Typically, utilities have several different IT systems for network asset data management. Modular solutions allow rapid implementation using basic datasets of network asset data, offering a wide variety of technical integration possibilities for a fluent flow between utility business processes and systems.
During decades of deliveries I’ve participated in, several different systems have been integrated with Trimble Energy solutions. Technically, various technologies can, and have been used, and integrations have been implemented either as point to point or using the utility’s different integration platforms. For example, integrating the intelligent network model with CIS to transfer customer data, MDM to synchronize meter data and alarms, or SCADA to transfer events from the network, providing real time data of customers, meters and events, as well as mobile solutions and utility outage maps. Additionally, the same data is used for an external communication gateway to provide real time data for end customers, web portals, or external services.
Technical asset data can be enhanced or enriched during the execution of different process workflows. For example, the overhead line data. During network operation, fault locations are marked and stored to the fault register. Pole locations are checked and corrected during normal maintenance inspections along with the pole condition data. Overhead line corridor data and risky tree scenarios are analyzed after aerial lidar data collection. All these actions enhance the asset data and make upcoming analyzes more detailed.
Our offering also includes a built-in workflow engine, which allows modeling and executing predefined process-based workflows. The workflows can be either built in internally or built to cover process flow through several systems. This functionality makes it possible to use different systems in a harmonized way, keep the utility data up-to-date and utilize business processes through different systems effectively.
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