Manage the projects of an extensive portfolio of clients from various industries, guaranteeing the optimization of the management of the electricity grid and energy supply.
IEB – ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY FIRM
For more than 30 years, IEB has helped engineering companies to achieve great results in terms of performance, sustainability and energy efficiency. Located in Colombia, and with subsidiaries in Guatemala, Peru, Chile, and the United States, IEB is a consulting firm that manages engineering projects across a multitude of sectors. Energy, Oil & Gas, Mining Industry, Cement Industry, Public Institutions.
Companies contact IEB as they are looking for a strong ally. They mainly aim at guaranteeing security and compliance with standards, increasing productivity through the elimination of redundant processes and automation of tasks, making more effective forecasts, promoting growth and the integration of information, reducing costs and finally at strengthening the market’s competitiveness.
IEB has been looking for tools for managing the projects from an extensive portfolio of clients from various industries. One of IEB’ s greatest challenges is to present high-quality engineering projects and in very short times. Besides, the company’s goal is to improve the efficiency of the processes to reduce the management times of each project. When evaluating the different options, IEB wanted to make sure that the selected solution could help automate most tasks and avoid the occurance of errors.
One of the prerogatives of IEB is to be able to operate with interactive software solutions, easy to use, with fluid processes without sacrificing the high standards of security, automation, and detail.
To count on useful tools to manage solar projects and face the challenges of the booming photovoltaic sector in Colombia.
The organization has decided to use elec calc™ for the calculation and sizing of electrical installations. With regards to the energy-related projects, the company acquired archelios™ Pro for the bankability and feasibility study, 3D simulation and design, and archelios™ Calc for the calculation and sizing of PV installations.
elec calc™ and archelios™ Calc include the possibility of managing AT and BT projects without resorting to external sources, offer high levels of automation and provide their users with an interactive and intuitive experience within the software.
archelios™ Pro includes advanced automation features that simplify the 3D simulation and design phase such as terrain slope analysis. earth movements for the calculation of m3 and costs and selection of the specific place where to install the inverter in 3D and thus obtain the distance of the string.
elec calc™ – LV and HV electrical installations calculation
archelios™ Pro – feasibility study and 3D design of any PV project
archelios™ Calc – calculation and sizing of PV systems
THE RESULTS: customer satisfaction is our top priority
“The three software solutions have been used very effectively and have led us to transfer offers to our customers with greater added value,” says engineer Alexander Valencia.
“With the implementation of archelios™ and elec calc ™, we have been able to improve the efficiency of the design process by reducing the time it takes to export the results of the energy model to the design phase of electrical networks between the generators and the connection. The solar energy industry is booming in Colombia: today’s decisions will shape the future of the sector. Being able to analyze with extreme precision the economic and technical feasibility of long-term investments in photovoltaic projects with archelios™ Pro for us means we ensure that we contribute to a more sustainable energy model and the success of our clients”
elec Calc™ and archelios™ Calc have helped IEB to achieve great performance across a wide range of projects and to drastically reduce management time. The company has benefited from the sophisticated technology of its powerful calculation engine to update the installation results in real-time (ICC, voltage drop, THD, load flow …). In this way, any modification at any point in the project could be instantly considered.
According to Mr. Alexander Valencia – Engineer at IEB- the alerts have helped the company to detect, eliminate errors and avoid their occurance in other different phases of the processes. Another key concern in the design of electrical installations is the management of the complete analysis with detailed studies.
Both solutions have helped to verify several operational scenarios, such as emergency and network change, to analyze each operating condition using the behavior and size of the installation in a very simple and intuitive way.
With regards to the energy-related project, archelios™ Pro has made it possible to carry out the feasibility and banking study to identify the costs and benefits of the photovoltaic solar installations. Reducing the cost per unit of energy saves costs during the life of the project and is a key factor for the ROI. Besides, the versatility of archelios™ Pro has allowed the design of small and medium-sized installations by using the same program.
In addition, thanks to the SketchUp plugin, IEB has been able to recreate the structure or place where the installation will be designed, at scale, by building a 3D digital model known as PVBIM, which increases the accuracy of the results given that it takes into account each obstacle that may interfere with direct irradiation.
Effective management of the electrical projects from a broad portfolio of clients
Optimization of the management of the electricity grid and energy supply
Accurate analysis of the technical feasibility and bankability of photovoltaic projects
More precision with a PVBIM 3D digital model