AppliCad will release its latest version of the world renowned roofing and cladding software, and it will be the most significant update in over 15 months.
AppliCad will release its latest version of the world
renowned roofing and cladding software, and it will be the most significant
update in over 15 months.
particular note in the new release are a set of special tools that have been
created for helping roofing professionals plan for the installation of solar
panels – photo-voltaic and solar hot water heaters.
The operator models the roof in 3D as normally done for a
roof material proposal and then places the solar panels on the roof,
individually or as an array. The operator can also place other objects on the
roof or in surrounding areas, things like satellite antennas, trees and chimneys
etc. A basic library of such objects is included, and since the AppliCad software
includes a full function 3D CAD program, new objects can be created with as much
or as little detail as required.
The operator then sets the date and time, then the
location of the roof structure and then creates an animated sun shadow analysis.
The shadows are cast for a sequence, through different times of the day and are
saved to an animation file that may be replayed using a movie or media player on
This animation shows exactly the path of the shadows
across the roof areas and most importantly, the solar panels themselves. Any
obstruction over one panel in an array of panels, affects the efficiency of the
whole array. This is very useful
tools also report the solar radiation for each section of roof helping designers
select the perfect location for maximum panel efficiency. The reports become
part of the client proposal, demonstrating the thoroughness and professionalism
of the company submitting the proposal. The whole process is just a few mouse
clicks away after the roof is modeled. For more information, visit www.applicad.com.