In the Cloud for Great Teamwork

By James Khalil, P.E. | Dec 26, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Way back in 2016, we won Product of the Year Gold for being 1st in the cloud. PowerCalc was not only first in the cloud in 2016, but to this day remains the one and only electrical design software in the cloud.  

We were reminded of the importance of being in the cloud by a user last week.  An electrical contractor with multiple offices called looking for a cloud based design software. His staff in different offices seem to usually have different design results. All of the things made possible by the PowerCalc's cloud platform address his concern: file sharing, access, control, communications, and collaboration. 

Simultaneously with our recollections of transitioning to the cloud, we asked the question:  Why are other softwares not in the cloud?  We don't know... except it is a lot of work. When we moved to the cloud, we re-wrote our 7.5 million Excel equations into computer code over a 12 month time period. This transition not only allows PowerCalc to be in the cloud, but also allows us to develop applications such as our just launched simultaneously generated graphic 1 Line Diagram which won Product of the Year in 2019.

Since it is the end of the decade, this reminder of PowerCalc's accomplishments by our users is appreciated. Of course, there are more reasons why PowerCalc excels:(1) its algorithm, (2) its panel, (3) its process, (4) its compliance with the NEC, (5) its Wizards, (6) its Cloud platform, (7)  its user experience, (8) its 1 Line Diagram, and (9) its energy savings module. Articles are on our website, but we will be re-publishing throughout year-end / year-beginning.  News   

Let's discuss  PowerCalc in the cloud in more detail.

1st in the Cloud: Why?

PowerCalc is the first, and also one and only, SaaS (software-as-a-service) electrical engineering design software in the cloud. It wasn’t easy: over 7.5 million equations were re-programmed in over a year of tireless work effort.

The reason for all of this effort? Being in the cloud changes everything.

  1. No software on your systems: no downloads, no installation, no risk to your systems
  2. Code: compliance with instant updates and upgrades
  3. Access: anywhere, any device, any time
  4. Control: over access, authorizations, and responsibilities for projects
  5. Up-to-date information: store, share, and sync files for all
  6. Communication: at all times
  7. Collaboration: at all times
  8. Accountability: track each input and change
  9. Same page: for every team member
  10. All work is available: (i) both current and past projects and (ii) current and past codes
  11. Easy, easier, and easiest way to work

PowerCalc’s cloud platform establishes a design procedure to maximize your team’s productivity, communications, and project quality.

You may think that your work is organized now, but just try the cloud for excellent design. 

How it Works

When the company’s account is set up, a Group Administrator is authorized.

 

 

 

 

 

The Group Administrator or the authorized User then names a new Project or accesses an existing project and invites Users. Users are also able to create their own projects if authorized by the Group Administrator:

 


 

 

The Group Administrator can add Users by simply sending an email invitation.

 

 

 

 

When inviting a User, the Group Administrator assigns privileges:


Create 
- User can start a project
View – User can view a project (editing not allowed)
Print – User can print a project
Copy – User can copy a project
Archive – User can archive / un-archive a project

Once privileges are set up, then the Group Administrator assigns access by clicking the “Assign Permissions”. Users can be granted or denied access throughout the design of any project. And a User can be blocked or disabled from any work group, and then re-invited to join again.

Accountability is ensured: never any question as to who is doing what, when, where, and why.

 

How does this help?

Teams succeed with great communications and great organization. Simplifying how your team works together promotes the collaboration necessary to excel.

PowerCalc’s cloud platform provides the method to establish work groups and responsibilities with everyone having access to what is happening. Those who “need to know” have the real time information necessary to get the job done the right way.

See for yourself

Take a look at our User Manual to see for yourself how easy and seamlessly this process works.

The cloud makes all the difference because it is the way a team gets together to manage work flow in today’s work place. PowerCalc fits right into your process, but then improves it to make your work easierfastermore accurate, and more profitable.

 

So what's the plan for development in 2020?

Past accomplishments are great things, but PowerCalc's innovations are ongoing. In 1st Quarter 2020, we will launch our industrial package with AutomaticTransfer Switches with Generators (ATSs) and Motor Control Centers (MCCs). All PowerCalc users will have the option to change to the industrial package.

And remember, we have a free demonstration  on the first Friday in the new year: FREE Trial Friday, Jan. 3 at 12 EST,   Hope you will join us!

Thank you for your support!

 

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The Happiest of Holidays to You 2019

By James Khalil, P.E. | Dec 24, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The Happiest of Holidays to You!

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NEC Concepts: What happens when the Total Electrical Load is wrong?

By James Khalil, P.E. | Dec 12, 2019 11:00:00 AM

With review ongoing to implement NEC 2020's changes, as construction professionals we cannot lose sight of the NEC's basics. In our last newsletter, we examined the importance of the Total Electrical Load. Importance of the Total Electrical Load   In followup, let's look at a few situations resulting from when the Total Electric Load is miscalculated...one of the most common mistakes in electrical design.

As we all know, crazy things happen at the construction site.  At a recent Blueblook Conference, the General Contractors were talking about gas equipment being specified instead of electrical, an undersized main service conductor specified for a 20 story highrise, 10 same sized transformers instead of just 5. These are costly mistakes ranging from an estimated $250,000 to millions to fix. 

In a peer review, we looked over the  installation of a backup generator at a South Florida country club.The electrical design specified ten (10) 112.5 kVA transformers. That's a lot of transformers easily catching the attention of any seasoned professional. Instead, we advised replacement with ten (10) 30-45 kVA transformers. This change alone resulted in savings of over $2,000,000 for the facility's owner. It is noteworthy that the original design was by a major engineering firm using leading software. 

And for all of us involved in construction everyday, we know these types of mistakes are not uncommon. These issues arise from the current electrical design practice of using "rules of thumb", makeshift spreadsheets, and software that "designs" from the top-down (estimating the total electrical load at the start of design), instead of knowing the actual load by adding loads from the circuit to the facility's service entrance (bottom-up). 

Why are these types of mistakes happening so frequently?

Because the electrical design process is complicated. A typical 2-story office building of 10,000 SF averages over 2,000 electrical calculations. And then, the results of these calculations must be checked for compliance with the National Electrical Code (NEC). As all of you know, the NEC's Handbook has 1000+ pages with endless look up tables. These calculation and code issues need to be addressed by a tool that automates the electrical design process. 

The solution starts with the basics.  Always work with the correct Total Electrical Load. As discussed in our last article, PowerCalc's approach calculates loads from the branch circuit to the service entrance (bottom-up).Importance of the Total Electrical Load   This approach mirrors the NEC's framework. In Article 2 "Wiring and Protection", the NEC's requirements move from design of the Branch Circuit out to the facility's service entrance reflecting a "bottom / up" approach.  

In comparison, guesstimating the size of the electrical load in conjunction with presets of panelboard sizes, transformers, equipment disconnects, feeders and overcurrent protection devices at the start of the project may lead to an inaccurate baseline on which to build the electrical engineering design rather than an accurate Total Electrical Load..

Why is this so important? And what is the outcome of an addition or subtraction mistake? Electrical equipment is either oversized at potentially great cost to the developer or undersized at potentially great risk to safety (fire) for those occupying the building. 

So, the Total Electrical Load drives the success of your electrical engineering design.

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Thanksgiving Greetings! 2019

By James Khalil, P.E. | Dec 5, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

Wishing you, your teams, and your

families a bountiful Thanksgiving holiday.

 

In celebration of the season, our offices will be closed

on Thursday, November 28th.

 

All of us at PowerCalc(tm)

www.powercalc.co

 
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NEC Concepts: the Importance of the Total Electrical Load

By James Khalil, P.E. | Nov 28, 2019 11:00:00 AM

NEC Concepts: the Importance of the Total Electrical Load

With review ongoing to implement NEC 2020's changes, as construction professionals we can not lose sight of the NEC's basics. In this newsletter, we look at one of these "basics": the importance of the results of Total Electrical Load calculations being accurate.

At PowerCalc, our approach is to calculate loads from the branch circuit to the service entrance (bottom-up. This approach mirrors the NEC's framework and our "founding" electricals knew a few things about electricity. In Article 2 "Wiring and Protection", the NEC's requirements move from design of the Branch Circuit out to the facility's service entrance reflecting a "bottom / up" approach. 

Why is this important? There should never be an error in the Total Electrical Load for any project. And yet, the miscalculation of the Total Electrical Load is one of the most common mistakes in electrical engineering design.

The proper, and only fail-proof way to do an electrical design, is to add all the electrical loads from the circuit out to the service entrance and then updates for changes are made across the entire design both upstream and downstream (bottom-up approach). This is the same approach indicated in the very structure of the NEC. Ideally, the load downstream should automatically carry over to all upstream panelboards, constantly updating the electrical load. 

In comparison, guesstimating the size of the electrical load in conjunction with pre-sets of panelboard sizes, transformers, equipment disconnects, feeders and overcurrent protection devices at the start of the project may lead to an inaccurate baseline on which to build the electrical engineering design.

This is construction, so changes are the standard in our business. As all construction professionals know  equipment is added and deleted, building layouts changed, room sizes increased and decreased…the one constant is that everything affecting the electrical engineering design is always changing.

How could anyone know the size of the electrical service at the start of a project? No one can guesstimate the Total Electrical Load in conjunction with the factors identified above at project start. But by following the structure of the NEC, that is adding all the electrical loads from the circuit out to the service entrance, the professional can  correctly size and adjust for changes in the electrical load for the project. This is the methodology automated by PowerCalc and an important  reason for the exacting accuracy in its calculations and design of the power distribution system.

Why is this so important? And what is the outcome of an addition or subtraction mistake? Electrical equipment is either oversized at potentially great cost to the developer or undersized at potentially great risk to safety (fire) for those occupying the building. 

So, the Total Electrical Load drives the success of your electrical engineering design.

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Space Florida: PowerCalc selected to Present in Orlando

By James Khalil, P.E. | Nov 26, 2019 2:56:41 PM

 

PowerCalc(tm) to Present at the 2nd Annual Aerospace Capital Forum ("Space Florida")

The Florida Venture Forum has selected 16 companies to present and 4 showcase companies at its second annual Florida Aerospace Capital Forum being held at the Guidewell Innovation Center at Lake Nona in Orlando on November 6, 2019.


Pre-registration for the event is available on the Forum's website and walk-up registration will be available onsite. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to pitches from leading companies in the aerospace industry. In addition to networking with active investors and representatives from NASA, Space Florida, OneWeb Satellites and L3Harris.


Presenters were selected by a committee of active venture investors. These companies will present to an audience of investors, other deal professionals and aerospace industry leaders. The 16 selected presenting and 4 showcase companies are listed below:

 

CENTRAL/ CENTRAL EAST/CENTRAL WEST

Alertgy, Melbourne (www.alertgy.com) has developed the first wearable noninvasive continuous blood glucose monitor (NICGM). Using its proprietary technology, Alertgy can detect blood glucose levels without any invasive probes or sensors, and alert the patient, family, friends and caregivers via its smartphone link and automated alarm capability. These features provide accurate routine blood glucose measurement without the customary needle prick and meter device, and provide potentially life-savings alerts when glucose levels are dangerously high or low.


Bulk Nano, St. Petersburg (www.bulknano.com) has bootstrapped a composites manufacturing workshop off the ground and have the ability to produce composites for many different applications. They are currently manufacturing fiber reinforced composites for EOD ballistics.


Capacitech, Orlando (www.capacitechenergy.com) is commercializing patent protected, advanced energy storage technology from University of Central Florida. The company was formed in 2016, won several competitions, and secured grant funding to mitigate technical risk. It now has working technology, significant traction for sustainable revenue, and recently made their first sale.


Censys Technologies, Daytona Beach (www.censystech.com) is a Florida-based C-corp that sells long-range commercial drones, documentation services, mobile operation centers and data processing solutions that help drone service providers and enterprises minimize overhead and headache. Their recurring revenue streams include maintenance services, recurrent training, and data processing.


Everix, Orlando (www.everixopticalfilters.com) is disrupting the optical filter market with their high-value and low-cost-to produce solution. Their process creates high-performance filters that are 5x to 20x thinner and lighter than vacuum coated filters which enables their customers to miniaturize their devices. Everix filters are flexible, so for the first time, they allow for the application of high-performance filters on curved surfaces (LiDAR domes, auto-glass, AR/VR headsets, specialty eyewear, smart patches, etc.).


Helical Communication Technologies, Rockledge (www.heicomtech.com) was formed to serve the increasing need for specialized antennas for use with ground-based and space-based communication with satellites placed in low earth orbit and deep space. Helical Communication Technologies is conveniently located in Florida's High Tech Corridor on the Space Coast and draws seasoned experts in the field of radio frequency and aerospace engineering that participated in NASA's manned space program.


Helicon Chemical Company, Orlando (www.heliconchemical.com) develops and manufactures next-generation rocket fuel for the military and commercial space industries. They enable the next generation of rocket propulsion technology using nanotechnology-based rocket fuels. They are working with multiple partners in the commercial space sector to lower the cost of space launch operations, and with the military sector to improve missile system safety and increase performance. Helicon provides rocket manufacturers with a technological leap: a new class of fuel that enables simpler, cheaper, safer, and better performing rocket designs.


InitWeather, Melbourne Beach (www.InitWeather.com) uses artificial intelligence and advanced data collection technology to develop more accurate weather forecasts for the aerospace industry to help make better, smarter, and faster weather based-decisions. To date, InitWeather is the only company that is releasing their verified quantifiable results for their increased forecast accuracy using artificial intelligence.


Sensatek Propulsion Technology, Inc, Daytona Beach (www.sensatek.com) develops, produces, markets, and supports proprietary wireless sensors for measuring temperature, pressure, and strain in extreme environments. They offer their patented ceramic passive resonators, integrated antenna system, and readers that interface with data acquisition systems (DAQ) that enables wireless sensing in inaccessible locations. They enable Energy and Aerospace Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to eliminate routing cables while generating data to optimize the utilization of strategic assets.


SynMatter, Merritt Island (www.synmatter.co) provides smart anticorrosion microparticles utilizing its patented platform technology. These Smart Particles have a triggered release mechanism and only release the corrosion inhibitors at the site of corrosion damage. In standardized corrosion testing, the Smart Particles demonstrated increased anticorrosive performance. They exhibited significant reductions in corrosion product, scribe creepage and blistering. They showed no signs of coating delamination in both salt spray and atmospheric exposure testing on steel and aluminum alloys, when compared to both coatings with no inhibitors and coatings with pure inhibitors.

 

SOUTHEAST

Launchspace Technologies Corporation, Boca Raton (www.launchspacetechnologies.com) is a commercial space services company with a subscription-based, multiple-revenue-stream business plan that addresses a permanent international imperative to maintain national security and spaceflight safety. Launchspace (LTC) is a leader in the key technologies and architectures for solving major national security capability gaps in space, space traffic management (STM) and orbital debris tracking and removal.


PowerCalc, Delray Beach (www.powercalc.co) is patented and the first SaaS-based platform that completely automates electrical engineering calculations for the Building, Construction and Facility Management Industries in compliance with the National Electrical Code (NEC) and other standards. With over 7.5 million bundled calculations, PowerCalc is for a single or multiple facilities and for both new and renovation construction. They are the first to offer SaaS to allow users real time access to the latest standards, calculations and solutions through our cloud-based technology at any time, from any place and on any device.

 

OUT OF STATE:

Metalmark Innovations, Boston, MA (www.metalmark.xyz) offers advanced nanostructured air cleaning materials that completely break down interior airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde, other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and ultrafine particulate matter (or UFP, < 0.1 micron) that cause cancer, trigger heart attacks, and result in chronic respiratory diseases. What's more, their cost effective solution can be designed to destroy odors and germs.


Pheronym, Davis, CA/Exploration Park, FL (www.pheronym.com) the company makes pheromones which control parasitic roundworms, called nematodes. Their product improves plant health and crop yield using pheromones which make good nematodes kill more insect pests in the soil and prevent bad nematodes from attacking crops.


TheIncLab, McLean, VA (www.theinclab.com) the company focus on the design, development, and deployment of artificial intelligence systems that learn from and collaborate with humans in a deep, meaningful way. They continue to develop the technology platform for interfaces that provide an intelligent human-machine interaction experience. This paradigm addresses the challenge of human-sensing through computer vision, semi-supervised data annotation, natural language and non-verbal communication, managing bias in machine learning systems and realistic simulation of human behavior in reinforcement learning and virtual reality contexts.


Vita Inclinata Technologies, Broomfield, CO (www.vitatech.co) was founded to save lives and does so by completely eliminating the chaotic motion of cables suspended from helicopters. This swinging occurs in almost every lift and injures 24 people every day. Vita makes a Load Stability System that solves this chronic aviation capabilities gap by completely mitigating that dangerous swing. Helicopter hoisting operations have not significantly changed in the last 70 years, making Vita's Load Stability System (LSS) a welcome innovation. The LSS is primed to cause a paradigm shift in the aviation community as well as in the construction and oil & gas industries, where the same pendulum motion occurs.

 

SHOWCASE COMPANIES:

American Aviation Technologies, Boca Raton, FL (www.americanaviationtech.com) is an aircraft design and development company dedicated to advancing aeronautical safety and performance through new and innovative concepts. One of the most transformative is the Halo, a powered lift ducted fan system which allows a seamless transition from vertical to forward flight with unprecedented operational flexibility. Halo's patent-pending design features a unique ring-wing, dual shrouded contra-rotating impellers, a central axle-mounted payload compartment and the ability to take off or land on almost any surface, including water.


Coflow Jet, LLC, Coral Gables, FL (www.coflowjet.com) They are committed to develop green aviation using the ultra-high efficiency electric patented CoFlow Jet(CFJ) airfoil technology. Their current focus is the high efficiency quiet electric vertical takeoff/landing (VTOL) aircraft for short haul cargo, thin haul passenger airliners, and urban transportation.


LVX System, Kennedy Space Center, FL (www.lvx-system.com) Light, because of LVX's work, isn't just for illumination anymore. It's for communication. Data, quite simply, now rides on light. This breakthrough - called Visual Light Communication -- couldn't come at a better time. Wi-Fi, which relies on a limited band of radio frequencies, is at capacity. Lifi, on the other hand, is an untapped visible light spectrum that's 10,000 times the size. More than enough to accommodate the growing number of smartphones, smart appliances, smart cars, smart buildings, even smart cities. Relying on an ecosystem built around specially designed LED luminaires, LVX's technology offers other advantages including security and is a safe alternative to radio waves.


PolyMaterials, Tampa, FL (www.polymaterialsapp.com) is developing a prototype supercapacitor ("Poly3-Scap") suited for consumer electronics, toys, medical devices etc. PolyMaterials is also laying the groundwork for supercapacitor "Poly4M-Scap" of greater voltages (27 to 48V) required for hybrid motor vehicles, power grid, space and large appliance applications.

 

We'll be sure to let you know about this event and all the great companies presenting!

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Cloning: The Incredible 1 Line Diagram

By James Khalil, P.E. | Oct 31, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

As announced, PowerCalc won Consulting Specifying Engineer's 2019 Product of the Year award for the  Incredible 1 Line Diagram2019 Product of the Year Winners 

Just this month, PowerCalc designed an 800 unit high-rise condominium complex in Nevada. The Incredible 1 Line Diagram easily scaled to draft  the complex diagram for multiple (2) twenty story high-rise buildings in a mere 15 minutes

Fast, does not even begin to describe this technical achievement. This amazing event took place at a development involving implementation of the latest in IOT, communications, and energy savings technologies. This is a demanding load for cloning, but not an issue for PowerCalc or its Incredible 1 Line Diagram.

 PowerCalc's patented technology not only simultaneously generates the Incredible 1 Line Diagram, but instantly updates it for any change with every input throughout the design process. To this list, we can now also add that it scales for virtually any size project...no matter how large.

The Incredible 1 Line Diagram was up against the big guys again this year: Lutron, Schneider, and Eaton. But once again, PowerCalc  won  Product of the Year. (Software). Back in 2016, we also won for being first in the cloud. 

At PowerCalc, we believe that software should be easy to use and work. These "wins" reflect our commitment to electrical engineering software: easyfast, accurate and green...always in compliance with the NEC and best engineering practices. PowerCalc Product of the Year

PowerCalc calculates all the values for the Incredible 1 Line Diagram with its 7+ million equations automatically designing the entire power distribution system in a building. The Incredible 1 Line Diagram is best in class: fully graphic, automatic, and simultaneously generated. No click, drag and drop is necessary. Use a split/double screen and watch your Incredible 1 Line Diagram generate in sync throughout the design process.  Video: The Incredible 1 Line Diagram

PowerCalc's  changes are automatic and instantaneous, upstream / downstream across your design, and the Incredible 1 Line Diagram keeps up with each and every change. Your power distribution design is always up to the minute ending fuss over this tedious task at the end of a project,  eliminating human error, and delivering exactingly accurate results in at least 40% less design time.The Incredible 1 Line Diagram is a simplified notation representing a single or three phase power system required for posting in commercial buildings and for building permits.

All electrical elements are indicated with standard symbols: distribution panels, lighting and power panels, building equipment, circuit breakers, (OCPD), transformers, disconnects, ATS, generators, buss bars and conductors. The block diagram indicates the flow of power between these electrical elements showing feeder sizes, trip Amp, fault current analysis, equipment AIC and % Voltage Drop. 

In new construction, the Incredible 1 Line Diagram summarizes the entire power distribution system. In renovation, the Incredible 1 Line Diagram is the starting point to determine the project's impact on the existing power distribution system.So now, for the first time, you have a visual reference throughout the design process.

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Save 7%+ Electrical Energy Use in Buildings

By James Khalil, P.E. | Oct 17, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Looking for Help / Consultants: Save 7%+ Electrical Energy Use in Buildings

Current green initiatives focus on alternative energy such as solar, LED lights and sensors such as those that turn lights on and off.

At PowerCalc, we want to add our energy savings module, ERASE(tm) to this list. ERASE optimizes the distribution of electricity in buildings measuring both decreased energy use /  increased energy efficiencies as well as return-on-investment.

The conductors / wires that distribute electricity are the single largest link between the generation and end-use consumption of electricity. Commit to Green #1 Commit to Green #2 ;Commit to Green #3

ERASE's  approach is unique and will allow energy efficiency to be designed into the  building before it is even built or renovated.

At PowerCalc, we are applying to the National Science Foundation for a grant to prove the effectiveness oERASE in the field /  actual practice. We are seeking consultants to share finished project plans with us for the following types of buildings: data centers, office buildings (high rise), manufacturing facilities, and any other type of commercial building.

For selected plans, we will provide a consulting fee and evaluate the impact of ERASE on energy efficiencies working together with you throughout the implementation of the proposed study.

Contact us at support@powercalc.co. Let us know what projects you wish to share and we will get back with you right away!

Join us for a free demonstration and see PowerCalc in action for yourself this Friday, November 1st at noon EST. FREE Demo Nov. 1st

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Winner Product of the Year: the Incredible 1 Line Diagram

By James Khalil, P.E. | Sep 26, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

 

It is magic: PowerCalc's patented technology generates the Incredible 1 Line Diagram simultaneously with each and every input throughout the design process. We were up against the big guys: Lutron, Schneider, Eaton, but once again, PowerCalc  won  Product of the Year. (Software). Back in 2016, we also won for being first in the cloud. 2019 Product of the Year Winners 

At PowerCalc, we believe that software should be easy to use and work. These "wins" reflect our commitment to electrical engineering software: easyfast, accurate and green...always in compliance with the NEC and best engineering practices. PowerCalc Product of the Year

PowerCalc calculates all the values for the Incredible 1 Line Diagram with its 7+ million equations automatically designing the entire power distribution system in a building. The Incredible 1 Line Diagram is best in class: fully graphic, automatic and simultaneously generated. Use a split/double screen and watch your Incredible 1 Line Diagram generate in sync throughout the design process.  Video: The Incredible 1 Line Diagram

PowerCalc's changes are automatic and instantaneous, upstream / downstream across your design, and the Incredible 1 Line Diagram keeps up with each and every change. Your power distribution design is always up to the minute ending fuss over this tedious task at the end of a project. The Incredible 1 Line Diagram is a simplified notation representing a single or three phase power system required for posting in commercial buildings and for building permits.

All electrical elements are indicated with standard symbols: distribution panels, lighting and power panels, building equipment, circuit breakers (OCPD), transformers, disconnects, buss bars and conductors. The block diagram indicates the flow of power between these electrical elements showing feeder sizes, trip Amp, fault current analysis, equipment AIC and % Voltage Drop.

In new construction, the Incredible 1 Line Diagram summarizes the entire power distribution system. In renovation, the Incredible 1 Line Diagram is the starting point to determine the project's impact on the existing power distribution system.  

In new construction, the Incredible 1 Line Diagram summarizes the entire power distribution system. In renovation, the Incredible 1 Line Diagram is the starting point to determine the project's impact on the existing power distribution system.So now, for the first time, you have a visual reference throughout the design process

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13 Ways PowerCalc Saves Time / Saves Money

By James Khalil, P.E. | Sep 12, 2019 11:00:00 AM

13 Ways PowerCalc Saves Time / Saves Money

PowerCalc(tm) saves time and money every day and  every project. So, never open the NEC Handbook again + a lot more. Here goes:

1. Only 3 inputs. PowerCalc's patented process only requires 3 inputs per circuit (load kVA, load type and # of poles).These 3 inputs generate over 300 NEC compliant outputs.As indicated in the chart above, simplifying these calculations saves at least 40% in design time.

2. Bottom - Up Design. PowerCalc designs from the bottom - up (circuit to the power grid). This allows for (i) actual engineering values to be used in the design and (ii) for  PowerCalc's 7 million + equations to be bundled into a single integrated calculation. The result is an integrated and incomparably accurate design. Contrast this outcome with other softwares that require the project's end size to be estimated at project start including the voltage phase, panel frame, panel main and feeder. Can all these "estimates" be actively and accurately updated throughout the design process by multiple people?  As virtually all electrical professionals have either heard or experienced, this "guestimated" process leads to frustrating and expensive errors.

3.Simultaneously Generated 1 Line Diagram.No more fuss at the end of the project on putting together your 1 Line Diagram...It is generated simultaneously throughout the design process. Your project is always in synch and can always be seen.1 Line Diagram

4. Unexpectedly Easy. Only 3 inputs per circuit...that's how easy it is to use PowerCalc. In fact, any conscientious staff member can input these values, and then the electrical professional can concentrate on the things which do need their focus...like connecting the panels and designing the power distribution.

5.  NEC Compliant. PowerCalc's calculations are integrated with its proprietary database for compliance with the NEC. The electrical professional can override outputs to meet specific design requirements, but it is their choice. So, goodbye NEC look up tables.More on NEC

6. Instantaneous Changes. With a design completely integrated into one big calculation, any change anywhere in the design results in instantaneous updating upstream and downstream across the design. This is construction, so there are always changes. And with PowerCalc, the changes are instantaneous.

7. Demand Load / No over-design / No under-design. The NEC breaks the demand load into resistive, motor (inductive) and lighting loads. PowerCalc does the same thing all in compliance with the NEC. But other programs fail to track load types so cannot reduce their connected load sum by the relevant demand load as outlined in NEC Article 220 Branch Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations. Developers, owners and clients get stuck with big bills for over-designed power distribution systems. Electrical equipment is expensive, and your clients will be far happier if you are saving them money rather than wasting their money by specifying unnecessary equipment. With PowerCalc, the electrical professional now has a way to easily avoid over-design concerns. Likewise, no possibility of under-design (not enough equipment specified) causing a safety concern.

8. Unmatched Accuracy. Simply, PowerCalc is not only incredibly accurate, but using software reduces human error.

9. Team CollaborationPowerCalc is the only electrical engineering software in the cloud. This means that your team works and collaborates in real time any place, any time and on any device. It also means that version controls are in place as well as controls over who has access to project files. All the administrative headaches of the design process are now under control.

10. No Change Orders. PowerCalc is fully vetted - used for thousands of projects and billions in construction spend. Now that the design is accurate, the electrical professional is far less likely to have mistakes resulting in expensive change orders.

11. No Lawsuits. Likewise (same as #10), we know of no lawsuits based on design issues for users of PowerCalc

12.  No Comments. Again and same as #10 and #11, when you use PowerCalc, get used to not  receiving comments from Building Departments on your submissions. And that saves a lot of time.

13. Automation. PowerCalc saves days of engineering man hours. Automation drives productivity across all businesses large or small. Changes, even small ones, over time snowball into massive gains in productivity. PowerCalc includes: automation of processes with databases, standards and updated procedures resulting in fewer errors, fewer building department comments and fewer issues with finished designs. And, just less time spent on design and repetitive calculations. AutoCalcs

Join us for a free demonstration and see PowerCalc in action for yourself this Friday, September 6th at noon EST. FREE Demo Sept. 6th

Look forward to working with you. 

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