There are approximately 3200 electric utilities in the United States. Each utility has their own standards, procedures, workflows, and more for designing substations. To solve the overwhelming task of automating substation design to fit each utility's specific situation, Autodesk and AutomationForce partnered to develop the Substation Design Suite, an add-in for Inventor software and AutoCAD Electrical software. This class describes Nashville Electric Service's (NES) experience in adapting these software packages for their unique work processes. The class includes discussion of the challenges NES faced in the beginning, the pros and cons of using provided content versus creating customized content and provides examples of customizing Substation Design Suite content and templates in Inventor and adapting AutoCAD Electrical to meet specific design requirements.
Anyone who is involved in the electric utility industry
Terri HumelTerri has an Associate's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nashville State Technical Institute. She is employed as the Principal Associate Engineer in Substation Design at Nashville Electric Service. She has 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry and 28 years of experience designing substations with AutoCAD®. Currently she is using Inventor® and the Substation Designer to produce intelligent 3D substation models. Part of her responsibilities include producing procedural and training manuals, devising and implementing new work processes and new software along with preforming training. She's presented at AU for the past 3 years. Other accomplishments include authoring an article in the March 2013 issue of Electricity Today.
Joe Weaver is the Principal Associate Engineer in the Control Design section at Nashville Electric Service. He has spent the past 28 years designing electrical substation protection, control and communications systems. Over the years, the tools used for drafting and design have evolved from vellum and pencils, through many versions of AutoCAD®, leading to the adoption of AutoCAD Electrical in 2010. During this time, he has also served as CAD manager for this section as well as many others in the Engineering Department. Currently, Joe is developing/adapting ACADE and the Substation Design Tool Kit for NES.
In the electric utility industry, it seems that everything we design is just like that one, only different. If you can relate to this statement, then this hands-on lab is for you. You will gain the ability to increase accuracy, quality, and productivity while improving Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows when designing electric utility substations using Inventor® software. We demonstrate sketching techniques you can use to easily alter standard content. We show examples of creating, copying, and using standard 3D models to fit any unique situation. Finally, we take you through the procedures to create and update an accurate parts list and quality drawings in a matter of minutes.
In this class, we examine substation assemblies and models for a utility. We also look into the lifecycle for substation parts in Vault Professional software. We cover the use of Items to keep track of information, such as purchase price, basic impulse level (BIL), operating voltage, specification information, and more. We discuss how to work in Inventor software and how to use the released bias or non-released bias to an assembly for insertion into your model. Finally, we examine how to keep track of legacy designs and greenfield designs in a standard format.
In this class, you learn to create standard (plates) circuits in AutoCAD Electrical software for substations. We cover how to use options in AutoCAD Electrical to insert blocks of standards to complete substation design in a quick, standard, and accurate way. We demonstrate the linking of parts in an assembled circuit, how to add options in a timely manner, and complete your design using all the tools that AutoCAD Electrical has to offer.
This class covers the challenges and victories of a 100-year-old company that has transitioned from drawing on a drafting board to AutoCAD® software for 2D and 3D CAD, then to AutoCAD® Mechanical design software, and finally to Inventor® 3D CAD software. We describe how the company has adapted its own standards over the years to expedite the release of drawings to manufacturing in a very time-critical environment. Finally, we discuss how the company has decided to take technology by the horns with both 3D prototype/model design and a business enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.