

A more generic 'Save As' functionality has been Implemented. Designs can now be saved in the format of all previous versions of IRRICAD (to Version 7).See File|Export“Save as type”

New Toolbars

New toolbars with many new icons, including large icons and popup menus, have been added. In addition, the currently enabled tool and snap is indicated on toolbars.

Any toolbar docking area can now be customized by right-clicking on any icon or toolbar. This is simply a short cut to the View|Toolbars option and allows immediate customization.

Zone Pressure Limits now Editable

The format of the minimum/maximum zone pressure label can now be edited.Go in to Reports|Report Settings and click on the [Text] button.

Symbol Colors

Multi-colored symbols may be selected for Valves etc. If a symbol is specified with the "Use symbol colour(s)”, in the database editor, then the symbol will be displayed using the colors contained in the symbol definition.

Changes to Importing Contours

Drawing and elevation data from CSV and ESRI SHP files can now be directly imported into IRRICAD.

Elevation data is entered via File|Import Contours while File|Importis used for normal drawing information.

See the User Manual, Importing a DXF, VCD, DWG, GCD, SHP MIF or CSV File, Section 2.4.1.1 for importing tips and instructions.

Trim Elevations

A Trim Elevations tool has been added to the Tools menu.

New Copy Tools

Mirror and Offset copy tools have been added to the Tools|Copy menu.All Copy tools have been enabled for use with hydraulic objects.

Multiple Water Supply Systems

Designs with multiple but separate water supplies can now be fully analyzed (and LP Design used where appropriate) directly. It is no longer necessary to ‘join’ the separate systems with notional pipes. When the systems are completely separate, no pressure or flow information needs to be entered. However if more than one water supply is feeding the same system, at least the pressures need to be entered as before.

New Tools

Trim and Extend are now available as are Move to Front and Move to Back Z-Order tools.

Back Up Folder Specification

The location of the Backup folder can now be specified in Settings|Miscellaneous.

 

In Pro Version 9.5

Dongle Serial Number

The serial number of the Irricad dongle is now displayed in the program title.

Insert OLE Changes

Bitmap data on the clipboard can now to be inserted/pasted into Irricad. This enables copy and paste of HGL charts.

Block Pipe Stubs

The pipe stub functionality of irrigation block entities has been extended. The block now supports three stub lengths, one for the submain and two for the valve:

1.The Submain Stub

2.The Valve Submain Stub

3.The Valve Stub

Block Valve Positioning

Control valve placement in block entities can now be entered as a percentage distance along the submain.

Flushing Manifolds

A new tab has been added to the block entity tools allowing flushing manifolds to be automatically created.

Label Rounding & Roll Lengths

It is now possible to round numeric values in labels to a ‘nearest value’. New keywords (#ROLLS# and #ROLLS3D# cf. #LENGTH# and #LENGTH3D#) have also been added, such that pipe lengths can be displayed as a number of ‘rolls’ (based on the roll length of the pipe type in the database – see the Pipe Fitting Matching Table).

Hydraulic Gradeline

After a design is completed it is now possible to view the hydraulic gradeline (HGL) of mainline pipes as well as zone pipes and tapes. The tool can be accessed from the Reports menu.

Mainline Gradelines

The HGL tool cannot automatically determine which mainline ‘path’ to analyze. The user must therefore select the mainline pipes to be included before invoking the tool.

Gradeline Toolbar

Some new functions have been add to the HGL dialog and are accessible using the toolbar.

The y-axis on HGL graphs has been changed to elevation rather than pressure units (converts pressures to equivalent hydrostatic elevation).

Toggling the elevation in the Hydraulic Gradeline dialog now adds or removes elevations from the data sets, as opposed to just showing or hiding the elevation series.

Status Bar

Three new panels have been added to the status bar. All the panel options can be selected by right-clicking the panel to access a popup menu, or left clicking to cycle through the available options.

Info Panel

This panel displays a variety of information about the currently selected objects. This includes UID, connections, selected item count, cumulative length of selected items, elevation and depth, cumulative area and cumulative nominal flow. The menu also allows the user to select the items connected to the current item.

Snap Panel

This panel shows the currently selected default snap mode (Connect, Place or Grid) and, through the popup menu, allows quick access to the Snap and Grid settings.

Selection Filter Panel

This panel shows the status of the selection filter - a red panel indicates that the filter is active. The user can also access the filter settings through the popup menu and flip the filter status using Ctrl+Shift+F

When active, a summary of the current filter settings is shown in the tooltip for this panel:

Select Tool

The select tool now has the following features:

  • The tool defaults to selecting a single object at a time. Multiple selections can be made by holding the Shift key. Permanent multi-select can be enabled from the Settings|Mouse menu.
  • In the single select mode clicking nothing (empty space) will clear the current selection.
  • Window-select mode can be entered by holding down the left button and dragging the mouse.
  • A block may be automatically selected from a block sub-item (e.g., a lateral) by holding down the Alt key when selecting. The block outline (irrigation area) must be visible for this to work.
  • Pressing the Esc key twice in quick succession will now clear the current selection and return the user to the default Select tool.

Snaps

Snaps are now enabled for the Move tool.

Layers Menu

A dynamic layers menu has been added to the default right-click context menu. This provides a quick way for the user to enable or disable layers. It also includes two shortcut functions 'Hide Layer' (Ctrl+Shift+H) hides the layer of the currently selected item, while 'Show Layer' (Ctrl+Shift+L) re-shows the last hidden layer (the menu shows which layer will be hidden or restored).

Converting Drawing Items into Hydraulic Items

Irrigated Areas can now be created from polylines and curves (in the same way as the block entity tools).

Object Info

The display of hydraulic and debug object info can now be controlled directly from the object info dialog.

Go To Coordinates

The Go To Coordinates dialog now retains the last set of coordinates.

Irrigated Areas

In a similar manner to block entities, irrigated areas can now be created from existing geometric entities, including curves.

Object Scope Flag

A 'scope' flag has been added to many hydraulic items. This allows for 'BOM only' items which are included in BOM / Costing reports but not included in hydraulic design. The user may also specify 'Design Only' items, which are treated normally in the design process but do not feature in the BOM / Costing reports (can be used to specify existing irrigation equipment).

Added the ability to globally change scope (Design + BOM etc.) for all hydraulic items at one time. To do this select the items required and then use the Change tool (not Change Type) and adjust the "Scope" field. Note that objects that do not have scope (drawing items, junctions etc.) are unaffected by changes to this field.

Zone Pressure Minimum and Maximum

When creating Min/Max pressure labels for selected valves labels for other valves are no longer cleared. Note that any existing labels for the selected valves are also not cleared and need to be deleted manually before operating the tool.

Reports

Added keywords to costing reports for the coordinates of unconnected pipes and spraylines. This means that a report can be created listing the locations of all unconnected items in a design.

Uniformity

The design process now calculates a number of zone uniformity parameters, which are available in the zone reports.

Help Menu

The dongle version number is now shown in Help|Help About.

Added a link to the Irricad web site in the Help menu.

Recent Files

Increased the number of recent files shown in the File menu to 8.

Database

Made a change to the database editor so that fractional numbers of items can be added to assemblies.

Fittings are now selected for two-ended items (e.g. Misc Hydraulic) that are only connected on one side.

Irricad databases can now be edited and save in newer versions of Microsoft Access. Additional versions now supported are 2000, XP (2002), 2003 and 2007. Note that once a database has been converted to the newer format it will no longer be able to be used in previous versions of Irricad (i.e. earlier than V9.50).

In the database editor increased the limit for "% above" flow/pressure tolerance for Outlets to 2000%.

Emitter Coefficient of Variation (COV)

A new field for the COV (CVM) has been added to the database editor for Tapes and Nozzles. This is simply entered as a number, in the following example the COV is 0.03 (3%).

 

In Pro Version 9

New Visual CADD Engine

This version upgrades the version of VisualCadd Dlls to V5.06.137.

Inserting OLE Data

Items such as Irricad reports, spreadsheets, documents etc. can now be inserted into the Irricad design.

Edit|Paste:This option allows only a single instance of the object to be inserted.

Tools|Insert OLE:Allows multiple instances of the object to be inserted.

Edit|Open OLE Item:OLE items that have previously been added can be opened and altered in the appropriate application.

OLE objects print first in PDF files, so that they don't obscure the design.

Areas

The maximum number of Irrigation Areas has been increased to 1001.

The maximum number of areas that can be enclosed by another has been increased to 1000.

The maximum number of Areas a Zone can span has been increased to 25.

Zones may now span multiple Irrigation Areas (e.g. a zone made up of multiple block entities) when calculating area and water requirements. Note that the V7 style reports (if enabled) still only allow for zones being in one area.

Tape and Spray Irrigation Blocks

This version introduces the concept of ‘Block Entities’ which are essentially an extension of the current block tools.Bock Entities retain the drawn boundary of the block tools as an Irrigation Area and ‘group’ the laterals contained by them. They also facilitate the automatic placement of submains, creation of block labels, and simplify the process of changing the type, spacing etc. oflaterals.

At present blocks of tapes or blocks of Spraylines can be treated in this way they can be created by selecting Tape Irrigation Blocks or Spray Irrigation Blocks from the Zone menu. Note that you may need to add these to your Toolbar by selecting the View|Toolbars menu item (on the Commands tab select Hydraulic Tools and then dragging the button onto the desired toolbar).

Most of the items on this dialogs are self-explanatory. The fields on the Lateral tab have exactly the same function as those on the Tape Block or Sprayline Block tool dialogs. Similarly those on the Area tab are identical to those on the Irrigation Area tool dialog.

Any line can be used when specifying the submain direction (i.e. not just block boundaries).

See the Tool and Command Reference or User Manual for more information.

Labels

Added "Check Label Length" and "Label Length Allowance" fields to the Label settings tab. These values were previously only available by editing the registry. They are now saved for each design.

Now Irrigation Areas can be labeled using the Irrigation block label settings.

When labeling pipes, with the "Combine Pipes" option set, Zone and Mainline pipes are now considered independently. This means, for example, that submain connected to an inline valve doesn't force multiple labels in the mainline pipes at that point.

The text colour for labels can now be specified in Settings|Labels [Text].

New Keywords

#ROLLS# 2D pipe lengths as a number of rolls based on the roll length of the pipe type in the Pipe Fitting Matching Table
#ROLLS3D# 3D pipe lengths as a number of rolls based on the roll length of the pipe type in the Pipe Fitting Matching Table

Added new Label keywords for Irrigation Blocks:

#AREA# Total plan area within block boundary
#AREAUNIT# Current area unit
#ACTFLOW# The flow for the block as calculated during the design process. If the design is incomplete, then the nominal flow is displayed.
#SHIFT# Lists the system flows that the block operates in.
#MINEMITPRESS# The minimum emitter pressure in the block, from design.
#MAXEMITPRESS# The maximum emitter pressure in the block, from design.
#MEANPRESS# The mean tape inlet pressure in the block.

If the label does currently have a value then ‘NA’ is displayed.

Plot Templates Keywords Added

More keywords have been enabled for Plot Templates:-

#DDES# Design Details Description
#CLSN# Client Details Short Name
#CLAD# Client Details Address
#CLHP# Client Details Home Phone
#CLPH# Client Details Work Phone
#CLFA# Client Details Fax
#CLCO# Client Details Code (3 chars only)
#EDATE# End Date
#SDATE# Start Date
#ADATE# Acceptance date
#REPCO# Rep Code
#REPNM# Rep Name
#LHRS# Labour Hours
#MILE# Mileage
#ICOST# Installation Cost
#SIGNT# Signitary
#SIGTL# Signitary Title
#LCOST# Labour Cost
#MCOST# Mileage Cost
#TAXR# Tax Rate
#COSN# Company Short Name
#COLN# Company Full Name
#BRCO# Branch Code
#BRNM# Branch Name
#BRPH# Branch Phone
#BRFX# Branch Fax
#BRAP# Branch After Hours Phone
#BRCT# Branch Contact

Running Snaps Changes

Running Snaps have now been enabled for hydraulic tools.

Snaps Changes

Standard drawing snaps have now been enabled for hydraulic tools.

Undo Vertex

Added Undo Vertex to the Right-click menu when drawing polyline items (applies to all hydraulic and drawing ‘Polyline’ tools).

Change Match Dialog Changes

The Change/Match dialog has been changed to a grid format.

Valve Connector Tool

IRRICAD has a tool that automatically connects control valves to the nearest mainline. To run this select Connect Valves from the Tools menu.

Design Parameters Changes

In Design Parameters changed the recommended minimum for velocity to 0.1 m/s and recommended minimum/maximum for lateral length to 1.0 and 100.0 m respectively.

New Tape calculation method

This version includes a new method of analyzing tapes where the elevation at each emitter (or virtual emitter) is used in the calculations. To enable this method select DEM Elevations in the “Elevation Calculation Method” dropdown box of the Analysis tab under the Design|Design Parameters menu item.

Connectivity Check

The Connectivity check has been improved. Unconnected outlets, tapes, spraylines and valves are indicated on screen by a special symbol. The coordinates of the unconnected items are no longer displayed in warning messages but are logged to the error log file and can be viewed with View Errors under the Reports menu.

Clear Connectivity Marks

The Clear Connectivity Marks menu item will remove all connectivity symbols, any existing symbols are also removed as part of the connectivity check.

Subdivision Tool

The Subdivision tool allows existing Irrigation Block entities to be subdivided into smaller sub blocks. It can be selected from the Tools menu. In common with the majority of Irricad tools it can be applied to an existing selection or, if no items are selected, applied to a particular object by clicking on that object.

New Management Options

The management options in the Design menu have been rearranged and a new graphically based option added.

The new option is called Assign System Flows to Zones.

Management Symbol

The graphical management process automatically creates a symbol, representing the current management arrangement, that can be subsequently drawn onto the plan (see figure below).

This symbol is accessed from Draw|Management Symbol, a symbol dialog is displayed that contains the normal symbol placement and creation options.

Convert to Elevations Changes

Made changes to the Convert to Elevations tool so that only items on visible layers are considered when attempting to join lines to create contours.

Import Contours

Import Contours now allows for multiple entities sections and also for LWPOLYLINE DXF entities.

Extra information about the number of contour segments found during Import Contours has been included. The number of raw and simplified segments is now shown.

Contour Simplification

Irricad has an internal limit for the number of contour segments that can be used during the elevation interpolation process. If contours are imported from a DXF file it is occasionally possible for this limit to be exceeded due to a combination of the ‘smoothness’ (i.e. the number of small line segments making up the line) and the number of contours lines that are imported. It is also possible for a similar situation to arise when using the Convert to Elevations tool.

In this version a facility has been added to ‘simplify’ any curves and polylines, that are imported as contours (or selected by the Convert to Elevations tool), to avoid exceeding the allowable number of contour segments. Two new items have been added to the Irrigation Items option of the Settings menu ( see figure below) to control the behavior of this option.

Elevation Colour Coding

The new Highlight Elevations tool colour codes contours and spot heights based on their elevation making any anomalies much easier to locate and correct.

The tool is activated by simply selecting Highlight Elevations from the Tools menu. When the tool is selected the range of elevation is displayed on the dialog.

3D DEM View

If DEM Elevations has been selected for the “Elevation Calculation Method” in the Analysis Parameters tab of Design Parameters then it is also possible to view a 3D representation of the resulting ground surface. The advantage of this 3D view is that small inconsistencies in elevations, that are not apparent with colour coding, can located visually.

This facility is available by selecting 3D DEM View from the Reports menu. Elevations of the DEM points are colour coded in a similar fashion to contours – from red through yellow green and then blue.

Re-interpolate Elevations

Re-interpolate Elevations on the Design menu now re-interpolates all elevations (not just new Hydraulic Items).

Improved Zone Design Configuration Table

The menu item for this option has been moved to immediately above Zone Design and many improvements have been made to the functionality of the dialog.

Zone Pressure Minimum and Maximum

A reporting function has been added that indicates the position and pressure value of the minimum and maximum pressure emitters for a zone (control valve).

Settings for the minimum and maximum zone pressure labels can be found in Reports|Report Settings.

Reports Viewer

Incorporated a new version of the report writing/viewing engine. Only minor cosmetic changes including enabling the mouse wheel in the report viewer.

Zone Reports

A new brief tabular report has been added entitled Zone CV Table.

The Zone Design Summary report has been re-titled Zone Design Summary (Pressure Variation).

A revised Zone Design Summary report now includes flow variations and the location of the emitters having the minimum and maximum pressures.

Added ZoneArea field to Zone Design Reports. Note this only allows for zones being in one area at the moment and will only be populated when a zone is inside an Irrigation Area or Irrigation Block.

The Zone Design Summary and Zone CV Table reports are now ordered by Zone name. In addition the calculation of percentage pressure and flow ranges has been changed to 100*(Max - Min)/Max rather than 100*(Max - Min)/Nominal or 100*(Max-Min)/((Max+Min)/2).

Mainline Reports

A version of the Mainline Pipe Report that lists nodes rather than coordinates has been added. Normally this would be used in conjunction with labelling using the ‘UID’ keyword to identify junctions on the plan.

A Water Supply elevation field has been added to the mainline reports (Sysflow->WSElevation).

Zones are now sorted by name in the Mainline Summary Report and ML Design Pipe Report – Nodes.

Added an ‘OutletFlow field for mainline reports.

The headloss through a control valve is now available in the MLItem->Outloss mainline report field.

Converting Drawing Items into Hydraulic Entities

It is now possible to convert drawing items, both those drawn in IRRICAD or imported via a DXF/DWG file, to hydraulic items. This is achieved by selecting the required drawing items and then the appropriate hydraulic tool. Currently tapes and all block tools (including Tape Block entities) can operate this way.

Hydraulic Gradeline

After a design is completed it is now possible to view the hydraulic gradeline of submain, spraylines and tapes. The tool can be access from the Reports menu.

Hydraulic Dialog Settings

The last values entered or database items selected in all the dialogs for Hydraulic Items are now retained with each individual design. Previously they would revert to the default values.

Undo Vertex

This command allows you to sequentially ‘undo’ placement of the line segments while running the Continuous Polyline. You can correct a misplaced segment without having to erase then redraw the entire line. If desired, Right-click|Undo Vertex can be repeated over and over again until the current line is completely undone.

Pipe Legend

If placeholder lines in the pipe legend templates have a line width, IRRICAD now allows for that line width to be used when pipe legends are created as part of Draw|Plot Layout.

Mouse Wheel

Panning via the mouse wheel button (by clicking and dragging the mouse wheel) has been added.

Database Changes

A utility to ‘clean’ fields in databases has been added to the database editor. This utility is used to correctly format fields, in the database, after directly importing data via Access. It is not necessary to use this if data has been entered via the Irricad database editor.

Selection

Any selected entities on invisible layers are now deselected.

 
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