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Right-of-Way Pro

An Automated AC Interference Analysis Software

Right-of-Way Pro is the ideal tool for accurately computing voltages and currents transferred from electric power lines and cables (by inductive, capacitive and through-earth coupling) to pipelines, railways, communication lines and other such utilities, whether buried or aboveground. The Right-of-Way Pro software package consists of a powerful set of integrated engineering software modules designed to accurately analyze these interference problems and provide mitigation with a global perspective, starting literally from the ground up.


Right-of-Way Pro models complex arrangements of buried and aboveground conductors and computes currents and voltages resulting on every utility modeled, including conductors associated with the power line, for normal (load) and fault conditions. It models simple and multi-component conductors, including bare or coated pipes and pipe-enclosed cable systems buried in soil. Right-of-Way Pro, coupled with toll-free support from the world's leading R&D design team in this specialty, provide you with an array of cost-effective solutions for problems ranging from simple interference analyses to the behavior of complex networks of aboveground and buried conductors energized by fault currents. Flexible data reporting and graphing utilities allow you to collect and illustrate any aspect of the results that are important for your work.

  • Right-of-Way Pro provides a complete interference analysis and mitigation design tool with the addition of the soil resistivity analysis (RESAP) and frequency domain grounding analysis (MALZ) engineering modules of the CDEGS software package which model grounding systems including mitigation grounds and gradient control wires and compute through-earth coupling between faulted power line structures and nearby utilities while accounting for the EMF interference component accurately.



Detailed Description

This powerful integrated software package analyses the electromagnetic interference between electric power lines and adjacent installations such as pipelines, railways and communication lines. It is especially designed to simplify and to automate the modeling of complex Right-of-Way Pro configurations. Furthermore, Right-of-Way Pro can automatically create phase-to-ground faults along any transmission line at regular intervals throughout the Right-of-Way Pro corridor, as specified by the user. This automation process yields the envelope (curve of the maxima) of quantities such as pipeline GPR (i.e., ground potential rise), pipeline longitudinal and leakage currents, rail GPR or rail to rail voltages, tower potentials and earth injection currents, etc., along the Right-of-Way Pro.

Various software utilities, such as circuit plotting and Right-of-Way Pro mapping modules, are available to help you visualize and validate your input data. The full Right-of-Way Pro-Pro software includes the TRALIN (TRAnsmission LINe parameters), SPLITS (Simulation of Power Lines, Interconnections and Terminal Stations), RESAP (Soil Resistivity Analysis), and MALZ (Low and high frequency grounding) engineering modules and several other related tools (such as ModSPLITS) and components. The standard Right-of-Way Pro user interface essentially consists of several main integrated modules:

The first module takes care of various aspects of project management and allows you to modify the limits of various parameters such as number of terminals, number of conductors, etc. You can also specify common system data such as system of units and power frequency.

The second module builds the Right-of-Way Pro circuit model through a series of intuitive windows interfaces, then automatically computes the required line parameters to produce the complete input data file that is then ready to be energized, either by normal load currents or fault currents.

The Create Circuit module builds the original circuit model of the network that will be used to carry out the computations.

The fourth module uses a specialized tool (ModSPLITS) to retrieve data from, and make modifications to a SPLITS-compatible input file initially produced by Right-of-Way Pro or any other application of the SES software subpackages.

The fifth module in Right-of-Way Pro allows the user to automatically model faults along a transmission line, at any combination of group of sections (spans), with the possibility to define arbitrary section increments between applied faults. The program will generate summary files containing useful information about the monitored "victim" phase conductor (pipeline, railways etc.) and a reference phase conductor (ground-wire, etc.) at every span (section) of the circuit.

The sixth module allows a user to automatically create a (MALZ) computer model of the grounding systems (including tower structure grounds) and mitigation wires along the target Right-of-Way Pro that may have an influence on the conductive interference with the full EMF(induction) components integrated in the model. The EMF components are used to account for the induced effects on a victim line due to currents flowing in phase conductors, overhead ground wires or other victim lines. They represent the inductive interference that was calculated by the circuit model computation engine. As a result, the MALZ grounding analysis engineering module gives the total interference level (conductive and inductive components) under fault conditions rather than the conductive component only.

The Process module is in charge of calculating the inductive & capacitive interference levels during load or fault conditions as well the total interference inductive and conductive levels during fault conditions, including current and voltage distributions.

Finally, the Plot & Report module provides various utilities, e.g.: system input & computation results reporting, circuit plotting and envelope curve plotting.

Right-of-Way Pro provides the following capabilities:


When you need an explanation or a rapid reminder of what any portion of a screen is for, simply click on that part of the screen, then press F1 function key and a context-sensitive help screen pops up instantly. If you have questions that the help file and the manuals do not immediately answer your questions, SES experts are just one toll-free phone away or if you prefer, email or fax your questions for prompt and thorough answers. 


Documentation is a critical item when dealing with engineering software. Potential users should examine thoroughly the documentation in order to properly evaluate a software package. SES regularly publishes technical papers in Transactions journals and presents papers at various international conferences on engineering topics related to power system grounding (including analysis of transients and lightning), EMF studies and AC interference. SES also undertakes landmark applied R&D studies in these areas. These studies have not ever been undertaken before with the accuracy and detail of which our modern computer-based technology is capable today. This R&D is now being distilled into "How To..." engineering manuals at a level of detail designed for both novices and advanced users who encounter similar problems and wish to model them with the SES software. These unique, detailed, step-by-step "How To..." engineering manuals guide you through the most complex analysis and design projects (both the engineering concepts, and the use of the software are described).

SES distributes a complete documentation set with its software in electronic form (on CD-ROM) and provides hard copy as well. Furthermore, significant information on new or updated software is made available on the SES web site. The main documentation set supplied with the software package consists of Quick Installation and System Requirements sheets and booklets, a Getting Started manual, a “How to...”. engineering manual, on-line context sensitive help, Annual Users' Group Meeting Proceedings, Users' Group Newsletters, and an extensive Technical Reference document containing a detailed description of the analytical methods used by the various SES engineering modules.

Accuracy and Validation

If there is an item which is of primary importance when dealing with engineering software, it is definitely validation & accuracy. Extensive scientific validation of the software by means of field tests and comparisons with analytical and published research results is documented in hundreds of technical papers published by the most reputed international journals. Each module has been tested to insure that it produces the correct results for a large number of cases documented at SES, which include several fundamental cases available to users on CD-ROM. The evolving software is continuously validated over the years using the following three well documented mechanisms: