Electrical Design Software | Elecdes Design Suite by Scada Systems Ltd

EDS System Requirements

Elecdes Design Suite is designed to run on the same platform as used by your existing CAD software.

Minimum and Recommended System Requirements

RequirementMinimumRecommended
Operating SystemWindows 7 (SP1)(64bit)Windows 10 (64bit), or later
CAD SoftwareAutoCAD 2013, or
BricsCAD v21
GstarCAD 2018
AutoCAD 2022, or later, or
BricsCAD v22, or later
GstarCAD/LusoCAD 2022, or later, or
CPUIntel or AMD dual coreIntel or AMD quad core
Memory (RAM)4GB16GB
Disk Space3GB
(plus space for projects, drawings, and any additional symbol libraries)
GPU (for Elecdes)Any GPU capable of running your CAD software in 2D modeDiscrete Nvidia or AMD workstation class GPU
(Certified for your CAD software)
GPU (for Paneldes)Any GPU capable of running your CAD software in 3D mode
Screen Resolution1280x8001920x1080 (or better)
Office Suite
(for Instrument Manager,
Cable Scheduler)
Microsoft Office 2010 (64bit)Microsoft Office 2016 (64bit), or later
Database Engine
(for Instrument Manager,
Cable Scheduler)
SQL Server 2008 R2, or
Microsoft Access (with restrictions)
SQL Server 2017, or later

Supported Operating Systems

EDS supports the following Microsoft operating systems:

  • Windows 7 (SP1)

  • Windows 8

  • Windows 10

  • Windows 11

EDS requires the Microsoft DotNet Framework v4.0 to be installed. The EDS Installer will attempt to install the DotNet Framework v4.0 if it is not detected, but it is recommended to install this manually before installing EDS. Available on the EDS installation media or from Microsoft.com.

Supported CAD Software

Elecdes and Paneldes require one of the following CAD applications:

  • AutoCAD 2013 – 2024 (including derivatives, such as AutoCAD P&ID, Plant 3D)

  • BricsCAD Pro v21 – v23

  • GstarCAD/LusoCAD Professional 2018 – 2024

Supported Drawing Formats

EDS supports the following AutoCAD DWG file versions:

  • 2000 (Some features are not supported in this drawing format)

  • 2004 (Some features are not supported in this drawing format)

  • 2007

  • 2010

  • 2013

  • 2018

Supported Database Engines

Database Editor, Ebase, Catalog, and Global Editor use the DBASE 3 database format (stored as *.DBF files)

Instrument Manager and Cable Scheduler can use the Microsoft Access database format (stored as *.MDB or *.ACCDB files) or can connect to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (or later).

Note: SQL Server Express is free and suitable for small and medium sized project databases.

Note: With appropriate configuration, cloud-hosted SQL Server databases are supported, although the performance of some operations will degrade as latency to the server increases, and/or bandwidth to the server decreases.

Supported File Storage

Note: Single-user Projects includes projects that are shared between users, but will only be edited by one user at a time (ie not concurrently).

Note: Files considered part of a Single- or Multi-user Projects include all files in the project directory and subdirectories, as well as any files outside the project directory referenced by the Project files (such as DWGs included in the project and their xrefs, an Access project database file, or a linked file-based P&ID database).

File Storage LocationData TypeSupportedRestrictionsPerformance Implications
Local MachineMulti-user ProjectsNo
Single-user ProjectsYes
Customisation Files
EDS License
Windows File Share
(LAN)
Multi-user ProjectsYesFile share should not partake in replication, or all users must always connect to the same replica.

Replication is typically transparent to users, so check with your IT department before using a file share in a multi-user environment.
A wired gigabit (or faster) ethernet connection to the file server is recommended for best performance.
Single-user Projects
Customisation Files
EDS License
Windows File Share
(WAN/VPN)
Multi-user ProjectsYesThe performance of some operations will degrade as latency to the server increases, and/or bandwidth to the server decreases.
Single-user Projects
Customisation Files
EDS License
Windows File Share
(Cloud Hosted)
Azure Files, Amazon FSx for Windows File Server, or hosted virtual machine running a compliant SMB server.
Multi-user ProjectsYesThe performance of some operations will degrade as latency to the server increases, and/or bandwidth to the server decreases.

Performance degradation is typically minimized by using the geographically closest availability zone offered by the cloud host.
Single-user Projects
Customisation Files
EDS License
Cloud Storage
Autodesk Docs, Autodesk BIM 360, MS Sharepoint, MS OneDrive, Google Drive, and similar.
Multi-user ProjectsNo
Single-user ProjectsUnder developmentUsers are responsible for ensuring they have exclusive access, and that they have the latest copy of all files before using the project.
Customisation FilesUsers are responsible for ensuring they have the latest copy of all files.
EDS LicenseNo