AUD utilizes an intelligent, model-based design. Utility assets are created in AUD as intelligent, 3D models that include engineering properties and other physical and topological attributes. Using a model-based design allows AUD users to perform engineering analysis for properties such as flicker, cable sag, cable pulling tension and direction, voltage drop, clearances, and guying. The model-based design also supports business modeling for important properties such as joint trench allocation and specialized job conditions.
AUD automates the design process. Designs can be swiftly laid out based on an organization’s design standards and business rules. Common standards such as pole spacing, guying, and equipment sizing can be defined for an entire organization or a specific job. AUD supports projects ranging from simple maintenance work orders to large, highly engineered capital projects.