Managing Total Cost of Ownership for Utility Design Software
Dennis Beck, David Wilbur, SBS
We have recently released the latest version of our Automated Utility Design™ product and are quite excited about the continued progression the product has made as we focus on our three primary themes of improved design throughput, world-class configurable integration and a continued commitment to reduce total cost of ownership.
Perspectives on the Recent Autodesk – Esri Announcement
Dennis Beck, President, SBS
I recently attended Autodesk University, where I witnessed an on-stage discussion between Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI, and Andrew Anagnost, President of Autodesk. Jack described the two companies as having reached a “turning point” in achieving cooperation between the worlds of engineering design and geographic sciences. In the most general sense, the companies have agreed to work together to improve the integration of their product platforms. This would allow partners to create better, more connected products and workflows, with improved support for mutual customers. Jack described it as, “understanding precedes action” and Autodesk’s mantra for the conference was repeated several times; designers and engineers will be able to do, “more, better with less”.
Congratulations to the Substation Design Solution Industry Consortium for hitting the 500 active member milestone! It started 5 years ago with some key partners and a few great customers and it has turned into the leading gathering for substation design professionals. SBS relies heavily on input from the SDSIC and we hope all of the members continue to enjoy the website and semi-annual conferences. We appreciate all the valuable information that is exchanged between the members.
SBS is pleased to announce the commercial release of Automated Utility Design™ 7.2
SBS has released the latest version of our industry leading electric, gas and water distribution design tool – Automated Utility Design™ (AUD). Enhancements were implemented based on the feedback of our Peer Utility Group (PUG) and the 17 new customers we’ve added in the past year. Below is a selection from the enhancements to AUD:
SBS is pleased to announce Chris Ducote has joined out team! Chris started in the Utility Industry in 2005 with Central Louisiana Electric Company, using GIS to map electric networks and substation property acquisitions. In 2012, Chris accepted a role with Dis-Tran, a leading provider of Packaged Substation solutions. It was there he developed extensive substation design skills, with a particular focus on the advantages gained by using SBS’ Substation Design Suite™ for 3D design. His knowledge of process automation, geospatially-aligned substation design and GIS make him a great addition to our growing team of experts. Welcome, Chris!
Intelligent integration reduces design time by over 50%
Intuitively, it makes sense that integration of utility distribution design with other information systems like GIS, financials and materials management would be a smart thing to do. A recent presentation at the SBS Peer Utility Group gave us some proof to confirm our intuition.
PPL Electric Utilities will be hosting the Spring meeting of the Substation Design Solution Industry Consortium (SDSIC) April 9 – 12 at the PPL Conference Center at Walbert, near Allentown, PA. The SDSIC is a group of utilities, consulting engineers and key vendors that have adopted or are considering adoption of SBS’ Substation Design Suite™ software products. Member utilities host conferences on a rotating basis. Last year’s Fall meeting was held at San Diego Gas and Electric and hosted nearly 200 substation design professionals from utilities and leading engineering firms. For more information on the SDSIC please visit http://www.sdsconsortium.com/. More information on Substation Design Suite™ can be found at http://substationdesignsuite.com/.
SBS will be at the DistribuTECH 2018 Utility Conference & Exhibition this year in San Antonio. Please join us at the Autodesk booth, #1471, where we will be showing the latest in integrated design solutions for utilities. On display will be the SBS Substation Design Suite™, the world’s leading 3D substation design software and Automated Utility Design™, the integrated utility distribution design software based on AutoCAD. SBS will also be demonstrating integrated workflows based on the Utility DataHub™ suite of software products.
Experiences Using Semi-Agile Delivery for AUD Implementation
Our recent Peer Utility Group (PUG) meeting, hosted by Puget Sound Energy in Bellevue, Washington, was a great opportunity to learn what leading utilities are doing to integrate Automated Utility Design™ (AUD) with GIS and enterprise information systems. While much of the discussion was on systems integration and workflows, we also had an opportunity to review different delivery approaches. In particular, Louisville Gas and Electric (LGE) spent some time detailing their experience with the SBS Semi-Agile approach for delivering an integrated electric and gas utility design solution based on AUD and SBS’ Utility DataHub™ (UDH).