ETAP introduced ETAP 12.5, an enhanced version of its engineering software for the design and operation of critical power systems. A free trial version of ETAP 12.5 can be downloaded at ETAP.com/Demo and used for 30 days.
New features include Dynamic Parameter Estimation & Tuning (DPET); GOST short-circuit (R 52735 standard); new Web consoles for monitoring and predictive simulation; customizable Web console templates; native SCADA communications protocols; waveform capturing and synchophaser measurements; a new library merge and cable library quick-pick; enhanced analysis modules; more than 3,500 new device libraries; and a multi-language edition.
"ETAP 12.5 is the next logical step in our quest to deliver the most robust technologies to optimize and automate power system design while increasing the safety, quality, and productivity for which our products are known for around the world," said Shervin Shokooh, COO of ETAP.
Prior to the availability of Dynamic Parameter and Estimation Tuning (DPET), users had to manually tune their electrical models, which could take up to 300 hours of parameter adjustments based on engineering judgments. Now, ETAP 12.5 uses a multi-objective stochastic optimization method to automatically tune a model with multiple inputs and outputs. The enhanced Scenario Wizard includes the ability to simulate "what-if" events, including automatically running multiple underground raceway system scenarios to verify results against benchmark reports.
In this version, the ETAP Real-Time solution is enhanced to support electrical management applications using distributed SCADA technologies for applications such as Smart Grid and serving as a microgrid master controller. These applications provide operators, dispatchers, managers, and engineers with capabilities of prediction, control, visualization, optimization, and automation of the electrical power system, the company says. ETAP's Faster than Real-Time power management system adds direct native communication connectivity offered in ETAP 12.5 release for Modbus RTU, DNP3, OPC, OPC-UA, and IEC 61850.
ETAP 12.5 is available now and includes multiple-language support that is localized in seven languages including translated output reports in eight languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean and German.
For more information, visit ETAP.
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