Electrical engineering specialist Trace Software International has developed elec calc BIM, software which it claims can effortlessly integrate electrical calculations into the BIM process
With elec calc BIM, users can design, calculate and size the electrical installation in the digital model in IFC 4 format, generated by any 3D architecture software (for example Revit, ArchiCAD, SketchUp).
For Revit users, the elec calc BIM plug-in enhances collaboration between the two programs. 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 offers 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 you to manage all communications and alerts with other operators.
Etienne Mullie, Trace Software International R&D Manager said: “With the arrival of BIM, we have for the first time in almost 30 years, an exceptional opportunity to make a profound change in the way we conceive our electrical design software.
“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.”