Peer Utility Group

Peer Utility Group (PUG)

What is PUG?

The Peer Utility Group (PUG) functions as an industry technical resource center with the intent of finding solutions to common problems through the assistance of forums, webinars, staff support, and an annual conference.
The PUG was a result of a roundtable discussion hosted by SBS at Autodesk University. These discussions allowed utilities to exchange ideas and to give one another input about projects and the use of AutoCAD® based design applications (such as AUD) in end-to-end utility workflows and integrations with enterprise systems, GIS, and field solutions. The utilities recognized the benefits of such informal discussions and requested that a group be formed.
Since then, the PUG continually grows in numbers, offering more access to information by connecting you with experienced individuals able to provide direction for your project.
Best of all, it’s free. Join today!
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Benefits of Membership

· Non-commercial collaboration with peer utility organizations

· Direct access to industry experts to answer your utility design and workflow questions

· Flexibility to ask your own questions and lead your own conversation

· Ability to learn from others before implementing a new project

· Bimonthly webinars tailored to the needs of PUG members

· User-led presentations on what others are doing and how

· Access to past webinar recordings anytime

· No-charge training and education to stay relevant

· Connect with industry leaders

· Tap into the knowledge of the SBS staff

· Collaborate and network with utilities across the U.S.

· Stay up-to-date with industry changes and technology updates

2022 PUG Conference

After two years of virtual conferences, we are excited to gather in person with you for our 9th Annual Peer Utility Group Conference. Join us live at the beautiful Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club in Denver, Colorado for this terrific event! 
Planning is currently underway. Please check back regularly for updates on available sessions and activities. For those unable to attend in person, we will share the link to the livestream. Please contact Taylor Forster with any questions: taylor.forster@spatialbiz.com 
Hotel Information: SBS has a special group rate August 29 – September 2. Join us at Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver Aurora/Parker for $145 USD per night!
Use this link to book your group rate.
Closest Airport: Denver International Airport (DIA)
Location: Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club, 23155 E Heritage Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80016 
Golf Tournament: August 29th
Golf will be step aside: All four tee off, teams select their best ball of the four, all players hit from that spot – less the original hitter (who steps aside), format continues until ball is in the hole, all four tee off on next hole, and the process repeats. Their will be different tee times with the first tee at 9:30am
There will be a $50 dollar award presented to the winner.
Conference Dates: August 30 – September 1, 2022 
Register Here
Conference Agenda
Monday- August 29th
Time TBD
Golf Tournament
Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club
Tuesday- August 30th
8:00 am to 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast
9:00 am to 9:15 am 
Welcome / Introductions (SBS)
Pat Reid – SBS 
9:15 am to 10:00 am 
Welcome and Industry Trends
Dennis Beck – SBS 
10:00 am to 10:15 am 
Break
10:15 am to 11:00 am 
 Our move to Intelligent Design 
Arizona Public Service
11:00 am to 11:45 pm 
5 Years Later our AUD Journey 
LGE / PPL
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
Lunch
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm 
Integrating Design with GIS – UDH – Design to GIS 
 SBS Developer 
1:45 pm to 3:15 pm 
SBS Solution Roadmap 
TBD
3:15 pm to 3:45 pm
Break
3:45 pm to 4:30 pm 
 Substation Design Suite – Physical for AutoCAD 
SBS 
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
Cocktail Party and Mixer 
Heritage Eagle Bend EN Patio 
Wednesday- August 31st
8:00 am to 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast
9:00 am to 9:45 am 
Autodesk Integration
9:45 am to 10:30 am 
NV Energy Story – Standardization and Expansion to BHE 
10:30 am to 11:00 am 
Break
11:00 am to 11:30 am
Design Integration to Asset Management – UDH – EAM 
11:30 am to 12:00 pm 
AUD Configuration Update 
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
Lunch
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm 
AUD – Water & Comms Status 
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm 
Hydro One – Story  
Brian Winfield – Hydro One 
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm 
Break
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm 
Gas Panel Discussion – Product Direction 
TBD
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm 
TBD
Thursday- September 1st
8:00 am to 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast
9:00 am to 9:30 am 
Breakout Sessions
SBS Staff
11:30 am to 1:00 pm 
Lunch
11:00 am to 11:30 am
Design Integration to Asset Management – UDH – EAM 
2 Hour Repeating Sessions
9:00 am to 3:00 pm 
AUD Product 
Configuration
Support / Licensing 
Utility Network Strategies 
GIS/AUD ModelMapper 
EAM Integration 
Sean Wellman 
Sarah Jones / Jeff Dennison 
David Wilbur 
Serguei Sokolov 
Paul Gravel  
Chuck Yocum 
3:00 to 4:00 pm 
Closing Remarks 
Pat Reid – SBS