A powerful integrated environment for carrying out grounding studies.
This powerful, yet easy-to-use software package provides a simple, integrated and automated environment for carrying out grounding studies. It consists of several integrated computation modules that are designed to study the effectiveness of grounding installations with respect to electrical safety of both personnel and equipment, allowing you to suggest improvements to existing installations or to design new installations.With AutoGrid Pro you can:
No longer settle for substandard grounding packages due to budget limitations. The component-based nature of the software package allows you to focus on your immediate needs, from the computation of the resistance of a simple grid to a complete safety analysis of the complex grounding system of a substation. Simply add more components as your needs evolve. Indeed, AutoGrid Pro enables you to select a package including components from a flexible array of options such as:
The available AutoGrid Pro packages are:
This entry-level package supports any arbitrarily shaped grounding system buried in a uniform soil. It computes the grounding system resistance and potential rise. This package is ideal for users not interested in computing soil potentials, nor touch and step voltages. It includes a conductor ampacity computation module and other useful tools.
Adds to the above the computation of earth potentials throughout any region of interest. This allows you to carry out a full analysis of the touch and step voltages at any location inside or outside the grid.
The Safety module lets you select the criteria that should be used during the safety analysis of the grounding installation. This includes limits on touch and step voltages, based on standards of your choice (e.g., IEEE, IEC). Choose from several safety scenarios. Let the program decide which area should be examined for safety issues (based on the size of the grid) or define a region of interest within the grid. The program reports which areas exceed the safety limits, allowing you to quickly assess the effectiveness of corrective measures.
Includes everything found in the Uniform Soil package and adds a powerful module which computes the distribution of fault current between the grounding system and other metallic paths such as overhead ground wires, shield wires, neutral conductors, or cable sheaths and armors.
The Circuit module is used when it is necessary to take into account the contribution of adjacent transmission and distribution circuits to the grounding. Specify the geometrical locations of the neutral and phase wires and the electrical characteristics of the neutral wires, or select these quantities from an extensive conductor library. You can also add your own products to the databases. Alternatively, for a finer control, you have the option of explicitly specifying the wire impedances. An input processor is available to view the circuits and their characteristics.
Includes everything found in the Uniform Soil package and adds the ability to model soil structures composed of two horizontal layers.
Adds to the above a resistivity measurement analysis module that interprets measured data into a suitable soil model.
Includes everything found in the Uniform Soil & Fault Current Distribution package and adds the ability to model soil structures composed of two horizontal layers. Note that the resistivity measurement analysis module that interprets measured data into a suitable soil model is not included in this package.
This package combines everything found in the preceding Two-Layer Horizontal Soil packages.
Adds to the above several useful soil models, including multilayer horizontally layered soils, vertically layered soils, spherically and cylindrically layered soils and an all-purpose finite-volume soil model consisting of several arbitrarily shaped regions with different electrical properties. This package cannot be ordered without the resistivity analysis or fault current distribution modules.
The computational engine of AutoGrid Pro is based on the MALT, RESAP and FCDIST computation modules. Each version of AutoGrid Pro also includes the AutoGroundDesign software package having similar capabilities and restrictions.