PSCAD Ratings

Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5

About PSCAD

Simulation tool that enables practicing engineers and researchers to design, analyze, optimize, and verify power systems and power electronic controls. Learn more about PSCAD

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Anny M.
Superintendente protecciones
Unspecified
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 20, 2018

“Powerful tool for simulation of Electromagnetic Transients”

OverallIn my company it is used for the estimation of faults during a year of a transmission line for the purposes of a service contract with the company that supplies the electric power, and for the realization of insulation coordination in transmission lines and substations.
ProsIt has a fairly complete library of devices for electrical components and control, I used it for simulation of ElectroMagnetic Transients to achieve the current intensity under which the backflashover occurs in voltage dischargers of 115 kV transmission lines, useful value for the coordination of isolation and for the statistics of how many faults the line can have during a year, this function can be done in this software manually increasing the discharge current or automatically with the use of multiple run, everything will depend on the skill and of knowledge that you have of this application, that is, it is quite powerful, but you have to know all its functions very well. It also allows the simulation of the elements of the line as detailed as the user requires, of course the results will depend on the accuracy of the data that is entered.
ConsThe management of the software is not intuitive, it requires previous training to be able to start with its use, as well as the mastery of the electromagnetic transients is required. On the other hand, the way in which the library is stored could be improved in order to perform the selection of devices by dragging them, as is done with the palette control and the electrical palette.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 20, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 8, 2019

“PSCAD's ease of accessibility and does it worth to buy”

OverallMy final year project was stated with eTab then I ended up working with PSCAD. it's hard to lean actually in the beginning but then after it's really worth your time.
ProsThe easiness of the software, where we can construct any kind of network with proper fulfilled knowledge. because of the constructed tools and other equipment were already been designed by the team. And also the cookbooks and the helping portal which was given by the company itself also a very handy material for a beginner.
ConsThere is a very big difference from the free version and the premium one. so when you are looking to tranfer your work from a free verion to a premium version then you are in trouble .
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 8, 2019
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Gayathri P.
Instructor
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 17, 2019

“Best to learn power electronics”

OverallI used it in my power electronics assignments for the subject area on Fundamentals of Power Electronics.
ProsIt is the best to learn power electronics.It can be used to learn power electronics step by step from fundamentals.All graphs relevant to simulated circuit can be generated.All these graphs can be copied and pasted to Word documents.These graphs can be voltage vs time graphs,current vs time graphs etc.All researches related to power electronics can be done in this software.A needed power electronic design can be first done on this software before implementing it physically for more accurate design.
ConsA strong knowledge on power electronics is needed to use the software easily.The constant use of the software for at least three months is needed to get a better grasp on it.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 17, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Higher Education, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 26, 2019

“A very good tool to simulate power systems ”

OverallI used this for a university assignment to analyze the faults in a transmission line. All components needed were available and i was able to include the required parameters easily. The software was capable to simulate different types of faults in an accurate manner.
ProsIt is one of the best platform to simulate power systems. It has a vast library of electrical components with reconfigurable parameters which can be used to simulate real world power networks.
ConsThere are not many online resources to learn the software therefore learning the software would be little hard initially.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 26, 2019
Michel L.
Senior Power System Engineer
Utilities, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 20, 2019

“Error finding”

OverallPSCAD is a good software with many features compared to others.
ProsPSCAD is very strong in power system transient analysis and users can customize the model in terms of parameters and meters location.
ConsBut sometimes it is not easy to find out the roots of modeling errors. It would be more helpful if more help file or example could be provided with the software.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 20, 2019
Vaithehi S.
Instructor
Education Management, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
5/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 2, 2019

“Pscad for Electrical Engineering ”

ProsWe can simulate most complex system in PSCAD , if we have full licensed software, if after we simulate once it will take more time for next simulation.
ConsAfter 1st simulation mostly it will show bugs in second simulation if we are not using fully licensed software. But fully licensed software is very expensive.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 2, 2019
Chathura W.
Engineering student
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 23, 2019

“Best option”

OverallCurrent transformer saturation Simulation,impact of DC offset in the primary fault current identify using PScad
ProsThe simulation can be done with Lots of transient components .
ConsSome what complex of using this software as a student
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 23, 2019
Mohazam Ali A.
Student
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 13, 2018

“PSCAD review”

OverallPSCAD is a great tool for beginners to learn on
ProsEasy to use Flexible design Simple models
ConsLimited components No interface for components
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 13, 2018
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Jerom J.
Instructor
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 22, 2019

“Good one”

OverallOverall the software is good for the Electrical engineers.
ProsThere are lots of feature in this software. I used our university version. It helped in my project to complete it.
ConsNeed more knowledge to operate this software. Full understanding is needed
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 22, 2019