With the Hevacomp brand being synonymous with building design for decades, we are excited to announce the transition of its capabilities to OpenBuildings Designer.
Integrating the building services calculations from Hevacomp into the multidiscipline environment of OpenBuildings offers real opportunities for Bentley to be at the forefront of building performance simulation, to add new exciting features, and the ability to drive forward analysis-based design.
Currently the Design Database capabilities of Hevacomp are being developed and are available in OpenBuildings Energy Simulator.
At the same time, we would like to assure our users that Hevacomp can continue to be used, as normal during this transition.
Also, to aid the transition, any existing Hevacomp Design Database projects can easily be imported into OpenBuildings Energy Simulator, and the results will be identical.
The below communication links to the FAQ that provides all details in relation to this transition plan, and the resources available to you. These include a series of introductory videos, extensive help articles on our OpenBuildings Communities Wiki page, and access to free training for SELECT users.
Hevacomp Mechanical is NOW integrated into OpenBuildings Designer
While there are aspects of pipe and duct sizing (eg as shown here) in OpenBuildings Designer, further development is planned so that it matches the capabilities in Hevacomp. Thus for the time being, we would advise continuing to use Netsys. You can continue to use Hevacomp alongside OpenBuildings throughout this transition.
Hi, is Netsys transferring to Openbuildings and if so, where in the package will we find that capability?
Thank you Shane
No problem, I have requested that your account manager get in touch to take care of this for you.
We downloaded the Openbuildings designer, but since the trial has run out, we no longer have access. Do we need to request a free license.
I raised a ticket which advised of the transition FAQ and Desktop Applications Support Policy, but I couldn't see anything to help.
Future updates will occur in OpenBuildings only. You can continue to use Hevacomp throughout this time however there will be no further updates to it.
1. You can use OpenBuildings right now as you now have a free license of it. After 1st Jan 2021, upon your renewal date your license will switch to OpenBuildings with a free entitlement to Hevacomp. Yes - to avail of updates OpenBuildings should be used.
2. Yes that is correct. Hevacomp should continue to be used for the electrical calculations for the time being.
I hope that helps to clarify.
Thanks Shane for response, so can I confirm the following is correct or not:-
1. Mechanical Designer (Design Database, Netsys & Mechanical Designer) - has to change to OpenBuildings by 1st January 2021 (next year) but sooner if we want to obtain any updates?
2. Electrical Designer (Connect, Nimbus & Electrical Design) - stays with Connection/Select as not setup with OpenBuildings and also after 1st January 2021? There are no updates available as support discontinued until change to OpenBuildings?
Many thanks for your query, I can appreciate your curiosity about this as it means both OpenBuildings and Hevacomp will need to be used.
I have received clarification that, currently, your Select will remain the same and you can avail of an upgrade to OpenBuildings Designer at no extra cost. This upgrade to OBD will have an entitlement to OBES (includes Hevacomp Mechanical and Simulator capabilities) and legacy product (Hevacomp Electrical) if needed.
Then, at your renewal date you will switch to OpenBuildings Select.
In relation to mechanical updates; I can confirm that you are correct in saying that all such updates will occur in OpenBuildings only.
Was going to raise a Service Ticket but assume I can raise a question here.
We use both Mechanical & Electrical Designer as a combined "package" of software components (i.e. Design Database, Connect etc) as they all appear together. Where currently Electrical Designer is not part of Openbuildings it is assumed we continue without any change with Select and it is assumed both will be available together when changing over to Openbuildings and not before having to swap Mechanical first?
Does it also mean any updates to Mechanical will not be available until swapped from Select to Openbuildings as it appears support stopped in this July 2020?
It is assumed we do not have to do anything until nearer January 1 2021 (next year)?