Electric Utilities

Go Digital in Energy

Confidently design, engineer, analyze, and maintain energy infrastructure.

Modernize the Electrical Grid

EMPOWER PEOPLE TO DO MORE

Data-driven utilities need a better approach to sharing information. Federate IT systems to better support planning, design, operations, and maintenance. Create the visibility and insights for data-driven decisions of your utility infrastructure.

Intelligent Engineering and Design

Streamline workflows and reduce the complexity of designing electrical systems using current engineering rules and standards. Integration with ERP systems ensure optimized engineering design and system cost.

Collaboration

Collaborate more effectively across all project stakeholders. Trust that detailed records of all design and engineering activities are maintained. Make better decisions with easy access to the right information.

Maximize Asset Performance

Improve asset performance, work smarter with digital inspections and maintenance ensuring accurate reporting and compliance.

EPCOR Utilities Implements Risk-based Asset Management for Power Distribution

  • Generation
  • Generation

    As the global energy mix shifts to more renewable generation, ensure that you have the tools in place to reduce the cost and time it takes to deliver and maintain complex generation projects.

    Improve Collaboration​

    Trust that your detailed records of all design and engineering activities are maintained across disciplines to improve project efficiency on complex generation projects.

    Make Your Renewable Generation Projects Nimble​

    Improve your projects with fully integrated multidisciplinary design and analysis tools that are cloud-based, scalable, and flexible. Analyze, simulate, and design to reduce issues, overall design times, and project costs.

    Monitor Assets

    Supplement inspections to improve risk management for large aging assets with reality modeling and IoT monitoring.

    FEATURED USER STORIES

    offshore wind farm

    KEYSTONE ENGINEERING INC.

    Block Island Offshore Wind Farm

    The team shortened the design cycle by 50% and saved the client 20% in installation costs.

    Digital Twins to Build Solar Power Plant in a Rugged Region

    POWERCHINA Hubei Electric Engineering

    Digital Twins to Build Solar Plant

    With Bentley software, they were able to establish renewable energy to the area while saving time and cost.

    image of dam

    MIDWEST POWER UTILITY

    Dam Monitoring

    The asset owner adds 1,000+ sensors to support the dam safety program and improve ongoing maintenance and reliability.

    “The effort put in by the Bentley SACS team to couple its post-processing capabilities with the hydrodynamic/aerodynamic modeling capabilities of other software systems has allowed for the first truly useful coupled analysis in the offshore wind industry. This has resulted in significant time and cost savings for the offshore wind foundation/sub-structure engineering community.”

    – Benjamin Foley P.E., general manager – offshore renewables Keystone Engineering Inc.

  • Transmission
  • Transmission Infrastructure

    Ensure the integrity of your transmission grid with structural design and analysis of transmission towers, poles, and lines.

    Power Line Systems is now part of Bentley Systems.

    Intelligent Design

    Save time and money by automating the calculation of design loads and the checking of strength according to the most up-to-date international standards (ASCE, NESC, IEC, CEELCEC).

    Improve Engineering Design

    Develop overhead structures with proper line and vegetation clearances, thermal line ratings, plan and profile sheets, sag tension reports, staking data, and construction documents.

    FEATURED USER STORIES

    digitized image of electric substation

    PESTECH

    Lempit Substation Project

    Team shortened design cycle by 50% and saved client 20% in installation costs.

    Miluo City electric substation

    POWERCHINA HUBEI

    Transmission Line Project

    Integrated digital design helps team reduce design time by 12% and verification time by 16%.

    electric substation

    Utilities worldwide

    Accurate, Affordable, Real-World Context

    Users design in context, provide continuous surveying during construction, and optimize maintenance.

    “Otto and the PLS team have created the standard for efficiency and software-enablement of the indispensable work of power transmission engineers. However, the accelerated pace of the global energy transition creates a need for further expansion of and innovation in the grid. We’re confident Bentley Systems can provide the right surrounding constellation to expand Power Line Systems toward full grid digital twins.”

    – Ashu Agrawal, a managing director at TA Associates and Power Line Systems
  • Substations
  • Transmission and Distribution Substations

    Improve substation design with intelligent 2D electrical and 3D substation models saving utilities time and money in the phases of planning, design, and construction.

    Intelligent Substation Design

    Reduce the time of substation modeling by 30% with reality modeling and intelligent design using the latest engineering rules and standards. Link to ERP systems for vendor, cost, and technical information enabling optimized design and lower project cost.

    Asset Management with Digital Twins

    Integrate engineering and geospatial data with asset performance and other operational data and maintenance records to create a digital twin of your electric infrastructure.

    FEATURED USER STORIES

    electric substation in mountains

    TRC

    Distribution Substation 3D Modeling

    The team helped National Grid integrate exiting conditions with new construction, keeping substation operational.

    electric tower

    Essential Energy

    Intelligent' substation models

    Essential Energy is using drone-captured imagery and software to create “intelligent” three-dimensional models of its substations that engineers can interact with and use to plan upgrade works remotely.

    substation in desert

    PG&E

    Substation Brownfield Reality Modeling

    With A complete 3D model at the time of constructability review, the team measured electrical and physical clearances in real time.

    "Having a complete 3D model at the time of constructability review allows us to measure electrical and physical clearance in real time, which helps eliminate costly conflicts during construction phases. With today’s increasing substation complexity and decreasing substation footprint, having a 3D model is a must."

    – Ralph Hansen, Construction Supervisor – Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Distribution
  • Distribution

    Design/engineer, build, analyze, and maintain your distribution infrastructure leveraging a digital representation of utility poles and structures. Ensure integrity of “last mile” infrastructure for vital energy distribution and communications.

    SPIDA is now a Bentley company.

    Intelligent Distribution Design

    Design electrical systems using current engineering rules and standards.  Integrate with ERP systems and link to vendor, cost, and technical information, enabling optimized engineering design and overall project cost. 

    Improve overhead system management

    Collect, model, and optimize overhead distribution assets, increasing system integrity, ensuring reliable service, and reducing safety concerns.

    Grid Management with Digital Twins

    Integrate engineering and geospatial with asset performance and other operations and maintenance systems to create a digital twin of your electric infrastructure.

    FEATURED USER STORIES

    California Highway

    LADWP

    Engineering and Construction Collaboration

    200 Engineers, designers, and construction personnel get fast and accurate reuse of 300,000 design and construction files with 80% reduction in research time.

    electric substation in mountains

    TRC

    Distribution Substation 3D Modeling

    The team helped National Grid integrate exiting conditions with new construction, keeping substation operational.

    substation in desert

    PG&E

    Substation Brownfield Reality Modeling

    With A complete 3D model at the time of constructability review, the team measured electrical and physical clearances in real time.

    “Our company evaluated other software programs and found SPIDA to be our best choice on a long list of relatively long business requirements. SPIDA integrated well with our primary record and data keeping program.”

    – A senior specialist Transmission Engineering Southern California Edison

  • Distributed Energy
  • Distributed Energy Resources

    Embrace the growth of renewable energy and improve how you manage grid edge by streamlining the planning, analysis, and design of distributed energy resources.

    Fast-track DER Approvals

    Process interconnection applications more efficiently, drastically improve customer response time, and engage high-value engineering resources when necessary. The screening criteria is configurable and customizable to accommodate local government policies and corporate standards.

    Perform DER Impact Analysis

    Streamline the DER approval process with efficient and accurate impact analysis to optimize power flow and mitigate risks.

    Implement Cost-based Planning and Design

    Design multifaceted utility networks including the integration of distributed energy resources (DER). Analyze both planned and existing infrastructure, optimize equipment sizing, and estimate current materials and labor costs for projects with integrated DER.

    "Utilities Schwäbisch Hall GmbH was an early adopter of the Bentley DER Solution with a goal of proving they can make purposeful distributed energy investment decisions and plans to continue this collaboration with Bentley and Siemens."

    – Wolf Epple, Team Manager, Geospatial Data Processing

Generation

As the global energy mix shifts to more renewable generation, ensure that you have the tools in place to reduce the cost and time it takes to deliver and maintain complex generation projects.

Improve Collaboration​

Trust that your detailed records of all design and engineering activities are maintained across disciplines to improve project efficiency on complex generation projects.

Make Your Renewable Generation Projects Nimble​

Improve your projects with fully integrated multidisciplinary design and analysis tools that are cloud-based, scalable, and flexible. Analyze, simulate, and design to reduce issues, overall design times, and project costs.

Monitor Assets

Supplement inspections to improve risk management for large aging assets with reality modeling and IoT monitoring.

FEATURED USER STORIES

offshore wind farm

KEYSTONE ENGINEERING INC.

Block Island Offshore Wind Farm

The team shortened the design cycle by 50% and saved the client 20% in installation costs.

Digital Twins to Build Solar Power Plant in a Rugged Region

POWERCHINA Hubei Electric Engineering

Digital Twins to Build Solar Plant

With Bentley software, they were able to establish renewable energy to the area while saving time and cost.

image of dam

MIDWEST POWER UTILITY

Dam Monitoring

The asset owner adds 1,000+ sensors to support the dam safety program and improve ongoing maintenance and reliability.

“The effort put in by the Bentley SACS team to couple its post-processing capabilities with the hydrodynamic/aerodynamic modeling capabilities of other software systems has allowed for the first truly useful coupled analysis in the offshore wind industry. This has resulted in significant time and cost savings for the offshore wind foundation/sub-structure engineering community.”

– Benjamin Foley P.E., general manager – offshore renewables Keystone Engineering Inc.

Transmission Infrastructure

Ensure the integrity of your transmission grid with structural design and analysis of transmission towers, poles, and lines.

Power Line Systems is now part of Bentley Systems.

Intelligent Design

Save time and money by automating the calculation of design loads and the checking of strength according to the most up-to-date international standards (ASCE, NESC, IEC, CEELCEC).

Improve Engineering Design

Develop overhead structures with proper line and vegetation clearances, thermal line ratings, plan and profile sheets, sag tension reports, staking data, and construction documents.

FEATURED USER STORIES

digitized image of electric substation

PESTECH

Lempit Substation Project

Team shortened design cycle by 50% and saved client 20% in installation costs.

Miluo City electric substation

POWERCHINA HUBEI

Transmission Line Project

Integrated digital design helps team reduce design time by 12% and verification time by 16%.

electric substation

Utilities worldwide

Accurate, Affordable, Real-World Context

Users design in context, provide continuous surveying during construction, and optimize maintenance.

“Otto and the PLS team have created the standard for efficiency and software-enablement of the indispensable work of power transmission engineers. However, the accelerated pace of the global energy transition creates a need for further expansion of and innovation in the grid. We’re confident Bentley Systems can provide the right surrounding constellation to expand Power Line Systems toward full grid digital twins.”

– Ashu Agrawal, a managing director at TA Associates and Power Line Systems

Transmission and Distribution Substations

Improve substation design with intelligent 2D electrical and 3D substation models saving utilities time and money in the phases of planning, design, and construction.

Intelligent Substation Design

Reduce the time of substation modeling by 30% with reality modeling and intelligent design using the latest engineering rules and standards. Link to ERP systems for vendor, cost, and technical information enabling optimized design and lower project cost.

Asset Management with Digital Twins

Integrate engineering and geospatial data with asset performance and other operational data and maintenance records to create a digital twin of your electric infrastructure.

FEATURED USER STORIES

electric substation in mountains

TRC

Distribution Substation 3D Modeling

The team helped National Grid integrate exiting conditions with new construction, keeping substation operational.

electric tower

Essential Energy

Intelligent' substation models

Essential Energy is using drone-captured imagery and software to create “intelligent” three-dimensional models of its substations that engineers can interact with and use to plan upgrade works remotely.

substation in desert

PG&E

Substation Brownfield Reality Modeling

With A complete 3D model at the time of constructability review, the team measured electrical and physical clearances in real time.

"Having a complete 3D model at the time of constructability review allows us to measure electrical and physical clearance in real time, which helps eliminate costly conflicts during construction phases. With today’s increasing substation complexity and decreasing substation footprint, having a 3D model is a must."

– Ralph Hansen, Construction Supervisor – Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Distribution

Design/engineer, build, analyze, and maintain your distribution infrastructure leveraging a digital representation of utility poles and structures. Ensure integrity of “last mile” infrastructure for vital energy distribution and communications.

SPIDA is now a Bentley company.

Intelligent Distribution Design

Design electrical systems using current engineering rules and standards.  Integrate with ERP systems and link to vendor, cost, and technical information, enabling optimized engineering design and overall project cost. 

Improve overhead system management

Collect, model, and optimize overhead distribution assets, increasing system integrity, ensuring reliable service, and reducing safety concerns.

Grid Management with Digital Twins

Integrate engineering and geospatial with asset performance and other operations and maintenance systems to create a digital twin of your electric infrastructure.

FEATURED USER STORIES

California Highway

LADWP

Engineering and Construction Collaboration

200 Engineers, designers, and construction personnel get fast and accurate reuse of 300,000 design and construction files with 80% reduction in research time.

electric substation in mountains

TRC

Distribution Substation 3D Modeling

The team helped National Grid integrate exiting conditions with new construction, keeping substation operational.

substation in desert

PG&E

Substation Brownfield Reality Modeling

With A complete 3D model at the time of constructability review, the team measured electrical and physical clearances in real time.

“Our company evaluated other software programs and found SPIDA to be our best choice on a long list of relatively long business requirements. SPIDA integrated well with our primary record and data keeping program.”

– A senior specialist Transmission Engineering Southern California Edison

Distributed Energy Resources

Embrace the growth of renewable energy and improve how you manage grid edge by streamlining the planning, analysis, and design of distributed energy resources.

Fast-track DER Approvals

Process interconnection applications more efficiently, drastically improve customer response time, and engage high-value engineering resources when necessary. The screening criteria is configurable and customizable to accommodate local government policies and corporate standards.

Perform DER Impact Analysis

Streamline the DER approval process with efficient and accurate impact analysis to optimize power flow and mitigate risks.

Implement Cost-based Planning and Design

Design multifaceted utility networks including the integration of distributed energy resources (DER). Analyze both planned and existing infrastructure, optimize equipment sizing, and estimate current materials and labor costs for projects with integrated DER.

"Utilities Schwäbisch Hall GmbH was an early adopter of the Bentley DER Solution with a goal of proving they can make purposeful distributed energy investment decisions and plans to continue this collaboration with Bentley and Siemens."

– Wolf Epple, Team Manager, Geospatial Data Processing

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