Rooted in AutoCAD and Map 3D, our newest product offers access to advanced 3D substation design technology in the familiar AutoCAD environment.

Substation Design Suite™ (SDS) Physical for AutoCAD is available in two platforms: AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor. Within AutoCAD, users can enjoy features such as simultaneous 2D and 3D design workflows, brownfield and geospatial workflows, integral real-time design validation, and more. Within Autodesk Inventor, users can enjoy features including ground grid, trench layout, conduit modeling, fitting placement tools, model cable, bus layout, lightning protection design, and much more.  

“As we engaged with customers over the years, we felt it was important to address some of the utility industry’s most pressing data management and workforce development needs,” said Joey Baker, Director of Substation Solutions at SBS. “We’re excited to bring to market an application that truly provides a ‘BIM for everyone’ opportunity to the utility industry.”  

The SDS Physical for AutoCAD application fosters connectivity with the utility’s suite of enterprise systems, GIS systems, and the wide array of various stakeholder applications.  

“We’re proud that our SDS Physical for AutoCAD product is serving the industry in such a significant way,” said Baker. “It is enabling customers to accelerate their BIM-related initiatives while also significantly reducing the organizational change management barriers typically encountered in technology deployment programs.” 

SDS Physical modules are sold separately. We also offer training and mentoring programs for the new product. 

To learn more about SDS Physical for AutoCAD and to determine which platform works best for you, please visit