Looking at what he’s done around the topic over the years, there’s no doubt he’s the man you want to talk to. He did his doctoral studies on it. He’s co-authored a number of papers on it, for example for IEEE. He played a key role in taking the solution to where it is today and now, he keeps pushing its development further with several utilities. And, to top it all, he’s a really nice guy!
“All of this put together, the optimization saves months of manual work from the network planner!”
Eero emphasizes that, in the approach he’s worked on, the optimization is ultimately about minimizing costs. However, his work isn’t only about the construction costs, but it takes the entire asset life-cycle into account. This means, in addition to the construction costs, also the reliability, operating, and maintenance costs - whatever costs you can imagine for the network. Now that is something you don’t get from every store.
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“We have really started the thinking from the real problems in the network planning. Our solution not just creates the basic topology but bases it all on the load flow calculation. It places the switching devices of three different types as well as the open points into the automatically generated network in minutes, which itself is already extremely interesting. The optimizer provides the preferred network and, then the network planner can continue modifying the network further with standard tools,” Eero explains, and continues: “All of this put together, it saves months of manual work from the network planner!”
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“We have really taken in the challenges when it comes to solving the real planning problems.”
When network planning resources are low, it’s obvious that a tool like this would allow for planning networks that are as optimal as possible, yet keeping both the planning and construction costs low. As Eero puts it: “Our only goal in the optimization is finding a network of minimal cost”.
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