Best electrical calculation software review

October 21st, 2010 | Posted in Electrical software
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Following discussions on the forum, you will find in this article the comparison I started to create between 4 , used for the design and calculation of , based on my own experience. I would be glad to get complementary information and opinions from other users of such electrical software.

The comparison presents the following electrical calculation software:

- XLpro² Calcul software from Legrand 1.3
- Simaris Design 5.0 from Siemens
- MyEcodial L 3.4 from Schneider Electric
- Caneco BT 5.3 from ALPI (software editor)

I believe my criteria are self-explanatory, but tell me if some are not and I will clarify.

please add your own opinions and complements in comments, such as:
• other criteria of importance for you
• other electrical calculation software you are using, and your evaluation on my criteria

In particular, I heard about DocWin which I do not know.

Based on your feedbacks, I will update my comparison and re-publish it

Laurent

XLpro² Calcul 1.3.03 Simaris Design 5.0 MyEcodial L 3.4 Caneco BT 5.3
MV protection No Yes No No
// transfo Yes Yes Yes Yes
LV genset Yes (only on MLVS) Yes at any place in the network Yes (only on MLVS) Yes (only on MLVS)
Switchboard coupling No Yes No No
UPS Yes No No Yes
Operating mode No Yes No No
Power factor correction Yes No Yes Yes but no choice of the capacitor bank
Fuse Yes Yes Yes Yes
Motor starter No Yes Yes Yes
Protection diagram Yes Yes Yes (with curve setting) Yes
Standard compliance IEC 60364 IEC 60364 IEC 60364 IEC 60364
NF C15-100 NF C15-100 NF C15-100
User friendlyness Clear and single diagram user friendly Clear and single diagram user friendly Sometime confusing Too much information to set, confusing, single line diagram not easy to use
Report completion basic basic basic Very detailed
Export To XLpro² ?? To Rapsody Caneco Implant, Office Elec.
Switchgear database Legrand Siemens Schneider Electric Multi-manufacturer
Price Free Free Free ~ 1000 €

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Comment(s) to “Best electrical calculation software review”

  1. Christian says:

    Dear Laurent your comparison is very interesting, I agree with your classification.

  2. aubry says:

    You have forgotten a big one “trace elec” by Apave

  3. Laurent says:

    Adrian said:

    PowerCad-5 electrical design software ticks all the boxes plus includes, Schneider, Terasaki, NHP, GE switchgear


     

    It sounds great, I never heard about it here (I saw on Internet it’s coming from Australia)

    can you tell us more about it:

    Is it expensive?

    are you a regular user yourself? and what are the main interesting functionalities you like in it?

    and how often are the manufacturers data (Legrand, GE …)

  4. Laurent says:

    edgardo said:

    How to get XLPRO2 calcul ? where can i do the download ?

    I agree with your classification and comparision.


     

    To my knowledge the only way is to ask for it from Legrand sales people

  5. Laurent says:

    aubry said:

    You have forgotten a big one “trace elec” by Apave


     

    I never used it myself, can you tell us more about it, how you would position it on the same criteria … and I will update my comparison in the future. Thanks

  6. Laurent says:

    Koneri said:

    Hi – Is the Simaris software (full version) available free from the Siemens website or is it a limited period trial version only?


     

    You can dowload it (check the link I included) and register to use it. It is free and there is no limited period of use.

  7. Adrian says:

    Most major consulting engineers and electrical contractor licence PowerCad-5 in Australia.
    The manufactures data bases are updated as new products are released. The GE EntelliGuard ACB has just been added. The Legrand data based has been updated and waiting verification prior to release. The Terasaki data base has just been updated. PowerCad-5 supports AutoCAD 2011.

  8. does anyone here have any experience with EasyPower from ESA??

    it's really good and simple/friendly user programe, but it's more orientated to voltages over 1kV,, e.g. transimission and distribution..

    also, there's free demo version, fully working, but saving and printing/exporting options are unavailable..

     

    sorry for my bad english,, i'm no native speaker..

    cheers,, alen ;)..

  9. ALPI-Caneco says:

    Hello,

    A couple of precision about Caneco BT:
    - LV genset source supply is possible at any place in the network.
    - Caneco BT is calculating in normal and stand-by installation configuration.
    - Also Caneco BT multi-manufacturer database integrates technical settings. This allows Caneco BT to make an automatic selection of most adapt cables and protective devices between 10 manufacturer catalogs.
    - Caneco BT also makes Import/Export from/to Excel.

    I keep at your disposal for any further information.

    Laurent Berthelin
    ALPI Sales Manager (Caneco BT software editor)
    http://www.caneco.eu

  10. For my ecodial L software, its better if show implementation case by case and give the demos.. edition.for user !

  11. Salah Elbayoumi says:

    Dear Friends,

    I agree on the comparisson indicated above, but i tried DocWin, which almost cover all features mentioned except for switchboard coupling  but rest of elements such that but not limited to, transformer sizing, cable sizing, busway sizing, short circuit calc., voltage drop calc, ups effect, motors, capacitor banks (power factor correction), are covered .i belive that this software is so powerfull, moreover, you can request a free copy from the site of abb by sending them a request from your business mail.

  12. Eric Kench says:

    Have any of you ever heard of a software called Volts? It's made by a company called Dolphin. They're located out in California. It's very handy. It actuallly sizes the electrical system taking every adjustment factor into account. It also creates a one-line diagram.

  13. Request you to review on schneider software ID Spec Large, it is much advanced then,  the my ecodial L 3.4.  

  14. justaneng says:

    I agree on the comparisson indicated above, but i tried DocWin, which almost cover all features mentioned except for switchboard coupling but rest of elements such that but not limited to, transformer sizing, cable sizing, busway sizing, short circuit calc., voltage drop calc, ups effect, motors,

  15. Az says:

    Adrian said:

    PowerCad-5 electrical design software ticks all the boxes plus includes, Schneider, Terasaki, NHP, GE switchgear


    PowerCad-5 is good but does not include the latest range of Schneider equipment so we often have to use Ecodial when using the NSX style breakers

  16. Laurent says:

    Alen Matanovic said:

    does anyone here have any experience with EasyPower from ESA??

    it's really good and simple/friendly user programe, but it's more orientated to voltages over 1kV,, e.g. transimission and distribution..

    also, there's free demo version, fully working, but saving and printing/exporting options are unavailable..

     

    sorry for my bad english,, i'm no native speaker..

    cheers,, alen ;)..


    Hello Alen,

    the software you mentioned is for High Voltages, as you said.

    Are you also involved in Low Voltage, and if yes what software do you use today ?

  17. Laurent says:

    ALPI-Caneco said:

    Hello,

    A couple of precision about Caneco BT:

    - LV genset source supply is possible at any place in the network.

    - Caneco BT is calculating in normal and stand-by installation configuration.

    - Also Caneco BT multi-manufacturer database integrates technical settings. This allows Caneco BT to make an automatic selection of most adapt cables and protective devices between 10 manufacturer catalogs.

    - Caneco BT also makes Import/Export from/to Excel.

    I keep at your disposal for any further information.

    Laurent Berthelin

    ALPI Sales Manager (Caneco BT software editor)

    http://www.caneco.eu


    Hello,

     

    I used Caneco in a previous job, and I was not aware it was possible to place LV Genset anywhere in teh network

    ==> is it a new functionality?

    ==> if not, do you have a demo available somewhere which shows this functionality?

  18. ALPI-Caneco says:

    Laurent said:

    Hello,
     

    I used Caneco in a previous job, and I was not aware it was possible to place LV Genset anywhere in teh network

    ==> is it a new functionality?

    ==> if not, do you have a demo available somewhere which shows this functionality?


    Hello Laurent,

    LV Genset source supply can be placed anywhere in the network since Caneco BT 4.4 version (2002).
    Since Caneco BT 5.1.6 (2006), this genset can supply several boards in various point of the network.

    In order to select connexion point for a board, just use Supplies / Standby connection menu as shown in this screen-shot:

    Selecting Caneco BT standby connection

     

    I keep at disposal for any further information.

    Laurent Berthelin
    ALPI Sales Manager (Caneco BT software editor)

    contact@alpi.fr

    http://www.caneco.eu

  19. Ally Kanyondo says:

    Dear All,

    The mentioned software are Good but the best one is SOLUTIONS ELECTRICAL SOFTWARE. Currently im using this software.

    IT is capable of doing the following:-

    CABLE CALCULATIONS

    CIERCUIT DESIGNER

    INSTALLATION SIMULATOR

    AIR CONDITIONING SIZES

    HEATING CALCULATIONS

    HEATING ELEMENTS

    SHORT CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS

    TEST INSPECTION FORMS

    ISTALLATION OPTIMIZER

    ELECTRICAL ESTIMATOR

    PROTECTION AND COORDINATION

    BOARD TEMPERATURE

    POWER FACTOR CORRECTION

    TRANSFORMER REGULATION

    MAX DEMAND FOR DOMESTIC

    MAX DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL.

     

    I advise you to try on this software.

    For more informations you can visit the following web: http://www.solutionselectrical…..ftware.com

     

    Kind regards

  20. Sheena says:

    Thanks for the great comparison of the best electrical calculation software. I think I’m going to try Simaris Design 5.0 after reading the above post. I will update you if this will work for me…

  21. prabha says:

    This is the easy way to calculate and safe working..in field

  22. mahesh says:

    Dear Krishna Murthy/Srinivas muthy /Prakash,

    Let me know that voltage drop sofware is available in market, please suggest us with new version.

  23. elschaer says:

    dear ALLY ,
    how can i download this software
    can u share it with me
    plz try to contact me

  24. ErlindaDolphin says:

    I like this. This is a very big help all people. Thanks.

  25. Zoe says:

    Great idea..This will made us doing things easy . I’m thankful that I visit this site!

  26. ELSCHAER says:

    DEAR ALLY ,
    CAN U SHARE THIS SOFTWARE WITH ME ?
    I HAVE MANY MANY SOFTWARES THAT I CAN SHARE WITH U .
    I REALLY TRY TO GET THIS SOFTWARE .
    PLZ , TRY TO CONTACT ME ,
    ( ENG.MELSCHAER@YAHOO.COM )

  27. Jamal says:

    Currently i’m using the EDSA(Paladin), SKM and ETAP to do the simulation. Any comment about this software, it’s ok.

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  28. Radon says:

    I suggest the software progetto integra by exel, probably one of best avaiable!

  29. Badtron says:

    Hey has anyone heard about Ray Tools Apps? There are a few variations available and I was wondering what anyone thought. They seem great, and you can contact the company MEA Mobile for a free promo code to try one of them out.

  30. sunny143 says:

    Ally Kanyondo said:

    Dear All,

    The mentioned software are Good but the best one is SOLUTIONS ELECTRICAL SOFTWARE. Currently im using this software.

    IT is capable of doing the following:-

    CABLE CALCULATIONS

    CIERCUIT DESIGNER

    INSTALLATION SIMULATOR

    AIR CONDITIONING SIZES

    HEATING CALCULATIONS

    HEATING ELEMENTS

    SHORT CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS

    TEST INSPECTION FORMS

    ISTALLATION OPTIMIZER

    ELECTRICAL ESTIMATOR

    PROTECTION AND COORDINATION

    BOARD TEMPERATURE

    POWER FACTOR CORRECTION

    TRANSFORMER REGULATION

    MAX DEMAND FOR DOMESTIC

    MAX DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL.

     

    I advise you to try on this software.

    For more informations you can visit the following web: http://www.solutionselectrical…..ftware.com

     

    Kind regards

    please,  tell me,, can i use  this soft for finding inductance, capacitance of  hv transmission line or can i decide use of double ckt or not   


  31. cdr says:

    i make a sugest to all members , to try the follow software from abb.

    http://bol.it.abb.com/bol2003/……asp?Perc=../tct/htmlen/software_docecat.htm&PercMenu=248&hidLevelKey=DOCeCAT&T=@SETT@DOCeCAT&NomeLink=Work+Tools

  32. Mohammed says:

    I really need such great softwares to make sure that my work is always right,

  33. Ebrahim shah says:

    I use orcad software for simulation. sometimes ps pice. Orcad is the best for me. But for higher connection it is not perfect i think.

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