Innovative 3D design technology for substations

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Innovative 3D design technology for substations

  1. 1. Innovative 3D design technology for substations THINKING
  2. 2. In the space of a few years, this exciting design tool has progressed from creating novel, 3D pictures to providing a rapid means of developing, specifying and costing a design package down to the last nut and bolt. THINKING Innovative 3D design technology for substations
  3. 3. A single drawing embodies all of the equipment, fully specified with respect to dimensions and working clearances to meet the required standards. THINKING Innovative 3D design technology for substations What’s more, the desired degree of detail can be revealed with the click of a button or the touch of a screen.
  4. 4. Hidden components in the design are transferred into the material list for completeness and to ensure the quality of the components. THINKING Innovative 3D design technology for substations
  5. 5. THINKING Besides a great picture… What is in it for you? • Reduced design time • High quality accuracy • High quality bill of materials • High level of safety checks • Visual feedback on missing equipment • One drawing to update to chain-feed all levels / sections • Drawing numbers can be automated • Templates can be linked for ease of use • Scan and import older substations into data base for latest drawing format and standards • On site functionality and detailed info (Clerk of Works)
  6. 6. More advanced features enable design aspects such as the lightning protection arc from steelworks and lightning masts in the substations to be displayed. THINKING What are the advanced features?
  7. 7. Design simulations for earthmat layout help to minimise errors before detailed calculations are done with the respective software for substation earthmats. THINKING What are the advanced features?
  8. 8. Step & Touch potential visualised on the layout of the substation. THINKING What are the advanced features?
  9. 9. Information on cable works, trench depths, cable spacing, backfilling, danger tape and crossing of other services, including drainage and oil pipes, can now clearly be indicated below ground level. THINKING What are the advanced features?
  10. 10. Flood-planes and high water tables, simulated to indicate the impact on the cable trenches and low laying oil dams. THINKING What are the advanced features?
  11. 11. By integrating a terrestrial laser scan of an existing substation, plant or network, a combined model showing the existing and refurbished or expanded plant can be displayed in 3D. THINKING What are the advanced features?
  12. 12. THINKING What are the benefits? Enhanced accuracy through the increased exposure and reviews of every portion of the design. 1
  13. 13. THINKING What are the benefits? Design refinements can be made to the manufacturing drawings for steelworks using accurate, detailed 3D models. This will ensure parts fit together. 2
  14. 14. THINKING What are the benefits? Cut-sheets can be detailed much more accurately than before. This will ensure parts fit together and all nuts, bolts and washers are accounted for. 3
  15. 15. THINKING What are the benefits? The detailed 3D design can be used to generate drawing numbers and all of the relevant manufacturing drawings needed for the manufacture of parts. 4
  16. 16. THINKING What are the benefits? Shortcuts are available in the form of automated design from the basic single line diagram to auto generating the layout. 5
  17. 17. THINKING What are the benefits? The program can generate the detailed bill of quantities set to particular specifications and document needs. 6
  18. 18. THINKING What are the benefits? Detailed templates and frames can be set up for specific client needs, including number ranges or sequences. 7
  19. 19. THINKING What are the benefits? Integrated services are all on one drawing, removing significant risk from multidisciplinary engineering services. 8
  20. 20. THINKING What are the benefits? Safe design is important and the software allows for programmable restrictions to ensure design on electrical working clearances are not compromised. 9
  21. 21. THINKING The way ahead • Using 3D substation design and working closely with the software suppliers to realise the true value of efficiency, accuracy and enhanced safety that can be derived from its usage. • Innovative, 3D design is spearheading a future generation of substation designs which benefit clients by providing reliable, high quality designs that can be produced speedily and cost-effectively. • Each item and its associated parts can be correctly accounted for. This reduces engineering design time by a huge margin.
  22. 22. THINKING image Taking design into the field With the aid of a tablet or iPad, engineers and inspectors can now have the complete detail design in the palm of their hand.
  23. 23. THINKING Want more information? Contact Richard Ahlschlager Power Transmission and Distribution Leader T +27 31 714 2500 E Richard.Ahlschlager@aurecongroup.com Barry Grib Project Manager, Power Transmission and Distribution T +27 31 714 2500 E Barry.Grib@aurecongroup.com Read more on our website!

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