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Spotlight on 4M FineGREEN: BIM Energy Simulation


4M FineGREEN is energy simulation BIM software that can upgrade old and new buildings of any kind and scale according to LEED energy efficiency standards. FineGREEN uses the renowned EnergyPlus™ calculation engine sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Providing the most familiar 3D BIM interface to EnergyPlus on top of IntelliCAD, FineGREEN easily determines the best energy-efficient building design solutions from the initial architectural concept through HVAC design to the entire project completion. Being at the same time 100% .dwg and IFC compatible, the program ensures close collaboration with any other BIM application, such as Autodesk® Revit®, Graphisoft® Archicad®, Allplan®, 4M's own IDEA®, etc.

FineGREEN enables the designer to study effective alternative design scenarios in order to reach the optimal solutions for any type of new construction, as well as to identify the most interesting retrofit design alternatives. Simulation results are organized in detailed output tables, charts, and graphical representation forms, to easily make comparative evaluations of the alternatives.
FineGREEN contains rich libraries open to the user, including weather files and climate data, building components, construction assemblies and materials, HVAC and lighting equipment, templates with structure and system profiles, as well as activity & operating schedules based on the Ashrae 62.1 and 90.1 standards. The program performs Site Shading Analysis, HVAC Systems Modeling (using a wide range of predefined HVAC system templates that can be easily customized by the user or even defined from scratch), Daylighting Analysis for each zone, Solar & Wind Energy Modeling, and more. FineGREEN additionally includes a sophisticated building cost analysis, figuring out the cost of a building from the early design to project completion and operation. It also produces a report for LEED certification.

FineGREEN belongs to the 4M BIM Suite, which also includes IDEA Architecture and FINE-MEP. A very detailed understanding of the concept and functionality of FineGREEN is provided in the IntelliCAD 10.1 DevCast video at:
For more details about FineGREEN, you can also go to the 4M website at To learn about how 4M benefits from the IntelliCAD technology, see the updated success story here.
Topics: IntelliCAD DWG 4M BIM ITC CAD

See IntelliCAD at Carlson Software Go West 2022

Carlson Go West 2022 Save the Date

Headed to Carlson Software's Go West 2022 user conference? Check out IntelliCAD while you're there—many Carlson products are based on the IntelliCAD engine. Go West 2022 is April 4-6, 2022 in Denver, Colorado, US. The in-person conference includes training tracks for Carlson Survey, Civil, SurvCE|PC & Instruments, Mining, PhotoCapture & P3D, and Takeoff.

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To find out how Carlson Software and the ITC work together, see the success story. To learn how IntelliCAD helps developers and their products use .dwg seamlessly, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC Carlson Software CAD

Updated CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 Includes .dwg File Comparisons

cms intellicad compare

The most recent update of CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 includes the ability to compare .dwg files. When you compare drawings, CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 highlights all two-dimensional changes such as deletions, additions, and modifications. 

The latest maintenance release of CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 also includes enhancements to visual styles and other improvements. Users of CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 PE, 10.1 PE PLUS, and 10.1 PE PLUS Network can freely download and install the maintenance update.

The most recent maintenance version of CMS IntelliCAD 10.1 is based on the IntelliCAD 10.1a engine. To learn how CMS benefits from ITC membership for .dwg technology and manufacturing solutions, see the success story. To learn how you can use IntelliCAD as your native .dwg platform, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG CMS ITC CAD

ActCAD 2022: Maintenance Releases Available

actcad-2022-primeActCAD 2022 Prime, Professional, and Standard versions include new features and enhanced commands. To get the latest ActCAD 2022 maintenance release, ActCAD users can upgrade to the latest version 1267 using the ActCAD command CHECKFORUPDATES. The new maintenance version is available for ActCAD 2022 Prime, Professional, and Standard.

The latest ActCAD version is also available directly from the ActCAD website in the downloads area.

Available in 64- and 32-bit, ActCAD is a native .dwg and .dxf CAD software program used for 2D drafting and 3D modeling. ActCAD is based on the IntelliCAD engine. To learn more about how ActCAD and the ITC work together, see the case study. To learn more about IntelliCAD's .dwg technology, go here.

Topics: IntelliCAD DWG ITC ActCAD CAD