Data requires interpretation, analysis, and correlation to become useful information to the utility. This may involve real time, daily, and end-of-the-month analysis of internal utility information or key accounts. Proper information management is key to making this data useful to the daily operation of the utility.
Power System Engineering, Inc. (PSE) is experienced with addressing enterprise integration issues. We can help design and specify solutions to integrate applications, warehouse data, protect information assets, and improve the overall business process. Some of the PSE team experience includes:
GIS: PSE has helped design, specify, and select integrated GIS solutions.
Business process improvement: PSE can contribute to business process redesign to support service order and work order management, proposed and as-built changes from automated staking software, and data exchange between various systems including GIS, automated staking, work management, engineering analysis, inventory, and accounting systems.
Data historians: PSE is trained on data historian technology required by some mid-size and larger utilities wanting to store and access large numbers of data points frequently and permanently. For example, with this technology, a utility can store every scanned data point brought in by a SCADA system without selectively choosing which information to keep or discard.
MultiSpeak: PSE is knowledgeable and experienced with designing MultiSpeak compliant solutions. MultiSpeak is an integration approach for applications (e.g., GIS, CIS, OMS, SCADA, automated staking) typically used by rural electric cooperatives. It is based on the XML protocol, which PSE is familiar with.
Common information model (CIM): CIM can be used to support exchange of this type of information between GIS/mapping, electric system load flow software, and on-line distribution and transmission power flow applications, including state estimation.
AutoCAD-based Mapping: PSE has implemented and supported AutoCAD based mapping for smaller utilities.
PSE is ready to discuss your particular situation and assemble a team to meet your needs.
Managing Information is Key
Any automation project requires a utility to address how the information is presented, accessed by users, and applied. Some users will access the information using specific client application software provided as part of SCADA, energy management system (EMS), distribution management system (DMS), and outage management system (OMS) solutions. Other users will want to access data with Internet browser software or other common desktop PC applications. Some users will want to use a geographic information system (GIS) or products such as Oracle Forms or Visual Basic. Whatever software is used, managing the wealth of information and getting it to those who need it is the key objective.