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”.
Utility DataHub™ (UDH) from SBS supports the integration of Work and Asset Management systems in typical distribution utility workflows. The emphasis here will be on the design process and integration back to geographic information systems (GIS).
Our company, Spatial Business Systems, recently hit a milestone of having placed our 500th license of the SpatialBiz Plug-In for FME (also called the “Smallworld Plug-In for FME”) in production with a client of ours.
On September 9, 2010 a 30 inch diameter natural gas pipeline owned by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) exploded in a quiet neighborhood in San Bruno, California, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes.