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.
- Describe how Southern California Edison extends the value of a graphical enterprise level design solution
- Explain how external tools and data sets feed and consume design elements
- Explore forward-looking aspects of design, including tightly integrated tools and large data point clouds
- Apply lessons learned by Southern California Edison when implementing a graphic design solution
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.