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AutoCAD and BricsCAD plug-ins for designing solar power plants

Project description

 

For three years a modern and easy-to-use plug-in for a well-known AutoCAD has been in development. The team’s mission was to create a software that would allow more efficient solar power plants being designed.

To speed up the process, the customer’s representatives contacted us regarding cooperation. Excited for a new challenge, we took on some of the work to improve and expand the existing functionality of the plug-in.

Client info

the company is developing advanced software for designing solar panels

Headquarters

Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Project goals

  • Among the priority goals was the creation of a correctly working installer based on an open source installer;
  • To create BricsCAD version of the plug-in;
  • To organize the system’s functional and fix any issues found during the testing phase;
  • To identify and fix major errors in the project.

Results achieved

  • Finished and expanded previously existed export feature in SolarSpeed (added json format);
  • Installer project has been transferred from a paid MSIFactory to a free InnoSetup, added an installer version utilizing WIX Tools;
  • Created stable installers for BricsCAD. Functionality is 80% mirrored from AutoCAD;
  • Fixed major errors.

Creating a model of a terrestrial solar power plant

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Preparing the rooftop with the edge and borders of the layout

Quick 3D landscape import from Plex Earth

Technologies used

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C#

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NET Framework

Programming language: C#. We used .Net Framework 4.6 for the smooth operation of the plug-in. For AutoCAD API we choose ObjectARX. WIX Tools and Inno Setup have been used for a new set of installers.

How does it work

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