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Smart Substation Design With SA Power Networks

Substation design

SA Power Networks, the South Australian Electricity Distributor has pioneered world-leading, award winning technology integration that has changed the way substations are designed, reviewed and constructed. 

Historically SA Power Networks has drafted substation designs using 2D CAD software and manual calculations for their electrical circuit and layout designs.  Following construction, red pen mark-up drawings were manually delivered back to the design department to be updated.

SA Power Networks identified a need to remove the inefficiencies and risks associated with manual checking and transcribing data from drawing sheet to drawing sheet.  After evaluating software and partner options, SA Power networks identified Autodesk’s range of substation design and automation tools would be best for their needs and chose Redstack as their preferred partner to deliver the project. The initial project required delivery of three primary layout designs in 3D prior to undertaking five secondary electrical circuit designs using automated design tools.  Additional projects were selected to implement an entire new workflow for design, primary layout and secondary circuit design, using the latest Autodesk design tools with customised automation features implemented by Redstack. 

Redstack also identified an opportunity to increase efficiencies with an Autodesk Vault based data management system.  Redstack have now deployed and integrated a complete data management system that provides SA Power Networks with a single source of truth, keeping detailed records of their projects as they progress through the design workflow and ensuring accurate records are maintained with appropriate systems, processes and procedures.  Having quick and easy access to accurate and reliable engineering and design information has been extremely valuable, resolving a number of issues and increasing efficiency.

Working in partnership with Redstack, Automation Force, and Autodesk, SA Power Networks uncovered and resolved constraints in integration of various key software platforms. The team successfully implemented the new solutions and workflows to deliver brownfield projects efficiently. Following the success of these projects, the new workflows have been adopted by other utilities globally.

Learn more about the results of Redstack's partnership with SA Power Networks:

Contact Redstack on 1300 667 263 today for a discussion on how the latest design, engineering, automation and data management technologies could improve efficiency and capability for your organisation.
 

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