Charlotte, North Carolina
rely exclusively on SKM Power*Tools for Windows for all electrical
system analyses that we perform in both new and existing facilities. In
new facilities, we utilize PTW through all phases of the design process
from conceptual design through project closeout. We start with a
conceptual single line in PTW and utilize the software for preliminary
equipment sizing. As we move deeper into the design phases of a
project, we utilize PTW for selective coordination of overcurrent
protective devices to meet NEC and local jurisdiction requirements. As
we finalize a project, we print equipment arc flash labels from PTW and
compile a comprehensive report that includes a short circuit study,
protective device coordination study and arc flash risk assessment
detailing every electrical component in the facility.
We count on PTW to provide us with accurate, repeatable results in a
timely manner. Whether we are evaluating an existing small office with
a few panelboards or designing a mission critical facility with
thousands of buses, SKM PTW has been the right software for the job.
Behind that software is the SKM support staff. When any questions
arise, they have been very responsive both via email and phone and this
has been invaluable when working towards a quickly-approaching project
deadline. We would recommend SKM and PTW to anyone looking for a robust
system analysis tool.
WBM Group, PLLC is a mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP)
engineering firm headquartered in Charlotte, NC. We provide
engineering, design, consulting, BIM modeling and 3D coordination
services for commercial buildings. You can find out additional
information about the company through our
|Zach M. Nesler
Barr Engineering Company
Thank you so much for working with me to coordinate the SKM training for Barr Engineering. It was a huge success!!
[Instructor] is, hands down, an EXCELLENT instructor! He knew the
material, presented in an understandable manner, was patient and
helpful with our questions, and made the 24 hours of training a
pleasant experience for our engineers. I will say I was a little
nervous with how our group would absorb the training, but I received a
ton of positive feedback, especially for [Instructor]. The training has
initiated a lot of excitement for our group and we’re excited to put
our new knowledge to good use to help better serve our clients. Please
make sure [Instructor] knows how much we appreciated his effort.
Thank you again…
Ampcontrol is an Australian electrical engineering company. We design,
manufacture and distribute a range of products from specialized
protection relays to mobile substations, power factor correction
systems and high current rectiformers. You are welcome to visit our
website http://www.ampcontrolgroup.com/ for more information about us.
manufacturing division uses Power Tools for Windows as a design and
analysis tool to ensure the correct application of our products in the
client's installation. Our service division uses PTW to carry out
loadflow and protection studies for our clients - typically mining or
industrial operations with high voltage reticulation. We have a network
license for use in the office, and a stand-alone license for PTW-LT,
which we use for quick calculations in the field on a laptop computer -
very handy for checking customers' protection settings while we are
there testing their relays.
We have found PTW to be a
high quality, efficient, easy-to-use product which gives accurate
results in a variety of professional presentation formats. The service
from our local agent, LK Technical, and from SKM itself has been
excellent, despite the fact that we are on the other side of the earth!
Teeside Automation Services, Ltd., an engineering consultant
specializing in Project Management, Instrumentation, Control and
Electrical Engineering, in the UK has been a user of Power*Tools for
Windows since upgrading DAPPER and CAPTOR from DOS. PTW has provided us
the tools to model many large power systems on behalf of a wide variety
of “blue chip” clients in the process and utility industries.
The main advantage with Power*Tools for Windows is its
user-friendliness. PTW is easy to use and the ready-to-use standard
models enable you to speed up your work. Changing data is simple and
makes evaluating different cases very easy.
|David W. Simes, P.E.
Simes & Rosch Engineering
have used the other power system analysis programs through the years,
but no one sells a seamless, integrated engineering tool that works as
well as SKM's Power Tools. The program is very simplistic and
intuitive, and yet can handle projects of any size and complexity,
while conforming to all relevant standards. Data input using the one
line diagram is quick and easy and done in a way that avoids mistakes
and ensures accuracy."
"The project database is shared by
all software modules. For example, when I update device settings in
CAPTOR for coordination purposes, the same device is updated in every
module. I now spend a lot less time entering and checking data, and
more time doing the actual engineering analysis, which I enjoy."
technical support department is outstanding. A lot of companies,
promise technical support, but you end up talking to voice mail or
sending emails. When you do finally contact a real person, they often
do not have the technical background or experience to help. This is not
the case with SKM's technical support. Their support engineers are
almost always available and have worked for the company for many years,
so they know their product well."
"Since switching to SKM
Power*Tools, fees from power system analysis studies have become 25% of
our electrical department's income. Thanks to everyone at SKM for such
a great product! "
|David L. Bradt, P.E.
vanZelm Heywood & Shadford
West Hartford, Connecticut
company recently decided to evaluate and purchase a new software
package to assist us in our short circuit and coordination studies.
After our software evaluation we settled on SKM's software. This
software has been used extensively over the past couple of months and
we are very satisfied with the results. We have encountered only minor
problems during start-up, which were quickly handled by SKM's tech
support staff. In addition, there have been a few curves that were
needed that were not included with the library provided. Again SKM's
support staff assisted in creating and sending us the missing curves
"We are pleased with our results to date
and we are optimistic that the software will serve us well in the
a regular user of the SKM software I have found the continuous
improvements (new releases) welcome and helpful. An already excellent
software for power systems studies is becoming even better. There have
been numerous occassions when I required assistance and received prompt
and friendly guidance. I have been treated professionally and
courteously by everyone with whom I have dealt with at SKM. I
appreciate the patience and willingness of the technical staff to steer
me in the right direction and to help me achieve success on my
projects. Without the after sales service and support that I have been
receiving, the tasks necessary to realize the potential of this
software would not be possible."
Burns & McDonnell Consulting Engineers
Kansas City, Missouri
three-day SKM training course that I attended on the Power Tools
software was very helpful in developing my understanding of this
powerful analysis tool. Prior to attending the course, my experience
with the software could be categorized as somewhere between novice and
intermediate. I had used Dapper in performing Load Flow Studies and
Short Circuit Analysis and was able to model a system in the computer,
run a system study, and produce a hard copy of the study for review.
However, I was not familiar with the Datablock functionality and had
never used Captor. The material covered in class was a practical
introduction to these subjects. Also, I learned several "shortcuts" to
create the system model more quickly. I would not hesitate to recommend
the SKM training course to others."
Senior Staff Engineer
B E & K Engineering
have been using SKM Software since 1989, from DOS to the latest version
of PTW. We constantly test and verify the software for its accuracy,
reliability, and for the devices typically used in the industry. The
latest windows version is user friendly and efficient."
are extremely happy with the support SKM provides from assistance with
the software application to the software upgrades..."
new Device Evaluation package is a real time saver. It creates a report
in a fraction of the time when compared to my old spreadsheet method."
|Robert B. Swayne, P.E.
Senior Electrical Engineer
Long Beach, California
three day April PTW training course was well organized and provided an
excellent forum to enhance our use of the software. Having some prior
experience with its use, I had been keeping a list of questions and
issues for the seminar."
"...the teaching staff was competent and
all SKM employees made the session a very positive experience."
|Guido G. Zito, P.E.
Senior Electrical Engineer
East Bay Utility District
are using it exclusively on all electrical engineering studies for our
projects. We have found it far more user friendly than using
[competitor]. In fact, we have discontinued [competitor's] use."
"...SKM's dedication to improving and enhancing the software is evident
in this largest release which is very powerful and yet so easy to use."
"...thank you for your training and product support."
|Susan Schiller, P.E.
Senior Electrical Engineer
Industrial Design Corp.
have found SKM software to be an indisposable tool in our work, saving
"...we have made extensive use of the panel schedule
portion of DAPPER, and have not found a comparable product on the
|William Vilcheck, P.E.
Engineering Team Leader
have used SKM software to simulate power systems operation ranging from
short circuit/coordination to harmonic analysis to transient stability.
SKM has been responsive to our engineers' application issues and our
customers are aware of SKM's sound reputation."
101/102 Training Course July 2016
of the best course I have attended, very competent and knowledgeable
instructors, even created a few jokes!"
writing to tell you how happy we are with the software. It is really a
great tool for our business. "