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Electric & Gas

Value of BIM for Utilities

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Plan, design, and help manage gas and electrical distribution networks and substations with Autodesk software

Workflow for electric and gas distribution


Improve the way you plan, design, build, and manage electric and gas infrastructure assets. Plan more confidently, design and document more consistently, build your projects more reliably, and manage your electrical distribution projects more dependably with intelligent models.



  • Distribution planning

    Gather and analyze existing conditions data from multiple CAD and GIS formats and create maps and exhibits for stakeholder engagement.

    Inform planning and help to improve preliminary electrical distribution design decisions.

    Share mapping and GIS data with more stakeholders to aid in decisions about design projects.

  • Substation design concepts

    Create 3D environments, including new or updated substations in the context of existing conditions. Make preliminary estimates for project needs to help improve planning coordination.

    Coordinate concepts and analyze scenarios for design proposals with stakeholders to help speed approvals and get projects up and running without delays.

    Share civil engineering results on site feasibility, including flood studies and road layout, in a 3D conceptual environment.

  • Site design

    Select sites and evaluate for grading, elevation, water runoff, flood analysis, and quantity takeoff estimates. 

    Design substation sites including grading, road, culvert, and more.

  • Distribution design & documentation

    Design overhead and underground electrical distribution networks in a 3D model-based environment with built-in engineering analysis, rules, and validation.

    Improve productivity and consistency of designs across all drafters with configurable standards, templates, and workflows that provide guidance for material selection and sizing. 

    Provide a common engineering design environment to improve management of design data, and improve handoff of design to as-built management.

    Create project lifecycle workflows to automate, standardize, and track design data to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Substation design & documentation

    Help improve relay protection and controls design, and automate delivery of electrical models.

    Build 3D prototypes of substation structures, cabling, and equipment in a model-based, rules-driven environment. Automate bill of materials generation to deliver a more complete construction package.

    Perform design checks on physical structures, equipment, conduit and cabling, and lighting protection controls with built-in engineering analysis.

    Provide a common engineering design environment to improve management of substation design data and engineering workflows.

    Create project lifecycle workflows to automate, standardize, and track design data to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Distribution construction

    Access DWG™ data for reviews, edits, and collaboration as designs progress.

    Receive notifications for design changes and reviews, edit and mark up design files, and manage your work on projects in a cloud-based project lifecycle workflow.

    Access mapping data and DWG data from the web. Accelerate reviews and approvals, inform teams of changes, and collaborate on existing conditions data.

  • Substation construction

    Visualize Inventor model for review and coordination of project information, 4D simulation, and clash detection to improve constructability reviews.

    Access, review, and mark up substation designs from anywhere, anytime.

    Use a secure repository to access and post engineering design drawings. 

    Combine mobile and intelligent design at the point of construction to help automate field processes for quality, safety, and commissioning.

  • Manage & share as-built data

    Manage as-built data as intelligent industry models and integrate to enterprise systems.

    Share mapping and as-built data across your organization via web to support customer service, finance, planning, reporting, operations, and maintenance.

    Gain access to the most current information and access mapping data via mobile tools.

All products for electric and gas

AutoCAD Map 3D mapping software

AutoCAD Map 3D
Model-based mapping software providing access to CAD and GIS data.

Vault project collaboration software

Vault Professional
Organize, manage, and track data.

Infrastructure Design Suite infrastructure design software

Infrastructure Design Suite
Civil engineering software that accelerate the move to BIM.

Infrastructure Design Suite infrastructure design software

Advance Steel
3D software for structural steel detailing and fabrication.

Plant Design Suite plant design software

Plant Design Suite
Comprehensive 3D plant and piping engineering software.

Infrastructure Map Server GIS mapping software

Infrastructure Map Server
Web-based GIS mapping software.

BIM 360 Field (Vela) cloud-based construction field management software

BIM 360 Field
Cloud-based document, design, and data management software.

BIM 360 Field (Vela) cloud-based construction field management software

AutoCAD Utility Design
Workflow design and analysis for electric and gas distribution.

AutoCAD Electrical CAD software

AutoCAD Electrical
AutoCAD software to design and document electrical control systems.

Inventor mechanical design and 3D CAD software

3D Digital Prototyping software for model-based physical design.

BIM 360 Glue

BIM 360 Glue
Cloud-based software for project coordination and collaboration.

Infrastructure Design Suite infrastructure design software

InfraWorks 360
Preliminary design software to make decisions in context.

Industry trends and topics

Tools for more efficient data management

With many electric and gas transmission and distribution assets aging and in need of replacement, companies are investing in technology to improve the way they manage the data associated with planning and design on capital improvement projects and maintenance of assets in operation.

3D modeling and visualization tools for easier collaboration

Some organizations incorporate 3D modeling and visualization tools to better collaborate internally with designers and nontechnical stakeholders, and externally with the public, other engineering and construction firms, and government agencies.

What customers are saying

Products they used

Northeast Nebraska Public Power District

A power utility transforms its manual staking process with AutoCAD Utility Design, creating standardization that improves quality and efficiency.

 Northeast Nebraska Public Power District customer story  

Swissgrid Transmission System Operator: Switzerland

A Swiss electricity operator turns to AutoCAD Map 3D to map and manage its infrastructure assets more effectively, improving accuracy and operating more securely.

 Swissgrid Transmission System Operator: Switzerland customer story  

Municipal Light & Power: Anchorage

An Alaskan power utility saves time and increases data quality with help from AutoCAD Utility Design and management solutions, extending design productivity and efficiency and making better informed operations decisions.

 Municipal Light & Power customer story

Okaloosa Gas District

Okaloosa Gas relies on more accurate, available spatial data to help manage its natural gas distribution infrastructure, helping customers more quickly and delivering more accurate maps to workers in the field.

 Okaloosa Gas District customer story