This spring, I’ve had the privilege to visit the electricity IOUs (Investor-Owned Utilities) Elenia, Elektrilevi and Caruna which have all obtained the ISO 55000 certification for their asset management system. The certification - or its comparables ISO 55001 or PAS55 - gives companies guidance for the best practices in their asset management, an essential area for the utility business. Rasmus Armas, Head of Asset Management at Elektrilevi, describes: “ISO 55000 is an overview of how the asset management system should work. It doesn’t give you answers or tell you what to do, but it gives you a way to decide for yourself what you want to do.”
You can drive any car but wouldn’t it be nice to drive a Ferrari? In information systems, data migration makes it possible to transform any car into a Ferrari.
The exterior of a car can be changed and it can look like a Ferrari but from the inside, it would be the same old car. It would be much nicer to drive if the car would be the Ferrari also from the inside but that would require every car part to be transformed to the Ferrari form. In the end, even a Lada can be transformed to a Ferrari - both from the outside and inside. After the transformation, you can fine-tune your driving skills and improve the performance of the Ferrari.
“There is a lot of complexity in network design and in how to present large amounts of data to the user in a way that supports their decision-making. It’s a good challenge,” reflects Jan Rondeel, the CIO of Skagerak Nett, which is a part of Skagerak Energi in Norway.
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.
Drawing from his interest that I introduced previously, the backcasting methodology, Tarmo Mere, Segment Director for Electric & Gas at Trimble Energy, encourages utilities to consider their decisions and actions today, in order to gain a better tomorrow. “As for the technologies affecting the utility business, for example the solar power will evolve, and it will become more efficient and more affordable for households and companies alike,” he states.
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