Our Top Picks

Design-Master-Electrical-2
Design Master Electrical
  • Deployment: Windows
  • Customer service: Call, email
  • Customizable one-line riser diagrams

Design Master Electrical is a complete electrical drafting and calculating software that’s used by consulting engineers. The software works inside AutoCAD, BricsCAD, and Revit, and users can create customizable one-line riser diagrams where changes are automated. With panel schedules and service load calculations, devices can automatically be added to panels and voltage drops, fault current, and arc-flash calculations are documented on the drawings. 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Streamlined design process
  • More accurate drawings

Cons

  • No integrations available
  • PLC is not supported

Summary

Design-Master-Electrical-2
Design Master Electrical
  • Starting Price
    • Design Master Electrical RT: starts at $400 / year OR $1,200 one-time for Single-User
    • Design Master Electrical for AutoCAD: starts at $990/year OR $2,970 one-time for Single-User
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Support Options
    call, email
  • Collaboration Tools
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Windows
  • Customer service: Call, email
  • Customizable one-line riser diagrams
EcoStruxure-Power-Build
EcoStruxure Power Build – Rapsody
  • Deployment: Windows
  • Customer service: Call, email, ticket
  • Step-by-step configuration guidance

EcoStruxure Power Build – Rapsody by Schneider Electric specializes in configuring low-voltage distribution switchboards. Users can quickly configure devices with step-by-step guidance, in addition to being able to view front face drawing and organize electrical cabling according to order specifications. The system has product information and the ability to generate quotes. The EcoStruxure Power platform can connect to other Schneider Electric tools, such as Acti9 circuit breakers and PowerLogic meters, and it’s easy to import projects from EcoStruxure Power Design – Ecodial.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Easy quotation
  • Document repository
  • Integration with compatible devices

Cons

  • No PLC or CAD support
  • Collaboration is not available

Summary

EcoStruxure-Power-Build
EcoStruxure Power Build – Rapsody
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Support Options
    call, email, ticket
  • Collaboration Tools
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Windows
  • Customer service: Call, email, ticket
  • Step-by-step configuration guidance
Elec-calc
elec calc
  • Deployment: Windows
  • Customer service: Call, email, ticket
  • IntelliSense for suggestions

Trace Software’s elec calc provides real-time calculations for low- and high-voltage installations in compliance with numerous international standards and regulations. It uses a drag-and-drop interface with native objects, and with its IntelliSense feature, users get suggestions about the most likely components to use in their one-line diagrams. It has a library of reusable components and plans and the ability to make several calculations, including power balance, voltage drops, and harmonics. elec calc provides calculations reports that include a bill of materials and a list of anomalies.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Compliance management
  • CAD and PLC tools available

Cons

  • Only imports and exports calculations with Excel

Summary

Elec-calc
elec calc
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Support Options
    call, email, ticket
  • Collaboration Tools
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows
  • Customer service: Call, email, ticket
  • IntelliSense for suggestions
PowerCalc
PowerCalc
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Call, ticket
  • Automatic panel calculations

PowerCalc is considered the first SaaS electrical engineering software. It has an automatic, graphic one-line diagram that provides real-time values. It crunches more than seven million electrical equations to come up with more accurate, automatic panel calculations and results and with its database, design time and errors are minimized.  PowerCalc uses just three inputs per circuit, which is composed of over 300 NEC- and IEEE-compliant outputs, and changes are immediate upstream and downstream. 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Proprietary results database
  • Accurate, automatic calculations
  • Deployed online

Cons

  • No integrations available
  • No reporting
  • No collaboration tools

Summary

PowerCalc
PowerCalc
  • Starting Price
    • Core: $69.95/month/user
    • Pro: $89.95/month/user
    • Pro Plus: $99.95/month/user
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    call, ticket
  • Collaboration Tools
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Call, ticket
  • Automatic panel calculations
Solidworks
SOLIDWORKS Software
  • Deployment: Windows
  • Customer service: Call, email, ticket
  • Flow simulation

SOLIDWORKS is an electrical diagram simulation software that subjects designs to real-world conditions, reducing prototyping and physical testing costs. It uses Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for testing 2D and 3D CAD models, and with flow simulation, users can model how liquid and gas flows affect product performance. SIMULIAworks enables more complex analysis and has real-time collaboration and data sharing capabilities. From any browser, team members can access simulation results faster, which can decrease production time. SOLIDWORKS Visualize provides the means to generate high-quality animations and immersive VR, accelerating time to market.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • CAD/PLC support
  • Browser-based collaboration tools
  • 1,000+ integration partners

Cons

  • CAM tool is an add-on
  • Cost is not provided

Summary

Solidworks
SOLIDWORKS Software
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Support Options
    call, email, ticket
  • Collaboration Tools
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows
  • Customer service: Call, email, ticket
  • Flow simulation

How We Chose the Best Electrical Design Software

When designing integrated electrical systems, it’s about visualizing the entire system and mitigating the risk of errors. When users are able to put components in their place before the live event, it gives them a chance to reduce the failure risk by calculating all that’s needed for installation, performance, and maintenance. When choosing the best electrical design software (ECD), we took a look at three features: electrical design features, integrations, and reporting capabilities.

Electrical Design Features

We recommend software that offers a variety of electrical design features, such as 2D and 3D drafting and modeling capabilities, depending on business requirements. Other must-have features include CAD and programming logical controller, PLC, and tools to handle more complex designs, as well as a parts and supplies catalog.

Integrations

Some programs offer pre-built connectors and open protocols that organizations can configure. ECD software integrations include connecting to data sources and ERPs so it’s easy to import and export data and designs.  

Reports

Reports help users check their work and even improve their designs through insights. There are also cost savings components, as they can get a list of required materials.