Lightning Protection Design Workstation (LPDW)

LPDW is a software package developed through EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) used for analysis of the lightning performance of various electric power line configurations. My initial involvement with this project included modifications and feature enhancements for version 3 written in Actor, a purely object oriented development language developed by Whitewater Group Inc. that was elegant and similar to Smalltalk but died under pressure from Borland C++. So, for version 4, we moved the entire project to Visual Basic and as part of that release, I added the Active X mapping tool seen here. Features included calculating and plotted lightning density and electric system component locations over geographic and political boundary reference layers, zoom in/out, panning, automatic scaling, color selection and selected region reporting. The lightning data came from the NLDN (National Lightning Detection Network). LPDW
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