Aug 2018
Electricity Transmission
The application of Parametric Design to automate substation development
Aug 2018
Feb 2019
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Ben Muncey
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Network Innovation Allowance
ET - New technologies and commercial evolution
Substations and Electricity Transmission Networks
Civil engineering work makes up a large proportion of the total cost of building electrical infrastructure. Savings made during the design or construction of civil infrastructure can therefore have a huge impact on the cost of network investment. National Grid is striving to develop innovative civil infrastructure solutions which meet the required specifications, while also reducing costs and development times.
Established design processes using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and structural analysis software save some time, but aren’t presently flexible enough to allow multiple design options to be explored quickly and efficiently. This project aims to address this deficiency.
  • Determine the feasibility of applying Parametric Design to electricity substation design 
  • Define the design rules which can be applied as parametric rules 
  • Determine the input data required to facilitate the parametric design and efforts required to collect this
  • Establish the overall feasibility (cost, benefit, time saved) of this approach for the design of the electricity substations (both new and modification of existing ones)