Controlling the electrical network and managing the work people perform on the grid is fundamental to a safe and reliable power system.
In this live studio interview at Asian Utility Week, Mark Humphreys, Growth Leader, Asset Management, Asia Pacific, GE Digital Management discusses how GE's PowerOn Advantage, an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) and GE Smallworld, a spatial asset management system, can contribute to a more reliable grid.
Delivering high quality data
The system provides a single solution that delivers high quality data about the state of the electric network to the control room for efficient and accurate decision making. In a control room environment, it is critical that the data is easy to access and is presented in a clear and concise way. Doing this enables the control room to make the right decisions quicker.
Mr Humphreys describes the benefits of integrating PowerOn Advantage and GE's Smallworld™ Electric Office which is a software application suite that provides geospatial asset management for utilities to support electric network planning, design and analysis, maintenance and operations.
“With GIS, it’s about visualizing the network so that there is a clearer understanding of asset location and the connectivity of the network. The integration of the systems will see data quality improve.”
“To realise the benefits of smart grid investments, you have to look at systems enabling that investment and GIS is one of those. Previously GIS was seen as a mapping system. Now it is an enterprise network resource for that network data and it is used by asset management systems, distribution management systems, and other smart grid systems in the enterprise.”
He explains that while technology is an enabler, it is not a solution. “People, processes and tools are major focus points when looking at solving the challenges in managing the grid. Utility organizations are complex and many are moving their business and operational systems from stand alone silos to an integrated network. The network data is no longer just for the engineers-management and other departments in the business are now demanding network information in a way that makes it easy to understand.
He adds that while software is a great enabler and tool, it relies a great deal on data. “We encourage people to think about the data that enables the systems. The systems are only as good as the data underneath them. We want to help people harness the most value out of these systems for quality decision making .”