EDSA Launches DesignBase 3.0

EDSA, a developer of power analytics solutions for the design, testing, and management of complex electrical power systems, launched a new release of its power system design and simulation modeling software, Paladin DesignBase 3.0.

Paladin DesignBase 3.0 is a 50 plus program suite of integrated design, simulation and analysis modules that help consulting engineers and facility design teams model power systems infrastructure that is “Perfect on Paper,” thereby achieving the highest levels of energy efficiency, promoting system-wide reliability, and preempting electrical power problems.

Unlike traditional power systems computer-aided design (CAD) packages intended for static, off-line modeling, Paladin DesignBase gives power design engineers the ability to simulate and resolve critical issues – like arc flash, power flow, power quality, protective device coordination (PDC) and dozens of others – at the level of detail required for real-time deployment. After the design phase, models created using Paladin DesignBase can be redeployed in “live” mode with EDSA’s Paladin Live program, to perform predictive analysis and ‘what if’ scenarios to preempt power faults and energy inefficiencies once the facility is operational.

Paladin Design Base speed is increased by a factor of 10 times. It offers hundreds of objects to libraries, isn compatible with 64-bit machines and Windows® 7.0. Users can  customize the configuration of the package they need.  

Engineers and designers can utilize the many advanced features and functions including: arc flash program enhancements, ANSI libraries with hundreds of devices added, enhanced short circuit/PDC data, enhanced power flow function reporting, and overall ease of use in data entry and editing. Moreover, with its comprehensive database and analytics, design engineers can determine what is the power usage effectiveness (PUE) or design center infrastructure efficiency (DCiE) based on their design – critical when designing the facility for optimum energy efficiency.  All of these features are packaged in an easy-to-use electrical modeling interface that resembles products like Autodesk’s AutoCAD® or Microsoft’s Visio®.

Product highlights:

Designing for efficiency: New capabilities in the Paladin DesignBase Power Flow and DesignBase Power Systems Optimization (PSO) modules now make it easier for power systems designers to know PUE and DCiE based on their design. This results in power systems that, once they are constructed, will ensure the lowest possible levels of energy consumption, without jeopardizing system reliability.

Data management: Paladin DesignBase 3.0 utilizes a Microsoft Access®-compatible database that loads, saves, and runs up to 10 times faster than previous versions. With this new architecture, users can quickly and easily export data to applications such as Microsoft Excel®, edit the data in Excel, and export the resulting changes back to DesignBase.

Productivity: Though it contains hundreds of new features and functions, Paladin DesignBase 3.0 remains the industry’s easiest-to-use, most productive modeling platform. It is compatible with Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit machines). 

Using EDSA’s Paladin Live platform, power systems models created using Paladin DesignBase 3.0 can be redeployed in on-line mode, to serve as a baseline for the finished facility. For faster deployment to Paladin Live, DesignBase 3.0 is now visually connected to Paladin Live. By connecting devices and components of the design into Paladin Live, engineers can realize in-depth analysis and ‘what if’ scenarios of their design in real-time. By continually synchronizing “live” readings with their corresponding “as-designed” specifications, potential power problems are isolated the instant they emerge.

Moreover, because 80% of electrical power problems originate within an organization’s electrical infrastructure – due to gradually evolving problems such as loading, aging of infrastructure, or seemingly minor equipment or procedural changes – the early identification of issues at the “anomaly stage” is crucial in preempting them from becoming larger, operations-threatening problems over time.