Autodesk University
Automating Substation Design with Inventor, AutoCAD Electrical, and Substation Design Suite
Lecture    UT1708
Terri Humel
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Description

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.

Key Learnings

  • Describe the challenges of implementing a model-based substation design system
  • Develop a plan to adapt Inventor, AutoCAD Electrical, and Substation Design Suite for your utility's specific situation
  • Automate the Inventor substation design process
  • Adapt AutoCAD Electrical to specific substation design procedures

Speakers

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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.
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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.
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