Improving the early design of water and wastewater treatment plants with Transcend  

Andy Mott Andy Mott December 2, 2022

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One of the United Nations’ top Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Can water professionals help with that goal?  

Yes, they can. Absolutely.  

When the people who work on water infrastructure are enabled to plan, design, maintain, and operate it more effectively, they can do their best work and help advance humanity’s progress toward a more sustainable future.  

Helping people rely on clean water and sanitation services more reliably, resiliently, and equitably is what we’re thinking about every day. Can you help with Goal #6 on the list of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals? One way you can help is by getting the word out for them by sharing their messages and educating others.

That’s why we’re excited about our partnership with Transcend. Transcend uses generative design software to accelerate early-stage engineering designs for water and wastewater treatment plants. If you’re involved in building and maintaining water and wastewater treatment plants, you know that early-stage design can be an arduous and repetitive process. There can be a lot of rework and trial and error – often without good insights to help you envision your design outcomes.

We think Transcend Design Generator will streamline and accelerate the initial design concept process, giving engineers access to better information about their design decisions – and the trade-offs specific decisions might require. 

What good is a generatively designed early concept without being able to take that concept and turn it into design documentation and smart P&IDs? That’s why the outcomes from the Transcend Design Generator include editable design documentation native to AutoCAD and Revit. Taking these design documents into AutoCAD Plant 3D or Revit and beginning detailed design with better information about design outcomes means faster development of water and wastewater treatment plants means more clean water and sanitation services for more people.  

These kinds of partnerships make something that would have seemed like science fiction just a few years ago into a reality for designers and engineers working on the toughest challenges in water. We’re excited for our joint future as stewards of our shared home.  

To learn more about Autodesk water infrastructure solutions, visit For more information about Transcend, visit their website

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