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.

Resultado de imagen de ley de ohm

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 implementation of BIM in the Spanish AEC industry Trace Software International

The implementation of BIM in the Spanish AEC industry

What is the current Spanish situation regarding the implementation of BIM in the Spanish AEC industry? What are the decisions of the Spanish government regarding the digital revolution in the construction industry?

BIM is not yet mandatory in Spain. However, the Spanish construction industry has also been subject to EU Directive 2014/24/UE.  Since 2014, according to this directive, the member states are invited to encourage the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in construction projects financed by EU public funds as of 2016.

In 2015 the Ministerio de Fomento (Ministry of Development) created the “BIM Commission” with the main mission to establish a roadmap for the BIM methodology implementation in Spain. The BIM Committee is made up of five different tasks groups that focus on distinct themes: strategy, people, processes, technology, and international liaison.

While the first group is primarily responsible for the planning and the stipulation of a specific action plan for the implementation of BIM, the second group focuses on the theme of the change of culture and the capacity of public and private staff in the new collaborative scenario. The third group, on the other hand, works on the standardization of processes and on the creation of protocols and standards necessary for the realization of projects that use BIM. The fourth group is dedicated to the technological aspect with the aim of guaranteeing the interoperability and use of the Open BIM. The last group pays attention to the international scenario to revisit the Spanish position compared to the other panoramas.

A strategic timetable for BIM implementation has been set. BIM use is supposed to be mandatory in public construction projects from December 2018 and in infrastructure projects by July 2019. However, we do not speak of real legislation, but rather of guidelines in the implementation path of the BIM methodology in Spain. In fact, the date for the actual approval of the BIM law and standards has been set at 11/06/2018.

The importance of BIM in the construction sector is now consolidated in public opinion. BIM is becoming a global language for the infrastructure and construction sector, enabling greater collaboration and movement of capabilities across borders. BIM refers to a collaborative method of working which is based on the generation and exchange of data between various project parties on the same project.

Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries have sought out for a long time to increase productivity and quality, while at the same time decrease costs and project delivery time, hence using BIM gives the best potential in reaching these goals.

elec calc™ BIM  stands out as the unique electrical design software solution responding to the BIM challenges. This is the world’s first calculating software that seamlessly integrates elec calc™-  the electrical equipment used in sizing projects – with different design platforms and architectural 3D models, thanks to its unique IFC standard use approach.

BIM simulates the construction project in a virtual environment.  Just as elec calc™ BIM solution allows you to create a one-line diagram of electrical installation from the BIM model and defining the cable routing (calculating lengths, adding cables as objects).

The key benefit of BIM is its accurate geometrical representation of the parts of a building, in an integrated data environment. Some great features of elec calc™ BIM  include IFC Explorer, your electrical objects are recognized from IFC data and interactions between Explorer, 3D Viewer, and elec calc™ one-line diagram, identifying components in real time between your 3D Viewer and the one-line diagram.


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Trace Software International will participate at NAPEC 2018

Trace Software International will participate at NAPEC 2018

Trace Software International, the innovative company committed to the development of software solutions for the engineering industry since 1987, is thrilled to announce that will exhibit at the 8th North Africa Petroleum Exhibition & Conference – NAPEC – at the Oran Convention Centre in Algeria from the 25th until the 28th of March 2018.

NAPEC – with 25789 participants and 540 exhibitors from 40 countries across the globe – is the leading oil & gas business hub of the North African market, an exclusive gateway to relevant business opportunities.

The North Africa Petroleum Exhibition and Conference – NAPEC –  is a superb platform to showcase the software solutions tailored to satisfy the oil & gas industry experts’ needs:  elecworks™, elec calc™ suite and archelios™ suite.

Trace Software International will be attending the event together with its official partner Intellisolutions. They will be welcoming you at booth C4-23 during all the event.


Innovative software solutions



elecworks™ is the worldwide bestselling electrical CAD system for automation projects and electrical installations. With 30 years of unique expertise in the design of tools for the creation of electrical projects, it is possible to affirm electrical engineering is in the company DNA.

Integrated in the elecworks™ standard license, elecworks™ Fluid is a specific solution to design hydraulics and pneumatics automatisms & projects, which can be linked to the electrical installation. Only one single software solution is needed to perform an integral design for all the automation and control projects.

You can try this software solution for free here: TRIAL


elec calc™ suite

To manage the complexity of the electrical calculation elec calc™ suite has been conceived as a 360º software solution useful for the entire electrical installation lifecycle. It is composed by:

elec calc™  the CAE software solution dedicated to the sizing of electrical installations, the only one in the world that allows to integrate the management of high and low voltage in the same project. With more than 3.000 licenses sold, it is a reference in electrical calculation.

elec calc™ BIM is the world’s first and only calculating software that seamlessly integrates elec calc™ with different design platforms enabling the importation of the digital model in IFC 4 format, generated by any 3D architectural software’s (Revit, Archicad…).

You can try this software solution for free here: TRIAL


archelios™ suite


This is the essential solution to manage entirely any photovoltaic project.  From the feasibility, profitability study, simulation and calculation of the project, to the electrical sizing, this all-in-one software solution is intended for PV installations of all types.

archelios™ and archelios™ Pro are software solutions conceived for PV professionals to design, edit and share projects of the utmost precision, from rooftop to huge ground mounted.  archelios™ Calc ensures optimal security with real-time photovoltaic calculation of the installation. The latest addition to the archelios™ suite is archelios™ O&M, the monitoring software for PV installation. It shows a unique approach on BIM for PV, as it brings all the benefits of PVBIM mock-up design to advanced PV monitoring.

You can try this software solution for free here: TRIAL



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Trace Software International to Exhibit at Batimat

Trace Software International to Exhibit at Batimat

Trace Software International, the leading company in the creation of design software solutions for the electrical engineering for 30 years, is thrilled to announce that it will exhibit at Batimat, in Paris from 6th to the 10th November 2017.

Trace Software International has chosen Batimat – the building industry’s leading international trade show which presents economic opportunities of building and architectural projects in promising markets – to showcase its cutting-edge construction software solutions:  elec calc™ BIM and archelios™ O&M for the buildings of today and tomorrow.

The company views this event as an outstanding opportunity to show the stakeholders its winning software solutions able to respond to the challenging demands of the building industry.

Trace Software International will participate to the exhibition together with its avant-garde partner BIM&COThe BIM Contents Company, free and cloud based, highly social and collaborative. This is the professional community where the users can publish quality objects and manufactures can publish construction product data, making BIM&CO a unique source for all BIM objects and data, for digital mock-up projects.

Both key players will be welcoming you at booth R123- Hall 5A during all the fair event.


Software Solutions for the Industry Leaders


elec calc™ BIM


elec calc BIM  stands out as the exclusive electrical design solution satisfying the upcoming BIM challenges. This is the world’s first and only calculating software that seamlessly integrates elec calc™ –  the electrical tool used in the calculation and sizing of projects – with different design platforms enabling the importation of the digital model in IFC 4 format, generated by any 3D architectural software’s (Revit, Archicad…).  Several simulations can be done to compare the possible routing scenarios. The 3D model allows the detection of any conflicts. If this is case, the information is directly sent to the designer thanks to the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) so he can fix the problem and correct his model.


These two unique features make elec calc™ BIM as the next step to fully integrate your electrical data into the BIM process.


elec calc™ BIM brings together the synergies and interoperability aimed to improve the design, reliability and safety, not forgetting the quality of the project along with the overall management of the construction.

Electrical engineers can complete all aspects of electrical design through this tool.


Thanks to the partnership with the avant-garde BIM&CO , the elec calc™ BIM user gains access to all the information and data regarding the BIM objects, amongst other benefits.

With BIM representing the essential digital revolution in the building industry, elec calc™ BIM is the unique electrical design solution aimed to those who do not want to stay behind. Discover all the advantages here elec calc BIM  or download the 30-day free trial version



archelios™ O&M


This is the latest addition to the archelios™ suite, the essential 360º solution you need to manage an entire photovoltaic project. From the feasibility, profitability study, simulation and calculation of the project, to the electrical sizing, this all-in-one software solution is intended for PV installations of all types: on roofs, plants, linked to the network and on isolated sites, in self-subsistence with or without energy storage. archelios™ suite is composed by a portfolio of software solutions able to satisfy a wide array of expected needs in the photovoltaic project, reaching high levels of impeccable quality and great interactivity to gain in terms of control and productivity.


archelios™ O&M shows a unique approach on BIM for PV. This software brings all the benefits of PVBIM mock-up design to advanced PV monitoring.


More of its main unexcelled features:


  • Any data is internally and automatically attached to devices of a full 3D and electrical system description. Links are therefore exhaustive and error free.
  • Default 2 screens application always showing 2D or 3D view with permanent dynamic links between displayed data and plant structure.
  • Viewing production data in the map of the plant.
  • Thanks to the PV BIM, all data is referenced to BIM and users can import and access any document from any representation of the plant including 3D view.


You can download the 30-day free trial version




Batimat will take place in Paris from 6 – 10 November 2017.


With almost 2,400 French and international exhibitors and over 340,000 visitors expected, Batimat positions itself as the world’s leading building and architecture exhibition, promoting synergies across all trades and spearheading innovation.

The event represents the place to be for promoting and exclusively unveiling innovations to specialist decision-makers from French and international markets who will take part to the fair trade to choose partners and to seek products & service solutions for current and future building projects.

Trace Software International and BIM&CO are looking forward to welcoming you at R123- Hall 5A during all the fair-trade event.


elec calc 3.7 and the C15-500 guide AFNOR update

This version elec calc 3.7 includes the technical developments both according to the standards NF C 15-100 and RGIE/AREI which are based on modifications brought to the AFNOR C15-500 guide. This guide takes into account the European TR50-480 referential. This version also improves the management of high voltage networks, the display of short circuits currents as well as the management of curve models with the display of energy limitation curves.

>> AFNOR C15-500 guide update

Cette mise à jour propose au concepteur de choisir au démarrage du projet la nouvelle norme (NF C 15-100 ou RGIE/AREI) 2015 pour son dossier. Elle entraîne certaines évolutions dans les calculs :

This update lets the designer choose at the beginning of a project the new 2015 standard (NF C 15-100 or RGIE/AREI). This brings some changes in the calculations:

  • Management of minimum and maximum values ​​of the upstream short-circuit power (high voltage portion) to be considered in the calculation of the min and max short circuit currents.
  • Evolution of ​​c min and c max power factor values according to IEC 60909 standard (and removal of the m load factor) and its impact on the calculation of HV and LV impedances
  • The influence of motors in the calculation of short circuit currents is now taken into account
  • Calcul du courant de défaut Ief max pour déterminer le pouvoir de coupure sous un pôle en TN (fiche F13 de la C15-100)
  • Lef max default current calculation to determine the break capacity under a TN pole (F13 page of the C15-100)
  • Adjustment of the coefficient k values ​​in the calculation of thermal constraints
  • Prise en compte de l’énergie limitée des appareils de protection
  • The limited power of protection devices is now taken into account

>> Enhancements

Management of high voltage networks with a capability to associate with one or more HV / LV transformers to the same high voltage network

  • The voltage vacuum can be entered to determine the nominal output current of the transformer
  • Display of min and max values of short-circuit and default currents.
  • Evolution of the curve models when displaying the start-up curves, the energy limitation curves (always with the ability to display the start-up motor curves and thermal cable constraints)
  • Export of equipment BOM to an exploitable file in the QDVTM software (formerly QUICK DEVISTM)

>> Part catalogs’ update

  • Integration of break capacity in a TN pole according to CEI 60747-2
  • ABB : Complements to cascading tables

» The version 3.7 is available for download from 19 April onwards for customers with a subscription :

Access the version 3.7

Catalogs’ updates can be downloaded independently:
On our website with a list of downloads by manufacturer (specifying your elec calc license number).
On the support portal, after creating your account and be selected as administrator of the elec calc license.




archelios calc 7.0

New release for archelios Calc: IEC standard compliant

A new Archelios Calc 7.0 release is now available for download from the support area of our website. It brings a major change for all users : archelios calc is now compliant with the IEC standard and integrates this standard for the sizing of all photovoltaic installation. Adapted to the international market, archelios calc is now available with a new interface in English.

archelios calc 7.0

The version 7.0 includes the IEC standard. At the launch of a project the user can choose the IEC standard for its project, in addition to other standard currently available.

To support this development on the international market, the Archelios calc interface is available in English. The user selects the interface language when opening the project. Archelios calc enables the generation of a full project report as requested for the control of the installation.

Archelios calc, previously named Solar Calc, works in conjunction with archelios pro, the other photovoltaic design tool for performing project simulations and analysis of production and investment.

Trace Software reinforces its Archelios suite range and strives to provide better integration between the two solutions. An export function in Archelios pro enables the users to retrieve their projet so as to finalize the electrical sizing in Archelios calc. But this integration will continue. The target remains to facilitate the work of installers through complementary solutions for time-saving purposes and an economic optimization of the installation.

Customers with active subscription can download the new version from the support area of Trace Software.
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new release archelios pro 15.2

New version Archelios Pro 15.2 for more flexible and precise sizing

The new version of Archelios Pro is now available online, from 24th September 2015. This release presents many changes so as to achieve a more accurate and flexible sizing. This version Archelios pro 15.2 thus meets the expectations of users looking for full control of their projects’ designs.new release archelios pro 15.2

This Archelios pro 15.2 version includes significant improvements related to the SketchUp plugin as well as new information provided for the sizing of inverters:

Through the plugin SketchUp, the user can adjust its simulation parameters to adjust very precisely the sizing of the modules or the inverters. A new “manual configuration” wizard embedded in the SketchUp plugin allows the user to choose directly a given configuration (the inverter reference, the number of inverters, the number of strings, the number of modules by string). This is particularly useful for modeling projects which have been configured externally, for instance on the sizing tools provided by inverters’ manufacturers.

A new tool of the SketchUp plugin displays information on the calculated solar potential (irradiation) for each module in kWh per m2 per year.

The sizing visual wizards now displays numeric values. These more specific information aim at helping the users in their design process. The new apparent indicators of validity are as follows: the open circuit voltage, the voltage at the maximum power point, the short circuit current and the Inverter Rated Power over Array Peak Power  (uoc, umpp, isc, Pinv/Peak ratio).

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elec calc 3.4.5 new release

30/05/2013This new release brings enhancements to electrical calculations, in particular on the following points:

• Improved management of 1 pole breaking capacity in IT.
• Optimization of external LV power supply management.
• Taking into account single-phase alternators.
• Development of protection capabilities with regards to inverters.
• Improved management of equipotential wire when the circuit has multiple cables.

This version is available for all our customers with a subscription for download on our website with your license number (click here for direct access).

Elec Calc™ works also with additional modules, do not hesitate to contact us:
• A selectivity by curves module for a dynamic multi-manufacturer study.
• A discrimination module for an economical breakers choice.
• An export module to Excel for an easy use of your data.
• An export module to elecworks™ / SolidWorks Electrical to automatically multi-line diagrams and to integrate the control part of your projects.

elec calc 3.6.2 new version and its enhancements

elec calc 3.6.2 new release01/06/15 – elec calc 3.6.2 release and the new features

  • Enter the number of conductors: it is no longer possible to enter 0
  • The checkbox BE3: the explosion hazard becomes accessible regardless of the selected installation method.
  • Manufacturers’ Catalogs & updates :

– Schneider: 5.0H and 7.0H micrologic supplements, ranges GV2LE and P25M
– Eaton / Moeller: PKE circuit breakers
– Emerson / Leroy Somer: UNIDRIVE Mxx drives
– Vacon: 100 FLOW drives
– Rockwell: circuit breakers 1489-M, 1492-PMS

Download of the elec calc version 3.6.2

This version is available for customers with an active subscription. Just click on this link and enter license & company information: http://forms.trace-software.com/support/fr/upds.asp?product=tci

The catalog updates and the software application update can be downloaded separately:

To request for a quote for an upgrade or for a subscription, write to us at commercial@trace-software.com.