Utilities Design For Operation Excellence

Improve project workflows, finances and service performance with intelligent modelling

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:

  • 95% of respondents feel quality and depth of design tool capabilities are critical or very important to meeting company goals
  • 72% of utilities are interested in moving towards 3D design tools in the next few years

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.

McDonell Group Whitepaper  Duke Energy Case Study  Southern California Edison Case Study


SmartMarket Report on BIM

BIM for Infrastructure SmartMarket Report 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.

 Better outcomes for Substation Projects

 Register for the webcast series, view the Automationforce website and view the video below for more information on BIM in Utilities:

BIM in Utilities

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.

Suite choices for distribution opportunities

Acces the current distribution interactive from Autodesk and see the AutoCAD Utility Design trial experience tutorials.

Positioning engineering design data management

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.

  • Common engineering design file environment 
  • Improve productivity and currency of engineering data
  • Make data more accessible for key stakeholders

Help to address regulatory oversight, stakeholder involvement, and high-visibility projects.

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