The standard edition of PLS-CADD is a line design program that includes all the terrain, sag-tension, loads, clearances and drafting functions necessary for the design of an entire power line. Also includes PLS-CADD/LITE and PLS-CADD/ULTRALITE, but not any of the other items listed below (compare editions).
Optimum Spotting Option: Enables automatic selection of structure locations and types for the least cost design of a line.
SAPS Option: Finite element sag-tension option: provides a superior alternative to the built-in ruling span sag-tension.
PLS-CADD/LITE: Simplified edition of PLS-CADD for calculation of sags and tensions in a single span, thermal ratings and structure loading trees for a single structure. Included at no charge with the standard edition (compare editions). Includes PLS-CADD/ULTRALITE, but does not include the terrain modeling, material or drafting functions of the standard edition and is based on the ruling span concept. (PLS-CADD/LITE does not open or act as a viewer for PLS-CADD Standard edition models).
PLS-CADD/ULTRALITE: Streamlined version of PLS-CADD for quick modeling of a single span of conductor or wire. It develops a Sag-Tension report as well as Stringing Charts for a user definable range of span lengths and stringing temperatures.
PLS-CADD/SURVEY: Surveyor’s edition of PLS-CADD that provides terrain modeling and drafting capabilities, but not structure spotting, loads, clearances, or sag-tension (compare editions).
PLS-Distribution is a streamlined version of PLS-CADD and PLS-POLE designed specifically for the distribution side of the grid.
Supervisor Edition: Allows a supervisor and/or the engineer of record to access all standards and criteria to develop, edit, and update
Note: Purchase of the Supervisor Edition must also include a purchase of at least one regular PLS-Distribution or PLS-Distribution Plus Edition.
Plus Edition: Adds finite element capabilities to account for structure deflections in loading calculations and interaction between spans. Also adds the ability to model and analyze jumpers, marker balls, and bird flight diverters.
Analyzes, designs and optimizes steel lattice towers for transmission and substation applications.
Analyzes and designs structures with wood, laminated wood, steel, concrete or fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) poles, or modular aluminum masts.
PLS-POLE Professional includes modules for modeling and analyzing all pole material types; Wood, Steel, Concrete, Laminated Wood, & FRP.
In addition it also comes with CAISSON functionality embedded in for designing directly embedded poles with or without backfill, as well as concrete piers.
PLS-POLE/WOOD for analysis and design of wood poles
PLS-POLE/STEEL for analysis and design of steel poles
PLS-POLE/CONCRETE for analysis and design of concrete poles
PLS-POLE/LW+MAST for analysis and design of laminated wood poles and modular aluminum masts
PLS-POLE/FRP for analysis and design of Fiber Reinforced Polymer poles
Designs moment resisting reinforced concrete pier foundations and direct embedment depths for poles.
Structural Analysis of Power and communication Systems is the analysis engine that powers our other software. It can be purchased for standalone use to solve exotic problems. SAPS can act as a plug-in to add finite element sag-tension to the standard edition of PLS-CADD.
Performs finite element analysis of cables using a linear material conductor model. We have provided a table that compares PLS-CADD/Lite and SAGSEC to help determine which better suits your application.