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In this tutorial we will discuss what kind of information you can gather making a layout.
Layout information tool allows to check necessary information about PV areas and the objects in it. It is separated into two different tabs - Layout information and Bill of Materials.
Checking the capacity
Layout information tab gives you the information on multiple PV areas so you don't have to check the information yourself. This window has to be refreshed if any changes has been done to PV area.
Press Select PV areas and either do a mass select or one-by-one select of your PV areas. By pressing on the Clear PV areas button all the information will be cleared along with the numbering on the areas.
Clicking on the Frame information button and selecting the frame, will provide you all the information about individual table to inspect.
This tool is used to copy properties of a selected frame to “Frame & park settings” window. The selected frame properties are matched and placed automatically in Frame & park parameters.
Row & pitch display
Generates text, which displays row numbering in PV areas and pitch distance between those rows.
Generates text, which displays X, Y, Z₁ (terrain insert), Z₂ (frame attach) pole coordinates. These coordinates are also numbered and can be exported to BoM.
Using Piling information - Select numbering starting point, enter starting point number, select preferred PV areas.
Displays the inclination of the frame in E-W direction for fixed-tilt and N-S direction for single-axis tracker systems. This inclination is caused by terrain irregularities so this tool helps to check how every 3D frame is positioned.
Displays the distances from frame points to the terrain underneath. All of the distances that are displayed also indicates points that were checked for acceptable height when placing the tables.
Distances in purple with a minus sign mean that there's a pit/ditch underneath.
Distances in orange with a plus sign means that there's a hill/mound underneath.
Usage - to check where the terrain gets closer or further from the frame and the reason for the elevation.
Using Frame terrain - simply select preferred frames or entire area.
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Bill of Materials
Quick preview of bill of materials
The second tab in the Layout information is the Bill of Materials section. Here you can get a quick information about the materials that were used in the layout.
Exportation to XLSX format
To review the final detailed report you need to use the Export to XLSX feature. Select the location on your computer and select Yes or No if you want to open it after successful exportation.
Final Bill of Materials report
The final report in XLSX format contains:
• Project overview;
• Piling information (coordinates);
• Electrical design information - AC / DC cabling.