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”.
Automated Utility Design™ and Substation Design Suite™ now provide support for Autodesk Vault as a data management repository.
October 10, 2017
San Diego, CA – Spatial Business Systems (SBS) announced at the Substation Consortium, held at San Diego Gas & Electric, that Automated Utility Design™ (AUD) and Substation Design Suite™ (SDS) now provide support for Autodesk Vault as an underlying data management repository. The integration is provided via SBS Utility DataHub™ (UDH), a product-level integration software suite for utility data and workflow integration.
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.
Challenges in Substation Design CAD Work
Substations are the points in the power network where transmission lines and distribution feeders are connected together through circuit breakers or switches via busbars and transformers. This allows for the control of power flows in the network and general switching operations for maintenance purposes.
SBS is pleased to announce new support and implementation tools that are designed to reduce the total cost of ownership for Automated Utility Design™ (AUD) customers. This toolset is part of our commitment to achieve the themes of the SBS AUD product roadmap:
We have received several questions on schematics in underground capability that was introduced in AUD 2017 (AUDEXPANDIT command). In the sample workflow below we will layout an underground design with two parallel primary lines, a transformer, and 3 services with a secondary run along the primary trench. The AUDEXPANDEDIT command will be used to offset the primary and secondary lines for proper whitespace management so they can be clearly distinguished in the parallel sections of trench.
Advanced Distribution Design Tool Available as a Plug-In for AutoCAD Map3D
November 15, 2016
Las Vegas, NV – Spatial Business Systems (SBS) announced the general availability of Automated Utility Design™ (AUD) 2018 at Autodesk University in Las Vegas. The AUD product is a new SBS developed offering based on the strategic alliance between SBS and Autodesk that was announced last month. Through the alliance, SBS is now responsible for future development, support and licensing of the AutoCAD Utility Design software. The SBS Automated Utility Design (AUD) 2018 product will be available through SBS on February 1, 2017.
What is the plan to sunset or transition our existing contract terms/maintenance?
Customers with an Autodesk AutoCAD Utility Design existing maintenance and/or subscription contract (including a Collection or Suite that includes Autodesk AUD) will continue to have the right to use the AutoCAD Utility Design software and any associated Autodesk benefits for the duration of their subscription term.