COMPREHENSIVE TOOL FOR THE LIGHTNING PROTECTION DESIGN

 

DESIGN USING THE MOST ADVANCED SOFTWARE
THE FIRST ALL IN ONE TOOL

The nimbus® project designer is a free online tool which allows users to create the complete design of a lightning protection system, from analyzing the risks in accordance with the current regulations, to automatically calculating the optimal number and location of nimbus® lightning rods.


The software provides a valuable document detailing the data and calculations for the specification of the project, facilitating the preparation of quotes

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FUNCTIONS

  • Importing drawings and plans, the tool supports PDF, PNG, JPG formats...

  • Draw your system easily.

  • Risk analysis assistant. It facilitates risk calculation, provide protection measures and applies the level of protection.

  • Complete lightning protection design. The location of the lightning rod can be set manually or automatically.

  • nimbus® optimiser provides a compromise between precision, speed and total cost.

  • Bill of materials, in the application one can interact with the user interface to show global/individuals lists of materials.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION TOOL

A simple and intuitive interface makes it possible to design the external lightning protection system, while providing a complete document for the specification of the project.

GUIDED PROCESS

Thanks to a linear process, and guided by an assistant with contextual help, defining projects becomes a simple task. No previous knowledge is required.

RISK ASSESSMENT

Calculations of the level of protection in accordance with current standards NF C 17-102:2011, UNE 21186:2018 and CTE SU08

EASY DEFINITION OF THE PROTECTION AREA

Complete and simple drawing tool with drawing import.

AUTOMATIC LIGHTNING ROD CALCULATION

The algorithm developed by Cirprotec allows the optimal location of nimbus® lightning rods and earthings using cost criteria.

BILL OF MATERIALS

Includes all necessary accessories for the lightning protection system.

 
 
 

Resolve your projects rapidly and intuitively

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BILL OF MATERIALS

9. The software generates the overall bill of materials (lightning rods and accessories) required for the protection of the comprehensive facility, in addition to a bill of materials for each lightning rod.

RISK ASSESSMENT

6.For each structure: select the level of protection or calculate it using the risk calculation wizard.

FINAL PROJECT REPORT

10. Dowload the project report in PDF format together with the related technical data sheets.

11. Ready for submitting to the customer.

DRAWING AND PARAMETERS

4. Import a plan and/or draw the perimeter of the installation and set the scale.

5. Draw the structures to be protected and indicate the height and materials for each one.

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PROJECT DATA

1. Name the project and define its geographic location.

2. Indicate the regulatory framework and technical characteristics of the facility.

3. Fill in the property detail of your customer's facility in order to issue a customized report.

NIMBUS® OPTIMISER

7. Automatically calculate the lightning rod placing to cover the entire area to be protected; also manual option.

8. Configure the accessories of each lightning rod and its earthing.

 

Frequently asked questions

1. How can I import a drawing and in what formats can I do it?

To import a drawing select the tool “import image as background drawing” (located in the upper bar). Supported import formats include pdf, jpeg, png...

You can use Google Earth (https://earth.google.com/web/) to get a satellite image and use it as a reference image.

Once the reference drawing is uploaded, define its scale.

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2. How can I define the areas of the different zones to be protected?

Once the drawing has been imported and the scale has been configured, you can identify the areas and structures to be protected. To do this, use the drawing tool “create new area”, define the structures to be protected and indicate the height of each of them.

If the surroundings of the structures in an installation need protecting, draw the areas with a height = 0 m to identify the perimeter to be protected.
 

 (An area with height h=0 m is represented in blue and structures with h>0 m are represented in green).

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3. How does the lightning rod optimizer work?

The proposed protection solution is based on a lightning rod optimization calculation performed by the nimbus® project designer algorithm.


This calculation is based on determining the minimum number of lightning rods and the minimum size required, in order to completely cover the different perimeters and structures of the project. The main criterion is the number of lightning rods, weighted in turn following economic optimization and ease of installation criteria.


The result of this calculation is indicative and may not be fully accurate due to its complexity and the limited calculation time.

Watch video on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Egq6ZaMWQ68

4. How do I assign the protection level to an area or structure?

To assign the protection level to an area or structure, you must first select it by placing the cursor on it, after which an “Assign protection level” menu will be displayed on the left.


The assignment can be done manually (See the criteria for determining the protection level in the next question):

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Or using the protection level calculation assistant (only applicable to structures, height > 0m):

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5. What does the bill of materials include?

The bill of materials includes all the accessories, distributed by Cirprotec S.L.U., required for the installation of the lightning rods for the project. This list takes into account the percentage margin of error defined at the beginning of the process.

It can be broken down into:

  • Overall list: Specifies all the material in quantities and references required to execute the complete installation project.

  • List per lightning rod: Used to help define the installation to be implemented. Using the ID of each lightning rod, the required material for its installation is specified including the ground connection.

Consult product catalogue at: http://www.cirprotec.com/Lightning

 

FEATURES OF NIMBUS® PROJECT DESIGNER

  • Free access for any number of projects

  • Web application.

  • Multilingual platform.

  • Effective project management and monitoring.

  • Step-by-step guided system with contextual help.

  • Calculations in accordance with current regulations.

  • Wide portfolio of accessories and materials.

  • Online - always up to date.

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