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Criteria Files

The following links will download criteria files (*.cri) for use in our PLS-CADD and PLS-CADD/LITE programs. These criteria files are generic and intended solely to provide you with the minimum requirements to meet the referenced codes. You may need to adjust some of the parameters for your geographic locations, such as the Extreme Wind, Combined Wind and Ice, Extreme Ice cases, and any additional weather and/or structure loading cases for your local and/or utility specific loadings. It is highly recommended that the Notes be reviewed, understood, and updated accordingly. Use of these files is at the user's risk, and as with all projects, qualified Engineers should review and modify them as necessary.

These files will work with versions 14.40 and later of PLS-CADD and PLS-CADD/LITE. Should you need to upgrade, please contact us at sales@powline.com.

To download a file, simply click on it and then save it to your computer when prompted.

GO95 Grade A Default General Order 95 (California) Grade A Construction Default Grade B and Grade C can be manually assigned to individual structures Light Loading will automatically be used for structures below 3000 feet in elevation and Heavy Loading will automatically be used for structures above 3000 feet in elevation.
GO95 Grade B Default General Order 95 (California) Grade B Construction Default Grade A and Grade C can be manually assigned to individual structures. Light Loading will automatically be used for structures below 3000 feet in elevation and Heavy Loading will automatically be used for structures above 3000 feet in elevation.
GO95 Grade C Default General Order 95 (California) Grade C Construction Default Grade A and Grade B can be manually assigned to individual structures. Light Loading will automatically be used for structures below 3000 feet in elevation and Heavy Loading will automatically be used for structures above 3000 feet in elevation.
2017 NESC Warm Islands Grade B Construction Only - Primarily for Transmission Projects Also can be used on Distribution Projects where reliability is a concern
2017 NESC Light
2017 NESC Medium
2017 NESC Heavy
2017 NESC Warm Islands Grade B Construction Default with Grade C and Grade C Crossing available to be manually assigned to individual structures
2017 NESC Light
2017 NESC Medium
2017 NESC Heavy
2017 NESC Warm Islands Grade C Construction Default with Grade C Crossing and Grade B available to be manually assigned to individual structures; Rules 250C and 250D are automatically applied to structures above 60 feet above grade and ignored for structures below 60 feet above grade
2017 NESC Light
2017 NESC Medium
2017 NESC Heavy
2017 NESC Warm Islands Grade C Construction with Grade C Crossing and Grade B available to be manually assigned to individual structures; Rules 250C and 250D are NOT included. These files are greatly simplified and primarily for use on DISTRIBUTION only projects where no structures are 60 feet above grade and the bare minimum safety code requirements are desired.
2017 NESC Light
2017 NESC Medium
2017 NESC Heavy
2012 NESC Warm Islands Grade B Construction Only Primarily for Transmission Projects Also can be used on Distribution Projects where reliability is a concern
2012 NESC Light
2012 NESC Medium
2012 NESC Heavy
2012 NESC Warm Islands Grade B Construction Default with Grade C and Grade C Crossing available to be manually assigned to individual structures
2012 NESC Light
2012 NESC Medium
2012 NESC Heavy
2012 NESC Warm Islands Grade C Construction Default with Grade C Crossing and Grade B available to be manually assigned to individual structures; Rules 250C and 250D are automatically applied to structures above 60 feet above grade and ignored for structures below 60 feet above grade
2012 NESC Light
2012 NESC Medium
2012 NESC Heavy
2012 NESC Warm Islands Grade C Construction with Grade C Crossing and Grade B available to be manually assigned to individual structures; Rules 250C and 250D are NOT included. These files are greatly simplified and primarily for use on DISTRIBUTION only projects where no structures are 60 feet above grade and the bare minimum safety code requirements are desired.
2012 NESC Light
2012 NESC Medium
2012 NESC Heavy
2012 Generic Wind and Ice Metric Template for Creating non-NESC Criteria Files
2012 Generic Extreme Wind Metric Template for Creating non-NESC Criteria Files
Generic Wind and Ice Imperial Units Template for Creating non-NESC Criteria Files
Generic Extreme Wind Imperial Units Template for Creating non-NESC Criteria Files
2007 NESC Light Grade B Construction per Table 253-1, Page 170 and Table 261-1A, Page 182
2007 NESC Medium Grade B Construction per Table 253-1, Page 170 and Table 261-1A, Page 182
2007 NESC Heavy Grade B Construction per Table 253-1, Page 170 and Table 261-1A, Page 182
2002 NESC Light Grade B Construction per Table 253-1, Page 173 and Table 261-1A, Page 182
2002 NESC Medium Grade B Construction per Table 253-1, Page 173 and Table 261-1A, Page 182
2002 NESC Heavy Grade B Construction per Table 253-1, Page 173 and Table 261-1A, Page 182
1997 NESC Light Grade B Construction per Table 253-1, Page 155 and Table 261-1A, Page 163
1997 NESC Medium Grade B Construction per Table 253-1, Page 155 and Table 261-1A, Page 163
1997 NESC Heavy Grade B Construction per Table 253-1, Page 155 and Table 261-1A, Page 163

Once you have downloaded the files into your criteria directory you should run PLS-CADD. Now, in PLS-CADD or PLS-CADD/LITE, simply select Criteria / Load CRI File (near the bottom of the menu), locate and open the criteria file you downloaded. Be sure and read the notes section by selecting Criteria / Notes to see if the criteria are applicable to your projects. We suggest that the descriptions of the existing weather cases not be changed, as that will impact other parts of the criteria file. Modifications to the existing weather cases can easily be made and additional cases can be added and applied as necessary.

A few points of clarification should be made to fully understand the NESC 2002 files (these do not apply to the 2007 NESC criteria files):

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: These files are being provided on an "as-is" basis. Neither Power Line Systems, Inc., nor the various manufacturers accept responsibility for the accuracy herein, and the end user is ultimately responsible for the verification of all data.


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