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electric utility


Strategic Consulting

ArcGIS Analysis

Portal for ArcGIS Web Map Curation

Web Application Builder

Configuration + Publishing

planning for grid investment

confidential client

the need

One of the nation’s largest utilities sought assistance with an analysis of distribution circuits for grid improvement prioritization in an effort to reduce outage times and address continually rising customer expectations. The utility is planning to make large capital investments in grid improvements and focus on where those improvements should be made is a defining factor in the outcome of success. Information was gathered and organized, but there was not a single view that presented the team with a simple picture to help interpret and make decisions.

the solution

Patrick analysts sat down with lead planners to determine what plant data and criteria were required to define their primary backbone feeders and circuit-tie devices. They also defined the necessary mapping functionality required for the planners to manipulate and access this data. It was determined that ArcGIS Portal could supply an out-of-the-box solution to their needs. It had the ability to be quickly implemented and integrated with their existing GIS and had all the necessary built-in tools.

Using out-of-the box tools in ArcGIS Portal, a web app was created that allowed planners an easy method to generate a clear picture of the necessary infrastructure required to densify the electrical grid. This tool allowed the planners to visually isolate circuit(s) in order to see only them and determine the best locations to tie them together.

Conductor lengths, wire size, and material can be exported to spreadsheets for estimating replacement costs.

Proposed Automated Switching Devices (PASDs) can be added to the map as a part of a preliminary layout design to enhance communication with other planners and managers. Model builder and scripts were created in order to conduct network tracing to determine the distance upstream to substations and the downstream customers for all conductors classified as primary backbone feeder. These statistics are key to the placement of PASDs.

Integration with Maximo allows the planners to see if any existing work-orders are in the area that they are looking to tie. This allows them to see if any work related to the device and/or conductors involved with their proposed grid improvements could reduce or even eliminate the need for a circuit tie at the location.

Patrick worked with internal GIS and IT staff to enhance the existing portal environment to improve performance and usability.

Once implemented, Patrick created a manual and conducted on-site training.

the benefits

Supplementing the project team with skilled geospatial experts provided the utility with a quick, knowledgeable resource. Combining the information obtained using spatial calculations and presenting the information through a web-based map improved the investment decisions. In the end, additional iterations through simpler views of information allowed for investments to be made with higher confidence and benefit the customer by reducing outages.

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