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Solar PV Design Tool for AutoCAD / BricsCAD

AUTOMATE YOUR SOLAR ENGINEERING PROCESS

DESIGN FAST, EFFICIENTLY & ACCURATELY

Virto.CAD is our renowned solar PV design tool for AutoCAD or BricsCAD (BIM) programs. It allows leading EPC, engineering firms and developers in the solar industry to create detailed system layouts for commercial rooftop and utility-scale ground-mounted solar plants.

Virto.CAD allows you to plan, design and engineer in a fast, efficient and accurate way.  

Why choose our solar PV design tools

One platform

One platform to design it all. All the tools you need are available in one place. In addition, we offer integrations to 3rd parties.

Fast & Efficient

Our PV design software speeds up the entire engineering process and saves you more than 75% on engineering time and cost. We remove repetitive and time-consuming tasks by automating calculations, layouts and reports.

Accurate

Automatic configurations (design phase) and augmented reality (construction phase) will prevent wrong installations. Our photovoltaic software generates solar panels, calculations and bill or materials without any design errors.

Easy 3D Modeling

No need to spend extra time or money on expensive 3D drawing or programs. Our software generates 3D models of buildings automatically using data from Google Maps, imagery or Plex-Earth.

Support Team

Our incredible team provides tutorials, trainings, demonstrations and 1:1 support if needed.

Virto.CAD Features

Design your own PV Racks

EW, South or trackers.

Solar irradiation heat map

Display from any location on earth.

Add civil objects

Add roads, gates, trees or wetlands in your drawings easily.

Generate automated string plans.

Calculations

Cable lengths, voltage drops and materials.

Bill of Materials

Export your BoM to Excel.

Please select your solar project below to see more key features.

Easy 3D Modeling

Generate 3D models of your building easily with any prior 3D knowledge!

Placing 2D polygons together with height dimensions will result into an extruded 3D model. Experienced CAD designers or 3rd party design studios can use these generated 3D models in your project as well. 

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Generate Module Layout

Generate optimized 3D module layouts to maximize the number of solar panels in your projects. Virto.CAD takes all obstacles, “keep out zones” and edging zones into account and optimizes usable space.

Shadow and Irradiation Simulation

Similate shadows and irradiation levels of the sun based on weather reports available within our Virto.CAD pv plugin for AutoCAD / BricsCAD. Irradiation simulation is applicable on both rooftop surfaces and PV modules. In addition, you can also set a threshold which allows you to remove colours and/or modules from your project.

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Ballast Calculation & Bill Of Materials Report

By means of an API integration of mounting systems such as Avasco, Esdec, Van der Valk and SolarStell we are able to calculate and visualize ballast.

Additionally, it is possible to export a bill of materials as .xls or .pdf files and download reports.

Export to PVsyst

There’s no need to redraw your 3D rooftop designs, shading objects or module lay-out in PVSyst.

With our pv plugin you can simply export your drawing from AutoCAD or BricsCAD to PVSyst within seconds. After this you can start simulating the performance and yield of your system immediately.

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String Mapping + Colorization

Draw your strings automatically, semi-automatically or manually – the choice is up to you. Colorize strings to improve visualization and contrast before printing.

Cable Tray Path & Routing

Define cable tray paths on and off your roof surface or even bridge between buildings. Place inverters or combiner boxes in or outside your building. Finally route all your AC and DC cable in 3D through the shortest path to each device.

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Export Overview to Excel

Export an overview of your entire project including all inverters, modules, string labels, cable lenghts and cable sections to Excel.

Import or create terrain with Plex-Earth

By using our preferred partner plugin Plex-Earth – or any other similar software – you can easily import your 3D terrain ground mesh or TIN surface from satellite data – which is ideal for a preliminary design. 

In addition, you can create a new triangulation from your land survey based on dots, contour lines or an imported CSV or TXT file for all your solar construction projects.

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Rack Definition

Define your own rack in our database and use it later in multiple drawings. You can set all properties such as module quantities (horizontally/vertically), piles, tilt and ground clearance in this window.

Additionally, you can define fixed tilt south, east-west and single acis trackers.

Module/Rack Layout Generation

Generate your module and rack layout in seconds on a complex 3D mesh or TIN surface.  The row pitch can be fixed or variable based on a predefined shadow angle.  A variable row pitch will lead to smaller inter-row distance when building uphill, and larger inter-row distance when downhill.

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Export to PVsyst

There’s no need to redraw your module lay-out in PVsyst.

Thanks to our pv plugin, you can simply export your drawings from AutoCAD or BricsCAD to PVsyst within seconds and start simulating the performance and yield of your system immediately.

Both fixed tilt and tracker systems are supported by the .PVC export format or .CSV of ground mesh.

Wiring Groups

Create wiring groups to indicate racks or modules in your system configuration. A wiring group typically represents a transformer station, a low voltage cabinet or an inverter location. This feature can be used for a construction phase or to indicate subsidy schemes.

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String Mapping + Colorization

Draw your string automatically, semi-automatically or manually – the choice is up to you. Colorize strings in order to improve visualization and contrast before printing.

Trench Path & Cable Routing

Define trenches and transformers. Automatically place inverters or combiner boxes based on string plan to minimize the amount of DC-cable. Finally route all your AC and DC cable in 3D through the shortest path to each device.

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Solar Shadow Simulation

Virto.CAD calculates a variable row pitch depending on the solar shadow of the previous rack. This takes the underlying terrain into account to see how far the shadow of a solar rack will travel.

Slope Highlighting

Virto.CAD allows you to set a ‘Max Rack Side slope’ and a ‘Max row to row slope’ with corresponding colours when either or both values gets exceeded.

Our PV software will then place the rack on your mesh with these colours on the drawing so you can quickly see if either or both slope limitations have been exceeded.

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Export to Excel

Export an overview of your entire project including all inverters, modules, string labels, cable lenghts and cable sections to Excel.

Get Started

Excited to get started on designing your solar projects with Virto.CAD? Perfect! Buy a subscription, start with our 30-day free trial or schedule a free demo.

Use our partners plugins Plex-Earth to create 3D imagery or PVsyst to calculate solar yield. Check our Virto.CAD Pricing page for more information on this.

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