SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced it will be providing Southern California Edison
(SCE), California's largest electric utility, with a common set of design
management applications for the utility's more than 1,000 designers, engineers
and planners who oversee the utility's distribution, transmission and
substation assets within SCE's Transmission & Distribution Business Unit
SCE chose the Autodesk applications following a rigorous Request for
Proposal and product demonstration process. Over 50 SCE planners, designers,
and engineers from Distribution, Transmission, and Substations exercised the
applications and found the tools to be user friendly and intuitive.
"SCE selected Autodesk based on the product's ease of use and ability to
automatically perform engineering calculations, order material, and size
equipment," said Walt Johnston, SCE's vice president of power delivery.
The Autodesk software solution, which includes Autodesk Utility Design
software, subscription and professional services, will streamline workflows
where engineering and construction standards are linked to the design process.
The Autodesk applications will help SCE meet the demands of future growth, and
help expand and strengthen its electric system infrastructure to serve all of
"Smart design is fundamental for utilities to increase efficiency and
manage costs," said Lisa Campbell, vice president, Autodesk Geospatial. "Many
utility companies use Autodesk solutions to streamline their engineering and
planning in order to address the challenges they face unique to their
industry, including aging infrastructure and workforce. We designed Autodesk
utility solutions to help firms like Southern California Edison manage their
physical assets effectively, starting with design through asset management and
Built-In Intelligence Enhances Productivity
The Autodesk rules-based design software allows customers to configure it
according to the utility's unique design and construction standards, ensuring
accuracy and consistency across design, engineering, estimating and automated
material ordering workflows. Since the system is AutoCad-based, customers can
leverage the expertise of the large pool of
AutoCAD-trained designers in the utilities field, reducing the learning curve
for new employees and mitigating the impact of experienced worker retirements.
Using the system's pre-defined standards, SCE planners can perform
engineering calculations such as voltage drop and pulling tension. Planners
can seamlessly exchange data with other corporate systems, including SAP, in
order to automatically generate construction work orders that include layouts,
engineering data, bill of materials, design scenarios and estimated costs.
About Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison, an Edison International (NYSE: EIX) company,
is the largest electric utility in California. SCE serves a population of more
than 13 million via 4.8 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile
service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.
Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets.
Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the
broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help
customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies
rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world
performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance
quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk,
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or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right
to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and
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(C) 2007 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.
Contact: Brett Smith (415) 547-2405
Toni Cole (503) 471-6841
SOURCE Autodesk, Inc. 11/13/2007
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