Gas distribution network; data availability

The 2017 Smart Grid Product of the Year Award has been bestowed on BRIDGE Energy Group for its SCADA Data Availability Dashboard (SDAD), by SmartGrid.TMCnet.com

Focusing on the ability of the programme to leverage large amounts of T&D substation data and display the results in the simple graphical dashboard, the SDAD is said to improve operations and situational awareness.

“The solutions that have been selected for the 2017 Smart Grid Product of the Year Award reflect the diverse range of innovation driving this market. Congratulations to BRIDGE Energy Group which exemplified the best of smart grid technologies in the past year," said Carl Ford, CEO and community developer, Crossfire Media.

Though SCADA systems are widely used throughout the utility sector, due to "gaps within an element’s data governance, device communication, and information accuracy, obtaining reliable metrics for accurate decisions remained an elusive process."   As part of BRIDGE’s established and growing portfolio of real-time geospatial visualization and intelligence solutions, the SCADA Data Availability Dashboard solves this dilemma by leveraging a BRIDGE tailored OSIsoft PI Asset Framework, commonly available in this industry, and their deep utility expertise to cost-effectively overcome inconsistencies across the data path, ensuring reliable and accurate information. The net result translates large amounts of data into visual cues that enable the quick identification of problem areas, such as potential grid delivery issues.

Ensuring data availability and reliability

BRIDGE addressed this dilemma by leveraging a BRIDGE tailored OSIsoft PI Asset Framework, overcoming inconsistencies across the data path, ensuring reliable and accurate information. Ultimately, this translates large amounts of data into visual cues that enable the quick identification of problem areas, such as potential grid delivery issues.

Says Glen Sartain, VP of analytics at BRIDGE: “Modernising the utility grid with analytical tools that provide the ability to look deep into operations creates greater real-time awareness of operations optimisation opportunities and ultimately benefits customers by lowering delivery expenses.

“The BRIDGE dashboard solution allows for a deep dive into SCADA accuracy and availability metrics from a utility’s operations center down to the substation assets while sharing information via automated dashboards and drill-down reports. We are honored TMC has selected [our] SCADA Data Availability Dashboard [solution] as the Smart Grid Product of the Year.”

Additionally, BRIDGE SDAD significantly enhances data-driven decisions with trusted data used by field crews, planners and engineers, improving their operational performance.