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.
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!
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.
Spatial Business Systems (SBS) and Burns & McDonnell are partnering to elevate the successful execution of 2D to 3D transitions of our clients.
SBS will continue to deliver world class utility solutions while Burns & McDonnell will provide utility-specific project execution, providing our clients a single partnership solutions for projects, saving time and increasing collaboration.
Spatial Business Systems (SBS) announces the release of Automated Utility Design™ (AUD) 7.1 available 1 June 2017.
AUD 7.1 is a plug-in available for both the AutoCAD Map 3D 2017 and AutoCAD Map 3D 2018 platforms.
AUD now has a new naming convention. Previous releases were based on calendar years. But starting with AUD 7.1, new releases of AUD will provide customers more flexibility as upgrades will no longer have a strict dependency on the underlying AutoCAD Map 3D platform version. New upgrades of AUD will be available for multiple versions of AutoCAD Map 3D, allowing customers to benefit from improvements to AUD without requiring company-wide changes to their existing installed base of AutoCAD or AutoCAD Map 3D.
Enhanced module for Utility DataHub™ adds several new features
Spatial Business Systems (SBS), SPIDA®Software (SPIDA) and Nashville Electric Service (NES) have recently completed a teaming effort to enhance the Automated Utility Design™ (AUD) SPIDA®Calc interface. By working collaboratively with NES, the existing interface has been enhanced to reduce complexity while adding several new features to improve the operational and technical viability.
Consolidating Physical and Electrical Substation Design into Single Environment
Several months ago, we announced our roadmap for the Substation Design Suite™ (SDS) software. Our goal is to lead the substation design market by enabling “Agile Collaboration for Substation Design and Engineering”. Within this goal, we have four major themes: