NEWS: Trace Software launches elec calc BIM

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Software is designed to improve the performance of electrical installation dimensioning projects

Electrical engineering software specialist, Trace Software, has launched elec calc BIM, a new tool which it claims to be the first to seamlessly integrate electrical calculation into the BIM process. The software is designed to help engineers, installers, developers, energy producers & distributors and manufacturers of electrical switchgear to size electrical installations.

“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,” says Etienne Mullie, Trace Software International R&D Manager.

“With elec calc BIM, the user has at his disposal a digital mode, capable of simulating most of the installation parameters, which saves hundreds of hours of work and obtains a more rigorous design, also implying an immense economic advantage.” With elec calc BIM, the user can design, calculate and size the electrical installation in the digital model in IFC 4 format. For Revit users, the elec calc BIM plug-in optimises workflow between the two programs.

According to Trace Software, 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 also offers what the developers describes as ‘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 users to manage all communications and alerts with other operators.

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