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Madison, WI 53705, U.S.A.
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Fall 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:

  1. Version 15.00 Released!
  2. Classes and Events
  3. Web Site Additions
  4. Current Versions

Version 15.00 Released!

Version 15.00 is now shipping. Several of the more significant changes are highlighted below.

PLS-CADD Improvements

  • Jumper modeling, both rigid and flexible:
    Watch jumper demonstration video.
    Read the Jumpers presentation from the 2017 ATUG.
  • Added Create Bundled Cable File tool for creating twisted pair, lashed bundle or spacer cable models
  • Added "EN50341-2-22:2016 Poland NNA", "IS 802:2015", "IEC 60826:2017" wind loading options.
  • Free PLS-CADD/Ultralite online edition:
    If you do not already have access to PLS-CADD/Ultralite through an existing PLS-CADD installation, you can download the free Internet licensed version.
  • Enhanced Windows experience with improved high DPI support and Jump Lists

  • Lightning Protection using the Electrogeometric Method aka "Rolling Sphere" (see the video to the right).
    Read the Lightning Protection presentation from the 2017 ATUG.
  • Thermal rating calculations using "CIGRE Brochure 601 December 2014" methodology.
  • Numerous enhancements to XY located structures including significantly better drafting support.
  • Many more improvements described in the detailed change list accompanying upgrades.

PLS-POLE Improvements

TOWER Improvements

Improvements Shared by TOWER and PLS-POLE

  • Panel and Connection cuts and Ghost Mode graphics (see the video to the right)
  • Improved insulator modeling including hardware capacity, control over drawing of weather sheds, and a notes field
  • Added EN50341-2-22:2016 (Poland NNA), EN50341-3-2:2001 (Belgium NNA), IS802:2015, AS/NZS 7000:2016 and IEC 60826:2017 wind loading options to Loads/Vector Loads and Loads/Wire Loads.
  • More control over STL Export including making it compatible with Windows 10's 3D Builder
  • Many more improvements described in the detailed change list accompanying upgrades.

We are developing an "Optimum Body and Leg Extension Selection" command for the next PLS-CADD release. This feature finds the best combination of body and leg extensions for each lattice tower location in a line. The TOWER Family Manager can automatically create the various combinations that PLS-CADD considers. If you are spotting a lattice tower line with structures from the Family Manager and are interested in trying this new feature then please send us an email

You can use Help/Download Upgrade to upgrade to version 15.00 today.

Classes and Events

We have scheduled the following classes:

Other authorized classes organized by PLS agents and consultants:

New classes are added throughout the year based on demand. You may subscribe to a mailing list to be notified whenever a new class is scheduled.

Web Site Additions

Current Versions

The current shipping versions of our software are listed below. These versions support Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10 (both 32 and 64 bit). We recommend you run a 64 bit edition of Windows so that you may take advantage of the enormous investment we have made in the x64 Edition.

PLS-CADD15.0032 bit and x64 Editions
PLS-POLE15.0032 bit and x64 Editions
TOWER15.0032 bit and x64 Editions
SAPS15.0032 bit and x64 Editions
CAISSON15.0032 bit Edition Only

We strongly encourage you to upgrade to the current release of all the applications you own. To do so please use the Help/Download Upgrade command built into your PLS software and select the option "I need to request an upgrade code". This would also be a good time to use the Help/Check for Updated Manual command to obtain the version 15.00 edition of the manuals. As always, we welcome your suggestions and comments on our software.


Staff of Power Line Systems, Inc.


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