Electric Utilities are in the mode of replacing their old legacy systems with the latest technologies for Transmission and Distribution Work and Asset Management. Applying these systems along with proven industry best practices offer powerful capabilities to integrate business processes fully and can thereby greatly enhance business performance and reduce risk. When it comes to embracing the technology and the processes surrounding these changes, there is no one we’d rather have at the helm than our Richard Pike.
Richard is a seasoned professional with over 32 years of broad utility industry experience helping organizations implement best practices for electric distribution and transmission. His clients and peers recognize him for his subject matter expertise and experience deploying the systems T&D organizations depend upon to keep the grid energized. His skills have been demonstrated through roles in system-wide projects that encompass Outage and Distribution Management, Mobile, and Work and Asset Management. Richard also brings experience leading the integration of utility operations resulting from industry mergers of T&D and Gas.
We asked Richard for his point of view on the current state of EAM systems and deployments.
What technology trends are exciting for T&D today?
There is increasing technology being employed in the Transmission and Distribution systems to move past the gathering of information in static systems. The new vision is beyond the remote operation of devices, it takes us to manage the performance of the system dynamically. This is a whole new world from the programs of the past. There is an increased dependency on keeping the accuracy of the system model up-to-date in near real-time. A part of this is the integration of a holistic view of distribution management, enterprise asset management, and GIS.
All this is dependent on the supporting technologies to keep the data model accurate and up-to-date. Data integrity is paramount, and the supporting systems must ensure the accuracy. In addition, the increased dependence on technology means that smart devices are more prevalent and require asset and performance tracking.
Holistic performance management solutions for today’s utility
One of the most powerful capabilities customers are excited about is the integration of Enterprise Asset Management and GIS using the Maximo Spatial product. Traditionally these systems have operated in separate worlds. This integration has the immediate benefit of allowing GIS to become useful as an operational tool.
What is a successful implementation tip?
Most projects include user acceptance testing in the final stages prior to go live. The pressure is to minimize the time frame to go live as soon as possible and build the timeline as if all will go right the first time. This is a critical juncture which should not be cut short and must have sufficient allowance to remediate minimal issues. It’s always welcome to accelerate a timeline if all goes well, it’s painful to extend a timeline if it doesn’t.