elec calc™ BIM software is officially available for sale Trace Software International

elec calc™ BIM software is officially available for sale

Trace Software International, the global leader in electrical engineering since 1987, announces the official launch of the elec calc™ BIM software, the first tool in the world that seamlessly integrates electrical calculation into the BIM process.

When we talk about Building Information Modeling (BIM) we are not talking about a trend, but about a real digital revolution in the building sector, ready to break up obsolete schemes and processes.
For a long time, the engineering and construction sectors were looking for tools to increase the productivity and quality of their projects by reducing costs and delivery times. BIM has positioned itself in these sectors as the ideal tool for achieving these goals.

Innovation is at the heart of Trace Software International journey. This is why the company has soon followed the digital evolution of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to meet the business needs of construction professionals, integrating calculation and electrical design into the BIM process.
With the commercialization of elec calc™ BIM, Trace Software offers electrical professionals a cutting-edge and innovative software that allows them to improve the performance of their electrical installations dimensioning projects.

With the arrival of BIM, we have for the first time in almost thirty years,  an exceptional opportunity to make a profound change in the way we conceive our electrical design software.” With elec calc ™ BIM, the user has at his disposal a digital model, capable of simulating most of the installation parameters, which saves hundreds of hours of work, provides more rigorous design, and implies an immense economic advantage “, says Etienne Mullie, Trace Software International R&D Manager.

elec calc ™ BIM: an essential solution for electrical engineering

It is the first software in the world that perfectly integrates the electrical calculation in the BIM process. With elec calc™ BIM, the user can design, calculate and size the electrical installation in the digital model in IFC 4 format, generated by any 3D architecture software (Revit, ArchiCAD, SketchUp …).

For REVIT users, the elec calc™ BIM plug-in optimizes collaboration between the two programs. The compatibility with the electrical objects available on the BIM&CO platform is also an important resource for integrating and calculating the products of the manufacturers.

elec calc™ BIM offers unique routing capabilities. The user calculates the lengths of the cables generated in the digital model and it is also possible to perform different simulations to compare different routing scenarios. The 3D model allows for conflict detection and the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) technology, integrated into the software, allows you to manage all communications and alerts with other operators.

elec calc™ BIM is the exclusive electrical design solution for professionals who keep up with the times and want to take full advantage of this breakthrough industry innovation.

Getting started is easy. Request a trial version.

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How is it possible to show the cross references table format in the line diagram?

By default, in the line diagram drawings, the cross reference format is a text.
Planos sinoptico Trace Software International

You can set the symbol to have a table format like the one that appears in the scheme drawings.

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To do this you have to select the symbol, right click button, Symbol properties.

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Set the Cross references type field as Parent in table and accept.
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Please note the result will be as following:
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In this way it is possible to increase the level of information provided in the line diagram, allowing to generate a more precise documentation.
Keep in mind that the modifications made only affect the selected symbol, you can change the configuration of the Cross references type field in the library. To do this please select the symbol, right click button, Symbol, Open symbol.
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This will take us to the symbol in the library, the Properties panel allows you to set the Cross reference type.
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We save the symbol and return to the line diagram, when we insert it again it will have the Cross references type property set as Parent in table. If we want to update the symbols previously inserted in the project, we must select a symbol, right click button, Symbol, and Update.
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This allows updating the selected symbol, those inserted in the same drawing or in the project.
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In this way, you will be able to update the whole project.

Electrical safety at work by Trace Software International

Electrical safety at work

There is no doubt that electrical safety is one of the fundamental elements in assessing the quality of jobs. According to ESAW methodology, an accident at work is defined as a discrete occurrence in the course of work which leads to physical or mental harm.

Occupational accidents are common and numerous in the modern society. And, as electricity is an essential factor of modern economies, its use at work is inevitable.  Electricity is a serious workplace hazard as it has enough power to cause death,  so even the simplest electrical system can become dangerous.

Electricity can be defined as the flow of electrons through a conductor.

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R is the resistance of the conductor,

is the potential difference in the circuit at the extremes of the resistance

is the current intensity

Resistance is the tendency of a material to oppose the flow of charge. The current will flow through the easiest possible path (minimum energy principle), which means, as conductor’s resistance increases, the current ability to cross it decreases. Based on their electrical behavior, the materials are subdivided into conductors and insulatorsThe conductors are those materials that allow electric current to flow. On the other hand, materials that prevent the passage of current are insulators.

In the electric field, the overload occurs when the system is crossed by a certain quantity of electrons, which is actually higher of its capacity. This is why, in an electrical circuit, cables need to be sized in order to guarantee a specific flow rate.  Any electric current that exceeds the rating of the circuit leads to an overcurrent.

Electricity is recognized as a serious workplace hazard and failure to comply with the specific regulations can be of fatal consequences. According to Health & Safety Executive, there are four main types of electrical injuries: Electric shockElectrical burnsLoss of muscle controlThermal burns.

However, the electricity has enough power to cause death by electrocution. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) notes that most electrical accidents are caused by one of these factors: unsafe equipment or installation, unsafe environment or unsafe work practices.

Trace Software International has been empowering electrical solutions since 1987. This is why the company promotes safe work with electricity and electrical systems.

The proper sizing of cabling is the most important design feature for the reliability, consistency, and safety of the system. elec calc ™ is the CAE software solution dedicated to the sizing of electrical installations, the only one in the world that allows integrating the management of high and low voltage in the same project and in compliance with international standards. In a more and more demanding market, characterized by ultra-competitiveness, the latest software version guarantees excellent results in terms of safety, time and productivity, including flawless installation.

It is easy to get started. You can now learn more about this state-of-the-art software solution and download a free trial version: FREE TRIAL.

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The success factors in the booming solar market by Trace Software International

The success factors in the booming solar market

The solar market is booming at a pace never seen before. We have entered a new era, with record growth figures. According to the latest report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) it is expected that the photovoltaic sector will drive the renewable energy market in the coming years, beating the hydroelectric and wind sector. Solar energy is increasingly in direct competition with fossil fuels. A photovoltaic (PV) deployment of 110 gigawatts (GW) is expected in 2018.

Which are the contributing factors to the industry’s success?

The expansion of renewable energy, such as solar energy, is a key element in improving air quality and the sustainability of the mix of our energy sources. With more attention to alternative and renewable energies, there are many interesting investment opportunities. In 2017, the global investment in renewable energy grew by 2% compared to the previous year, reaching 279.8 billion dollars. It is the solar energy sector that attracts most of the investments with a total of 161 billion dollars in 2016 and a growth rate of 18% in the same year. (UN Environment, Bloomberg New Energy Finance).
“The extraordinary surge in solar investment, around the world, shows how much can be achieved when we commit to growth without harming the environment,” said Head of UN Environment Erik Solheim.

The decline of the price of photovoltaics has certainly played a key role in empowering the global demand. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that by 2020 the price of energy production in large solar power plants could fall to around three US cents per kWh in many regions of the world. Photovoltaic becomes therefore accessible and attractive. In 2017, costs continued to fall for solar, in particular. The benchmark levelized cost of electricity for a utility-scale photovoltaic project dropped to $86 per megawatt-hour, down 15% on a year earlier and 72% since 2009. Some of this was due to a fall in capital costs, some to improvements in efficiency according to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018 Report. 

The proliferation of solar contracts invites to reflect on the policies of renewable sources. The increased competition has pushed governments to reduce prices, however public incentives are undoubtedly less important than before. The trend is clear, the expansion of the sector will be driven by solar tenders. According to the GTM Research, there are already 53 national markets in which there is currently a call for tenders or an auction program, compared to 32 in the second half of 2016. In addition, there are 29 other national markets where a project has been discussed or planned. Furthermore, power purchase agreements, tenant power, and sector coupling are generating new business models.

Solar photovoltaics are not anymore a thing of the future. Technical advances are undoubtedly a main driver of the solar market developmentfueled by the dynamic and competitive PV production. Main actors are driving the mass production with cost-effective technology and efficient manufacturing processes

The archelios™ suite is the state -of- the- art photovoltaic software solution to manage the entirety of a photovoltaic project. It is the unique tool in the market which allows the solar professionals to increase the performance of the project with the utmost precision. From the feasibility study, bankability, 3D design, to the compliance and calculation notes, right up to the operation and maintenance management, archelios™ suite sharpen your competitive position in the booming market of photovoltaics.

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Trace Software International confirms its participation in Intersolar

Trace Software International confirms its participation in Intersolar

For its second consecutive year, Trace Software International confirms it will be an exhibitor at Intersolar Europe, taking place 20th – 22nd of June at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany- Stand B3-575.
With a unique know-how and more than 30 years of experience in the industrial engineering, Trace Software International leads innovation delivering software solutions that disrupt old habits and provide decisive advantages in terms of profitability and safety.
With events spanning four continents and 26 years of experience, today Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry. More than 55,000 visitors are expected in this upcoming edition. A very promising data which confirms how the event is seriously playing a worldwide major role in connecting solar businesses and increasing the share of solar power in the energy supply.
Photovoltaics are experiencing a second wind in Europe, in fact, figures are really positive. 2018 will witness a growth of +30% in Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. It is estimated that deployment will exceed 10 GW for the first time in years. The public incentive has less and less weight in the growth of the sector, which instead is due to the fall in prices and technological developments. Also, political incentives are becoming increasingly common across Europe with the use of public tenders, decentralized “citizen power” generation and net metering.
Trace Software International provides the professionals of the solar industry with cutting-edge and state of art software solutions, aimed to simplify processes and improve performance.
In a growing market, the archelios™ suite guarantees excellent results in terms of precision, time and productivity. It is a proofed real asset which adds value to the PV project.
The design process for photovoltaic systems has, for the most part, transitioned from a simple electrical equation to a complicated three-dimensional architectural, solar and financial analysis.
archelios™ suite is a comprehensive solution with enables feasibility study, bankability, 3D design, to the compliance and calculation notes, right up to the operation and maintenance management.
It is composed by:

archelios™  is an online application conceived to design, simulate and perform the economic analysis of photovoltaic projects up to 50kWp.
archelios™ Pro is the application for the 3D design, simulation, bankability analysis, and the most accurate yield forecast, for any kind of PV installation.
archelios™ Calc is a market leading software for electrical sizing of PV installations linked to the public network of the layout according to the different NF guides and the ICE standards.
archelios™ O&M brings all the benefits of PVBIMmock-up design to advanced PV monitoring. Thanks to this 3D model, all data is referenced to BIM and the user can import and access any information from any component of the plant well as pinpoint the location of any failure for a quick intervention.
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Why should you install solar panels? by Trace Software International

Why should you install a photovoltaic solar system?

Solar energy offers a clean, climate-friendly energy resource that is abundant and inexhaustible for humanity. Solar energy is the energy associated with solar radiation and it is the primary source of energy on Earth. Solar energy is what reaches the Earth in the form of electromagnetic radiation from the Sun, where it is generated by a process of natural nuclear fusion that can reach 15 million degrees centigrade.
The sun has produced energy for billions of years. This energy travels to the earth in the form of rays. The sun’s rays transmit two main forms of energy:
light energy, in the form of photons, which can be converted into electrical energy using certain materials that release electrons in a natural way when exposed to light. This phenomenon, known as “photovoltaic effect”, is the basis of all solar energy systems.
thermal energy, or heat, which we have always used to heat our homes and greenhouses, for example.

How does the transformation of solar energy into photovoltaic energy happen?

The term photovoltaic derives from the “phos“, which means light and “Volt” from the name of the Italian scientist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the pile. The sun is a form of clean and renewable energy, which is converted into electricity without any combustion process.
Solar panels are predominantly made of materials that are known to have the property of naturally converting sunlight into electrical energy.
These materials are known as semiconductors. The production of electricity using the sun is obtained thanks to the reverse photoelectric effect of the junction, which manifests itself in the semiconductor.
When sunlight hits these semiconductors, they release free electrons to move, which are channeled through the device and produce an electric current.

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Why then install a photovoltaic solar system?

The decision to self-produce clean electricity through solar irradiation has over time become an option not only convenient and responsible, but increasingly economical and intelligent.
The photovoltaic installations, in fact, concurrently allow the cutting of energy costs, energy self-sufficiency and a lower impact of the variations linked to the individual tariffs of energy distributors. The convenience of a photovoltaic solar system depends, in any case, on several factors including geographic positioning, compatibility with local conditions such as local temperature and inclination of photovoltaic modules or incentives policies.
Installing a photovoltaic solar system today can represent a way to avoid the insecurity of the fluctuations in energy prices. The primary energy source, the sun, has no supply costs and is available to an almost infinite extent.
With a 30% rate of growth expected in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and France, the PV market in Europe is blooming. The causes are not to be found in incentive policies but rather in lowering costs and technological innovations.

The archelios™ suite is the Trace Software International software solution to conceive the entire photovoltaic installation. This cutting-edge software provides solar professionals with innovative and powerful features to improve the performance of their photovoltaic project as it permits to work on common data and at the utmost accuracy. From feasibility study, 3D simulation, electrical sizing to PV monitoring, this is a comprehensive software solution.


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