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Electric Utilities Boast Improved Service and Faster Resolution of Electric Outages with Autodesk Solutions 09.11.2003

Autodesk solutions ensure faster electric outage management and full automation of project workflow for electric utilities of all sizes.

Autodesk Inc. announced the availability of solutions for electric utilities of all sizes to better manage network information, realize greater management efficiency, resolve problems faster and improve service. Utilities such as Connecticut Light & Power, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Nevada Power have realized such marked benefits by automating labor-intensive processes while integrating with existing systems through Autodesk® solutions. Despite increased stress on the U.S. power supplies, Autodesk solutions for electric utilities help utilities provide safe, reliable service.

“We rely on Autodesk technology to make us more efficient, more responsive to our customers,” said Dennis McCombs, senior consultant for information technologies at Nevada Power--the fastest growing utility in the U.S. “Autodesk technology helped us standardize our design, drafting, cost estimating, and engineering calculations with one tool.” Autodesk Solution for Electric Utilities Ensures Seamless Lifecycle Autodesk solutions for electric utilities integrate GIS and CAD software with tailored services for each individual utility. From planning and engineering to design, construction, operations, and maintenance, Autodesk helps electric utilities automate labor-intensive processes while integrating with existing systems.

“Only Autodesk offers a cost-effective, integrated, and flexible solution to store, manage, and maintain network information using integrated CAD and GIS tools,” said Chris Bradshaw, vice president of the Infrastructure Solutions Division at Autodesk. Autodesk solutions for electric utilities help utilities design, store, manage, and maintain network information so they can operate distribution infrastructure safely, efficiently, and profitably using integrated CAD and GIS tools, services, and partners including:

  • Autodesk GIS Design Server (central facilities data store)
  • AutoCAD and Autodesk Map (facilities layout and asset management)
  • Autodesk MapGuide (data distribution and decision support)
  • Autodesk Raster Design (understanding existing conditions)
  • Autodesk Utility Design (Engineering calculations, materials selection)
  • Autodesk Envision (visualization and analysis)
  • Autodesk OnSite Enterprise and View (mapping data for the mobile workforce)
  • Autodesk Professional Services including:
    • Process audit
    • Implementation consulting and training
    • Business application integration

Autodesk helps electric utilities build information models that describe their distribution infrastructure in terms of facility characteristics, locations, connectivity, and routing from source to customer. An example of the uses of this, built on the Autodesk MapGuide software platform, includes vehicle tracking, outage response, one call, inspection and maintenance, view work, and engineering analysis. For more information, please visit

Source: Autodesk Inc., Sept. 10, 2003

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