The McDonnell Group released the results of a study in 2012 highlighting that utilities are engaged in a complex balancing act in which next-generation design, modeling and visualization tools are playing an increasingly important role.
Recent initiatives at Duke Energy and Southern California Edison provide good examples of challenges being addressed by leading utilities through their deployments of new model-based design tools.
Related trends have been confirmed more widely through 31 interviews of North American and European utility decision makers as part of a McDonnell Group research project in late 2012. Key findings include:
The conversation about the importance of utilities’ design tool improvements is shifting from software-centric to engineering-centric concerns. The study includes the whitepaper as well as two case studies with Autodesk customers – Duke Energy and Southern California Edison.
|The level of BIM adoption and use in the infrastructure sector is a few years behind vertical construction. But infrastructure projects are wellsuited to benefit from a model-driven approach to design and construction which bodes well for accelerating usage and broad acceptance of BIM in this sector. Click the image on the left to vie the SmartMarket Report.|
Utilities manage large construction budgets, and operate as both asset owner and engineering firm. Utilities work with an ecosystem of contractors to support large projects. Smart grid and renewable mandates, continuing regulatory changes, aging infrastructure, and a changing workforce – all are driving the industry toward a transformation to intelligent modeling. See Autodesks' BIM in Utilities video or view the NES Substation Automation article for more details.
Autodesk collaboration and data management solutions for electric and gas utilities can help to create a common and secure engineering design environment. Automate, standardize and track data to better coordinate and collaborate on engineering and design projects.
Help to address regulatory oversight, stakeholder involvement, and high-visibility projects.