CAD Design Systems

Data and Design Management

CAD Design Systems for electrical design uses either vector-based graphics or raster graphics showing the overall appearance of design. Designing involves more than just shapes. As in the manual drafting, the output of CAD must convey information, such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific requirements.

CAD Design Systems

CAD Process

CAD Design Systems typically consists of two distinct stages:

  • The design stage, in which an electric systems model is created, and
  • The simulation or analysis stage, in which software simulation programs are used to test the integrity of the design; these simulation programs test how the model would behave in real-world operation by checking for specific types of design or operational problems (see list below.)

Design is an iterative process, in which simulation results will suggest ways that the design should be modified to increase safety, reliability, and serviceability. At the conclusion of the design effort, organizations will enjoy a far higher degree of confidence in the integrity of their power systems infrastructure than with manually drawn schematics.

The same model used for the computer-aided design of a power system can be used as the basis for real-time monitoring and modeling of the system, giving network operators a quantitative value for any proposed changes in system operating conditions.

Advanced topography analysis

Perform more accurate site assessments in less time by analyzing all piers, verifying that trackers can be deployed to specification.

Import USGS, Google Earth, custom data
Avoid false positives from limited pier data
Improve cost control

Side-by-side comparisons

Eliminate guesswork and see how modifying structural and electrical components affect system design and performance estimates.

Compare fixed-tilt & single-axis trackers
Thin-film vs crystalline silicon modules
GCR, Output capacity & production values

Project Development

Move from feasibility to detailed design all in the same environment.  

Contract formation, Technical appendix, statements of work and terms of reference, Bid specs and RFP composition, Design basis, and unit measure takeoff calculations

“All of us at Entropy would like to express our appreciation for the work of the team performed as Independent Engineer for the project finance of Entropy’s 5MW Cayman Solar Project by CIBC First Caribbean International Bank.
The project was the first utility scale solar project developed in Cayman Islands, which posed a unique set of challenges. A number of unusual design and engineering principals needed to be incorporated to address hurricane force wind loading, difficult soil and rock conditions, and the lack of a substantial service and support infrastructure to accommodate the service and maintenance needs of the plant. The team worked with us to fully understand and address potential risks, delivering their work professionally, on time, and on budget.”

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