TDG creates unique, optimized designs of electrical substation facilities by automatically combining decisions and calculations from each engineering field.
The TDG interface enables a range of users – from those with minimal substation engineering knowledge to those with significant expertise – to generate and analyze complete preliminary substation facility designs. Following the entry of a number of simple input parameters, engineering decisions take place in a fully automated fashion.
To guide users throughout the data entry process we offer various tool tips and suggestions, while special data validation rules are present to ensure data quality and consistency. The data validation is based on general design principles used in all substation designs, independent of size, location or technology. Special, non-required fields are also implemented, to give experts the option to have more control over the design by incorporating specific, customized input parameters, resulting in designs which more closely match specific client requirements for any situation.
Using the data inputted by the user and design rules informed by industry standards and best practices, TDG architects and arranges all major substation components, across disciplines, using the same process experienced engineers have used to develop substation designs for decades. The aggregate design is stored in a proprietary data structure that can is used to catalogue every piece of data and parameter relevant to the design.
The facility data, both user provided and calculated, is used as the basis for all drawings and facility related documentation, including Single Line Diagrams, Bill of Materials, and 3D BIM models. TDG is capable of creating engineering documents for Transmission, Sub-transmission, distribution and collector type substations in numerous configurations. In addition, due to the modular nature of TDG, the system can be configured to accommodate a wide range of utility and/or grid operator standards and alternative design objectives with ease.
TDG uses a combination of the input data, industry standards, best practices, and decision algorithms to size and select each piece of equipment needed to construct the substation. TDG leverages an extensive equipment database containing size, power, and other relevant data on every equipment type.
We work closely with equipment suppliers in order to ensure accuracy and consistency in the equipment models selected. TDG is also configurable to work with preferred Suppliers and Equipment Vendors, all the way down to the preferred model number and BIM object.
After all elements of a substation facility are selected and designed, the next step is determining how the facility will be structured. Depending on Civil, Structural, and Mechanical Engineering as well as Electrical Design outputs, TDG solves the challenge of placing all elements of the substation in physical 3D space up to and including a site that can be selected and marked by the user during the input stage if desired. The 3D model is generated automatically in the cloud, and all relevant data parameters are stored in our proprietary data structure.
After all steps of designing the facility are completed, TDG data parameters are introduced into Autodesk REVIT or another BIM-based system capable of modeling and visualizing every element. In this environment, not only are 3D models generated, but whole databases are automatically and simultaneously created representing and describing the substation with pinpoint accuracy.
These databases store all engineering requirements, details, and properties in one central model, enabling TDG to introduce a final validation and filtering protocol, eliminating all errors and inconsistencies in the finished design and document outputs, and keeping qualities at the highest levels. All civil documentation, such as Floor plans, Sections, Layouts, Site Plans, Elevations, and Civil Bill of Quantity documents are automatically generated from this central model, while keeping all related annotations and remarks in a template that can be further customized for detailed engineering work as the project progresses.
The various output packages of our Core Power System Design, Equipment Selection, and BIM are communicated directly to TDG’s Drawing Generator module. In return, Drawing Generator handles the complete process of drawing generation for all design output documents, including Switching Single Line Diagrams and Functional Line Diagrams.
Depending on the outputs, these documents are labelled with proper item quantities and equipment specifications, resulting in very precise, accurate Single Line Diagrams and Process Schemes for each project. As a final step, all details from these document packages are collected in the central database and an Equipment List and GA Drawings are all generated. With this data the user can easily estimate the costs and footprint of the facility, allowing the user to make the best decision for a given project.
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Letti Szilágyi and Adam Tank, two veteran members of our team, will be demoing an easy-to-use platform that will help you streamline your conceptual design processes.