Transformation in the Electric Utility Industry, Redevelopment of Decommissioned Power Plants and How Raster Editing and Raster to Vector Conversion Can Help

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Learn how and why the expected transformation in the electric utility industry will lead to redevelopment of decommissioned power plants. Learn how raster editing and raster to vector conversion can …

Learn how and why the expected transformation in the electric utility industry will lead to redevelopment of decommissioned power plants. Learn how raster editing and raster to vector conversion can help redevelop American manufacturing in these decommissioned utility plants. Includes a look at the reasons behind the transformation and why redevelopment will occur.

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  • 1. Transformation in the Electric Utility Industry Redevelopment of Decommissioned Power Plants and how Raster Editing and Raster to Vector Conversion can Help
  • 2. The electric utility industry is going through a transformation.
  • 3. …closure and obsolescence of numerous power generating facilities a common thread…
  • 4. “US utilities are focusing more and more on natural gas. Coal plant owners have announced 54,742 MW of coal capacity will be shut down by 2025,” -- --FC Gas Intelligence
  • 5. “US utilities are focusing more and more on natural gas. Coal plant owners have announced 54,742 MW of coal capacity will be shut down by 2025,” -- --FC Gas Intelligence “There are 7,000 power plants in the United States with an average age of more than forty years…This convergence of economic, environmental and regulatory challenges has led several companies to announce the closure of obsolete coal and oil fired power plants. Many more still are considering how to handle their outdated sites.” --TRC Companies
  • 6. “US utilities are focusing more and more on natural gas. Coal plant owners have announced 54,742 MW of coal capacity will be shut down by 2025,” -- --FC Gas Intelligence “There are 7,000 power plants in the United States with an average age of more than forty years…This convergence of economic, environmental and regulatory challenges has led several companies to announce the closure of obsolete coal and oil fired power plants. Many more still are considering how to handle their outdated sites.” --TRC Companies “The number of coal-fired plants being retired now exceeds 180 units.” --Burns & McDonnell
  • 7. but where there is deconstruction, there is opportunity for reconstruction or redevelopment
  • 8. According to Paul Smokler of AECOM, the door is open for American manufacturing.
  • 9. “At the same time, labor and other costs are growing in China. And many products such as tissue and other paper products are just too costly to ship over long distances. These changing dynamics coupled with the real-world experience of the hidden costs of doing business in less mature economies (lower productivity, bureaucracy, intellectual property issues, longer lead times, etc.) are drawing manufacturers back to the U.S. The United States has once again become an attractive place to manufacture products. While it may first seem that the decommissioning of these aging coal plants is yet another example of U.S. job losses, these are actually excellent opportunities for renewal and a revitalization of these sites with industrial infrastructure and the economies of the communities in which they are located.”
  • 10. Burns & McDonnell agree… key factors such as a “site's location near an urban center, its historic architecture, existing infrastructure and access to transportation networks all shape the potential for repurposing a complex.”
  • 11. So How Can DocuFi Help Utility Plant Redevelopment?
  • 12. 40+ year old plants have lots of paper drawings
  • 13. Rather than… …recreating in CAD …redrafting on Paper …editing on the Original Print
  • 14. Easily handle changes on your paper drawings.
  • 15. With Raster Editing, Hybrid Editing or Raster-to-Vector Conversion Software
  • 16. But, let’s side-step here for a minute and look at what is “raster” and “vector”
  • 17. Center Point: 5.5 Radius: 5” Thickness: 0.1” 300 dpi Raster image files created by scanners are composed of a series of dots or pixels. Vector files are defined by specific points in a coordinate system
  • 18. Okay, back to it, let’s look at raster editing first, then conversion.
  • 19. It’s not your father’s raster editing anymore… Okay, back to it, let’s look at raster editing first, then conversion.
  • 20. It’s not your father’s raster editing anymore… Today’s raster editing is sophisticated and highly functional…allowing you to edit raster with vector-like tools and interface. Okay, back to it, let’s look at raster editing first, then conversion.
  • 21. Don’t believe me? Take a look at ReVisa, an economical editor Moving a line Measurement of an object length on a raster drawing Cleanup with adaptive thresholding of a drawing Added rectangle, circle and text object to a raster drawing
  • 22. Let’s take a look at GTX raster editing, powerful solutions for editing within an AutoCAD environment.
  • 23. • Mechanical CAD (MCAD) • Automated Mapping and Facilities Management (AM/FM) • Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) • Power Generation • Oil and Gas • Military/Government • Service Bureau GTX is Ideal for:
  • 24. The magic of GTX starts with Intelligent Object Picking™ .
  • 25. Yes, “Picking”
  • 26. IOP IOP pick raster entities from the drawing as if they were intelligent CAD entities IOP:
  • 27. IOP Example Paintbrush Editor X X Intelligent Object PickingOverdraw with Color Low-level—Your Father’s Raster Editing Your Raster Editing
  • 28. Diverse IOP tools allow selection of very specific objects and text. Below, a variety of tools were used to select part of the raster image. “Green” indicates an IOP selection
  • 29. As you can see, IOP can be very precise.
  • 30. And, because the GTXRaster CAD Series is integrated with AutoCAD’s Image Support Module, all commands, menus and toolbars are consistent with AutoCAD 2014, lowering your training costs.
  • 31. Once raster has been selected with IOP… • Move • Copy/Paste • Resize • Erase • Rotate • Snap to Grid
  • 32. For instance, select the raster circle and change it's diameter, just like in CAD.
  • 33. Also, add or remove raster objects • Circles • Squares • Lines • Text • Polygons
  • 34. Oh wait, one more tangent… An important part of using your paper drawings for raster editing is cleaning the scanned image once the drawing has been scanned. This can be especially valuable if your drawings are old or damaged.
  • 35. Oh wait, one more tangent… An important part of using your paper drawings for raster editing is cleaning the scanned image once the drawing has been scanned. This can be especially valuable if your drawings are old or damaged. GTXRaster CAD offers automatic or manual deskewing and despeckling and much more. This should be done first, before raster editing.
  • 36. See the Magic…
  • 37. GTXRaster CAD offers other Intelligent Enhancement features such as “Remove Solid Entity”
  • 38. Now if your drawing is: • complex • needs complex changes • needs frequent changes And You have trained personnel and a budget for CAD…
  • 39. Consider Hybrid Editing or Raster- to-Vector Conversion
  • 40. Hybrid editing allows you to: • only “vectorize” the area of the drawing you are working on • create and overlay vector elements on the raster, taking advantage of vector tools • make changes with raster editing tools • save the file with both raster and vector information or burn it back to raster
  • 41. Hybrid: combination of raster and vector • modifications can be made in either • use selective conversion as needed
  • 42. With Raster-to-Vector Conversion: Quickly convert any or all selected raster into rectified and accurate AutoCAD entities. Recognizes line styles, splines, cross-hatching, arrowheads, and also has the ability to set a gap jump variable to further increase conversion accuracy
  • 43. With Raster-to-Vector Conversion: Quickly convert any or all selected raster into rectified and accurate AutoCAD entities. Recognizes line styles, splines, cross-hatching, arrowheads, and also has the ability to set a gap jump variable to further increase conversion accuracyResult: 100% AutoCAD compatible file after full conversion
  • 44. RtoV Settings Option: CAD Type Conversion
  • 45. RtoV Settings Option: Ortho Type Conversion
  • 46. RtoV Settings Option: Outline Conversion
  • 47. RtoV Settings Option: Text Conversion
  • 48. And let’s talk about Text Conversion some more.
  • 49. Text typically comprises 20% of engineering drawings.
  • 50. • based on hybrid neural-net technology • “train” to automatically recognize text characters associated with your drafting style • dictionary look-up and pattern matching help recognize complicated text, such as part numbers. GTX’s Intelligent Character Recognition quickly converts raster text.
  • 51. After conversion, GTX Vector Cleanup Commands aid in cleaning up drawings after conversion from raster… …extend endpoints to intersections, make circles alike in radius, and much more.
  • 52. And we could go on and on…. • Color tools: reduction, separation • Stable, proven technology • Minimal training required • TIFF, CALS, PDF & other standard input • Export to DWF, DXF, & many AutoCAD versions • GTXImage CAD includes an OEM AutoCAD license • Available in English, German & French
  • 53. But it’s time to stop for now DocuFi with Windham Document Systems, providing proven solutions for raster editing, raster to vector conversion and intelligent drawing and document capture solutions. Brought to you by: Partner and GTX Master Distriutor: GTX, Raster Editing and Conversion www.windhamsystems.com sales@windhamsystems.com Tel: (603) 458-2741 Makers of ReVisa, Raster Editing ComPara, Drawing Comparison Tool and ImageRamp, Drawing Capture www.docufi.com info@docufi.com Tel: 603-685-4033
  • 54. Contact us to learn more about • Drawing archive, • Convert drawings, • Raster editing, • Edit drawings, • AutoCAD tool, • Drawing library, • Edit paper drawing, • Edit scanned drawing, • How to edit raster, • How to convert drawing,GTX, • Cleanup scanned drawings • Convert PDF to CAD • Scan to CAD • TIF to CAD • Manage old drawings • Redrawing • Hybrid drawings • IOP Our Thanks to: GTX Corporation US toll free: (800) 879-8284 info@gtx.com www.gtx.com GTX Europe, Ltd. United Kingdom +44 (0)1256.814444 info@gtx.co.uk
  • 55. Acknowledgements • Seattle Municipal Archives, “Engineering plans storage, 2001”, http://bit.ly/1m6spOZ • Seattle Municipal Archives, “Drafter working in Engineering Department, 1959”, http://bit.ly/1eNAbGX • Dinesh Cyanam, “DSC04606.JPG”, http://bit.ly/1cmFYa0 • Auroramixer, “Aurora 224 Exploded Mechanical Drawing”, http://bit.ly/1j8Y3u0 • Tmolini, “Houdini”, http://bit.ly/1fajzPN • Rubbermaid products, Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop, http://bit.ly/17xLoNe • Alh84001, “Eagle Tip: drawing power supply connex”, http://bit.ly/1j8YzIu • HowardLake,”20 percent sign”, http://bit.ly/1dIFxb2 • cwwycoff1, “The Long Road Home”, http://bit.ly/1eND4Yi Upcycling power plants: Innovative uses for obsolete assets, February 2014, AECOM Transforming Obsolete Power Plant Sites, May 2012, TRC Companies Power Plant Decommissioning: A Noble Past, Many Possible Futures Changes to the U.S. Power Generation Fleet Are Being Driven by Environmental, Economic and Market Factors, Burns & McDonnell Natural Gas for Power Generation: The Generator’s Perspective, FC Gas Intelligence