From DIAL. DIALux evo 7 offers many new and modified functions to architects, lighting designers and engineers. As well as supporting BIM with IFC import, this version of
DIALux evo focuses on faster and more efficient workflows for daily use.
Fast and efficient lighting design in DIALux evo 7
An important aspect of DIALux evo7 and of coming versions is the focus on making the working processes faster and more efficient for the designer, especially in daily use and for »fast« plans.
Now it is possible to use existing plans with information about the furniture and fittings of the room in the floor plan in the documentation. This means, for example, that it is not necessary to furnish the room if this is already in the original plan (e.g. DWG). Moreover, in the result there will higher uniformity on the evaluation surface.
Also new in this version is the possibility to influence and, if required, substantially reduce the calculation times with the aid of calculation options. After calculation the photometric results can be evaluated very easily since DIALux evo 7 automatically produces isolux lines and value graphic. The task of documentation has also been greatly simplified. A reduced output tree and simplified settings for the page content make it possible to adapt the documentation very easily to suit personal requirements.
BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a method for the networked planning, realisation, operation and maintenance of building projects. DIALux evo 7 is the first lighting design software to provide import for the open BIM interface IFC (Industry Foundation Classes). This enables quick and easy use of complete buildings or parts thereof from other CAD applications. A 3D (re) construction of the projects to be planned is no longer necessary. This greatly simplifies the work of a lighting designer involved in a BIM process.
For some time DIAL has been actively involved in disseminating the idea of OPEN BIM and the open IFC interface for exchange of data. Within the IFC format there is a lot of freedom and playroom for interpretation. Structures and constructions can be built differently and objects be used in different ways. IFC import in DIALux evo 7 can deal with many such cases. In some individual cases, however, it may not be possible for an import to be completed because the IFC file has a data structure which is not supported by the software. This is why the IFC import still bears the label »Beta feature«. We would like to learn about such cases in order to improve DIALux. We would be pleased to receive a message sent to our Support team. As a rule, an import should function without any problem at all, especially when the following conditions are fulfilled:
- The IFC file (Version 2×3) includes at least one building with one storey and walls
- It was designed exactly and was completed
- Correct object types were used
If you are interested, detailed information about export settings, object types supported etc. can be found in our Knowledge Base.
Further information about this version
In the coming days/weeks we will present the functions described at the beginning in detail as a video tutorial. You will find a detailed overview of the new version here: Version history DIALux evo 7