Trace Software 30th Anniversary


Trace Software International to Celebrate its 30 years of Success

Trace Software International, leading company in the creation of software solutions for the electrical installations, will celebrate its 30TH Birthday in Barcelona, 22 July 2017.

It has always been very challenging for companies to get launched, gain engagement, make profits, and especially find a sustainable way to survive in the massively competitive market, but Trace Software International succeeded in all of this for 30 years.  They proudly announce they will celebrate this unique happening in Barcelona. The event, dedicated to the company organization, represents a special occasion to celebrate their 30 years of success in the market and to reward the global efforts which brought the company to a leading and winning position in the international scenario.




Industrial engineer with a PhD in Business Administration, Pedro Puig is the bold and ambitious entrepreneur who started it all. Back in the 1984 he was the first Spanish reseller for Autodesk in Spain.  A pioneer with a visionary mindset, genuinely committed to his everlasting passion – engineering – Pedro has been unleashing the potential of technology and anticipating the industry trends since the early years.

Out of the comfort zone and ready to face the challenges of the increasingly competitive world of design software technology, CEO Pedro Puig, decided to take the risk and jumped on to the next level. In the 1987, he proudly founded Aceri Trace Software.

Since its creation, Aceri Trace Software has developed and distributed software tools to enable their clients to increase productivity and achieve maximum potential. The CAD design tool for the creation of electrical projects, Electrical Designer, had been Aceri Trace Software’s sole development focus. It used to be distributed in over 40 countries, over 5 continents and translated into 14 languages.

Pedro Puig - Trace Software's CEO



Before talking about the great turning point in 2008, we need to throw it back at 1989, the year when Pedro Puig met Etienne Mullie.

French based, he possessed a great passion for engineering and a massive dedication to the industry, apart from a deep level of expertise.  Along their journey they have been friends, they have been collaborators and, at certain times, also competitors.

A turning point was in 2008, which represented a very decisive year in Aceri Trace Software history.

The overall market scenario showed a massive growth potential and CEO Pedro Puig leading software’ solutions were already selling in some countries of Europe, Asia and America through different channels.

Pedro’s international vision- much more than just a dream-  has been a true mission since the early times of the company, which pushed him to make the next step. Finally, the right time had come. Both CEO, Pedro Puig and Etienne Mullie, decided to put together their resources with a clear objective in mind: being the key players in the electrical software engineering industry.

A fortunate decision that changed their professional lives forever. After the merger Aceri Trace Software was renamed as Trace Software International.

2008 is the year of the turning point: Trace Software International started the International conquering. A mission that has been accomplished.

Nowadays Trace Software International counts with a worldwide presence: they have offices in France, Spain, Morocco and China as well as an international network of distributors or authorized partners.

During this exciting journey, there have been many changes. Nowadays Trace Software International is part of Groupe Trace. This giant includes TraceParts, as a world-leading digital engineering 3D content company, Cythelia as an independent research firm in new energy technologies, specializing in photovoltaics, BIM&CO as a free, cloud based, collaborative platform dedicated to BIM Content amongst the most relevant and Green Systèmes as an innovating company which main purpose is to help professionals optimize the energy performance of their buildings and equipment.

Trace Software International vision is to guarantee their customers‘ satisfaction, enhancing and innovating their solutions and services.

“I have always been confident in my vision. When a company knows what it stands for and where it is going, it can focus on its people and resources assuming great clarity and integrity in a range of decisions” affirms CEO Pedro Puig.




Trace Software International –TSI- is a successful company committed to the development of software solutions and services for industry engineering, with a unique expertise in the design of electrical installations.

TSI manufacture and edit software solutions which allow to conceive, calculate, realize, handle and simulate. Its offer covers all the needs of the business manager from the production including the follow-up and the usage of the installations. Typically, their customers are within activity sectors like OEMs and machinery, automation and plant, energy and power generation, construction and aerospace.

With a double expertise, both technological and engineering-focused, thousands of relevant partners in the industry have increased their profitability and assured company safety standards through Trace Software International cutting-edge solutions:


  • elecworks™ the new generation electrical CAD design software for automation projects and electrical installations with a unique ergonomics quality.
  • elec calc™ the software package that enables the calculation of low voltage and high voltage electrical installations in real-time.
  • archelios™ offers powerful, innovative and easy-to-use photovoltaic software that facilitates PV projects from planning to operations and maintenance.

Trace Software Solutions

To appear amongst the best companies and to face the challenges of tomorrow, Trace Software International absolute priority is the constant investment into innovation. As an approved “Innovative Company” by OSEO, they massively invest in Research & Development, developing their own kernels software and working in collaboration with their customers to produce innovative solutions, disrupt habits and anticipate future needs.  In their own words “They make their customers win by designing innovative software products and this translates into giving them decisive advantages in terms of safety and profitability”


Enthusiast, passionate, unstoppable Trace Software International talents are ready to celebrate their well-deserved 30 years of success and they promise best is still to come.

How can I display time in revision dates in elecworks?

Purpose: Display time in revisions created on the same day.

By default, elecworks does not show time in revision dates, so you will find the following information in the revisions management:

Revisions manager in elecworks

If you want o add this information to your title block, you should go to the project’s general configuration and set the Display format field to the value %d-%m-%y %H:%M:

Project configuration in elecworks

This way you will display time in revision dates:

Revisions in elecworks project

It will also activate time in the title block’s attributes related to revision dates, and in the creation and modification date attributes from the project:

Adding information in title block in elecworks

Time displayed in revisions in elecworks

This way you will be able to differentiate revisions created on the same day.


Celebrating the opening of first elecworks™ intelligent electrical design teaching center of Hangzhou-Xiaoshan, China.

Trace Software International, leading company in the creation of design software solutions for the electrical engineering, is thrilled to announce that last Wednesday June 14, 2017 the first “elecworks™ intelligent electrical design teaching center” of Hangzhou- Xiaoshan in Zhejiang, province of China, has been inaugurated.

The Hangzhou- Xiaoshan Technician Institute will proudly host the first elecworks™ intelligent electrical design teaching center of Zhejiang, province of China.

Dr. Pedro Puig, CEO of Trace Software International, said that the choice of the Hangzhou- Xiaoshan Technician Institute as the first elecworks™ intelligent electrical design teaching center, is excellent. They aim to share the advanced experience of western intelligent control and the innovation of technology with teachers and students.

The Hangzhou- Xiaoshan Technician Institute has chosen elecworks™ as the most suitable tool for training the future leading generation of electrical engineers.

elecworks™ is an electrical CAD system designed for design professionals in engineering. The software is based on a digital model representative database installation or machine. This database allows to work on different views, depending on project needs, while ensuring the integrity of project data. It also allows the simultaneous collaborative work on the same project.

Some of the main advantages of the interactive elecworks™ are:

  • Multi- users simultaneous access in the same project
  • An exceptional simplicity of use
  • Enables the partial or complete automatic creation of a project
  • Electrical content portal
  • Open and communicating product built on a database
  • New way to design with the wiring diagram
  • Integration with the 3D CAD

elecworks electrical design CAD

Mr. Xuhongping, President of Hangzhou- Xiaoshan Technician Institute and Mr. Wu Hongxia, Vice President have hosted Dr. Pedro PUIG, CEO of Trace Software international and Mr. Rui Wan, General Manager of China. They have been very glad to attend the opening ceremony, all together with the teachers and with the students of the Department of Intelligent Control.

The project is very promising; however, these are not Trace Software International’ first steps in the educational field.

The first center of China was set up in Tsinghua University since March 2014 after satisfactory tests and validating new 2D and 3D unification options brought by elecworks™ to the electromechanical arena.

The Hangzhou- Xiaoshan Technician Institute is the first center in Zhejiang Province. The reason of adopting elecworks™ is that the students here are interested in practice and the teachers prefer to teach as per the requirements of enterprises.

Learning by doing is the teaching method for active learning, adopted in the best educational institutions around the world. It is not just a trend, it is a real-life, strategic and favorable simulation-  teaching method.

Trace Software proposes an Academy Offer available worldwide which is perfectly adaptable to the market ‘needs.

elecworks™, already trusted by more than thirty thousand professionals worldwide, can also be used as a strategic tool for teaching purposes. In fact, the software solution offers a hands-on approach, essential to get accurate knowledge of the design process. To facilitate the use of its software range at school, Trace Software International proposes specific licenses allowing easy installations for both teachers and students.

Trace Software Hangzhou Meeting

Hangzhou- Xiaoshan Technician Institute