Learn how Southern California Edison uses AutoCAD software-based drafting tools to produce designs in a rapidly changing industry. This class discusses how the Transmission and Distribution groups produce work order packages using the AutoCAD Utility Design tool, resulting in greater consistency, accuracy, standardization, and ability to feed downstream processes in the enterprise. We also discuss how designs are initiated and how engineering tools feed into the final design within a tightly integrated network. All of these processes occur within the context of enterprise-level resource planning, and the downstream systems such as mapping, GIS, and SAP® that consume design data, including design validations, material ordering, scheduling, and construction. This class also examines future design elements in the industry, such as cloud-based computing, 3D renderings, and data point clouds.
All levels of design stakeholders with an emphasis on electrical utilities,
organizations that are interested in enterprise-level design solutions,
and members of any group that is impacted by dynamic workflows and dynamic workforces
Cole Smith currently works as a Technical Specialist III for major technology and business process improvement initiatives at Southern California Edison. As the transmission design lead, he has been responsible for implementation for several projects including an AutoCAD®-based drafting tool, overhead structural analysis tools, engineering based design systems, as well as integration into SAP®.With his previous work in electrical distribution planning, he brings the experience of a solid operational background together with the ability to incorporate enterprise level design solutions for a major American electrical utility.He is currently pursuing his MBA in Geographical Information Systems through the University of Redlands. When he is not working you can find him outdoors, hiking, riding and swimming.
In this class, we discuss how we implemented AutoCAD Utility Design software at Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU). We cover strategies for implementing the software to include processes, from design to asset realization. We cover AutoCAD Utility Design standardization, uniform processes and data flow, and how we incorporated them into upstream and downstream workflows to produce reliable engineering designs. CSU is also implementing the system for gas distribution design.