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Right-of-Way

An Automated AC Interference Analysis Software

Right-Of-Way Pro is the ideal tool for accurately computing voltages and currents transferred from electric power lines and cables (by inductive, capacitive and through-earth coupling) to pipelines, railways, communication lines and other such utilities, whether buried or aboveground. The Right-Of-Way Pro software package consists of a powerful set of integrated engineering software modules designed to accurately analyze these interference problems and provide mitigation with a global perspective, starting literally from the ground up.

Introduction

Detailed Description

Introduction

Right-Of-Way Pro models complex arrangements of buried and aboveground conductors and computes currents and voltages resulting on every utility modeled, including conductors associated with the power line, for normal load and fault conditions. It models simple and multi-component conductors, including bare or coated pipes and pipe-enclosed cable systems buried in soil. Right-Of-Way Pro, coupled with toll-free support from the world's leading R&D design team in this specialty, provides you with an array of cost-effective solutions for problems ranging from simple interference analyses to the behavior of complex networks of aboveground and buried conductors energized by fault currents. Flexible data reporting and graphing utilities allow you to collect and illustrate any aspect of the results that are important for your work.

Right-of-Way Pro provides a complete interference analysis and mitigation design tool based on soil resistivity analysis (RESAP) and frequency domain grounding analysis (MALZ) engineering modules of the CDEGS software package, which model grounding systems including mitigation grounds and gradient control wires and compute through-earth coupling between faulted power line structures and nearby utilities while accounting for the EMF interference component accurately.

Detailed Description

This powerful integrated software package analyses the electromagnetic interference between electric power lines and adjacent installations such as pipelines, railways and communication lines. It is especially designed to simplify and to automate the modeling of complex right-of-way configurations. Furthermore, Right-of-Way Pro can automatically create phase-to-ground faults along any transmission line at regular intervals throughout the right-of-way corridor, as specified by the user. This automation process yields the envelope (curve of the maxima) of quantities such as pipeline GPR (i.e., ground potential rise), pipeline longitudinal and leakage currents, rail GPR or rail to rail voltages, tower potentials and earth injection currents, etc., along the right-of-way.

Various software utilities, such as circuit plotting and right-of-way mapping modules, are available to help you visualize and validate your input data. Right-of-Way Pro software includes the TRALIN (TRAnsmission LINe parameters), SPLITS (Simulation of Power Lines, Interconnections and Terminal Stations), RESAP (Soil Resistivity Analysis), and MALZ (Low and high frequency grounding) engineering modules and several other related tools (such as ModSPLITS) and components. The Right-of-Way Pro user interface essentially consists of several main integrated modules:

  • Project management, setup and general information & data (Project, Setup & Settings)

  • Building the right-of-way system (Build System Configuration)

  • Creating the original circuit model (Create Circuit)

  • Manipulating a Right-Of-Way circuit input (or SPLITS input) compatible file (Modify Circuit)

  • Assigning and monitoring faults along a right-of-way (Monitor Fault)

  • Creating the so -called Total AC interference model that combines inductive and conductive interference in one step analysis(Total Interference)

  • Processing the input data and carrying out the required computations (Process)

  • Plotting and reporting all system input data and computation results (Report)

The first module takes care of various aspects of project management and allows you to modify the limits of various parameters such as number of terminals, number of conductors, etc. You can also specify common system data such as system of units and power frequency.

The second module builds the right-of-way circuit model through a series of intuitive windows interfaces, then automatically computes the required line parameters to produce the complete input data file that is then ready to be energized, either by normal load currents or fault currents.

The Create Circuit module builds the original circuit model of the network that will be used to carry out the computations.

The fourth module uses a specialized tool (ModSPLITS) to retrieve data from, and make modifications to a SPLITS-compatible input file initially produced by Right-of-Way Pro or any other application of the SES software subpackages.

The fifth module in Right-of-Way Pro allows the user to automatically model faults along a transmission line, at any combination of group of sections (spans), with the possibility to define arbitrary section increments between applied faults. The program will generate summary files containing useful information about the monitored "victim" phase conductor (pipeline, railways etc.) and a reference phase conductor (ground-wire, etc.) at every span (section) of the circuit.

The sixth module allows a user to automatically create a MALZ computer model of the grounding systems (including tower structure grounds) and mitigation wires along the target right-of-way that may have an influence on the conductive interference with the full EMF(induction) components integrated in the model. The EMF components are used to account for the induced effects on a victim line due to currents flowing in phase conductors, overhead ground wires or other victim lines. They represent the inductive interference that was calculated by the circuit model computation engine. As a result, the MALZ grounding analysis engineering module gives the total interference level (conductive and inductive components) under fault conditions rather than the conductive component only.

The Process module is in charge of calculating the inductive & capacitive interference levels during load or fault conditions as well the total interference inductive and conductive levels during fault conditions, including current and voltage distributions.

Finally, the Plot & Report module provides various utilities, e.g.: system input & computation results reporting, circuit plotting and envelope curve plotting.

Right-of-Way Pro provides the following capabilities:

  • Accommodates any arrangement of multi-phase conductors: pipe-enclosed cables, pipelines, solid, hollow, stranded and composite conductors, insulated and bare conductors, overhead and buried conductors, and irregular phase configurations. All cable conductors can have a core, sheath, armor, and arbitrary insulations.

  • For overhead conductor arrangements with little regularity, conductors can be specified one at a time and may be completely different from one another. For systems which include buried conductors such as pipelines and pipe-enclosed cables, conductors are specified individually or as a group.

  • An extensive conductor database is available to ease input operations. Add your own products to the databases at any time.


  • Analyzes electromagnetic interference effects, currents and voltages in every span of a multi-conductor, multi-phase power network and in neighboring victim circuits sharing the same corridor. Ground impedances or interconnections to other conductors can be specified for any number of conductors at any number of locations. Key screens provide illustrations clearly representing the data to be entered and extensive on-line context-sensitive help is one keystroke or mouse click away.

  • Plots the leakage current, longitudinal current, or GPR throughout your conductor network, directly on a schematic diagram of the network. For fault current distribution analyses or right-of-way simulations, use GRSplits to plot multiphase networks, transmission line impedances, voltages, and currents as a function of distance or span number. Spreadsheet functions ease and speed up data entry. An input/output processor is available to view the circuit model represented by a Right-Of-Way Pro or SPLITS input file. This tool greatly simplifies the task of manipulating, viewing and checking the components of the specified circuit. The most salient features of this utility are: The entire circuit or only the parts of interest can be plotted. This means that it is possible to focus on a small area or some specified sections (spans) to view or print the numerical values of the longitudinal and shunt (leakage) impedances on a drawing of the circuit. Connections which were specified between the various phases of a given section are also displayed when their impedance is below a specified threshold value. Identical sections are replaced by a single section, followed by dashed lines if desired. Computation results, such as GPR and longitudinal or shunt currents can be displayed at all locations, at selected zones and for a range of sections as required. Plots can be produced in most popular formats.

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When you need an explanation or a rapid reminder of what any portion of a screen is for, simply click on that part of the screen, then press F1 function key and a context-sensitive help screen pops up instantly. If you have questions that the help file and the manuals do not immediately answer, SES experts are just one toll-free phone away or, if you prefer, email or fax your questions for prompt and thorough answers. 



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