Automation

AUTOMATION

AUTOMATION NEEDS ANALYSIS & IMPLEMENTATION PLANNING

Develop a coordinated, cost-justified and defensible plan for transmission and distribution system automation improvements. A typical engagement includes:

  • Identify current and anticipated business issues
  • Select prospective T&D automation functions to address system issues
  • Identify short- and long-term improvement opportunities
  • Assess existing facilities, infrastructures and operating practices
  • Develop a conceptual architecture
  • Do cost/benefit analysis
  • Develop implementation strategy

This can be part of the overall Enterprise Process and Technology Integration effort.

Planning for Emerging Technologies – Identify and plan for short-term and long-term infrastructure improvements needed to support emerging technologies, such as Smart Grid (e.g., advanced automated sectionalizing and restoration devices, adaptive controls), distributed resources and advanced storage devices, Plug-in Electric Vehicles, Wide-Area Monitoring and Control (WAMPAC), etc.

Procurement, Implementation & Installation Assistance – Support acquisition of products and services for implementing the approved strategy. Provide project management, design review, testing and commissioning of the selected products.

Post-Implementation Assessment – Evaluate observable benefits achieved through actual system operation against the predicted benefits and recommend improvements.