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    Laurent
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    Following discussions on the forum, you will find in this article the comparison I started to create between 4 electrical calculation software, used for the design and calculation of electrical installation, 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 €
    #11586

    admin
    Keymaster

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

    #11583

    Anonymous

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

    #11584

    Anonymous

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

    #11588

    Anonymous

    How to get XLPRO2 calcul ? where can i do the download ?
    I agree with your classification and comparision.

    #11594

    Anonymous

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

    #11595

    Laurent
    Member

    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 …)

    #11596

    Laurent
    Member

    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

    #11597

    Laurent
    Member

    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

    #11598

    Laurent
    Member

    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.

    #11601

    Anonymous

    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.

    #11599

    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 ;)..

    #11628

    admin
    Keymaster

    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

    #11643

    Anonymous

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

    #11647

    admin
    Keymaster

    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.

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